Division One FBS Top 25
2018 Top 25 Playoff Standings
While the Buckeyes offense looked almost unstoppable in their week one match-up, they appear to have some major issues on the defensive side of the ball. They were not able to produce any turnovers against Oregon State, a coming off of a season where they finished 127th out of 130th in the nation according to SB Nation when the numbers are crunched. Ohio State plays Rutgers tomorrow in Columbus,OH at 3:30 EST and needs to prove they can play at a high level defensively if they are to move up in our College Football Today rankings, as they will face far more superior offenses here in the future.
Florida Atlantic was rated a Top 25 program in some polls prior to the start of the season and it has a lot to do with their very popular Head Coach Lane Kiffin. They were a very good football team last year under Coach Kiffin and Kyler Murray simply dismantled the Owls Defense. In a decisive 63-14 victory, Murray was able to lead the Sooners' offense to an unfathomable 650 yards of total production and did not turn the ball over. If Coach Kiffin still thinks Kyler Murray should be playing baseball, he should have put his money where his mouth was and found a way to shut the Heisman Trophy "watch list" student-athlete down in week one. Oklahoma will face a more formidable opponent tomorrow at 1:00PM, as they face off against the UCLA Bruins in a PAC-12 vs BIG 12 showdown.
We do not consider 1AA-FCS opponent Southern University a nobody, as the AP Top 25 tends to do, but probably a more formidable opponent than Oregon State. They were in a dog fight last year in the Bayou Classic vs Grambling State and TCU was able to blow past them 55-7 at home without any hiccups. We also believe that the BIG 12 will be the strongest conference from top to bottom by the end of the season. You can catch TCU Football tonight against SMU live on ESPN2 at 6:00PM EST. If TCU does not live up to their ranking this year, they have the number one recruit in America on offense heading their way for the Class of 2019 in Daimarqua Foster.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish at #13?
We could be wrong here, but with being an Independent and the very tough schedule they face, we just do not see them getting through the likes of Stanford, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. Because of this three game stretch, which includes a trip to Blacksburg, VA to take on the very talented Hokies, the season finale against USC will not have BCS playoff implications in our opinion. Did Notre Dame play very well against a terrible Michigan offense or was Notre Dame's defense that good? I guess we will have to see what the future holds, as the Fighting Irish take on Ball State tomorrow at 1:30PM EST.
I have spent a lot of time in Morgantown, WV over the years and they always have a prolific offense that can light up the scoreboard with this year being no exception. The difference in this year's Mountaineers is that they have a very stout defense up front with the likes of USC transfer Bigelow, who was able to make a immediate impact against Tennessee. We all know that Will Grier and David Sills are destined for big things if they stay healthy for the entire season. If the defense can play at the level they did in week one and sustain for the entire season, WVU is one of our favorites to win the BIG 12! On the contrary, the Huskies did not look like they could compete in SEC play in 2018, as they fell flat on their face against the Auburn Tigers, who are in both polls' Top 10.
#11/17 USC at #10 Stanford
We both happen to agree on the ranking of the Stanford Cardinals, whom David Shaw has ready year in and year out. But we do differ somewhat on where USC should be ranked. Either way, I guess neither of us can really be wrong if Stanford wins, but if USC beats Stanford tomorrow night at 6:30PM EST, how far do they move up in both polls?
Colin Cowherd says score will be 27-23 Stanford over USC
As Coach Franklin stated, App State is one heck of a college football program and I am glad the AP Top 25 realizes this and did not slide Penn State far in the rankings. They have one of the better Penn State teams I have seen and obviously have some things to sure up defensively, as they face off against the University of Pittsburgh to re-kindle an old in-state rivalry that my father David Trout took part in. Pittsburgh has received many votes for our FBS Top 25 and can move up into the College Football Today Top 25 with a victory over Penn State.
4 Different Teams In Each Poll
We have four different teams our poll that are not featured in the AP Top 25. The differences are listed below:
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