This is not remotely official. I don’t have an AP vote or anything this year. I just thought, me to you, you’d just really want to know what I thought. And I had some time to kill.
1 Alabama (Beat Western Kentucky 35-0) – Very conservative performance from the Tide, who held quite a bit back for next week’s Arkansas tilt.
2 LSU (Beat Washington 41-3) – As thorough a butt-kicking as you’ll see. The Tigers outgained the Huskies 437-183
3 USC (Beat Syracuse 42-29) – The defense gave up 455 yards in a rain-delayed game. Syracuse’s offense is pretty good, but USC has to be tougher on the road.
4 Georgia (Beat Missouri 41-20) Without two of its best defensive players and four defensive starters, the Bulldogs overcame a 17-9 third-quarter deficit in front of wild Mizzou crowd. Impressive. This team has a sweet road to the SEC title game.
5 Oregon (Beat Fresno State 42-25) – The Ducks staked a 35-3 lead before, again, letting off the gas. They drop a spot.
6 Florida State (Beat Savannah State 55-0) – Just humiliating, that this game was even played. At least the weather ended it early.
7 Kansas State (Beat Miami (Fla.) 52-13) – The Wildcats make a huge leap. I watched three quarters and remain impressed with a team that knows exactly what it is.
8 South Carolina (Beat East Carolina) The backup quarterback, Dylan Thompson, looked dang good, and the Gamecocks forced five turnovers.
9 Michigan State (Beat Central Michigan 41-7) The Spartans’ make a scary road game at a motivated MAC team look easy.
10 Oklahoma (Beat Florida A&M 69-13) Another game that should not be played.
11 West Virginia (Bye)
12 Clemson (Beat Ball State 52-27) The Tigers’ offense racked up 526 yards.
13 Texas (Beat New Mexico 45-0) The Longhorns’ defense will tested for the next month: Ole Miss, Okie State, West Virginia and Oklahoma.
14 Ohio State (Beat Central Florida 31-16) Braxton Miller is that whole offense. If he stays healthy, OSU is a ten-win team. If not….
15 Virginia Tech (Beat Austin Peay 42-7) The Hokies will start 5-0. Just pencil it in.
16 Florida (Beat Texas A&M 20-17) The Gators’ offense wasn’t great, giving up eight sacks, but a win in that environment deserves a kudos.
17 UCLA (Beat Nebraska 36-30) The Bruins make a huge leap – maybe it’s earned, maybe not – for outscoring one of the nation’s top 20 offenses in a track meet. I don’t want to put UCLA this high, but I’m not sure, right now, there are 17 teams out there with a better win.
18 Stanford (Beat Duke 50-13) Hosts USC next week. Big one.
19 Michigan (Beat Air Force 31-25) The Wolverines should take this win and be plenty happy to get it. Nobody wants to play Air Force a week after Alabama.
20 TCU (Beat Grambling State 56-0) This game shouldn’t have been played.
21 Arizona (Beat Oklahoma State 59-38) Whoa! The Wildcats gave up 636 yards but forced four turnovers in upsetting the Cowboys.
22 BYU (Beat Weber State 45-13). I like the Cougars’ defense.
23 Nebraska (Lost to UCLA 36-30) Yes, NU stays ahead of Louisville, Oregon State, Notre Dame and some other teams. Before Husker fans bail entirely on the team, remember: The Bruins had terrific recruiting classes. Their talent is there. And they have a coaching staff now that can take advantage of it.
24 Louisville (Beat Missouri State 35-7) The Cardinals keep their spot in the top 25, playing North Carolina next week.
25 Northwestern (Beat Vanderbilt 23-13) I don’t know how good the Wildcats are yet, but beating two BCS program teams that gave top ten teams trouble is a pretty good resume so far.