BOZICH | No college football polls Sunday -- except my Top 20/Bottom 5
ABC's Kirk Herbstreit supplanted Louisville with Washington in his playoff Top Four Saturday. Does Houston's loss Saturday hurt the Cardinals?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — On a weekend when Louisville sat, watched and rested, there was something for Cardinals’ fans to fuss about.
Was it a good thing Houston took a stinging loss to Navy, taking a spot with Miami, Tennessee and Maryland on the list of unbeatens that burped Saturday?
Or would it have been better for Bobby Petrino’s team if the Cougars kept rolling, rolling, rolling, holding their spot in the Top 10 to keep their credentials puffed up and shiny for U of L’s trip to Houston in mid-November?
Let’s look around the room.
Better for Houston to lose because now there’s a blueprint for how to beat the Cougars (a team that beat U of L last season)?
Better for Houston to win because if the Cards don’t make the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, beating Houston is their final chance for a maximum exposure moment?
Who knows? Ask me again next weekend. Or the one after that.
I’ll hang up and listen — and share my Top 20 and Bottom Five. (For the record, the AP writers and USA Today coaches college football polls will not be released until Monday because two games -- Charlotte at Florida Atlantic as well as Georgia at South Carolina -- were delayed until Sunday because of the weather.)
1. Alabama (6-0) — Beat Arkansas by 19 and it was Bama’s second smallest victory margin this season. Moving like a tremendous machine -- as usual.
2. Ohio State (5-0) — Indiana played reasonably well and lost by 21 in Columbus. Nobody has played the Buckeyes closer. Urban vs Nick coming to a playoff game near you.
3. Clemson (6-0) — Raise your hand if you still think the Tigers were due for a letdown after the Louisville game.
4A. Louisville (4-1) — The good news (if you’re fretting about style points) is that the Cardinals’ next two opponents — Duke and North Carolina State — won.
4B. Michigan (6-0) — After scoring 78 against Rutgers, the Wolverines face back-to-back-to-back-to-back byes against Open Date, Illinois, Michigan State and Maryland.
4C. Washington (6-0) — A dozen years of frustration spilled out in a 70-point fury at Oregon. Thought of the day: Who’s going to beat the Huskies in the Pac 12? I'm waiting.
7. Wisconsin (4-1) — I hope the Badgers used their off week wisely because America (especially in Louisville) will be watching to see if they’re ready for Ohio State Saturday night.
8. Texas A&M (6-0) — Even Johnny Manziel didn’t see this coming, not that I’m convinced Johnny can see anything coming clearly after reading that Vanity Fair story.
9. Nebraska (5-0) — Trap game (couldn’t resist) at Indiana Saturday?
10. Western Michigan (6-0) — Hung 45 points on that Northern Illinois program that used to be the gold standard of the MAC.
11. Baylor (5-0) — The Bears don’t play another team with a winning record until Nov. 5.
12. West Virginia (4-0) —The Mountaineers lead the nation in bye weeks (two).
13. Boise State (5-0) — Who’s going to beat the Broncos? BYU? Wyoming? Air Force? Boise State? Nobody?
14. Virginia Tech (4-1) — Justin Fuente is the clubhouse leader for the best coaching hire this season after smoking North Carolina by 31 in Chapel Hill.
15. LSU (3-2) — The Tigers presented 1,001 ways to play the game with Florida. The Gators presented 1,001 not to play the game with LSU. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey finally awoke and strongly encouraged Florida to figure it out because the SEC championship game could be an embarrassment if the game is not played.
16. Willie Taggart (5-1) — The folks at South Florida won’t love hearing this but their coach has picked a wonderful time to start 5-1 when so many prime coaching jobs appear to be coming on the market. Willie wins -- and has that Harbaugh DNA.
17. Wake Forest (5-1) —I don’t have many rules but if Wake Forest goes 5-1 they make my Top 20, no questions asked.
18. Arkansas (4-2) — You scored 30 on Alabama? I don’t care that the Crimson Tide scored 49. I’m impressed.
19. Washington State (3-2) — Beware The Pirate. Not only did Mike Leach clobber Stanford by 26 in Palo Alto, he has the only team besides Washington unbeaten in Pac-12 play.
20. Kansas (1-4) — Moral victories have no place in the Top 20, but it’s late, I needed a 20th team and the Jayhawks’ one-point loss to TCU is the closest they have come to a Big 12 victory in their last 14 league games. Now get out of here.
5. Tom Herman (5-1) — Losing to Navy as the Houston coach is not the way you keep your genius card or grab one of those jobs that are allegedly yours at LSU, Texas or USC.
4. Michigan State (2-3) — Loss to Wisconsin followed by a loss to Indiana followed by a loss to BYU. What are Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer going to do to you Sparty? Ugh.
3. Brian Kelly (2-4) — You fired your defensive coordinator after Notre Dame gave up 50 points to Texas, 36 points to Michigan State and 38 to Duke. Who cooked up that zany game plan that called for 26 passes and resulted in three points in a tropical storm?
2. Mark Helfrich (2-4) — You still had a job when I starting writing this. Then — swoosh — Washington hung 70 on Oregon for the first time since Phil Knight was a toddler. Anybody got Chip Kelly’s cell number?
1. Tennessee (5-1) — You stole a victory against Appalachian State. That wasn’t good enough for you. So you stole another against Florida, too. And another against Georgia. Be happy you’re not 3-3, Butch Jones. Be very happy.
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