Monday, November 26, 2007

NCAA Football Top 25 Nov 26

What an insane college weekend, I don't know if there's been that many great games in one weekend in a long time. You had each section of the SEC go into five overtimes, each one with a huge implication of some kind. One team remained undefeated, the other fell to a young team that looks as good as any I've seen this year. This power ranking will cause controversy, without a doubt.

1. Missouri Tigers (2)-Chase Daniels and this young team has proved, at least to me, that they are the real deal. This team has looked impressive week in and week out, and I will be stunned if the Sooners beat them for a second time this season.
2. Hawaii Warriors (12)-Yell all you want, but they are the lone undefeated team in division 1A and deserve to be in the national title game. You can't tell me this is for the kids if they don't make it into the game. It's like getting straight As and not begin valedictorian as some kid from a better school gets it because his B in geometry was more impressive then your A because it was at a tougher school...allegedly.
3. West Virginia Mountaineers (6)-To me, the WAC is just as tough as the Big East. I think they're on pretty much equal footing when it comes to toughness of schedule and the top teams. So if the Big East is in the national title talk, so should the WAC.
4. Ohio St Buckeyes (5)-What can I write about a team that won't play for two months? Gholston is a beast, and they have the Road Warrior, is there anything else to really write?
5. Kansas Jayhawks (1)-Some could argue that the Missouri and Kansas game was the national title game and I would find it hard to argue that. You have to take your hats off to Kansas, no one ever expect a Jayhawk football team to go that close to being undefeated.
6. USC Trojans (10)-Some personality on the radio said it the best, "USC when healthy is head and shoulders abover any other team in the nation." Of course they are, they recruit like mothers, and haven't been healthy all year. If there was a plus one game, USC would be your likely national champions.
7. Virginia Tech Hookies (7)-An impressive win over the Cavaliers of Virginia, a game I honestly didn't see the Hookies winning. I don't know how Beamer does it, but his team is constantly finishing in the top ten, even when they struggle they win, which is the most important thing.
8. Georgia Bulldogs (9)- It's sad that they're not going to be in the SEC Title game, but that's the breaks and why you have to play well all year long. This is an impressive team that should get a decent bowl and maybe even a BCS Bowl Game.
9. LSU Tigers (3)-It took five overtimes, but Arkansas was able to knock off the biggest fraud at number one since last year's fuckeyes. They did fight though, my only question is who is going to coach you next year? Jumbo Fisher perhaps?
10. Oklahoma Sooners (11)-Well, ya beat the Cowboys, lucky you. Unlucky for you is the fact that you're hurt, and you're playing a damn good Missouri team, a team that is much better then when you played them earlier in the season.
11. Boston College Eagles (14)-After their two losses they have quietly worked their way back into the the BCS picture. They can still get a BCS Bowl Game with a victory of Virginia Tech, which I think they just might.
12. Arizona St Sun Devils (4)-Another tough loss for Arizona St, but this is a team that has been hindered by injuries or they may very well still be in that National Title talk. Dennis Erickson will likely have them back here next year...if he sticks around.
13. Illinois Fighting Illini (17)-I LOVE this team, and how can you not? It is not only the team with the most amazing names around, they play balls to the wall football and beat the fuckeyes, GO ZOOK!
14. Florida Gators (18)-Teabow broke his hand, word to whoever plays Florida in a bowl game (I'm looking at you Illinois) rush the hell out of him and see if he can throw the ball.
15. Tennessee Volunteers (21)-Damn, I had Kentucky beating Tennessee and they nearly did it. Andre Woodson may be my favorite player this year in college football as he just finds ways to win. If he only had one more year at Kentucky imagine the things he could do.
16. Oregon Ducks (12)-My heart goes out to Oregon, a team who should have been in the national title game if Dixon's knee hadn't blown out. Who doesn't want to see the battle of Dennis Dixon and Chase Daniels?
17. Wisconsin Badgers (20)-The Badgers do what they do every year, lose a few games, but enough to keep them in the top 25 by their ground and pound offense, perhaps we should call them the icemen?
18. BYU Cougars (22)-I know folks don't agree with this, but I have a hard enough time putting a four loss team above a team with only two losses. Their losses came to a Pac 10 team and absolute shootout with Tulsa whose QB may be the biggest sleeper in next year's draft.
19. Texas Longhorns (8)-Well, good job kids, you managed to blow it and lose to the Aggies, again, in their coaches last game. I wonder if I'm the only one whose starting to believe that Vince Young won the national title and NOT Mack Brown.
20. Clemson Tigers (23)-I wish I could say I love this team almost as much as I love Illinois, but Bowden is coaching like his father. Sadly it's not his father of a decade ago, but like his father right now.
21. Texas Tech Red Raiders (24)-They beat Oklahoma, in my book that should put them in the top ten. Well, of teams I love this year at least. Who is wishing for a Texas Tech Boise St bowl game?
22. Boise St Broncos (15)-Speak of the devil and they shall appear. Sorry Boise St your iron grip on the WAC Championship has been ended this season by Vili and the Hawaii Warriors.
23. South Florida Bulls (N/R)-They've snuck back into the top twenty five, but that again it's just one giant cluster fuck down here once you get past number twenty. Hell, one could argue that it's a clusterfuck past 15.
24. Arkansas Razorbacks (N/R)-Thank you Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, Nutt and the rest of the Razorbacks. You saved us from the LSU Tigers appearing in the national title game, if only Michigan had played as hard.
25. Troy Trojans (25)-They're still here, and all they have to do is beat Florida Atlantic to stay here. I'm sorry folks, but I want to see more of the mid-majors do well and completely destroy the power system that the MAJOR conferences have in college football. My dream this year is for every non-major conference team to beat their major conference opponents in bowl games this year.

