- Alabama (3-0) – The gap between Oregon and ‘Bama is shrinking every week, but the Crimson Tide holds onto the top spot…. For now.
- Oregon (3-0) – The Ducks continue to play as good as they look. This week’s matchup with Cal will be used as an interesting measuring stick to size up Ohio State and Oregon, and could play a factor in the polls as BCS talks heat up.
- Ohio State (4-0) – The Buckeyes aren’t jumping Clemson because of their 76-0 drubbing of FAMU, but rather the Tigers uninspired win over NC State, which could have been a loss if not for a blown call on a Wolfpack kick return.
- Clemson (3-0) – The little speed bump against NC State isn’t enough to drop the Tigers very far, as it was a game that Clemson teams of the past would have lost, and it was on the road on a Thursday night.
- LSU (4-0) – ESPN wanted you to think that the LSU vs. Auburn game was going to be a good one, but we knew it wasn’t going to be. That being said, LSU did step on their mascot namesake rivals, setting up a huge matchup with Georgia this weekend between the hedges.
- Stanford (3-0) – The Cardinal jumped out to a big 29-0 lead over Arizona State at half, but didn’t hold onto that momentum and let the Sun Devils scored four TD’s in the second half.
- Louisville (4-0) – The Cardinals continue to do what we told you they would; crush weaker competition. Louisville will keep winning and continue to watch the Top 5, rooting for losses.
- Florida State (3-0) – I am so tempted to move this Seminoles team way up the list, but I just can’t make myself do it. All roads lead to that Clemson game in a few weeks, and a win may vault FSU into the top three or four.
- Georgia (2-1) – With the opening schedule that the Bulldogs have, I’ll give them a pass on taking North Texas lightly for the first three quarters. We will learn a lot about where everyone stands in the SEC on Saturday when Georgia hosts LSU.
- Texas A&M (3-1) – As much as I wanted to drop the Aggies out of my Top 10, a one-touchdown loss to Alabama just isn’t enough. A night game at Arkansas who is coming off a tough loss to Rutgers should pose an interesting matchup, but Johnny Football will probably light up the hogs.
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