Here’s the poll for the week:
The California Golden Blogs Top-25
Yup, your projected BCS Title Game participants are now LSU and Kansas? Wow. Not that they don’t deserve it, but Kansas has literally come from nowhere to finally get into the drivers seat of this season’s championship race. Of course, now they get Missouri, their toughest game so far, and if they can get past that, there’s the Big XII Championship game, which will be against Oklahoma if the Sooners can beat Oklahoma State on Saturday. Of course, if Missouri can run the table, they’ve got a great shot at the title game too. West Virginia and Arizona State have to hope for a Big XII meltdown.
The big mover this week is Oregon, dropping all the way to #17 after having their BCS title dreams, much like Dennis Dixon’s ACL, torn apart in Arizona. (I’m sorry, I’m a terrible human being for writing the above sentence. I actually feel really bad for the guy. He’d come so far this year, and to have his season end like this, well, it just kinda breaks my heart. If I had one, which, judging by the insensitive comment above, I evidently don’t.) I actually thought they played OK in the second half, and Brady Leaf is a senior quarterback with quite a bit of game experience. Yes, he’s Ryan Leaf’s brother, but if you’ll remember, before he famously flamed out in the NFL, Ryan Leaf was a darn good college quarterback. Anyway, if Oregon can pull it together and win out and USC beats Arizona State, the Ducks will win the Pac-10 and go to the Rose Bowl.
Unmoved this week are WAC powers Boise State and Hawai’i. No, Hawai’i, winning by two at Nevada doesn’t impress me, and it won’t get you into the BCS. Finally, though, we get to see these two teams go at it this weekend. Rainbow Warriors, prepare to meet thy doom!
Georgia moves down 1 mostly because we had Ohio State too low last week, Clemson moves down 4 after falling to BC, Oklahoma only falls 4 after losing at Texas Tech (I think that’s not far enough), and Michigan moves up(?) two after scoring only 3 points against Ohio State. No, I’m sorry, that doesn’t make any sense.
Also, Tennessee falls two spots after coming from behind to eke out a win over Vanderbilt. Yep, barely beating Vandy is kinda like a loss. Still, if they can beat Kentucky this Saturday, they get to play LSU in the SEC Title Game. Good luck with that, guys.