- Ohio State
- West Virginia
- Notre Dame
Auburn, Boise State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
These rankings get a bit more difficult at the end here as most good teams begin to lose the inevitable second or third game. I'm trying to hit a moving target in doing this, assessing how good each team is at this moment.
For example I'm confident in where I've put Notre Dame and Texas. The Longhorns are a borderline 10-15 team and have been all year. They've improved under Colt McCoy but that's been balanced with his various injuries and having played either a motivated team like Kansas State or a hot rival team like Texas A&M.
Rutgers was soaring a few weeks ago but the natural state of things for a smaller program is to outplay themselves and then crash a little. I'm sneaking them into the back of the top 15, which is where they will probably settle into for the rest of the season.
Sometimes I'm making a correction, or re-thinking a team. I was tempted to move Oklahoma way up, but I'll wait another week, watch them a little more before giving them that boost or sitting at No. 10 or so.
I'm tempted to move USC to No. 2, but I'd like to see one more game out of them. But right now it appears they've righted the ship the way they did in 2002 and 2003, if not to the same great level. However, that's balanced out by a weak field of competition at the upper levels of college football this year.
Finally I'm a bit nervous for Florida, as they're sputtering to the finish line here and now their coach has gone Tuberville/Beamer on us which bodes poorly for next weekend or their bowl game. As always, it's better to let everyone play it out before you lay it out.