Monday, October 22, 2007
Remember this is all about Quality Wins and Bad Losses so if you lose to a top ranked team its not going to kill you, if you lose to Vandy it's going to kill you and if your best win is against a team nicknamed the Beavers you just might be absent from the poll as well.
1. Louisiana State -The Bayou Bengals snuck out another big victory this weekend and should be able to cruise to the SEC championship game if they can get past Bama. One thing that can be said about the Bengals is that all of their big time wins have been at home and the wins against UF and Auburn were aided by this in the closing minutes. So we'll eventually need to see them dominate on the road. Quality Wins: VaTech, South Carolina, Florida, Auburn
2. Oklahoma - The Sooners didn't do a lot to impress this weekend but they really didn't need to. Just come out with Ws and they should continue their path to the BCS title game. Hopefully for their sake they will either get an undefeated Jayhawk squad or a one loss Mizzou rematch in the Big 12 title game. Quality Wins: Texas(n), Miami, Missouri | Bad Loss: Colorado
3. South Florida - The Bulls were right there in their matchup against Rutgers and one call changed on the field goal lateral and they probably would still be undefeated. That being said they still have a victory over the Mountaineers and a road victory against the Auburn Tigers. Quality Wins: @Auburn, West Virginia
4. Oregon - The Ducks really shouldn't have fumbled away that ball on the goal line against Cal. They have the best offense in the country and would make a thrilling championship game if they were to somehow get there. The early season beatdown at the Bighouse is looking more and more impressive by the week. Quality Wins:@Michigan
5. Ohio St. - Alright I've succumbed and put Ohio St. into the damn poll. Other teams just keep losing to bad teams and Ohio St. keeps on beating them. Maybe Penn St. will actually show up this weekend and give the Buckeyes a run for their money, but it's not as if they've looked that impressive this season. They should have lost to Indiana on saturday. Quality Wins: Purdon't, Michigan St.
6. Missouri - Mizzou absolutely dropkicked the Red Raiders this weekend. The Tigers have a few weeks of cupcakes ahead of them along with overrated A&M and if they do a bit of looking ahead they will see that the undefeated Jayhawks await in the final regular season game of the year. Quality Wins: @Illinois, Texas Tech
7. Florida - It's tough to overlook the 2 close losses, but the Gators have two solid victories and their losses are to solid teams. The Gators are the best two loss team in the country and honestly with the way teams keep on dropping off left and right, if they run the table and beat LSU in the SEC title game would it be that difficult to think they might end up defending their crown?Quality Wins: @Kentucky, Tennessee
8. Kentucky - The Louisville win drops from the ranks of Quality after they lost to meager Uconn. After a tough loss to Florida the Wildcats sit tight in the top 11 based on the sole fact that they have a win over the best team in the country. Quality Wins: LSU
9. VaTech - The Hokies have the big time thursday night advantage when facing the Eagles this week. If they can beat the Eagles they will position themselves nicely in the ACC as well as in the polls. Quality Wins: @Clemson
10. Boston College - Other teams just have to go out and get beat by Vandy so that idle BC can jump into the damn poll. I'm giving them a quality win for beating 5-2 Wake Forest in the season opener. Now let's see what they can do in the land of the Hokies. Quality Wins: Wake Forest
11. Kansas - The Jayhawks remain in the poll barely despite the fact that the Wildcats, their lone quality win, lost to the Oklahoma St. Cowgirls. Really that win could be snatched from the jaws of quality in no time at all. Quality Wins: @Kansas St.
Dropped Out: California joins the bad loss brigade in losing to a team that lost to Notre Dame. South Carolina's loss to Vandy is so bad it completely counters the Kentucky win. Arizona St. has one lone borderline quality win against the Beavers which doesn't quite stack up this week.
Noticeable Absences: West Virginia has yet to beat a good team and lost to South Florida and yet they are 5 spots ahead of them in the polls, voters have some explaining to do. USC still hasn't beaten a good team and they lost to Stanford. Arizona St. hasn't played the cream of the Pac 10 yet nor a particularly good Out of Conference game, the next 4 games Cal, Oregon, UCLA, and USC will certainly give some insight on their abilities.
Previous Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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