Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The USC Trojans and Oregon Ducks were joined by the UCLA Bruins and the Stanford Cardinal in the second week of the Pacific Takes Blogpoll top 25.
1. Alabama - A kind of sleepy win for the Crimson Tide this week, still shutting any team out is never easy. Alabama is the best team in the country, until proven otherwise.
2. LSU - It looks like the Tigers have found the steady quarterback that they have needed for a long time in Zach Mettenberger. LSU looked like an NFL team playing a college team in their game against Washington.
4. Georgia - The Bulldogs 21 point win over Missouri on the road in their inaugural game in the SEC was one of the most impressive wins of the season thus far.
5. Michigan State - The Michigan State defense has yet to give up a touchdown yet this season. They will get tested next week against Notre Dame.
6. Oregon - The Ducks should be embarrassed that their toughest non-conference test was last week against Fresno State. The offense looks unstoppable, but the defense hasn't played well in the second half this season.
7. Oklahoma - It was good for the Sooners to blow someone out after struggling with UTEP the week before. The Sooners will need to be ready as it looks extremely competitive at the top of the Big 12.
8. Kansas State - The underrated Wildcats and Collin Klein got some attention for putting a serious hurting on Miami. Even if it isn't an elite Miami team, blowing out the Hurricanes is always impressive.
9. West Virginia - The space between the top three Big 12 teams is pretty close. Still waiting to see what West Virginia can do against a quality opponent after a week off.
10. South Carolina - Looked good beating up on East Carolina after a tight game the week before with Vanderbilt. The defense will compete with Georgia's to be the SEC East's best.
11. Florida State - The Seminoles should get serious flack for opening with two FCS opponents, so still don't know much about this team yet.
12. Clemson - Will be right there waiting to steal the ACC from the Seminoles again if they underachieve again.
13. Notre Dame - Always skeptical of the Irish, but the win over Purdue last week was solid, but they will have to really step it up on offense if they hope to score on Michigan State.
14. Texas - A second straight blowout of a lower level Mountain West team doesn't say much about the Longhorns, but they do look better early on than they have the last couple of years.
15. TCU - The Horned Frogs get the chance to start proving that they belong in the Big 12 next week against Kansas.
16. Virginia Tech - Looks like there will be little competition for the Hokies in the Coastal Division of the ACC, especially with a win over Georgia Tech already under their belt.
17. Ohio State - The Buckeyes got a comfortable win over a solid UCF team and the Leaders Division of the Big 10 is looking like it could easily be there's.
18. Louisville - The Big East is full of above average team and Louisville is looking like the best of the bunch.
19. Boise State - A BCS bowl is probably out of the picture now, but the Broncos certainly look good enough to win out through the rest of their schedule.
20. Tennessee - The Volunteers are overdue for a good year, and they have the pieces on offense to potentially make it happen.
21. Florida - The Gators impressed by winning the first ever SEC game in College Station, setting up the first marque SEC match-up of the season as they head to Tennessee Saturday.
22. Michigan - Air Force can be a tough team to play, but the Wolverines really needed to show more than what they did last week after getting destroyed by Alabama the week before.
24. Stanford - Bounced back after a scarily bad game against San Jose State in their opener but looked like themselves running over Duke.
25. Nebraska - Had a tough early season loss on the road to UCLA, especially since they probably could have pulled it off with a healthy Rex Burkhead.
Close - Arizona, Oregon State and Arizona State (though not as close) narrowly missed the rankings. While both scored very impressive wins, I think that they said more about the weaknesses of the team's they beat than how good either team really is - Wisconsin has no quarterback, Oklahoma State no defense and Illinois lost their quarterback. However, another win or two for any of these teams in the upcoming weeks should slide them in.