The Blogpoll and Big 12 Ralphie Report Rankings - Week 2

Rank Team Delta
1 Southern Cal --
2 Oklahoma 2
3 Florida --
4 Ohio State 2
5 Georgia 1
6 Missouri 1
7 LSU 1
8 Auburn 3
9 Wisconsin 3
10 Texas --
11 Texas Tech 2
12 Oregon 2
13 East Carolina 13
14 Brigham Young 1
15 Kansas 1
16 South Florida 1
17 Penn State 7
18 Clemson 1
19 Wake Forest 1
20 Fresno State --
21 Utah --
22 Alabama --
23 Arizona State --
24 California 2
25 West Virginia 18

 

Dropped Out: Cincinnati (#19), Illinois (#25).

Explanations on the movement and my Big 12 Rankings after the jump...

Other teams that I considered for my rankings (in order):

26) Tennessee
27) Virginia Tech
28) Georgia Tech
29) UCLA
30) Arizona

Breakdown:

Oklahoma jumped over Florida and Ohio State after dismantling Cincy.  Yes, Florida won, but without Miami's miscues on special teams the game would have been closer and I would take the Bearcats to beat The U on a neutral field right now (assuming Grutza was healthy).  Ohio State dropped 2 spots after totally sleepwalking through the matchup with Ohio, but I still think they come out and beat USC this weekend.  Call me crazy.  Auburn and Wisconsin both jumped over Texas and Texas Tech because when they turned it on both teams were able to impose their will against some decent oppenents and I didn't see that from the two Big 12 squads.  East Carolina made their debut at number 13, the highest spot for a Mid-Major at this point.  It would be a shame if they dropped a game against either NC State or Virginia because I would love for them to be able to claim a 3-0 record against the ACC.  KU and South Florida swapped places again as the Jayhawks crushed a good Louisiana Tech team. Penn State jumped seven spots due to the terriffic showing of their "Spread HD" offense and California made their debut at the poll at number 24.

College football is great because of the weekly rankings and the ensuing debate over who should be ranked where so chime in and let me know where I screwed up and who you think I should move.  As always you can view the chart showing the picks for the entire year and below you can see how I rank the Big 12.

 

Week 1 Big 12 Rankings

Take away the Sooners' horrendous special teams play and they might have beaten a very good Cincy squad by 50 points. Now can OU prove that their road struggles from last year are gone?

Not much to say here.  The Tigers rolled as expected. How they handle Nevada's high flying offense this weekend will help us get a better read on Missouri.

Texas was actually out gained by the Miners, but still won the game by 29 points. They took a bit too long to get going. If they don't ROLL a very bad Razorback squad in Austin we should be worried.

The Red Raider offense didn't look like the juggernaut we have come to expect.  Way too many mistakes. Hard to believe that the defense was the unit get cheers at the end of the game.

KU completely shut down a La Tech team coming off a SEC victory. If they can go into Tampa and pull off a Friday night victory over S. Florida then they are a top ten squad in my book.

Houston kept it close for awhile, but once the Cowboy attack got rolling it was not to be stopped. Think they are looking forward to the revenge game with Troy in two weeks?

The Wildcats are the surprise team of the Big 12 so far. Not that they weren't expected to beat N. Texas and Montana State, but they have come out on fire to start the season.

Until a 21 point 4th quarter outburst, the Huskers were entirely too close to a San Jose St team that struggled to beat FCS team UC-Davis the week before. I have no idea what to make of this team right now.

Phew.  That's all I can say. After what many thought was a fantastic victory over in-state rival CSU the Buffs laid an egg against the Eagles of EWU. There are a lot of questions to be answered before WVU in two weeks.

The Shermanator has a little bit of breathing room after a win at New Mexico.  I am very scared to see the Miami defensive line manhandle the Aggie line in two weeks.

Good wins for both the Bears and Cyclones this week. Both have some interesting measuring stick matchups this weekend against Iowa and Washington State respectively.

See above.

 

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