As always, these are power rankings
- USC - Thoroughly dominant when not committing penalties and turnovers in the rain
- LSU - Have yet to face a legitimate quarterback but aside from modest blemishes doing what an elite team should do
- Florida - Slim pickings after one and two here. Six offensive snaps in the first quarter, three overall possessions in the first half. Auburn was playing keepaway. That's how you play Brazil to a draw during international soccer matches. But then you gotta remember Brazil is Brazil for a reason, namely that they're an elite soccer club. So, too, are the Gators an elite football team (for now, let's see the why's and how's of the LSU game this weekend).
- California (+2) - Like Cal fan and Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, the Bears are hanging around. Beat a solid Oregon team on the road last weekend. The defensive line is a little suspect for a top five team, but in the absence of some of the former elite returning to form, here they are!
- USF (+6) - Teams that haven't been there before tend to wilt after a big win like against Auburn. Why focus on the game at hand when you can bask in your own glory? Oops. That's two solid wins now for the Bulls. The offense went in the tank a bit against West Virginia, but I've seen them play a few times this year, they definitely can score more than they have. The challenge at this point is consistency and focus in attempting to win the Big East. This is uncharted territory but for now this looks like a very solid football team with a great defense, a mobile quarterback, a fairly innovative offense if they want to actually use it, and playmakers at tailback and receiver. Lots to love.
- Oregon (+2) - Offense came alive in that fourth quarter against California before being done in by turnovers. The Ducks remain incredibly explosive and are a very solid football team.
- Oklahoma (-3) - Colorado was able to wear then down with the run game which was surprising. The Sooners should return to form, they're solid everywhere and may have been caught sleeping a bit but are no longer the mighty force we thought just a week ago.
- West Virginia (-3) - Met their match against USF. Steve Slaton's big-game fumbling issues are worrisome but this team can clearly move the ball and actually had a solid defensive outing against USF. Like Oklahoma, the shine is now off this fancy car but the engine's still working and can get them where they want to go.
- Boston College - Solid on defense, can run and pass equally well, NFL quarterback. Somewhat sloppy the last two weeks but overall a motivated squad. Hard to tell how good coach Jags is, but at worst he has that Larry Coker feel of taking over a good team from the previous coach and having exactly the right energy and style to put it over the top.
- Kentucky - I'm still suspicious of their defense and that schedule gets some meat on it in the coming weeks. Like Boston College this team has a savvy, veteran, physically talented first-round quarterback doing everything right leading the way. Coach Rich Brooks has overcome the "turnovers = turnaround" curse this year and is a proven winner. So far, so good, although borderline top 10 may be the ceiling for this team.
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It's almost impossible to rank anyone after the top 10. Maybe next week? In no particular order:
Ohio State, Georgia, Arkansas, UCLA, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Generic Big 12 North (Nebraska/Kansas State/Missouri), Generic Big Ten (Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue)
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Penn State, Hawaii, Michigan, Alabama, Rutgers