The Picture is Beginning to Clear Up
I'm done, I'm tired of it, I won't do it again for the rest of the season...I've given up trying to look at conferences as a whole and trying to figure out strengths. Which conference is the best, which one sucks. It is a lost cause anymore. But I have come to one conclusion about this college football season, there are a handful (maybe 5) really good teams, while the rest of teams are so close, they are only separated by a player here or there.
The teams that I think are head and shoulders above the rest are: USC, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Florida. I am not ready to throw Georgia or LSU in that mix just yet. If Georgia does beat Alabama this weekend, I promise to add them to my 5. Another team right on that bubble is the Texas Longhorns. Mack Brown's team is flying way under the radar, taking care of business in convincing fashion. Their first real test will come in two weeks again Colorado.
What has happened to Tennessee? First they lose an overtime game at UCLA, who to be honest, has looked like the bottom tier Pac-10 team that I thought they would be. Then the Vols did not any kind of fight against Florida in their 30-6 loss on Saturday. With the emergence of Vanderbilt, Tennessee could be the 4th or 5th best team in the SEC East.
The Big Ten boasts 4 teams who are undefeated right now: Wisconsin, Penn State, Minnesota, and Northwestern. With Big Ten play starting this week I think we will see the Gophers and Wildcats fall back to the pack a bit. I still say Northwestern makes a bowl game this year. The team I still like is the Michigan State Spartans. Javon Ringer had another 200 yard game against the Irish, and with a ball control offense like they have and a tough defense, the Spartans are going to finish in the Top 4 of the Big Ten this season.
We all forget that the Connecticut Huskies had a chance to win the Big East last year, but West Virginia put an end to it. But look out, they are 4-0 again! The Huskies play Louisville on Friday, and with only South Florida emerging in the Big East, the Huskies can once again have a shot at the Big East Championship.
That is it for now...more to come later.