25 - by Ricky
Oklahoma ( 8-0 ) - Again, the Sooners take care
of business and they did it while looking like
the #1 team in the country.
Miami ( 8-0 ) - Having a hard time understanding
this team as anyone else. Winning has made this
team looked bored on the field.
Ohio State ( 10-0 ) - What a shame we don't get
to see this team play Iowa. But you cannot complain
about how they have handled the teams on their
schedule. Ohio State appears to be playing as
well as they did back in September.
Washington State ( 8-1 ) - The Cougars really
separated themselves from the rest of the "Pac"
with a very impressive win over Arizona State.
The Rose Bowl is definitely in reach
outside shot at the National Championship possible?
Iowa ( 9-1 ) - With Notre Dame locking up a BCS
bid, how sad it would be if the Hawkeyes couldn't
somehow land that remaining at-large BCS slot
should they win out? Iowa fans will be cheering
for the Boilermakers to pull out the upset over
the Buckeyes, which would give the Big Ten title
to Iowa City.
Georgia ( 8-1 ) - Injuries finally caught up to
the Bulldogs. They still control their own destiny
in the SEC, but the schedule doesn't get any easier.
Alabama ( 7-2 ) - After a bye week, the Crimson
Tide prepare to face a tough LSU defense and guess
who is cheering for the Tide? That's right, their
friends at Auburn.
Notre Dame ( 8-1 ) - If Notre Dame was going to
lose this year; it was clearly going to be in
the same manner by which it had been winning (turnovers
and bad calls). Looks like God was once again
an Eagle fan in the "Vatican Bowl."
USC ( 6-2 ) - There isn't a two-loss team playing
any better than the Trojans. They need to take
care of the next three conference games before
they start thinking about Notre Dame.
Texas ( 8-1 ) Again the Longhorns win another
quality game. Again the Longhorns fail to look
impressive in doing so. Texas has yet to separate
themselves from the rest of the one-loss teams.
Virginia Tech ( 8-1 ) - With the unexpected loss
to Pittsburgh, the Hokies are now sitting in third
place in the Big East. Gator Bowl is now more
likely than not.
Kansas State ( 7-2 ) - I don't think there is
a team in the country more unforgiving when it
comes to playing lesser teams. The Cats may be
the only team in the Big 12 maintaining the personnel
that can give Oklahoma all they can handle.
Michigan ( 7-2 ) - Think Michigan was a little
upset over last year's loss to Michigan State?
For a second, I thought Elvis Grbac, Desmond Howard,
and Tyrone Wheatley were suited up in Maize and
Penn State ( 6-3 ) - Probably the best three-loss
team in the country. If Joe Paterno could only
pull out the close game, he would probably be
in the top 10 with the rest of the once defeated.
Louisiana State ( 6-2 ) - This team is potentially
better then the record shows. Without a healthy
Matt Mauck at quarterback, LSU's offense could
continue to struggle. Alabama will decide whether
LSU or Auburn wins the SEC West.
Oregon ( 7-2 ) - The Duck's season hangs in the
balance with a trip to Pullman. If they can beat
the Cougars, the slim hopes of winning the Pac
10 title while finishing with their second consecutive
10+ win season is within grasp.
Florida ( 6-3 ) - Wins over Tennessee and Georgia
were definitely on the Gator fan wish lists. Coach
Zook has certainly delivered. If only he could
beat those pesky teams in the SEC West.
Pittsburgh ( 7-2 ) - With a little bit of luck
and some motivation, the Pittsburgh Panthers went
from near fourth place in the Big East to a possible
shot at winning the conference. They must do the
unthinkable by beating Miami on the road. The
overtime win over a solid BC team propelled the
Panthers to a huge upset win in Blacksburg and
a feasible shot at a BCS bowl.
NC State ( 9-1 ) - It was only a matter of time
until the Wolfpack lost a game. After playing
a series of softies in their first eight bouts,
North Carolina State finally ran into the wrong
team on the wrong day. Amazingly, they still control
their own destiny and a magical BCS season is
Florida State ( 6-3 ) - The Adrian McPherson era
has officially started. After a rocky start, the
Seminole ship is going in the right direction.
Despite the three out-of-conference losses, BCS
hopes are still alive if Florida State can get
past a few tricky ACC games.
Colorado State ( 8-2 ) - Talk about sneaking up
on everyone quietly. The Rams are a quiet 8-2
with solid wins over Virginia, Colorado, Louisville,
and Utah. Sonny Lubbick controls his own destiny
in the Mountain West conference.
Colorado ( 6-3 ) - The Buffs gave a good effort
in Norman while demonstrating the ability to move
the ball. However, Colorado must limit turnovers
the next time they play Oklahoma in the Big 12
Boston College ( 6-3 ) - We could very well be
talking about a Top 10 team if the Eagles would
not have blown opportunities against Virginia
Tech and Pittsburgh. Still, you have to be impressed
at how they beat Notre Dame at their own game.
Bowling Green ( 8-0 ) - The Falcons are still
undefeated, but not capable of moving up unless
they can start hanging a hundred on their opponents.
Minus stiff competition additions on short notice,
the Falcons will just end up being an undefeated
Maryland ( 7-2 ) - Last time we even paid attention
to Maryland they were 1-2 after getting shellacked
by Florida State. Nearly two months later, the
Terps have won six in a row and just handed North
Carolina the biggest blow out the ACC has seen
since Florida State did the same thing to Maryland
Just outside the top 25: Iowa State, Auburn, Arizona