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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week seven)

Cover your eyes if you’re squeamish.

Friday the 13th apparently wanted to be Groundhog Day this year, with team after team finding themselves trapped in a horror movie with no escape.

It began innocently enough, unless you’re Clemson.  This wasn’t classic Clemson’ing though, this was more like playing with fire again but finally getting burned … Washington State made Friday a late night horror double feature … Then Auburn managed to inexplicably find a way to lay an egg of epic proportions, with a second half that has many wondering if the biggest problem on The Plains might really truly be the head coach … San Diego State, Texas Tech, and Navy turned in their own straight-to-video slasher flicks … By Saturday night, it really wasn’t a shock to see Washington turn invisible for most of their game, viewers had seen so much carnage already that most were probably getting a little numb … Michigan and USC and Miami and Oklahoma all took different routes through the genre before opting for happier endings … Alabama, on the other hand, chose to release another sequel, though in Arkansas some lobbied for the film to be rated NC-17, unfit for younger viewers … Earlier in the day in Knoxville, ticket buyers just wished they’d stop showing the same movie over and over, nobody is expecting any different endings any more … At least the Ole Miss faithful got a feelgood moment in a otherwise lackluster slate they’ve endured …

All in all, a rather dreary season for me continues unabated, so here’s the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Penn State (4)
  3. Georgia (5)
  4. TCU (6)
  5. Wisconsin (7)
  6. Ohio State (8)
  7. Clemson (2)
  8. Oklahoma State (11)
  9. Oklahoma (14)
  10. Miami (12)
  11. Washington (3)
  12. USC (13)
  13. South Florida (15)
  14. NC State (17)
  15. Virginia Tech (16)
  16. Washington State (9)
  17. Notre Dame (21)
  18. UCF (20)
  19. Michigan (19)
  20. Michigan State (24)
  21. Stanford (22)
  22. West Virginia (Un)
  23. Memphis (Un)
  24. Kentucky (Un)
  25. Auburn (10)

Dropped:  San Diego State (18), Texas Tech (23), Navy (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week six)

Pop. Pop. Pop.

That’s the sound of bubbles bursting around college football yesterday, the sort of day when I once again question why anyone thought there was a need to expand from two teams to four for any sort of playoff, much less why anyone would want to expand beyond that.

Oklahoma lays an enormous egg, which gets scrambled, fried, and poached by a walk-on QB … Michigan wishes they HAD a walk-on QB …. I’d hate to be Bama’s players in practice this week after they decided to sleepwalk for a fair chunk of a game … Is it really only a month since Auburn scuffled hard to beat Mercer at home?  I can’t recall a team getting such a turnaround by simply cutting a backup QB off their roster, but it’s hard to not notice the difference … Miami beats FSU in a painful fashion, hard to watch for both ‘Noles fans and for fans of decent QB play … I honestly don’t know how it’s even possible to be as tragic offensively as the other Florida team in the P5 though, losing to LSU right now has to officially put at least a small warming tray under the seat of any head coach … After seeing what happens with backup QBs, I have to figure Clemson is breathing a sigh of relief, pending the recovery of their starter …  Ole Miss is now officially a dumpster fire, Knoxville remains fully engulfed as well despite an off week.

All in all, a rather dreary season for me continues unabated, so here’s the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. Washington (4)
  4. Penn State (5)
  5. Georgia (6)
  6. TCU (10)
  7. Wisconsin (9)
  8. Ohio State (8)
  9. Washington State (11)
  10. Auburn (14)
  11. Oklahoma State (13)
  12. Miami (12)
  13. USC (15)
  14. Oklahoma (3)
  15. South Florida (16)
  16. Virginia Tech (17)
  17. NC State (21)
  18. San Diego State (22)
  19. Michigan (7)
  20. UCF (24)
  21. Notre Dame (Un)
  22. Stanford (Un)
  23. Texas Tech (Un)
  24. Michigan State (Un)
  25. Navy (Un)

Dropped:  Utah (18), West Virginia (19), Louisville (20), Florida (23), Oregon (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week five)

Separation continues to increase between the few legitimate contenders and the horde of pretenders.

