BOZICH | My college football Top 20 (Louisville, IU)/Bottom 5 (Charlie Strong)
Where do Louisville, Indiana, Clemson, Houston, Charlie Strong, Jimbo Fisher, Ohio State and Kirby Smart rank in Rick Bozich's Top 20 and Bottom 5 in college football?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Late night. Early morning. Tweets, stats, replays, hot takes, looking ahead, looking back. A shortage of introductory words in the laptop today.
Just enough left to say that readers have enjoyed my Top 20/Bottom 5 College Football rankings, so the show goes on, even if Charlie Strong and Jimbo Fisher won’t be pleased.
1. Alabama (5-0) — The Crimson Tide played like they had one eye on the Louisville-Clemson game, but that was still enough to drill Kentucky. I was tempted to make Urban Meyer’s No Mercy Buckeyes’ Number One. Don’t let up many more times, Coach Saban.
2. Ohio State (4-0)— The Buckeyes played like they’re perturbed everybody is talking about Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban and a pair of ACC teams even though it’s obvious OSU (my pre-season national championship pick) has as much talent as anybody. Good to know I wasn’t stupid — for once.
3. Clemson (5-0) — With Florida State going State of Confusion on everybody, who’s left to beat the Tigers? The three road games are Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest. Your turn, Patrick Towles.
4. Louisville (4-1) — When all the moaning and finger-pointing about the final offensive snap ends (and it won't be Quick-ly), the Cards will still be in the discussion, just at a different table than the first three. Not optimal. Not season-ending.
5. Michigan (5-0) — The Wolverines version of playing at Clemson won’t come until the final week when they visit Ohio State. For the record, Louisville has played three road games. Michigan has played none.
6. Washington (5-0) The new Team to Beat in the Pac-12. The best chance for the Huskies to lose won’t be Saturday at crumbling Oregon, which is frantically paging Chip Kelly. No, it will be at Utah Oct. 29, at Cal Nov. 5 or at Washington State Nov. 25.
7. Houston (5-0) — I wouldn’t expect the Cougars to lose at Navy Saturday. But the Midshipmen will make them sweat more than UConn. Which job will you prefer, Tom Herman, Texas or LSU?
8. Wisconsin (4-1) — No shame in a 7-point loss at Michigan for a team than beaten LSU and Michigan State.
9. Tennessee (5-0) — Enjoy the Florida and Georgia wins, Vols. Then remember that the Football Gods have a way of evening the Fluke Play Endings.
10. Miami (4-0) — The Hurricanes can take control of the ACC Coastal by beating Florida State and North Carolina the next two weekends. Welcome back to The U.
11. Nebraska (5-0) — One good quarter was all the Cornhuskers played against Illinois. Now they have week off to get ready for —drum roll — Indiana.
12. Texas A&M (5-0) — If the Aggies truly belong, we’ll find out soon because their next two games are Tennessee and Alabama.
13. Western Michigan (5-0) — Don’t diss the Mid American Conference around me, especially after the Broncos beat Central Michigan by 39, the same Central Michigan that beat Oklahoma State, which beat Texas, which beat Notre Dame.
14. Baylor (5-0) — Barely beat Iowa State.
15. West Virginia (4-0) — Barely beat Kansas State. No wonder there’s barely any interest in the Big 12 this season.
16. Boise State (4-0) — Only two of the eight remaining teams on the Boise schedule have winning records.
17. Air Force (4-0) — The Falcons expect to return to the AP Top 25 Sunday — and they should.
18. North Carolina (4-1) — The Tar Heels aren’t bad, but am I the only one who wonders if the players actually attend class?
19. Ed Orgeron, LSU (1-0)— His Tigers scored 42 points, he spoke his mind, he beat Missouri by 35 points and dynamite couldn’t force him out of the head coaching office, especially if Jimbo Fisher keeps losing.
20. Indiana (3-1) — Beat Michigan State, which beat Notre Dame. Imagine if the Hoosiers had not lost to Wake Forest, which lost to N.C. State, which lost to East Carolina. (I just realized Michigan State was in the college football playoff last season. Nice work, Kevin Wilson and Tom Allen.)
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5. Kirby Smart, Georgia — Can you imagine how much grief Mark Richt would be taking if his Georgia teams lost to Ole Miss and Tennessee the way Smart just lost to Ole Miss and Tennessee? You coached defense for Nick Saban, Mr. Smart?
4. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa — You’re getting Iowa State results at Notre Dame prices— and stuck with it for many, many more years, Iowa fans. Tell the truth: You wish last season never happened.
3. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State — The last Michigan State coach who lost to Indiana is currently employed by Kentucky State.
2. Charlie Strong, Texas — Notre Dame scored 47. Charlie said he’d fix it. California scored 50. Charlie promised he’d really fix it. Oklahoma State scored 49. Nobody is listening to anything Charlie is saying about defense in Texas any more.
1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (3-2) — Showtime is trying to dump its “Season with Florida State Football,” to the Crime and Investigation Network because Jimbo Fisher’s string of four- and five-star recruits are masquerading as Seminoles’ players.
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