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Everyone still loves Bama. Or at least until Saban releases the hostages.
The BlogPoll is out and you can read the analysis here. Next weekend's slate previewed after the poll.
#2 Oregon at Arizona St.
ASU is hanging out with the "Others Receiving Votes", mainly because they haven't really beaten anybody all year. Still, Tempe isn't the easiest place in the world to play and the Sun Devils are at least "pretty good". That makes this Oregon's toughest game of the year so far.
#7 South Carolina at #3 Florida
It's not technically the SEC East title game, but let's face it, this is the SEC East title game. The loser would need a borderline miracle to win the East, and Georgia could still muck up the works by beating Florida. USCe now has the reputation as a poor road team, which they need to get over pretty darn quick.
#4 Kansas St at #17 West Virginia
If WVU doesn't have to go to Lubbock, we're billing this as the game of the day. Instead, it's on the undercard as people question how good the Neers really are. That's how people overreact to one loss. Morgantown is a real tough place to place, but the WVU defense is pretty terrible. KSU becomes a legitimate national title contender with a win here. I think they already are, but people will start believing in them if, and only if, they win and look good doing so.
BYU at #5 Notre Dame
This will be a popular upset pick all week long until we all jointly remember that BYU isn't all that great. Notre Dame has been dancing the razor's edge, but they do seem to find ways to win at home.
#6 LSU at #20 Texas A&M
LSU hasn't completely rehabbed their reputation just yet. Last week was about restoring the reputation of Death Valley. This week is about LSU on the road, where LSU has not played well. With the Heisman race suddenly wide open, here is Johnny Football's chance to throw his name in the ring.
#11 Florida St at Miami
Remember when this was THE game?
#18 Texas Tech at #24 TCU
The Big 12 is just so deep this year, it seems like every week has loads of good games. There's too many roughly equal teams. Tech, this week, has to duplicate their trick on the road. I'm not a believer in Tech just yet, but a win here would shut me up.
Virginia Tech at #16 Clemson
Clemson has the chance to deliver the death blow to VT's season. Get this, the Hokies, with a win, would be 3-1 in the ACC. Help us, Dabo. You're our only hope.
#22 Stanford at Cal
Like Washington, Cal has played an absolutely brutal schedule so far. The toll should start to show on the team, but they are better than their record indicates. And, am I wrong, but is this way too early in the year for The Game to be played?
#21 Cincinnati at Toledo
Undefeated Bearcats versus a one-loss Rockets squad! Don't miss the MACtion!