I say this every year, nobody listens. Preseason rankings are completely pointless. Week 1 produced five Top-25 upsets and three other close calls, Week 2 produced three Top-25 upsets with two of those playing as heavy favorites. Look, we know why the rankings occur before anyone plays a game, to bolster conference and individual team accolades before the bowl matchups and playoffs are set. The only way you can rank teams before they play a game is if you are looking at the name on the front of their jerseys, what they've done in past years, and how much money they earn the "system."
Ohio State was grossly overrated. Look, I love the Buckeyes, but their quarterback is new and not very sharp (yet), and their defense has looked so bad fans are calling for legendary Kerry Combs' head. This team got pushed around by a PAC-12 team, let that sink in. The good news for Ohio State fans is they will not be tested again for 6 weeks when they play Penn State at home on October 30th (get your Halloween costumes ready).
Despite what people are saying based on a final score, Alabama did not struggle against Mercer. They had no turnovers, they ran the ball 34 times and they held a 31-0 lead at halftime. Bama could have easily won by 60, but there is no better time to work some things out than in a game you know you will win.
Texas A&M's rankings is a false positive. They got completely shut down by a mediocre Colorado team, where both teams finished with less than 300 yards of offense.
The fact that Ohio State haters are pointing out Cincinnati is ranked higher than the Buckeyes and it is no longer the Buckeye's state is cheesy and rather sad. It's coming from mainly the typical culprits (I will leave it at that).
Notre Dame will lose to Purdue next week if Zander Horvath can play for the Boilers. The Irish damn near lost to Florida State, the same team that lost to Jacksonville State, and then they damn near lose to Toledo. Talk about overrated!
Don't look now, but Iowa appears to be the real deal. Many thought Minnesota might be the Big Ten West frontrunner, or maybe Indiana, but the Hawkeyes are showing that teams can still win running the ball and playing stout defense. They may not be Bama ready, but they could be Buckeyes ready.
USC and Miami are frauds. That's it, no further explanation is needed.
Ole Miss and the Runnin' Kiffin's look like the real deal. Coach Lane has these fellas playing hungry. They have a key game versus Tulane (who gave Oklahoma a game) next week before the true litmus test, a trip to Alabama the following week.
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~Michael Patrick Day, Irish Proud & 12oz Sports Writer
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