Monday, October 20, 2008

Week 8 Power Poll

OK, after Texas' obliteration of Missouri, the Bovines take over the top spot for the time being. Let's face it, college football is a game of survival, and with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech up next, that survival is not guaranteed. But when Alabama only beats Ole Miss by 4 points, it's clearly time to move Texas up.

1. Texas
2. Alabama
3. Penn State
4. Oklahoma
5. USC
6. Utah
7. Florida
8. Georgia
9. Oklahoma State
10. Ohio State (OK, I may have written the Buckeyes off a little too early.)

Big XII Standings
1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Oklahoma State
4. Kansas (Yeah, they lost, but they looked more competitive against Oklahoma than Missouri did against Texas...)
5. Texas Tech (Trailing A&M at halftime should concern Raider fans...)
6. Missouri (Beat Colorado this week, and give me a reason to move you back ahead of Kansas...)
7. Nebraska (We'll see if AJ can find a reason other than "I didn't watch any games this weekend" to continue justifying burying the Huskers at the bottom of the woeful Big XII North.)
8. Baylor
The bottom four are almost interchangeable, but I'll sort them out anyway. Not a huge difference between these teams right now.
9. Colorado (I'm giving the Buffies the benefit of the doubt that a quarterback change might eventually spark this team.)
10. Iowa State (I'm giving the Cyclones credit for their first half against Kansas; that's at least something of note...)
11. Kansas State (Not sure if Colorado's offense is that bad, or if Kansas State's defense might possibly have improved.)
12. Texas A&M (Leading Tech at halftime isn't enough to erase the stench of the rest of this season...)


AJ said...

Dude, I didn't watch them this week. What the hell do you want me to do?

Iowa State lost by 4 TD's to Baylor last week.

Good lord, can't we at least see if you have the stones to beat Colorado or KSU? At least they've won some actual D1 games this year.

PS - If MIzzou is as bad as you say they are...and you lost by 5TD's to them (2 weeks ago) home; what does that say about NU?

That gap between 6 and 7 must be pretty wide.

MNHusker said...

Hey, that 9-3 pick doesn't look as wildly optimistic as it did in the preseason, contrary to someone else's opinion (who, I remind you, picked Mizzou to lose by 10 to Texas. Heh. :-)

Husker_Engineer said...

To answer a question from your post:

K-State's defense is that bad. While I understand that the Big XII is an offensive powerhouse this year, CU should at least expect to out perform ISU, BU, and aTm offensively. Yet, they are dead last in every offensive category except rushing offense...and they are 9th.

K-State is on the cusp of another melt down. Their defense now gets to face 3 of the more prolific offenses in the conference in consecutive weeks. They are gonna be sitting at home during Christmas this year.

Verdict: Ron Prince Experiment = FAIL!

Colorado pulls the redshirt off a freshman QB to try to shake the offense up. Look, Hawk's offense was crazy and unique years ago and he made a living off of getting the most out of his players and his crazy scheme. Now, Big XII teams are facing similar offenses all year long and the shine has worn off. He has not shown that he can adapt yet. They should beat ISU. However, with that crappy offense, I could see them losing to aTm...

IMO they come to Lincoln 5-6...and leave 5-7.