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 still had some time to kill.
1. Alabama (Beat Arkansas 52-0): Scary good everywhere. Yeah, Arkansas quit in the game. Wouldn’t you?
2. LSU (Beat Idaho 63-14): The Tigers returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
3. Georgia (Beat Florida Atlantic 56-20): The Bulldogs had 713 total yards on offense — on 62 plays! Carl Pelini has some work to do with that Owl defense.
4. Florida State (Beat Wake Forest 52-0): The Seminoles’ defense pitched a shutout, gave up 126 yards. I inch them ahead of Oregon.
5. Oregon (Beat Tennessee Tech 63-14): The Ducks committed 12 penalties and are 112th nationally in penalties.
6. Stanford (Beat USC 21-14): Watching the Cardinal wear down the Trojans — then watching the San Francisco 49ers do the same to the Detroit Lions on Sunday night — confirms that Jim Harbaugh’s system, whatever you think of the guy, works. It’s a clinic in offensive line play.
7. Kansas State (Beat North Texas 35-21): The Wildcats have committed five penalties all year. Big game at Oklahoma.
8. South Carolina (Beat UAB 49-6): The Blazers ran the ball 42 times for 27 yards. Efficiency! And good Gamecock defense.
9. Oklahoma (Bye): The Sooners traditionally own KSU. And they’re at home.
10. USC (Lost to Stanford 21-14): The Trojans turned soft in the second half, and Lane Kiffin got all bug-eyed in the fourth quarter. We’ll see how USC responds now. Sometimes, when five-star athletes lose, they start looking out for No. 1.
11. Notre Dame (Beat Michigan State 20-3): The Fighting Irish dialed up a clinical, physical win. Their best victory in years.
12. Florida (Beat Tennessee 37-20): If you win at Texas A&M and Tennessee in back-to-back week, you’re getting a big bump, period.
13. West Virginia (Beat James Madison 42-12): Geno Smith tossed for 411 yards and five touchdowns.
14. Clemson (Beat Furman 41-7): Wide receiver Sammy Watkins returns for the Tigers, scoring on a 58-yard touchdown.
15. Texas (Beat Ole Miss 66-31): The Longhorns are a Big 12 team through and through.
16. Ohio State (Beat California 35-28): The Buckeyes’ defense remains leakier than I thought, but quarterback Braxton Miller gives them a chance every week.
17. UCLA (Beat Houston 37-6): The Bruins racked up 567 yards and forced six turnovers.
18. Michigan (Beat UMass 63-13): Denard Robinson threw for 291, rushed for 106.
19. Arizona (Beat South Carolina State 56-0): Oregon is next. In Autzen.
20. Nebraska (Beat Arkansas State 42-13): The Huskers rebound from a loss with an impressive win over the Red Wolves. And the loss to the Bruins is looking better.
21. Michigan State (Lost to Notre Dame 20-3): The Spartans’ offense needs a serious upgrade in chemistry.
22. TCU (Beat Kansas 20-6): A 14-point win over the Jayhawks is nothing special. KU stinks.
23. Louisville (Beat North Carolina 39-34): The Cardinals nearly blew a giant lead, but held on.
24. Northwestern (Beat Boston College 22-13): Another stingy win for the Wildcats, who could start 7-0 before they play Nebraska.
25. Oklahoma State (Beat Lafayette 65-24): The Cowboys host Texas.