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We’re Going Polling: Week 4

September 26, 2012
  1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Finally, the Irish deserve this high of a ranking. They embarrassed a second straight Big Ten contender; have beaten four FBS teams; and are fourth nationally in points against.
  2. Kansas St. Wildcats – Beat a top-10 team on the road, where that team never loses to ranked teams.
  3. Stanford Cardinal – Had a bye week, but the Cardinal has a chance to put up some quality wins in the coming weeks versus Washington, Arizona and Notre Dame.
  4. Florida Gators – I don’t get polls and the people who vote for them. If Alabama plays a bunch of crappy teams, or against a bunch of teams whose starting quarterbacks are injured, and go undefeated should it still stay at No. 1 while a team like Florida has beaten quality opponents on the road and has been as dominant against better competition than what Alabama has faced? No. Preseason polls are stupid and outdated. Polls shouldn’t come out until October.
  5. Florida St. Seminoles – Put on a clinic in the second half against Clemson.
  6. Oregon Ducks – So the Ducks can jump LSU, who had a dominant defensive performance on the road, but not Alabama who beat the mighty Owls of Florida Atlantic at home? So dumb.
  7. LSU Tigers – Held Auburn to only 183 total yards.
  8. Georgia Bulldogs – Have scored at least 41 in every game, and are 28th and 18th, respectively, in passing and rushing.
  9. Alabama Crimson Tide – I told you that Michigan win won’t be near as quality in December as it was when it happened. Alabama has looked impressive, but it doesn’t have a quality win on its resume yet.
  10. South Carolina Gamecocks – Looked mighty impressive Saturday, holding Mizzou to under 150 yards passing. Connor Shaw went 20-for-21 passing.
  11. West Virginia Mountaineers – I guess a win is a win, but WV struggled with Maryland, only out-gaining the Terps by 12. This Saturday’s Baylor-WV game’s over/under is 192.
  12. Oregon St. Beavers – Regardless of how you feel about Wisconsin, the Beavers now have two quality wins after a 27-20 win at UCLA. Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton combined for 15 catches, 325 yards and two touchdowns in the upset.
  13. Ohio St. Buckeyes – No road games yet, but they’ve taken care of business against several quality teams.
  14. USC Trojans – Marqise Lee is just a monster.
  15. Texas Longhorns – I’d say their offense, led by David Ash’s eight total TDs and no INTs, has been better than expected, but they haven’t played anyone of note. Their next four: Oklahoma St., West Virginia, Oklahoma, Baylor. Woof.
  16. Northwestern Wildcats – Finally took it easy and only played South Dakota after beating three BCS schools. I think they have a shot at 10-2.
  17. Arizona St. Sun Devils – Beat Utah convincingly and have done more to be ranked than Arizona has.
  18. Clemson Tigers – Gave up a lot of points and yards to FSU, but they showed they can score on an elite defense.
  19. UCLA Bruins – Lost a close one to Oregon St.
  20. Ohio Bobcats – QB Tyler Telltleton could be out this week with a hand injury. If he misses any time that might put Ohio’s undefeated hopes on hold.
  21. Michigan St. Spartans – Eleventh in scoring defense, but still struggling on offense (104th).
  22. Rutgers Scarlet Knights – A Big East team going into SEC country and putting up over 500 yards of offense? That’s unheard of! Or maybe the SEC is over-rated again?
  23. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – Have three somewhat quality wins, including an impressive victory over Illinois this past weekend. They rank third in scoring offense.
  24. Louisville Cardinals – QB Teddy Bridgewater scored three TDs in a 28-21 win over FIU.
  25. Boise St. Broncos – Hard to find a team that really deserves to be here, but the Broncos’ only loss is a quality one. They destroyed BYU’s offense last week, allowing only 200 yards.

 

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