It’s amazing how quickly things materialize. After three week you can already see how this season is beginning to shake out. It looks like the Pac-12 will be a perennial top-two team, battling with the SEC for dominance. The Big 22 is interchangeable as ever, jockeying for mediocrity. In the cellar lies the ACC. Midnight Madness is a month away; that’s all the Atlantic Coast cares about.
Last Week’s Rankings
- Big Ten
- Big 12
This Week’s Rankings
UCLA, Oregon, and Southern California all whooped up on power conference foes. Washington beat Illinois, and ASU shocked the world (not really, but that ending was bizarre) by beating Wisconsin. Both Oregon State and Utah looked punchy in their overtime battle. Cal even put up a battle against Urban Meyer’s championship-caliber team. Stanford continues to underwhelm, but it’s not yet time to hit the panic button. Oregon very well could be the best team in the nation.
It’s tough living up to expectations but the Alabama-Texas A&M game was an epic battle. A&M proved worthy of its media hype; ‘Bama proved it has an offense to match Nick Saban’s always-staunch defenses. Vandy was competitive against South Carolina, as was Mississippi State on the plains of Auburn. Ole Miss brought “For Sale” signs to Austin, and stuck them in Mack Brown’s front yard on the way out of town. Unfortunately for the SEC, Tennessee could only bookend touchdowns in a blowout loss to the Ducks.
3) Big 12
Texas Tech and TCU come out as a push, as both may be pretty good. Oklahoma is back to its yearly early-season dominance. And how about that, K-State actually beat a team it was supposed to. On the flip side, Iowa State couldn’t win the battle for the golden corncob against rival Iowa. The Black Bears of Mississippi feasted on Bevo’s withered carcass. And then there’s Kansas. Oh Charlie. Here’s your new Gameday sign, America: Charlie Weis doesn’t eat rice. I’m sorry, Jayhawks, you deserve more.
4) Big Ten
Nebraska: pwned. Illinois: pwned. Penn State: pwned. Purdue: pwned. Wisconsin: pwned. Michigan wanted to lose, but just didn’t want it badly enough. On the high side, Ohio State is rounding into shape, and keeps getting stronger every week.
Shame on you, BC and Wake. You are the concrete loafers fastened to the ACC’s ankles. The Virginia Tech I grew up watching never eked out games against the ECUs of the world. FSU looks solid, and so far Georgia Tech is handling its business. Another positive for the ACC is Maryland’s near departure. Poor showing against UConn, Terps. Poor showing, indeed.