Monday, September 17, 2012

BlogPoll: An Argument for NU as Best in the B1G West Division

Well, I'm ready to insert Nebraska back into the Top 25; not so much because I think one game fixed all of Nebraska's problems, but rather that Nebraska's problems aren't as bad as everyone elses.  Take Michigan State, for example.  Last night at home, the Spartans had no offense to speak of, and their defense wasn't anywhere near enough to win the game.  Some people may think the Spartans are the cream of the crop in the Big Ten's west division, but I'm not seeing it.  Nebraska's defense was better yesterday, but the Huskers need to do it against a BCS caliber opponent...and they won't see one of those for another four weeks.

So there you have it.  Southern Cal gets penalized for losing their fourth in a row at Stanford.  I thought Stanford was overrated to start the season, but they've proven themselves to be a Top Ten team now.  Alabama has to be a pretty much consensus pick at the top of the standings.  Notre Dame probably gets too much of a bump for beating Sparty on the road, but I can't help that.  TCU, Kansas State, Baylor, and Ohio get penalized for not playing so well against opponents this week.

In this week are Northwestern, Nebraska, and Arizona.  I'm not convinced Northwestern is a Top 25 team, but they are 3-0 against BCS conference opponents.  Each of those opponents probably will finish the season at the bottom of their conference standings, but still, those are somewhat decent wins.  And wins are better than losses.

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