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 Florida Atlantic 40-7): Carl Pelini got off easy.
2. Georgia (Beat Vanderbilt 48-3): Dominant performance. The Dawgs called off the dawgs after three quarters.
3. Oregon (Beat Arizona 49-0): The Wildcats shot themselves in the feet, sure, but the Ducks force you to make mistakes. Their offense knocks you on your heels.
4. Florida State (Beat Clemson 49-37): The Seminoles just faced the second-best offense in the ACC. The best belongs to FSU. Better defenses await.
5. Kansas State (Beat Oklahoma 24-19): It’s not hard for me to put the Wildcats here when I had them at 7 last week. KSU plays hard, smart and doesn’t make mistakes. A ball-control identity.
6. LSU (Beat Auburn 12-10): Auburn ran just 52 plays. LSU’s offense has to manage the game better. Towson next, then at Florida.
7. South Carolina (Beat Missouri 31-10): Efficient in dismantling a decent Mizzou team.
8. Stanford (Bye)
9. Notre Dame (Beat Michigan 13-6): The Fighting Irish made enough good offensive plays in the fourth quarter to hold off a late-awakening Michigan team.
10. USC (Beat Cal 27-9): The Trojans rushed for nearly 300 yards. Now that Lane Kiffin isn’t trying to win Matt Barkley the Heisman, you’ll see USC’s offense actually get some balance.
11. Florida (Beat Kentucky 38-0): Here comes a bye week to prepare for LSU.
12. West Virginia (Beat Maryland 31-21): A “meh” kind of win, outgaining the Terrapins by just 12 yards. Baylor next week.
13. Texas (Bye): The Longhorns head to Stillwater.
14. Oregon State (Beat UCLA 27-20): The Beavers have played twice and beaten ranked three-win BCS programs. I’m supposed to rank Oklahoma ahead of that?
15. Oklahoma (Lost to Kansas State 24-19): The Sooners are soft. Fast, athletic, talented, but soft. They’re Clemson.
16. Clemson (Lost to Florida State 49-37): Speak of the Dabo.
17. Ohio State (Beat UAB 29-15): The Buckeyes drop after being outgained for the second straight week. The defense isn’t as good as I thought it would be.
18. UCLA (Lost to Oregon State 27-20): Lost a close game to an evenly-matched team.
19. TCU (Beat Virginia 27-7): I’m slightly more impressed. Still room to grow. I moved the Horned Frogs up.
20. Nebraska (Beat Idaho State 73-7): Outside of the Bruins, you can’t say much good about NU’s opponents thus far.
21. Louisville (Beat Florida International 28-21): Still the Big East favorite.
22. Rutgers (Beat Arkansas 35-26): At 4-0, the Scarlet Knights are one of those teams that could hang around and stay undefeated for a long time.
23. Northwestern (Beat South Dakota 38-7): 4-0 and moving on.
24. Mississippi State (Beat South Alabama 30-10): The easy win over Auburn looks a little better.
25. Michigan State (Beat Eastern Michigan 23-7): I’ll keep the Spartans for their defense.