Saturday, September 02, 2006


Let's run through a few notes about this. First, I reserve the right to radically revise this list in the next few weeks, as it's supposed to be based on achievement, not preseason hype. That said, this is the first week of the season which means: (a) Teams haven't really worked all the bugs out; (b) most of the teams didn't play anyone that would give us an idea of what they're actual talent level is like; and (c) too many games are played on Sunday and Monday to give us too much of a feel for where some teams are in relation to others.

If the team has moved, they will have the previous list's ranking in parentheses beside their current rank. If they didn't move, they don't. I think you're smart enough to figure it out.

1 Notre Dame: My general rule of thumb is that if No. 1 beats a BCS conference team or a respectable mid-major team, they don't slide down the list. A 14-10 defeat of Georgia Tech, ubercoach Chan Gailey and the incredible Reggie Ball will test my faith in that rule. But it's the first game, so ND gets another week at the top.

When I said 'awaken the shadows,' I didn't mean his shadow.

2 Florida: Not bad for the University of Southern Mississippi. Hey, at least they didn't play the University of Louisiana Laughayette.

3 Ohio State: Again, a good defeat of a halfway worthy opponent. The first true test comes next week.
4 West Virginia: Torches Marshall. Waits for Louisville.
5 LSU: Wow. They beat Lousiana Laughayette. Why aren't they moving up?

6 (7) Texas: Biggest concern before Week One? Loss of Vince Young. Biggest concern over Week One? Is this the real McCoy. (Couldn't help it.)
7 (6) Penn State: You have to beat Akron by more than 18. Sorry.
8 Iowa: Another underwhelming Week One win against a lesser opponent. Uh-oh.
9 Louisville: Plays Sunday.
10 Georgia: Um, hold on to touchdowns. Other than that, you're doing fine.

11 Auburn: May be the most underrated on the list.
12 Clemson: No comment, but no reason to drop them.
13 Michigan: Should have put Vanderbilt away earlier. Maybe this is Carr's "huh?" game.
14 Southern California: So far, so good. But we're talking about Arkansas here. And the score was more lopsided than the game.
15 Miami (Fla): Plays Monday.
16 TCU: Plays Sunday.
17 Florida State: Plays Monday.
18 (20) Georgia Tech: Challenging No. 1 deserves a move up.
19 (18) Alabama: Defense held Hawaii to 17, but only put up 25. And this was at home. Worrying.
20 (19) South Carolina: A 15-0 win is good for the defense. But where's the Cock & Fire?
21 (NR) Tennessee: Not bad. We'll see how you do against a team that knows how to tackle.
22 Nebraska: Oooh. Offense. A new concept for the 'Huskers.
23 Virginia Tech: Three-touchdown first quarter looks good. But it was Northeastern.
24 Oregon: At least Stanford is a BCS league foe. Sort of.
25 Texas Tech: Lots of passing yards. Lots of points. Football season begins for Texas Tech.

DROPPING OUT: California. Demolished by Tennessee. Vols might be good. I seriously doubt they're that good.
ON THE BUBBLE: Purdue puts up 60...UCLA wins by 21...Rutgers beats North Carolina...


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