Texas continued at the Top of my Top 25 for the third straight week, while Miami fell 4 spots to number 7 after their loss versus Georgia Tech.
Top 25 November 19
3. Penn State
5. Ohio State
6. Virginia Tech
9. Notre Dame
11. Fresno State
12. West Virginia
18. Texas Tech
19. Boston College
22. Georgia Tech
25. Iowa State
Games I watched:
USC-Fresno State, Cal-Stanford, Washington State-Washington, Ohio State-Michigan, portions of Auburn-Alabama, portions of Penn State-Michigan State.
Explaining some of my deviations from the AP:
Ohio State (+2) - Since I am more impressed by Texas and Penn State than the AP poll, it only makes sense that I consider Ohio State's close losses to them less harshly.
That Tennessee loss is looking worse and worse every week. Auburn did better against Bama than LSU did on both offense and defense.
Georgia Tech has shown this year twice that it will occasionally rise up and beat a top 10 team.
It's hard to hold that against Miami as much as the AP voters did considering their strong resume otherwise. at Virginia Tech 27-7. I find it hard to imagine too many other teams doing that.
Notre Dame (-3)
Notre Dame got too much credit for early season wins against overrated competition and then voters seemed to have an aversion to correcting that and moving them down when they didn't lose.
I have no such aversion. Notre Dame could not hold Virginia Tech to 7 points. No chance.
Their best win is against Fresno State. They lost a lot of power on offense when Kellen Clemens went down. They may have put this behind them against Oregon State. A solid bowl win would prove it and could get them into my top 5.
Fresno State (+5)
I suspect the voters didn't watch Boise State at Fresno State or Fresno State at USC. Fresno State's 42 points against USC is the most ever scored against Pete Carroll. Holding Boise State to 7 points is the best defensive performance against the Broncos since Boise State opened the season at UCLA in 1991.
UCLA's best win is against Oklahoma, which I have just outside the top 25. UCLA's loss, well, it is much, much worse that Miami and Auburn being edged out by Georgia Tech. To be a top 10 team, you have to be better than 114th against the run.
Georgia Tech (-2)
Good job against the Top-10 teams, but could you please beat the rest of the ACC?
Florida State (NR)
They look like they have completely lost it since they clinched their division. They got spanked by Clemson, and I have a feeling that Florida and Virginia Tech will continue the trend.