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1 Oklahoma Sooners
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 LSU Tigers
4 Boise St. Broncos
5 Florida St. Seminoles
6 Stanford Cardinal
7 Wisconsin Badgers
8 Oklahoma St. Cowboys Arrow_up 4
9 Texas A&M Aggies
10 Oregon Ducks
11 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_up 4
12 Virginia Tech Hokies Arrow_down -4
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers Arrow_down -2
14 Arkansas Razorbacks Arrow_down -1
15 Florida Gators Arrow_up 2
16 Ohio St. Buckeyes Arrow_down -2
17 Michigan St. Spartans Arrow_down -1
18 Baylor Bears
19 TCU Horned Frogs Arrow_down -1
20 Auburn Tigers Arrow_up 4
21 Arizona St. Sun Devils
22 West Virginia Mountaineers Arrow_down -1
23 South Florida Bulls
24 Mississippi St. Bulldogs
25 Texas Longhorns
Dropouts: Missouri Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, Penn St. Nittany Lions, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, USC Trojans

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I LOVE that Brian Kelly and Notre Dame are 0-2

Call me cynical.  Call me a horrible person.  Call me what you will.  But I thoroughly enjoyed the look I saw on Brian Kelly’s face last Saturday night after he watched Denard Robinson and Michigan drive 80 yards in 28 seconds and beat his Irish 35-31 with two seconds left.  The game was pretty ugly, to say the least, but featured one of the best finishes I’ve seen in a long time.  The Irish looked to have had the game in the bag after Tommy Rees threw a touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 30 seconds left to put his team up three.  Then, Robinson did what he did last season against the Irish, putting his team on his back and driving down the field to beat them in the final seconds.

I was happy for Robinson because he seems like a great kid and was so deserving of a win like that.  But I was also elated that Kelly didn’t get the pleasure of celebrating the win simply because I don’t like him.  I don’t like how he left Cincinnati before the Sugar Bowl last year when they were 12-0.  I don’t like how he hung them out to dry.  The young guys on that team, especially Zach Collaros, admired Kelly.  Then, all of a sudden he decided to up and leave before the biggest game of their careers, a game in which they were blown out by Florida, 51-24. 

I also don’t like his mannerisms on the sidelines.  He always seems like he’s whining about something and he gets far too upset with his players when they make mistakes.  I understand football is a big boy’s game and all, but come on man.  There are better ways of getting through to your players than yelling and screaming at them all the time.  Needless to say, I think it’s fitting that he’s struggling at Notre Dame.  And an 0-3 start isn’t out of the question, either, as Michigan State heads to South Bend Saturday afternoon.

Auburn keeps finding ways to win without Cam Newton

I’m still not sure just how good Auburn is, even after their thrilling win against Mississippi State last Saturday.  But I do know one thing – they sure as hell know how to deliver exciting football games.  Backup safety Ryan Smith stopped Mississippi State running back Chris Relf  at the goal line as time expired as the Tigers held on for a 41-34 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.  It was the second straight poor defensive effort by the Tigers, as they have allowed 72 points in their first two games.  Their offense, however, made up for their defensive woes and continues to get the job done, tallying up 82 points so far this season.

But despite their shaky play on defense and their unconventional way of doing things, Auburn still continue to win.  They currently have the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 and know what it takes to win games in dramatic fashion.  They are doing it with different players, but nonetheless, they are doing it.  They moved up four spots in my poll this week, and hope to move up even further after they face a tough road test at Clemson this Saturday.     

National title implications highlight the Oklahoma/Florida State game 

I know this post is supposed to be a reflection on what happened last week in college football, but I can’t help but talk about the biggest game of the season thus far.  There is no way of overstating the importance of this game, especially for Florida State.  This is by far the biggest game of head coach Jimbo Fisher’s career, as he has the chance to take down the top-ranked team in the land and make his mark at a university that has had it’s fair share of success.  Former FSU head coach Bobby Bowden had one of the most improbable runs in college football from 1987 to 2000, as his teams won at least 10 games and were ranked in the top five of the AP poll every season. 

It seems impossible for Fisher to achieve that level of success, but he sure could help his cause with a win Saturday night.  Oklahoma will be more than ready, though, as they have a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender in quarterback Landry Jones and an All-America receiver in Ryan Broyles, who led the nation with 131 receptions last season.  Not to mention, Oklahoma boasts one of the most stifling defenses in the nation.  The atmosphere in Tallahassee is going to be electric Saturday night and this one should shape up to be one of the best games in recent memory.

Submitted by Steve Giles