With big wins by Georgia and Miami, my ballot for this weeks Fansided Top 25 had some changes from a week ago. However, as will be the case for at least a couple more weeks, I am really just making some educated guesses at this point. Here’s how I ranked them this week:
6. Ohio State
7. Texas A&M
8. Florida State
17. South Carolina
18. Oklahoma State
21. Northern Illinois
22. Ole Miss
The big mover this week was Miami, who got a huge win over Florida. I tend like to reward teams that score big early wins, and there aren’t many bigger than the Canes win over the Gators. Sure, it took Jeff Driskel continually throwing to the guys int he orange jerseys, but Al Golden’s crew scored their biggest win under the Penn State alum.
Michigan also moved onto the cusp of my top 10 with what was a pretty dominant win over an “OK” Notre Dame team. I have not been as high on the Irish as some others, but without much to go on yet in 2013, that’s still a big win for Brady Hoke. Devin Gardner was very good once again, and Jeremy Gallon has emerged as one of the better receivers in the Big 10. These guys should be undefeated visiting Happy Valley in a little over a month.
Once you get past Michigan, you should probably make an argument for any of the remaining teams to be higher. Until the bottom two thirds of the poll has played some bigger games against quality opponents, there really is not much to go on.
As for our Nittany Lions, 2-0 is great, but there are still some questions that need to be answered before they make their way in. I expect plenty of those to be answered this weekend against an underrated UCF team. A win would go a long way to returning the Lions to my poll, as well as the ones that people notice.
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