BOZICH | ESPN GameDay Edition: My Top 20 & Bottom 5
To help the ESPN College GameDay prepare for their visit to Louisville Saturday, Rick Bozich presents his college football Top 20 -- and Bottom 5.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Welcome back to town, Coach Lee Corso.
I’ve known you since you rode that double-decker bus into Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. You were the coach at Indiana University who always had time for the student reporters. Your friends around Louisville from the time you spent coaching the Cardinals still rave about you, too.
And Mr. Kirk Herbstreit, you’re the one who was lucky to escape with a W when Howard Schnellenberger was just getting the University of Louisville hype train rolling by taking his outmanned team to Columbus in the early Nineties. You threw two interceptions. Jeff Brohm did not throw any. But the Cards missed a two-point conversion in the final minute and your Buckeyes won, 20-19, in1992.
Greetings to you, too, Herbie, and Desmond and Rece and the rest of the ESPN College GameDay crew. Before anybody hands you guys bottles of bourbon, Louisville Sluggers (an early Schnellenberger promotional trick) or keys to the city, let me provide the first gift.
My Top 20 – and Bottom 5 – after the first two weekends of the college football season. I think you’ll enjoy.
1. Alabama (2-0) – Imagine how good the Crimson Tide will be when Nick Saban doesn’t have to chew Lane Kiffin’s rear end.
2. Florida State (2-0) – See you down at Waterfront Park Friday afternoon, Jimbo. I’ll bring the Gatorade.
3. Houston (2-0) – Nobody has a better win than the one the Cougars delivered against Oklahoma.
4. Ohio State (2-0) – The Buckeyes, my pick to win the national title, Herbie, have outscored Bowling Green and Tulsa, 125-13.
5. Michigan (2-0) – The Wolverines, Jim Harbaugh’s pick to win the national title, have outscored Hawaii and Central Florida, 114-17. Advantage, Ohio State.
6. Clemson (2-0) – One-point win over Auburn. Six-point win over Troy. Sorry, Tigers, no extra credit for what you did last season.
7. Wisconsin (2-0) – Who put Les Miles on the Hot Seat? The Badgers did.
8. Texas (2-0) – I’ve stopped getting angry e-mails about Charlie Strong from stupid Longhorns’ fans. I wonder why.
9. Louisville (2-0) – Beat the Seminoles and I’ll put the Cardinals in my top four.
10. Stanford (1-0) – I can’t imagine David Shaw was thrilled to burn his off-week on the second Saturday in September.
11 Tennessee (2-0) – It’s going to take me a few weeks to forget Appalachian State, Butch.
12. Washington (2-0) – Chris Petersen’s system is lifting off. The Huskies are averaging 53.5 points per game.
13. Notre Dame (1-1) – No shame in losing at Texas, especially after Brian Kelly started the wrong quarterback.
14. Oklahoma (1-1) – Louisville can thank the Sooners for losing to Houston in Week One and likely costing OU the chance to host ESPN College GameDay against Ohio State this week.
15. Michigan State (1-0) – What’s with another Top 20 team being off on Week Two, just so Mark Dantonio could go to Tom Izzo’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction?
16. Arkansas (2-0) – Winning at TCU is no joke. Ask Bobby Petrino.
17. Iowa (2-0) – The Hawkeyes just added five more years to Kirk Ferentz’s contract.
18. Georgia (2-0) – Imagine the reaction if Mark Richt would have beaten Nicholls State, 26-24.
19. Texas A&M (2-0) – Prairie View? What, Chicago Vocational High School wasn’t available?
20. Central Michigan (2-0) – You didn’t think I would snub the Chippewas after they beat Coach I’m A Man, I’m 40 did you?
5. Northwestern (0-2) – Lost to Mid-American Conference team (Western Michigan) Lost to a team from the Missouri Valley (Illinois State). What’s next, a loss to the White Sox with James Shields pitching?
4. Oklahoma State (1-1) – Yes, the officials blew it. Yes, you should have won the game. Yes, you have a coach who makes more money than the entire Central Michigan coaching staff. Can’t even blame a sports columnist for this one, coach.
3. Kentucky (0-2) – Your most recent offensive coordinator beat you on opening week. Your original offensive coordinator nearly beat Clemson. Your rival is hosting ESPN College GameDay in the biggest game of next weekend. And you’re trying to get your fans excited about New Mexico State.
2. Rutgers (1-1) – You trailed Howard, 7-0? And then, 14-0. I don’t care that you won, 52-14.
1. The Big 12 (4-5) – On a weekend when the Southeastern Conference bounced back to win all 10 of its non-league games, the Big 12 lost more than it won, stumbling against Arizona State (Texas Tech), Iowa (Iowa State), Arkansas (TCU), Ohio U (Kansas) and Central Michigan (Oklahoma State). If you’re still looking for expansion candidates, add those five schools to the list.
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