Monday, September 27, 2010

Walker Sports College Football Poll The Top Remains the Same


It's Monday and while the SEC gave us so great games to watch over the weekend, the Big 10 left us with absolutly nothing and plenty of questions surrounding their programs. In many ways this weekend was the final calm before the storm of conference football begins. Nonetheless if they are playing games, you can bet that we are ranking them.

1) Alabama Crimson Tide: Arkansas gave the Tide a scare Saturday evening, but in the end it was the defense that bailed the Crimson Tide out. Things don’t get easier this weekend with a matchup against the quickly improving Florida Gators.

2) Ohio State Buckeyes: Wake me up when Ohio State finally reaches their Big 10 schedule and starts playing real teams.

3) Boise State Broncos: Well Boise State has passed all their test for the season. They go on the road and knock off Virginia Tech, and then they hold serve at home against a then ranked Oregon State team. Now the Broncos need to win out, and hope for some love from the pollsters.

4) Nebraska Corn Huskers: It’s a strange day when the Nebraska Cornhuskers can sneak into the top five and hardly anyone takes notice. This is a very good team, and with the Big 12 South falling apart, Nebraska could find themselves representing the conference in the Big 12 once again.

5) TCU Horned Frogs: It must be pretty strange to be the ‘other BCS Busting team,’ but that’s what TCU is. It took some late game heroics to get by SMU on Friday. The Horned Frogs will have to improve if they want to continue to impress voters.

6) Florida Gators: The Gators are looking better, but they get their first true test of the season when they take on topped ranked Bama on Saturday night. If they can pull the upset, the entire BCS will go into shock.

7) Oregon Ducks: They survived a shootout in the desert on Saturday night, but that’s not surprising. The Ducks can score points and they can score them in bunches. The rest of the Pac-10 better be ready for this offensive juggernaut.

8) Wisconsin Badgers: Big 10 football can be difficult to watch sometimes, but if you’re a Badgers fan you have to be proud of what this team has accomplished thus far.

9) Oklahoma Sooners: It’s hard to believe but the Sooners have flown mostly under the radar this season. Saturday’s game against an underwhelming Cincinnati team was not impressive.

10) LSU Tigers: Good out of conference win against West Virginia on Saturday. Now it’s time to buckle down for the SEC, no more give-me games from here on out.

11) Utah Utes: Yet again, the Utes are a sneaky good team, and they could find themselves in their third BCS game.

12) Arizona Wildcats: Could this be the year that the Wildcats are for real? The Pac 10 is going to be one difficult conference to navigate this fall.

13) Auburn Tigers: A sneaky quality win Saturday evening. The Gamecocks are a good team, and Auburn proved they could bounce back from a shaky performance last week and pick up a hard earned victory.

14) Arkansas Razorbacks: Tough loss against Alabama. For three quarters Arkansas looked like they could play with the top teams in the country. Unfortunately Ryan Mallet was unable to come through with a clutch performance when his team needed him.

15) Stanford Cardinals: It’s almost a disservice placing the Cardinals at 15th. They are a talented team and Andrew Luck can play. Do not worry Stanford fans, as the season progresses the Cardinals will move up.

16) USC Trojans: Matt Barkley can play, and this team is better than they have shown thus far. The big question is, are they just going through the motions?

17) Iowa Hawkeyes: Just remember the Hawkeyes did this last year. Wait around and capitalize on other teams mistakes and they found themselves in a BCS game.

18) Miami Hurricanes: I know it’s early but this Miami team is disappointing. Anything short of a trip to the ACC Championship will warrant a firing.

19 South Carolina Gamecocks: I was looking forward to seeing something special from Spurrier’s bunch this year. But they did play tough, and are still good enough to make noise in the SEC East.

20) Michigan Wolverines: Okay we get it, the Wolverines are back. Now can they play some real competition?

21) Texas Longhorns: Horrible loss Saturday. You cannot give up over 200 yards on the ground to an unranked team.

22) Penn State: They made Temple look far too good.

23) Michigan State Spartans: The coach has a heart attack and the players remain focused and go out a win. Now that’s a solid program.

24) Air Force: This is a good team, and chances are you will never see them play.

25) Nevada: If you want a clinic on how to run the ball just watch Nevada play.



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