The ACC capped off a woeful weekend folks as the league dropped EVERY SINGLE OUT OF CONFERENCE BCS MATCH UP on the docket for the weekend. The UVA loss to Southern Cal was expected but marquee match ups with Ohio State and Oklahoma ended poorly for both Miami and Florida State respectively BUT it was the loss in the Georgia Tech-Kansas game that truly typified the league's ineptitude.
And don't worry Virginia Tech, we didn't forget that YOU LOST TO JAMES MADISON AT HOME. You're not alone as an FBS school dropping a game to the FCS but you are just the second ranked team to lose an FBS vs FCS contest.
Oh and wrapping up this ACC bleh session; I'm tired of stinky football being crowned. This Saturday's Wake-Duke tilt filled up my twitter with folks talking about how great of a show this scorefest was. 35-35 at halftime is the offensive equivalent of a 0-0 game. There wasn't a lick of defense played and as a former safety I find that to be as utterly pathetic, not something to turn my TV to and watch as Wake's Brad Lambert and Duke's Hobby-Knowles combo saw their defensive units got shredded.
So without further ado, here is the Week Three First Draft:
-New comers? Yeah we've got five of them in Michigan, Arkansas, Arizona, California and Air Force. West of the Mississippi is getting some love as Air Force breaks Bronco Mendenhall's grip over them, Arizona just continues to impress and California looks to be rebounding from last season. Michigan and "Shoelace" Robinson looked much improved against the Fighting Irish and while the talk will be about Robinson's second straight explosive performance the Wolverine defense looked solid for the most part against Brian Kelly's offense (although the fact they couldn't stop a gassed and lumberinng Kyle Rudolph from getting a 91 yard score). Arkansas, I can't keep the Hogs out any longer. They not only break into the Top 25 they debut at #14 for me folks. They're good.
-One ACC team remains and that is Miami. Virginia Tech buh-bye. Georgia Tech adios. Florida State peace out cub scout. Each of those losses was so thoroughly humiliating I'm not sure which was worse. VT was bad but it looks to have a lasting effect on the Boise State situation so I cannot be that upset since it works in a "master plan" sort of way. I'll take FSU. First because I spent all summer attempting to explain to Noles fans that defensive success would be gradual but they sent plenty of not so nice tweets and emails informing me that I was clueless so being right is fun. Secondly because they seem to have single handedly vetted my selection of Oklahoma as the national champion.
-Drop outs besides the ACC? The state of Pennsylvania got taken out of the Blogpoll. I don't have a good feeling about Pitt even after winning this weekend, and to be honest I think that the new comers were more deserving in terms of my confidence in their squad. I may have been terribly wrong about Tino Sunseri. Penn State is a team I tried to keep in the rankings, losing to one of the top three teams in the nation is no shameful act; however with Bolden operating on such a limited basis and the running game struggling I couldn't justify it. The team is averaging 129.5 yards on the ground a game but they've yet to have Royster, or any other rusher, break the 40 yard mark on the ground. In fact, Royster has just 72 yards total on the ground in two games.
-Last teams out? Besides Pitt, Penn State who we've already discussed you can add Mizzou, Oregon State and Houston to that list to round out the final five. Oregon State is a team I've been somewhat hard on given they did lose to a very good TCU team in the early going. They've got a shot at redemption next week as they battle the Broncos of Boise State. Mizzou, even without stud running back Derrick Washington looks pretty solid and might challenge Nebraska in the Big XII North. Houston without Case Keenum is a huge question mark and as friend of the site Adam Jacobi said via the twitter machine:
If Case Keenum displayed symptoms of a mild concussion, he sure as hell shouldn't be day-to-day.
As always folks this is just the first draft. Leave your comments or send us some help via twitter and we'll look to adjust until we get the proper level of awesome in the poll for submission Wednesday.