I'm breaking with policy of waiting until later in the week and letting things "marinate" with a little more review.
I reserve the right to re-evaluate between now and Saturday but probably won't announce any such changes but know that unlike the polls that are released so quickly on Sunday and frozen in time without much reflection I will continue to reflect upon things throughout the week.
Anyway, as always I caution these are power rankings, not the product of haphazard slotting by losses, conference strength or reputation, etc.
- Ohio State---Listless at home against Penn State. But so were many other contenders, so hard to knock them here particularly in their conference opener. Secondary made plays---and scores---late.
- Florida---Very tentatively here. Run defense is outstanding, and Kentucky helped them by not bothering to run the ball. Chris Leak is Chris Leak, but so far he's responded to Tim Tebow's challenge and put together a fine start to his season.
- USC---Something was amiss against Arizona and it's hard to exactly pin down what it was. Frosh Emmanuel Moody is emerging as a special back and the defense is winning games for this team. They kind of have that 2004 feel with the superb defense and talented but inexperienced offense.
- Auburn---A bit listless against Buffalo, but hard to blame them. Didn't play a handful of critical starters but they should all be ready for next week. Rush offense not as potent and consistent as last year despite tremendous depth with Brad Lester and Ben Tate.
- Texas---Survived Iowa State's early charge then romped. Quality conference win if Iowa State continues to play well.
- Louisville---Did what they had to survive in a tough venue. Opening drive was a work of art but otherwise looked very average on offense against Kansas State.
- Michigan---They might just be for real this time, but until they show again and again they're not Bad Michigan, I'll wait just a bit. I love their defense so far, although there are some weaknesses that may eventually be exploited. But in the meantime opponents are having enough trouble just handling Michigan's defensive line and pressure.
- LSU---Still marching through cupcake lane. No quarterback controversy so far...check back in a few weeks. BTW frosh back Charles Scott could be a great one.
- West Virginia---Struggled a bit against East Carolina. Noticing a theme for top 10 teams this week?
- Notre Dame---Rough two weeks, and were more than a bit lucky to escape in the muck that was East Lansing on Saturday night. However a solid second half bodes well especially with the upcoming softening of the schedule.
- Oklahoma---Took out their frustrations on Middle Tennessee State 59-0. Adrian Peterson was held in relative check, however. Score one for the Blue Raider run defense.
- Clemson---Put on quite a show against North Carolina, scoring seven rush touchdowns and otherwise cruising to a fine conference victory.
- Georgia---Yeah... they'll get better, but Colorado showed that, in fact, the Georgia defense isn't impenetrable. The question is where do the Dawgs go from here? More shaky, narrow victories or do they take some shots at doing something with their offense and plugging whatever leaks sprung against the Buffalo offense?
Iowa, Tennessee, California