My Top 25 poll for the week:
4 Ohio State
5 Notre Dame
6 Penn State
8 Oklahoma State
11 Texas A&M
13 North Carolina
18 Kansas State
19 Iowa State
22 Virginia Tech
New to the poll: Virginia Tech, Marshall and Memphis, all of which won games, and Michigan, which begins its season this week.
Dropped out: Auburn, Tennessee, UCF and Louisiana-Lafayette, all of whom lost. UCF lost directly to Memphis.
>>Alabama becomes the new No. 1 after its 41-24 win over Georgia. That impressive win, coupled with the win over Texas A&M and the offensive performance in its first four games, is enough for me to give the nod to the Crimson Tide over Clemson, which is a very close No. 2.
>>The top ten is still pretty anemic. It’s getting increasingly hard to sit on Oklahoma State’s handful of games. Ohio State and Penn State open this week; that’ll help. USC may not stick in the top ten based on what happens this following weekend of games.
>>Coastal Carolina nearly made my top 25. Weird thing to write, but it’s almost true. They’re at 26.
>>Again: Once the Big Ten and Mountain West, which also starts next week, start posting performances, it’ll be easier to rank them.
>>Now you know why the SEC doesn’t like playing too many conference games. Every SEC team not named Alabama already has a loss! Six have two losses!
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