These are my NCAA Top 25 rankings.
Ohio State (12-0)
Can't we just give Troy Smith the Heisman, and avoid one of those boring award shows that makes Joe Theismann's Keys to Victory look like a heavily anticipated drama? Theismann contradicted himself last week... and the week before... and the week before! What will he do this Sunday? Find out by watching Sportscenter!
How about this scenario: Michigan plays Ohio State in the championship, and wins by one. They're proclaimed the national champions, yet the Buckeyes are still ranked No. 1 in the polls. I'd like to see that -- yet another BCS debacle.
This is how I look at it: Michigan lost to No. 1 Ohio State. USC lost to No. 535,301 Oregon State. That said, I don't want an Ohio State-Michigan rematch.
The South Park pee-wee hockey team could have taken the Gators' place, and Florida still would have beaten Florida State. Yeah, I know, I used that lame joke last week, but watching Bobby Bowden coach has drained all of my creativity.
If there were a playoff system, LSU would be the most dangerous team in the field.
The game against LSU meant nothing to Arkansas; the team already clinched the SEC West, and had no shot at the National Championship. Cough, playoff system, choke.
Louisville is yet another team that has learned that it's pretty easy to beat a Dave Wannstedt-coached squad.
Boise State (12-0)
Congrats to Boise State for going 12-0. Congrats to the rest of the WAC for cashing in on the Broncos' BCS berth. Nevada didn't lose on purpose, did it? Nah...
Is it me, or has Brandon Cox regressed since the beginning of the season? Cox looked great in September, but he completed only six passes at Alabama.
Tennessee has three losses, but it could make my NCAA football playoff as an at-large. The three defeats the Vols had this year were to LSU, Arkansas and Florida. And remember, they beat Cal pretty convincingly in September.
West Virginia (9-2)
Steve Slaton and Pat White combined for just 59 rushing yards. How does that happen?
Notre Dame (10-2)
I guess the likes of Air Force, Army, Navy, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Michigan State and North Carolina didn't prepare Notre Dame for USC. What a surprise.
I'm surprised the Sooners didn't win by double digits after Texas inexplicably lost to Texas A&M.
Good win over J.P. Losman and the Buffalo Bills.
Rutgers' blowout victory over Syracuse, and West Virginia's shocking loss to South Florida sets up a Mountaineers' win next week. They just have too much speed for the Scarlet Knights.
Boston College (9-3)
Too much emotion for Boston College to overcome; I'm not going to drop them in the rankings.
Wake Forest (10-2)
It's a sad day for the ACC when Maryland, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are the only teams that have a shot at the conference championship.
Texas A&M (9-3)
I thought Texas A&M could have beaten Texas at home with its 12th man, but on the road? Taking advantage of Mack Brown should be a crime.
I can't believe Texas didn't win the Big XII South. Actually, I can believe it; Mack Brown has reverted back to the guy who used to lose to Oklahoma every year.
It's been about a month since Bill Callahan has blown a winnable game. I'm starting to suffer from withdrawl symptoms.
A sleeper in this year's mock NCAA football playoff. BYU crushed everyone in its conference, with the exception of Utah. But it's not like they needed to beat the Utes; the Cougars had the conference wrapped up a week before.
The Golden Bears play mighty Stanford next week. Oh no, whatever will they do?
Penn State (8-4)
Penn State's only difficult road game next year is at Michigan. This could be an 11-win squad.
If you're a WAC school, beating a Big Ten opponent is a big deal, even if it's a terrible squad like Purdue.
South Florida (8-4)
Hard to believe South Florida finished 8-4 in the Big East after being a mid-major a few years ago. And if you beat the Mountaineers in West Virginia, you belong in the Top 25.
- Georgia Tech
- Oregon State
- South Carolina
- Texas Tech
- Virginia Tech
Troy Smith, Sr., QB, Ohio State
199 of 307; 2,609 yards; 30 TDs, 5 INTs. 1 rushing TD.