Rounding Into Form

Now that most teams have played three or four games, we have a much better idea of what’s what and who’s who. East Carolina’s big wins have lost a little luster, thanks to two-loss West Virginia. Alabama has kept on rolling. Tennessee? Terrible.

At this point, Homerism still has questions about three highly regarded teams. First, the jury is still out on a Penn State team that has rolled up some big wins in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions have put together a resume consisting of four wins by an average margin of roughly 40 points. However, that group includes Coastal Carolina, Temple and Oregon State. The only road win came at Syracuse, a picture of ineptitude under coach Greg Robinson. PSU has a home date with Illinois next week. Deliver a similar beatdown to the Illini, then we can talk.
Likewise, I think the Sooners still need to prove it before I can put them ahead of Missouri or Florida or LSU. TCU rolls into Norman next week, and we all know how that story played out last time. In Homerism’s opinion, OU needs a strong showing against the Horned Frogs to merit a higher ranking.
Finally, Homerism submits for your consideration that we don’t know nearly as much about USC as we think. So far, the Trojans are hanging their hats on a winning a road game against arguably the worst team in the ACC by 45. Then, Southern Cal beat up on Ohio State at the Coliseum. The Buckeyes, however, have yet to impress and were playing without an ex-Heisman Trophy candidate. Sure, USC has looked awesome in both games, but let’s not crown them national champs just yet. Unfortunately, the Pac-10’s struggles suggest the Trojans may not be tested until the BCS championship game.
Blatant Homerism Power Poll Week Four
1. USC
2. Georgia
3. LSU
4. Missouri
5. Alabama
6. South Florida
7. Wisconsin
8. Oklahoma
9. Texas
10. Penn State

4 Responses to “Rounding Into Form”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    On your power poll: I understand your need to be ultra conservative regarding your praise for OU, but the bulls of south florida blow. Whether they show you this sooner or later, i have no idea, but trust me they will show you.

    Also, what is your feeling about the Big 12 south having 3 teams in this weeks AP top 10? Obviously this cannot continue after they play each other, but it would be hard to argue against putting a team in the national title game if they can make it though without a loss, right?
    You agree…so…
    Don’t you have to say the same about the SEC? I think it is crap that USC is going to get a free ride out of the pathetic Pac 10 to a chance at the title?
    Even with a loss the Big 12 winner and the SEC winner will have a better resume than an undefeated USC.
    “V” for vajayjay (not Victory),

  2. AK Says:

    I understand what you’re saying about South Florida and OU. The point of this poll, however, is to rank teams based strictly on what we’ve seen on the field so far. I think the Bulls have done more up to this point than OU. I tend to value wins over quality competition more than dominating poor teams. OU has looked great in three blowout victories, but these have come against mediocre competition. South Florida, on the other hand, has beaten Kansas, which is a superior win compared with the teams OU has beat up to this point.

    In that sense, I don’t really feel like I’m being ultra-conservative regarding OU. The Sooners will move up pretty quickly in the next few weeks if they can keep this up, because the quality of competition is about to pick up significantly.

    I’ll do a post on your second comment.

  3. KENZO Says:

    I think you’re just being bashful, Mr. Blatant… OU is definitely Top 5 — you know Wisky will stumble… they always do.

  4. AK Says:

    Wow, I’m being forced to argue against my beloved Sooners!

    Can any of the Sooners’ wins match these? If not, I can’t justify ranking them ahead of these teams.

    USC = Ohio St.
    Georgia = @ S. Carolina, @ Arizona St.
    LSU = @ Auburn
    Missouri = Illinois (neutral)
    Alabama = Clemson (neutral)
    South Florida = KU
    Wisconsin = @ Fresno State

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