There are few stories, if any, better in college football than Jarrett Lee. A guy booed off the field in 2007 for his INTs, including a game where he got crushed in the Swamp, comes back to lead LSU to come from behind wins against Tennessee and then again at the Swamp. The Mad Hatter is 6-0.
Mad props to South Carolina. Used the bye week to perfection and embarrassed a team last week had their fans booking trips to Glendale.
Finally, some real chaos. Bama’s lost their margin for error. Ohio St., Oregon, and Nebraska look like the favorites to finish undefeated in their conferences. LSU & Auburn remain undefeated in the SEC. Oklahoma and Michigan St. also remain underdogs to win out their conference. And the BCS Busters remain undefeated (Boise St., TCU, & Utah). Apparently, Boise St. is likely to be #1 when the BCS comes out next week but truly only LSU & Auburn control their own destiny.
So who gets #1? Is a one-loss Bama team better than an undefeated BCS Buster? This is a week to fight over the rankings, so let’s get to them after this reminder that LSU inspires its fans to pursue holiness!
The rankers were the usual, as MJ returned from paternity leave to give us his thoughts.
- Ohio St. (3) (6-0)–The Buckeye’s 24-13 win over Illinois isn’t looking so bad now after the Illini’s tomahawking of the Nittany Lions. A career day against Indiana for Terrelle Pryor, who completed 80% of his passes for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns, coupled with Denard Robinson’s stumble against Sparty, puts Pryor back in the mix for the Heisman race. But a big test awaits this week at Camp Randall. (J) 
- Oregon (1) (6-0) – Perhaps a Rose Bowl rematch a la the National Championship game? (DH) 
- Boise St. (1) (5-0)– There, I said it. (PZ) 
- Nebraska (5-0)-Texas week coming up. A big win over the Longhorns by a sizeable margin could propel them over Boise State.(J) 
- TCU (6-0)-When the semblance of a quality win is against an overrated Oregon State team, you rise no higher than 5.(MJ) 
- Oklahoma (5-0) –That victory over Florida State earlier this year is looking even better. But the Sooners will stumble somewhere along the way (J) 
- Alabama (5-1)– What a terrible weekend. Not only did they get whipped in Columbia, but their best wins got tarnished (Penn St. & Florida). With LSU & Auburn still on the schedule + a possible rematch with the Gamecocks, winning out with their defense is anything but guaranteed. (MD) 
- Utah (5-0)– Don’t count Utah out of the championship game. They have a chance to knock off Air Force and TCU late in the season (MJ) 
- Auburn (6-0) (TIE w/ Utah)– Still not sold on the Faux Tigers as they give up too many points. However, Arkansas is known for offense too, so expect a points-a-palooza this weekend. (MD) 
- LSU (6 & eaux)- National disrespect + an amazing defense + consistent improvement of the offense = hopes in Baton Rouge, even if they are only whispered in secret. (MD) 
- Michigan St (6-0).-Just damn. Sparty may prove to be the team to challenge Ohio State for the Big Ten title. Too bad they don’t play each other this year. What a load of crap. That would be a great match-up. (J) 
- South Carolina (4-1)– W/ Florida’s loss, South Carolina becomes the clear favorite to rep the SEC East in Atlanta. Would need a lot of help to be playing for anything more than a Sugar Bowl berth though, (MD) 
- Stanford (5-1)- A huge bounce-back win against USC for Jim Harbaugh’s team. But, the game was probably closer than it should have been. (J) 
- Arkansas (4-1)– Wasn’t the most impressive win ever against the Aggies, but can erase memories of the Bama loss by beating the other team in Alabama. (MD) 
- Iowa (5-1)– Tough, stingy defense is what’s keeping the Hawkeyes in the mix. But for a couple of lapses against Arizona a few weeks ago, this would be a top 5 team. This week they further expose Denard Robinson and hand Michigan their second loss. (J) 
- Oklahoma St. (5-0)– They had trouble with the Rajun’ Cajuns’ of the Southwestern Louisiana University at Lafayette. Not exactly a good sign (MD) 
- Florida St. (5-1)– The Seminoles are back. And they proved that the Hurricanes are probably not. (J)[NR]
- Wisconsin (5-1) – A big home game coming up this Saturday night against the Buckeyes. The Game Day crew will be in Madison, which means that at least the folks at ESPN believe this match-up is shaping up to be the game of the week. (J) 
- Arizona (5-1)– On behalf of the AQ conferences, thanks a lot for giving Boise & TCU ammo by boosting their Oregon St. win. I hope you lose every game except the one to Oregon. (MD)
- Nevada (6-0)– Help us, wolfpack-kenobi. You’re our only hope. (MD)
- Missouri (5-0) – On the 20th anniversary of the infamous “5th down” that Colorado – the absolute WORST and most UNDESERVING National Champion EVER in the history of college football – procured in order to beat them, the Tigers improve to 5-0. (J)
- Air Force -(5-1) A 3-point loss against #6 Oklahoma is the only blemish on the Academy’s record. This team is for real. (J)[NR]
- Michigan (5-1)- Sparty exposed the Wolverines as Big Ten pretenders, and in the meantime may have exposed Denard Robinson as a Heisman pretender. Word of warning to RichRod. You can win 8 or 9 games every year (something you thus far haven’t proven you can do at Michigan), but unless you can beat Michigan State and Ohio State, your days with the maize and blue are numbered. (J)
- Oregon St. – Every win for the Beavers moves us closer to the a playoff. Yuck. (MD)[NR]
- Florida – It sucks! to be! a Flooooorrriiidddddaaaa Gator! It sucks! to be! a Flooooorrriiidddddaaaa Gator! Ah blackened gator dishes will taste a little better all year. (MD)
Others receiving votes: West Virginia, Cal, NC State, UCLA, and Miami
Dropping out: Miami, Northwestern, Kansas State, USC.
Comment of last week: They haven’t played anyone, but get the chance to prove it against Nebraska. It’s a nice story-but they’ll lose big. (MD on Kansas State)