15 comments:

Dews said...

Must say, that Mizzou and Kansas game was probably the first college football game I've watched all the way through and it turned out to be a great game.

I'm guessing our very own DC&H will take some pride in seeing Hawaii at #2 :)

SayHey Kid said...

It may have taken the entire season but finally I agree with your top 25 from top to bottom. Good job man!

I think Illinois and Arkansas should play in the Upset bowl. Id watch it, hell, any team that proves that the BCS is flawed multiple times in a season deserves my 3 hours.

I do agree, we finally have a legitimate 1 and 2.

FSU- At least we had a winning season, gave Glennon a concussion, and broke Tebow's hand. Its the little things that give us joy.

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

Wow, having been a Rainbow Warrior before being a Warrior (as in, I was at UH the year June Jones came to town), it's great to see Hawai'i in the Top 25 again (pretty sure they were there in 2002-03). I wouldn't put them at number 2 though. They have the worst strength of schedule in all of major college football (119th or something) and they play in the WAC (seriously, New Mexico State? Idaho?). I'll give them credit for what they've done, and I'd have them in the 5-7 range. I don't know about number two though.

As a side note, Hawaii is a great football school. Everyone in Hawaii loves UH, and I wish I'd been there for the Boise St. game. I come from the Ulbrich-Lelie-Chang days. Vince Manuwai lived on my floor freshman year. BCS game would be awesome.

SayHey Kid said...

Hawaii managed to stay consistent. I think thats the main reason Shane has them at 2. For winning games they should win!! If schedule strenght dictated rankings, the Fuckeyes would be out of the top 25

Shane Rollins said...

I put them number two, not because of whether they are the second best team or not, but because they are undefeated and DESERVE to be number 2. I don't care if they have a very easy schedule, it's still very difficult to go undefeated.

As for the WAC, NMS and Idaho, sure. For those there are plenty of Ole Miss, Baylor, Stanfords, North Carolinas, Dukes, and Syracuse teams

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

I know, but Hawai'i played NOBODY this year. They blew up teams like Charleston Southern, but they also beat Boise State. I'd love them to play a couple Big Ten schools, and I'd love for them to end up in the Pac-10 or something some day in the future. I don't even know how that would work, but it'd give them a lot more credibility.

SayHey Kid said...

I wouldnt say Fresno is a "nobody". Shane might have to stab you in the eye with a sodering iron.

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

As I was saying, they've played nobody.

Hana hou!

SayHey Kid said...

Oh Snap!

Shane Rollins said...

Ah, but now they have to beat Washington who beat Stanford and Cal who themselves beat USC and Oregon respectively

Dews said...

Didn't Notre Dame just beat Stanford? Wouldn't that put them in the "Joke" school category as far as football goes this year?

Shane Rollins said...

No, they are a young team with a first year coach who managed to get Stanford a victory over USC. After that everything else doesn't really matter.

SayHey Kid said...

Notre Dame still had problems with Stanford, problems that should not have existed.

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

If Charlie Weis had just put down the cupcakes, stopped suing over his botched stomach staple surgery, and gotten back to coaching, this ND debacle would have never happened.

I'm a rare Hawai'i-Notre Dame fan.

SayHey Kid said...

If Charlie Wiess never left the easiest job on the planet to coach ND......well, this problem would still exist. Nevermind!