SoCal's Updated Top 10
1. Ohio State- If only they took their medicine last year and gave up a Gator Bowl berth... This is a very good team that has dominated conference play outside of the Purdue game. I expect Braxton Miller to be the leading Heisman candidate next year for what should be a great Ohio State club.
2. Alabama- The No. 1 team for much of the year looks like it will return to the BCS title game to defend its crown, if they can beat Georgia in the SECCG. It bothers me that stud freshman WR Amari Cooper is tearing up the SEC and was almost a Hurricane. Dammit.
3. Oregon- I was shocked to see them lose in Eugene to Stanford, but that front seven gave them fits not only with their strength, but also their recovery speed on option plays. The Ducks will likely still land in the BCS Title game if they win out and ND loses to USC.
4. Notre Dame- Yes, they are technically undefeated and no, that doesn't tell the whole story. You have to play well to be ranked high...at least in the SoCal rankings. ND has played at a very mediocre level for much of the year, yet they now have a real chance to join 1998 Tennessee and 2002 Ohio State in the discussion of the least impressive national champions in recent memory. They still have to get past USC and likely the SEC champ, first. I have serious doubts if they can do both (they should handle USC with ease if Barkley is out, but the game could go either way if he plays and is healthy).
5. Florida State- From the standpoint of pure talent, this is arguably the most gifted squad in the entire country. They are loaded with future NFL studs. The Noles have gotten little respect from the computers this year because of a weak ACC field and a poor OOC schedule. It doesn't help that they have a mediocre coaching staff, either that allows them to lose at least 1 game a year (usually 3) that they have no business losing. FSU will beat an offensively impotent Gator club, crush the Coastal Division champion and rout the Big East champion in the Orange Bowl.
6. Georgia- Was not impressive against FCS foe Georgia Southern. The Dawgs have a simple path to the BCS Title game: Beat Bama and GT and they are likely in.
7. Kansas State- The Fighting Bill Snyders were blown out at Baylor, which is shocking considering how well they have played this year. The Cats are nonetheless a near lock for the Fiesta Bowl. SSJ's "Baby Batter" curse appears to have worked well on Collin Klein, whose Heisman hopes are probably dashed.
8. Texas A&M- Manziel's parents are already trying to trademark "Johnny Football". The Aggies have a weak slate remaining, but they should land in a very good bowl, probably the Cotton and with Barner and Klein struggling, "Johnny Football" could win the Heisman.
9. Clemson- A terrific club that has dominated ACC play and would have advanced to the ACCCG if their game against Florida State were in Death Valley rather than Tallahassee. Defense is a concern, but offense is top notch with great weapons. Barnburner win over Glennon and NC State.
10. Stanford- They're the west coast version of Wisconsin (or what Wisconsin was before this year). Strong, tough, physical, a b**** to play against and clutch. Their front seven corralled Oregon's running game and made Mariota uncomfortable all night. David Shaw is a very good coach and they play "the right way".
Last edited by SoCalBronco; 11-17-2012 at 11:52 PM..