Posted November 1st, 2005 by Brian
Filed under: Football

  Matt Brian USA Today AP
1 Texas Texas USC USC
2 USC USC Texas Texas
3 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
4 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
5 UCLA Miami Miami Miami
7 Florida St. UCLA UCLA UCLA
8 Texas Tech Florida St. Florida St. Notre Dame
9 Georgia Penn St. Notre Dame Florida St.
10 LSU Ohio St. Georgia Penn St.
11 Penn St. Georgia Penn St. Georgia
12 Wisconsin Wisconsin Ohio St. Ohio St.
13 Oregon Texas Tech Oregon Florida
14 W. Virginia Notre Dame Wisconsin Wisconsin
15 TCU Oregon Florida Oregon
16 Fresno St. Florida W. Virginia Texas Tech
17 Ohio St. TCU Texas Tech Auburn
18 Notre Dame W. Virginia Auburn W. Virginia
19 Colorado Auburn B.C. B.C.
20 B.C. Colorado TCU TCU
21 Auburn Fresno St. Cal Fresno St.
22 Florida Michigan Fresno St. Michigan
23 Louisville Cal Michigan Cal
24 Cal B.C. Colorado Louisville
25 Georgia Tech UTEP Louisville Colorado
Our Thoughts

Brian – Pretty much just a giant shift in my poll this week, only three teams in my top 25 lost this week. Georgia falls from 4th to 11th, it looks like DJ Shockley is going to be back on the field in time for their next game (Auburn on the 12th), without him Georgia wouldn’t even be that high and would be in serious danger of dropping two in a row. Boston College also drops as they get exposed as a pretty run of the mill team by Virginia Tech. They’ve got a slightly above average D and terrible offense, I almost dropped them completely out.

My top three stay the same. Texas got a scare from Oklahoma State (which we’ve discussed ad nauseam), Southern Cal spanked a terrible Washington State team, and VT beat B.C. on Thursday night. Like Matt, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the Hokies. They’re very, very good but I didn’t see anything that would make me remotely consider them for one of the top two spots. They’re a very good defense (with more “playmakers” than Texas) with an average offense around Marcus Vick. Vick reminds me pretty much where Vince Young was at this point last year, minus 5 inches.

Matt – I don’t think that I have ever been more scared while watching a football game. That first half of the Texas/Oklahoma St game was heart-wrenching. I know the same thing happened last year, but this year there is much, much more on the line. Luckily, Texas and Vince Young turned this game around and basically it became a blowout. Hopefully people won’t make too big of a deal out of it, as it has happened to USC numerous times this year.

One big change in my poll is that I moved USC back to the #2 spot (I had them at #3 previously). I know Va Tech won against B.C., but honestly, I wasn’t really impressed with their performance. They had the ball the whole game in B.C. territory, but managed to score only 30 points. Yeah, there defense is great (at times), but their offense doesn’t look sharp at all.


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