Eyes On The Prize
Offense was the best defense on the college football circuit Saturday. There were an electrifying 3,160 points scored in 52 FBS contests (60.8 points per game), the highest total since 1937, according to the Elias Sporting Bureau.
What’s it all mean? Nothing much unless you’re the defensive coordinator for West Virginia. Though Baylor’s offense, like West Virginia’s, Georgia’s and even Texas,’ were as potent as a jug of white lightning, defense will prevail in the end when someone wins a national championship. It always does.
But you will never see us get defensive about our wacky top 15. Without further adieu, read ‘em and leap.
1. Alabama (5-0): Roasting marshmallows and a week off with St. Nick just warms the heart.
2. Oregon (5-0): Ducks struggled for a half with Wazzu, but turned on the after-burners in the 2nd half to roll.
3. West Virginia (4-0): Imagine if it had a defense to go along with Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith. Big test, though, Saturday in lovely Austin.
4. Florida State (5-0): ‘Noles took a while to shake South Florida, but they did nothing to shake our confidence they are better than LSU and a few others.
5. LSU (5-0): Upset waiting to happen.
6. Georgia (5-0): Steve Superior says he’ll prove again he loves the taste of Dawg meat.
7. Texas (4-0): Fumble? What fumble? A break from the replacement officials allowed Short Horns to prevail in Stillwater and skate for another week.
8. South Carolina: Georgia on its mind.
9. USC (3-1): Trojans best defense is keeping reporters at bay.
10. Notre Dame (4-0): Defensively, Irish have been as stingy as Elwood Tomlin (it’s a Boley thing; you wouldn’t understand), giving up only 36 points. They face ‘Canes Saturday in ChiTown.
11. Florida (4-0): Gators might become 1st team to punk LSU on Saturday.
12. Kansas State (4-0): ‘Cats meet rival Kansas, which spent its weekend falling to Northern Illinois.
13. Ohio State (4-0): Being in the awful Big Ten doesn’t give us a clue how good Buckeyes really are.
14. Oklahoma (2-1): Hope another bye week was productive for “Big Game My Ass” Bob because he sure didn’t earn it. Sooners visit unbeaten Texas Tech on Saturday.
15. Clemson (4-1): Someone has to be the caboose.