Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes: I was really trying to find a way not to have Southern Cal as the number one team in the country, but considering I have no love for the other possible choices (Texas, LSU, West Virginia) I swallowed my pride and put what really is hands down the best team in the land...Obviously, my poll is heavy when it comes to Big 12 and Big 10 teams, or as I like to say, Big 24 teams (even though combined they only have 23 teams,) partially out of hopeless bias against the SEC and Pac 10, but also because I think we're seeing a resurgence in the two conferences...The two big surprises off the bat may be Wisconsin at #5 and Texas A&M at #9, neither of which I plan on apologizing for nor changing when we're asked to to type up another poll next week. Wisconsin is the most underrated team in the entire country with 16 returning starters and Michigan has to come through Madison this season. Yea, they do lose Stocco but so what, LSU lost Russell and Oklahoma doesn't even have a quarterback and you don't see people dropping them out of the Top 10. I like Tyler Donovan at QB and what may be the most underrated WR group in the country. As far as A&M goes all anyone wants to talk about is the loss to Cal in the Bowl game. Never mind the fifteen returning starters this year including the best backfield (McGee, Goodson, Lane) and offensive line combination in the entire country, as well a defense which has steadily improved and looks poised to mirror Aggie defenses of the past. I would not be at all surprised if COoch Fran's group rolled into Norman undefeated on November 3rd...Speaking of those two teams, what do they have in common? Offensive lines! My thinking has really progressed over the past year, and unlike the folks over at ESPN who always insist on exaggerating the 40 times of skill positions players and referencing statistics compiled against easy non-conference foes, I prefer to to stick with the basics. If you have a solid O-Line that can open up holes in the running game and capable wide receivers then you my friend are going to succeed as a football team (that is unless you don't play defense, See Purdue)...Speaking of team's with good O-Line's, OMG Adam how could you not have Rutgers in your Top 25? Well, because I don't. Brian has gone ahead and asked us bloggers to make a case for one team which is overrated and one which is underrated. I've already decided on going with Rutgers as my overrated program, and have narrowed my underrated program down to Wake Forest or Texas A&M. Stay tuned for both those write ups later this week...
Any questions, comments, or angry rebuttals can be addressed in the comment box below. Since we have to come up with a revised Top 25 next week, I'm open to any and all criticisms.