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Note: Our Top 25 is released nearly a full day before the AP & Coaches Polls are released.
Why Georgia Over Clemson in AP Top 25 & College FB Today Poll?
I believe this solely comes down to the QB shuffle at Clemson and the very close win at Texas A&M, who just was ripped apart by No. 1 Alabama. Trevor Lawrence may have been the top QB recruit in last year's class, but voters are going to have to see consistency in his play before the Tigers are placed over the UGA Dawgs. We also were considering Ohio State for the 3rd spot, as they have had an impressive three game stretch and showed they did not need Urban Meyer to win at TCU in Dallas. Georgia on the other hand, has beaten a very good South Carolina team and handled a Missouri team that arguably could be in the Top 25 with one of the best QB's in the nation in Drew Lock. Georgia will try not to look ahead to its match-up against LSU on 10/13, as Coach Kirby Smart has prepared the Dawgs extremely well heading into Death Valley.
Why The Stanford Cardinals At #5?
I was on the Hawaii ban wagon until they ran into Army Football. I was a fan of Oklahoma this year, until they ran into–guess who– Army Football. Except Oklahoma did not lose to Army, however they did go into overtime with a team that is not ranked in any Top 25 nationally. We all love Lincoln Riley & Baker Mayfield (except Cowherd), but in our poll you must remain consistent throughout. We do not use the "they woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning" excuse that is often given to keep certain teams high in the rankings. I am not as crazy as Lane Kiffin, so I will not tell Kyler Murray to stick to baseball just yet, but he needs to step his game up as we move forward.
What Do We Have Against The LSU Tigers?
LSU struggled at Louisiana Tech and Stanford won a tough game at Oregon, who remains in the Top 25 in all three polls, showing the legitimacy of the Stanford Cardinal football team in the 2018/2019 season. LSU always has the best athletes and has produced many next level ball players, but they are known to be inconsistent in SEC play and I do not see them streaking very long, as they face off against a very good Ole Miss team next week and then travel to The Swamp™.
West Virginia Mountaineers Penalized For Not Playing?
The game that was postponed against NC State has seem to hurt the Mountaineers, who just finished blowing out Kansas State 35-6. WVU has struggled defensively in the past, but this year we really like the pieces they have on both sides of the football to make a run into the BCS playoffs in the final rankings. They have arguably the best QB in all of college football and one of the most dynamic offensive schemes we have seen in this decade. Washington has not looked good this season at all, so having them ahead of WVU shows the complete lack of football knowledge in the individuals picking the Top 25 possess.
The 2018 Cover Up Bowl - Ohio State vs Penn State
We have dubbed this "The Cover Up Bowl", as these schools have been under intense scrutiny nationally for off the field incidents. That being said, Penn State has appeared to have cleaned up their program under the direction of Coach Franklin and this game against the No. 4 ranked Buckeyes could propel them into the BCS playoffs, as the Buckeyes will travel to happy valley this weekend in hopes of remaining in the top four.
The Fighting Irish Have Not Been Impressive
We still are hung on the fact that Notre Dame struggled against a team that got obliterated by Indiana 38-10 and whose only win has come against FCS opponent Central Connecticut State. Ball State lost to Western Kentucky this weekend and was in a very close contest with Notre Dame on 9/8, where they were defeated 24-16 by the Irish. The win against Michigan also did not impress us that much, as Michigan did not have any continuity offensively and are not the same defensive unit of last year's Wolverine squad.
A Pivotal Win or Was Miss St & Florida Overrated?
Kentucky fans nearly lost it after they beat Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators, but the issue was that the Gators were really over hyped in 2018. They have beaten a bad Colorado State team and a really bad Tennessee team who has players who do not even want to enter the contest. That being said, Kentucky rose to the occasion and beat a statistically good Mississippi State team, as they also have only beaten the likes of Kansas State, LA-Lafayette and FCS opponent Stephen F. Austin. Ironically, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State will face off against Florida this weekend in The Swamp™ and then they might get to redeem themselves against Auburn to help Kentucky's win matter more to pollsters. Either way, whether at No. 14 or 17, Kentucky is back in the Top 25 for the first time since 2007!
Colorado In College FB Today's Top 25 - Not in AP or Coaches
The Buffs were off this weekend after not losing to an FCS opponent last week against New Hampshire. They were able to blowout the CSU-Rams in the Rocky Mountain Showdown and went on the road to beat Nebraska in Lincoln 33-28. We spoke about many key JuCo transfers in our2018 season preview and they have been paying off in huge ways for the Buffs defense. Their offense is prolific in itself, as Montez has been able to find the likes of Laviska Shenault Jr. for massive chunks of yardage and the Buffs will be well rested, as they head to a struggling UCLA team coached by Chip Kelly.
Duke Was In Our Top 25 Last Week & Boston College Was Not
Duke beat who by a score of 34-14? Army! I bet they did not know at the time that a game against West Point would have significance on Top 25 polls, but it did and it is why teams must handle business week in and week out. Duke also beat a very good Northwestern team 21-7 and we could not believe the pollsters left them out after a 40-27 win over 3-1 Baylor! Guess the pollsters are really starting to value the FCS, because after this weekend's blowout of NC Central 55-13, they finally gave Duke the love they deserve. Well, kind of, as we believe Duke would beat the teams in our Top 20-25 and it is why we they have moved up in our poll to No. 19.
Cal? No, really Cal?
Maybe the California Bears will make me eat my words, but I cannot justify them being in the anybody's Top 25. They beat a dreadful Tar-Heels team who lost to East Carolina barely by a score of 24-17. While they were able beat BYU, who almost was replaced by the likes of Syracuse or Texas Tech in our Top 25, I do not see Cal hanging around anybody's Top 25 very long. Cal will host Oregon this coming week and I guess we will find out if they are all the AP has cracked them out to be or if they are just selling more gear this year than USC.
Too Harsh On Oklahoma State & Virginia Tech?
Virginia Tech lost to ODU, who had a 1.8% chance of beating them on paper and were not mentally prepared heading into yesterday's contest with the Monarchs. ODU took advantage and produced one of the biggest upsets in FBS football history yesterday and we removed the Hokies from the College Football Today Top 25. Also exiting out poll was Oklahoma State, even though they were able to beat Boise handily, they let Kliff Kingsbury come into their own backyard with his surging Texas Tech squad and dismantle them 41-17 in front of Pokes Nation. The Red-Raiders' only loss came to a good Ole Miss team this year in their opening game and they have improved drastically since that contest under the direction of Kingsbury. They have our 6th ranked team heading into town this week in WVU, who has historically struggled on the road in Big 12 play. This will be a marquee match-up for both teams, as they look to make a case for all three Top 25 polls in the 2018 College Football Seasons.
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