Here's the collective opinion of the Blognoscenti:
- If you have Florida State ranked after back-to-back competitive losses to Clemson and Oklahoma, how is Texas A&M unranked after close losses to Arkansas and Oklahoma State? Lesson: If you're going to lose, lose steadily through the entire course of the game. Don't dramatically choke 2nd half leads away.
- No one knows how to treat the Big 10. Despite all evidence to the contrary, we have five of their teams ranked despite Wisconsin being the only team we'd wager some portion of our life savings on in a must-win game against a mediocre opponent. The destruction of Ohio State lays bare just how denuded the league is.
- Is Clemson really going to go through the year not being Clemsony?
Here's my take:
- I elevated Alabama to #1 over LSU after their curb stomping of Florida and Arkansas in successive weeks, but the return of LSU's actual curbstomper QB creates an interesting dynamic for Miles and the Tigers. Dance with who brung ya or get the talent with terrible judgment out on the field?
- A&M is being overly punished for their swoons. As funny and amusing as it is to watch, those games weren't exactly blow outs and no one is stopping that offense. I think there's a solid play to be had taking A&M in Lubbock this Saturday. As much as the Tech owns A&M angle is played up, some of the intensity from the Tech side has been missing over the last couple of years. I expect them to cover in Lubbock. Unless they UNCOVER!
- I love Denard Robinson (RGIII's brother from the same mother?) and will continue to overrate Michigan until someone stops him.
- We're well past the stage of head-to-head single game match-ups determining rankings. Once the losses pile up, head-to-head isn't quite so compelling. So save the chiding for South Carolina ranked over Auburn or Arizona State ranked over Illinois. Unless you just think they're better overall. My premise of a ranking isn't solely based on how one team matches up against another or how the probability coin flip played out on evenly matched teams in one contest.
- South Carolina's benching of Stephen Garcia came two weeks to late. Teams will follow a lot of different personality types at QB, but they won't follow a punk. They'll follow a QB who beats someone's ass, or never curses, or is a Sufi, but a guy who keys a professor's car? No. Never. Who does that? I also watch South Carolina's defense every week totally befuddled. They are so much less than the sum of their parts. When they finally put it together against Auburn, their offense goes as limp as you are in Starr Jones's bedroom.