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MEDIA SCOPE - Sept. 16
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TOP 25 - by Ricky Sixx

1. Miami (10-0) - Ten games down with two to go. Can the Hurricanes mentally stay up for a 33rd and 34th win in a row?

2. Ohio State (13-0) - Luckeyes? There's nothing lucky about 13-0.

3. Iowa (11-1) - The only question the Iowa Hawkeyes have is who they will play in the bowl. Cougars and Trojans are the two possibilities.

4. Oklahoma (10-1) - Think the Sooners have reason enough to show up prepared vs. the Cowboys? If Bob Stoops doesn't learn from his mistakes, he will be doomed to repeat them.

5. Georgia (10-1) - The Bulldogs will need to be careful. The Yellow Jackets are no pushover.

6. USC (9-2) - Trojans hope they didn't physically or mentally beat the Bruins too bad in their 52-21 victory. They will need UCLA to beat Washington State if the boys of Troy want to get to the Rose Bowl.

7. Kansas State (10-2) - Seven points…that is all that kept this team from being undefeated. Now the Wildcats await their sacrificial lamb in the post-season.

8. Notre Dame (10-1) - Even at 10-1 the Irish are looking for respect. No better way of earning it than leaving the L.A. Coliseum with a big fat "W".

9. Washington State (9-2) - It was only a matter of time until they "Couged". For some reason, it was hard to believe that Washington State was going through the whole season without bad luck, bad coaching, and a devastating loss.

10. Texas (9-2) - The Longhorns need to be real careful this week. A third loss would not only make this team a complete disappointment, but more importantly it would make them third ranked team in the State.

11. Penn State (9-3) - There is only a few teams playing better football right now. If not for a little bad luck in their closer games, we could easily be talking about an 11-1 team.

12. Alabama (9-3) - The worst thing that happened to Alabama last week was their own success. For yet another year, the better team goes into the Iron Bowl to only leave in defeat. Now I wonder if the Crimson Tide and their fans can even enjoy Hawaii knowing they lost to archrival Auburn.

13. Florida (8-3) - What If I told you back in August that Ron Zook would have beaten Tennessee, Georgia, and be a borderline favorite vs. the Seminoles in Tallahassee? Spurrier who? Well not exactly. But a win over FSU and a 9-3 record would be a satisfactory year for even the hard to please Gator fan.

14. Pittsburgh (8-3) - Don't believe in moral victories? Well lucky for the Panthers the pollsters do. Not only did Pittsburgh improve their overall ranking in my poll, but their close loss at Miami also maintained their ranking in the AP and Coaches poll.

15. Michigan (9-3) - Along with John Cooper's curse, Michigan's magic spell over Ohio State disappeared.

16. Colorado State (10-2) - The Rams can now sit back and wait for the Conference USA winner to make up the other half of the Liberty Bowl.

17. Colorado (8-3) - This year's Nebraska/CU game might not have the importance of last year's game, but there is still pride to play for.

18. LSU (8-3) - The SEC West is simple. Beat Arkansas and you're playing Georgia for the conference championship.

19. Maryland (9-3) - Maryland must have thought last Saturday was a bye week. How else would you explain the Terrapins not showing up vs. Virginia?

20. West Virginia (8-3) - A win versus Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is always impressive. Pittsburgh is next in a battle of ranked Big East teams not named either Miami or Virginia Tech.

21. Virginia Tech (8-3) - All of a sudden Virginia is a must win game because a possible loss here could mean the unthinkable. A Frank Beamer team with the chance of losing 5 straight games.

22. NC State (10-3) - The Wolfpack's first 10-win season in school history finished with its first win versus a ranked team all year. Congratulations to Chuck Amato.

23. FSU (8-4) - Don't let the ranking fool you. Right now this team is awful. If it is as bad as I think, the Noles will not be in the top 25 after next week. In the Seminoles defense they have suffered some key injuries on offense while the defense has been playing tough.

24. Auburn (8-4) - All is well at Auburn. The Tigers have beaten Alabama and Christmas has been saved by the wonderful play of sophomore quarterback Jason Campbell and freshman 3rd string running back Tre Smith.

25. Boise State (10-1) - Just because they play in the WAC doesn't mean they are a bad team. They have a very good offense and a quality win against a Hawaii team that appears at the 24th spot on the Coaches Poll.

Just outside: Boston College, South Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, Hawaii



Editor: Dave Hershorin