25 - by Ricky
1. Miami (10-0) - Ten games down with two to go.
Can the Hurricanes mentally stay up for a 33rd
and 34th win in a row?
Ohio State (13-0) - Luckeyes? There's nothing
lucky about 13-0.
Iowa (11-1) - The only question the Iowa Hawkeyes
have is who they will play in the bowl. Cougars
and Trojans are the two possibilities.
Oklahoma (10-1) - Think the Sooners have reason
enough to show up prepared vs. the Cowboys? If
Bob Stoops doesn't learn from his mistakes, he
will be doomed to repeat them.
Georgia (10-1) - The Bulldogs will need to be
careful. The Yellow Jackets are no pushover.
USC (9-2) - Trojans hope they didn't physically
or mentally beat the Bruins too bad in their 52-21
victory. They will need UCLA to beat Washington
State if the boys of Troy want to get to the Rose
Kansas State (10-2) - Seven points
all that kept this team from being undefeated.
Now the Wildcats await their sacrificial lamb
in the post-season.
Notre Dame (10-1) - Even at 10-1 the Irish are
looking for respect. No better way of earning
it than leaving the L.A. Coliseum with a big fat
Washington State (9-2) - It was only a matter
of time until they "Couged".
For some reason, it was hard to believe that Washington
State was going through the whole season without
bad luck, bad coaching, and a devastating loss.
Texas (9-2) - The Longhorns need to be real careful
this week. A third loss would not only make this
team a complete disappointment, but more importantly
it would make them third ranked team in the State.
Penn State (9-3) - There is only a few teams playing
better football right now. If not for a little
bad luck in their closer games, we could easily
be talking about an 11-1 team.
Alabama (9-3) - The worst thing that happened
to Alabama last week was their own success. For
yet another year, the better team goes into the
Iron Bowl to only leave in defeat. Now I wonder
if the Crimson Tide and their fans can even enjoy
Hawaii knowing they lost to archrival Auburn.
Florida (8-3) - What If I told you back in August
that Ron Zook would have beaten Tennessee, Georgia,
and be a borderline favorite vs. the Seminoles
in Tallahassee? Spurrier who? Well not exactly.
But a win over FSU and a 9-3 record would be a
satisfactory year for even the hard to please
Pittsburgh (8-3) - Don't believe in moral victories?
Well lucky for the Panthers the pollsters do.
Not only did Pittsburgh improve their overall
ranking in my poll, but their close loss at Miami
also maintained their ranking in the AP and Coaches
Michigan (9-3) - Along with John Cooper's curse,
Michigan's magic spell over Ohio State disappeared.
Colorado State (10-2) - The Rams can now sit back
and wait for the Conference USA winner to make
up the other half of the Liberty Bowl.
Colorado (8-3) - This year's Nebraska/CU game
might not have the importance of last year's game,
but there is still pride to play for.
LSU (8-3) - The SEC West is simple. Beat Arkansas
and you're playing Georgia for the conference
Maryland (9-3) - Maryland must have thought last
Saturday was a bye week. How else would you explain
the Terrapins not showing up vs. Virginia?
West Virginia (8-3) - A win versus Virginia Tech
in Blacksburg is always impressive. Pittsburgh
is next in a battle of ranked Big East teams not
named either Miami or Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech (8-3) - All of a sudden Virginia
is a must win game because a possible loss here
could mean the unthinkable. A Frank Beamer team
with the chance of losing 5 straight games.
NC State (10-3) - The Wolfpack's first 10-win
season in school history finished with its first
win versus a ranked team all year. Congratulations
to Chuck Amato.
23. FSU (8-4) - Don't let the ranking fool you.
Right now this team is awful. If it is as bad
as I think, the Noles will not be in the top 25
after next week. In the Seminoles defense they
have suffered some key injuries on offense while
the defense has been playing tough.
Auburn (8-4) - All is well at Auburn. The Tigers
have beaten Alabama and Christmas has been saved
by the wonderful play of sophomore quarterback
Jason Campbell and freshman 3rd string running
back Tre Smith.
Boise State (10-1) - Just because they play in
the WAC doesn't mean they are a bad team. They
have a very good offense and a quality win against
a Hawaii team that appears at the 24th spot on
the Coaches Poll.
outside: Boston College, South Florida, Virginia,