USC - From top to bottom on both sides of the ball I feel that this is the best team in college football right now. They beat their only opponent so far, Idaho, and they will be able to show how good they are when the travel to Lincoln this weekend. This is the first time I think anyone can honestly say that the defense of USC is better than the offense, and to think of that is scary.
2. LSU - I wasn't as quick as many others to jump off the USC bandwagon and vote LSU #1 after their stomping of Virginia Tech on Saturday. I will admit that I came away really impressed, but I want to see how USC does this week. If the Trojans struggle, I will not hesitate to move the Tigers to #1.
3. Oklahoma - The Sooners are quickly making a statement that they are the best team in the Big 12. Week 2 was suppose to be somewhat of a test when the Hurricanes came to Norman, but Oklahoma made quick work of them. Mark my words here, if Oklahoma gets past Texas in the Red River Shootout, there is a good possibility that we could see a BCS Title rematch with USC or LSU looming in the future.
4. Florida - Most of this ranking goes because they are the defending BCS National Champions, but there is a lot of talent on this team. On offense they will be without their star WR Andre Caldwell this week in a key game against Tennessee. This will be the first time this year that we will get to see if the young Florida defense can hold up to a strong offensive team led by Erik Ainge. Look for another close SEC battle when the Vols come to the Swamp.
5. West Virginia - Yes I know they did not look that great in the beginning against Marshall, but when a team has as many offensive weapons as the Mountaineers do, it is hard for me to think that anyone outside of Louisville will out score them in a shootout. The Eers have a semi-test this week on Thursday Night against Maryland. I have a feeling that Rich Rod is going to let the dogs (White, Slaton, and Devine) loose on National TV and the voters will come away impressed.
6. California - The overall team speed that the California Bears have is simply amazing. Nate Longshore is really making a name for himself along side the other superstar on the team DeSean Jackson. Any team that decides they should punt or kickoff the ball directly to Jackson should have their head examined, ahem Mr. Fulmer. I had some bad things to say about their defense in the preseason but most of that went to the side after their victory over Tennessee.
7. Penn State - By default I wanted to put the best team in the Big Ten at #7. In the first two weeks I had Wisconsin here (and unfortunately Michigan) but after the Badgers needed a late game comeback against UNLV, I decided they were no longer worthy. If the Nittany Lions' offense can get jumpstarted, this team will be dangerous. In two games their defense has only given up 3 points, and those 3 points came from holding Notre Dame to a field goal after a long punt return which put them first and goal on the 3.
8. Texas - It has been apparent that Texas slept walked through the first 6 quarters of the 2007 season. Luckily their first game was against Arkansas State but they needed a second half comeback to ward off an upset by TCU. Texas surely has the weapons to win the Big 12, but right now I question their motivation. With Oklahoma looming in a few weeks, the Longhorns better start taking their games serious.
9. Wisconsin - The Badgers had a nice showing against Washington State and a not so good one against UNLV. It has been the quarterback Tyler Donovan that has been stealing the show, not running back PJ Hill. The Badgers have a history of starting the season slow against lesser opponents and I still believe that any time you talk about the 2007 Big Ten Champion, Wisconsin's name has to come out near the top.
10. Ohio State - This was a tough spot for me to pick. It came down between Ohio State, Louisville, Nebraska, Boston College, and UCLA. I took the Buckeyes solely on the fact because they are a young team that is only going to get better as the year goes on. Defensively by the stats they have the best defense in the county and they will be tested this week against Washington. This is a big game not only for the Buckeyes but for all of the Big Ten. If Ohio State loses, the jokes will continue to pile onto the Big Ten.
Each week the people who write (or podcast) for In The Bleachers, along with a few other notable bloggers sent in votes to me as to who they think are the Top 10 teams after that particular week. If you are ever looking for it just look at the upper right part of the blog and you should find it. For the most part the votes are kept slient and the only that sees all the votes are me (who talleys them up) or if the person decides to reply all to the email. This week I am going to make my top 10 public for everyone to agree or disagree (feel free to).