In this section we will update on a weekly basis our top 10 teams list, and archive it throughout the course of the season.
2004 Season Final
- USC-The Trojans dominated Oklahoma, playing with a dominating offensive design and defensive game plan. 55-19, we don't really need to say much more.
- Oklahoma-A low-tech
offense proved to be their demise. Amazing talent, though, and a
veteran group. Well coached, with a veteran quarterback, amazing
team speed and athletes, and of course the unparalleled Adrian Peterson.
- Utah-Controversial pick
here. Their offense is one of the better ones in the last five or
so years. The Fiesta Bowl was over early in the second
quarter. Very athletic group, but lacking necessary depth.
- Louisville-Another incredible offense. They used their depth and savvy to overcome a great challenge from Boise State. Bobby Petrino really runs a good offense and found a nice set of athletes to stick into the defense.
- Auburn-Controversial. Their offense clearly dominated the SEC, but it was also the first real sophisticated offense played in the SEC with veteran talent over a year's span in a long time. Their defense is very legit. An overall very athletic, physical team. But the above four would all find ways to score on the Tigers and have all faced much better offenses without much problem. Great year for the Tigers.
- California-The Holiday Bowl was a matchup game. Texas Tech's offense was too unfamiliar for the Bears to overcome. Cal's two veteran receivers also went down just before the game and it was drop city. Reliable pass-catchers could have kept the game close. California still had TCBO---The Country's Best Offense and a savvy defense. With healthy receivers and more depth this team would have been #2 or#3 this year.
- Michigan-The Wolverines
were able to control a talented Texas team in the Rose Bowl.
Unfortunately, they couldn't stop Vincent Young. Young had his
best game of his career at an opportune time. Keep an eye on
Michigan next year. Fared well against a "best of the rest" type
team, with a ho-hum defense and a young offense. Imagine this
team with another year for the young offensive stars and a younger,
- Virginia Tech-Took Auburn to the last minute, suffering a dropped touchdown pass. Like the announcers said, Auburn was "just a little better". Tech finally had a team they could rely on late in the year, avoiding a predictable late-season collapse. Senior quarterbacks usually are beneficial in that department.
- Boise State-Took Louisville to the wire. The Broncos are very athletic, but lack necessary depth to really take on the top 4-5 teams. They might be better than this #9 ranking, surprisingly.
- Tie. Iowa and Texas. Texas is simply too one-dimensional to hang with the more elite teams this year. They needed an unreal game from Vincent Young just to hang with a fairly unathletic and offensively young Michigan team. Iowa is very well coached, but playing with a depleted backfield, with something like a fifth string tailback, really hurt their offense. They can consistently beat the Big Ten big boys, as well as LSU and Texas type schools, but like Cal, a little health at a key position would have vaulted them in the rankings.