Not sure how much can really be said after a weekend of dominant performances more than anything else.   Alabama is fairly frightening right now, they might actually be able to split their roster and have TWO teams in the Top 25 … Clemson showed up to play against an above average opponent … Washington flexed against a weak sister … USC got exposed, Penn State seemed somewhat pedestrian at times … Auburn made Mississippi State look almost as bad as Georgia made them appear … Georgia did whatever they wanted against a woeful Tennessee … Georgia Tech has to wonder how things went so terribly wrong for two quarters against a team as bad as the Vols, and it’s a little hard to not wonder just how much that loss may haunt them … LSU entered ranks of “teams that regret an absurdly large contract buyout” … oh, before I forget, #FireButch, unless you’re crazy enough to consider Bobby Petrino as a replacement, in which case keep Bitch Jones since there actually ARE some things in life worse than losing.  Being associated with a lowlife of that order is one of them.

And with that said, here’s the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Clemson (3)
  3. Oklahoma (2)
  4. Washington (5)
  5. Penn State (6)
  6. Georgia (8)
  7. Michigan (7)
  8. Ohio State (9)
  9. Wisconsin (10)
  10. TCU (11)
  11. Washington State (16)
  12. Miami (14)
  13. Oklahoma State (13)
  14. Auburn (15)
  15. USC (4)
  16. South Florida (17)
  17. Virginia Tech (12)
  18. Utah (18)
  19. West Virginia (19)
  20. Louisville (20)
  21. NC State (21)
  22. San Diego State (23)
  23. Florida (24)
  24. UCF (Un)
  25. Oregon (Un)

Dropped:  Mississippi State (22), LSU (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week four)

So, how are your nerves today?  Did you sleep okay?

Depending upon your team, there’s probably a wide range of responses.

If you’re an Alabama fan, you probably slept like a baby … Oklahoma fans probably wish their team didn’t go to sleep quite so early … Clemson backers are just happy their guys finally woke up … Penn State faithful may not sleep til Tuesday … Georgia fans have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads most likely … Folks in Starkville probably hope they can wake up from a nightmare … In Lexington and Boone and Ruston, the sleep was probably fitful, disturbed by thoughts of what might have been … In Knoxville, some folks likely spent the night wondering why it’s so darned hot in September … while in Atlanta, it was mostly just another night I imagine, when you do what you’re supposed to do then there’s probably a certain degree of routine about it all …

And no matter how restful or restless the slumber, the alarm will go off soon and it’ll be time to get back to work.

Time to redecorate, here’s the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Oklahoma (2)
  3. Clemson (3)
  4. USC (4)
  5. Washington (5)
  6. Penn State (6)
  7. Michigan (8)
  8. Georgia (13)
  9. Ohio State (9)
  10. Wisconsin (10)
  11. TCU (16)
  12. Virginia Tech (12)
  13. Oklahoma State (7)
  14. Miami (14)
  15. Auburn (17)
  16. Washington State (18)
  17. South Florida (21)
  18. Utah (19)
  19. West Virginia (22)
  20. Louisville (25)
  21. NC State (Un)
  22. Mississippi State (15)
  23. San Diego State (Un)
  24. Florida (Un)
  25. LSU (12)

Dropped:  Florida State (11), Colorado (20), Oregon (23),

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week three)

“They’re who we thought they were”.   Or, you know, maybe not.

Surprise, non-surprises, and some that were supposedly surprises but maybe really weren’t.  Those are the tales of the most recent college football weekend.

Alabama, Oklahoma, Washington, and Penn State were among the teams that provided little in the way of drama.  Just another day at the office … USC, on the other hand, left folks scratching their heads suddenly, as did Michigan (but only for a half) … There’s certainly no shortage of surprise (outside of Starkville) for the way Mississippi State demolished LSU … the difference was far less dramatic for Stanford but I’m not sure the current state of the Cardinal overall isn’t more surprising than an LSU underachievement …  Not sure Auburn isn’t on the verge of being one of 2017’s biggest disappointments, yesterday’s struggles were a decidedly not-good look … And then there are the “surprises” that really weren’t surprising to me at all, starting with Clemson’s domination of Louisville.   My feelings on how overrated both ‘ville and their star have been are not a secret … I’m less surprised to find out that UCLA doesn’t belong in the Top 25 (hey, look who wasn’t in mine last week in the first place) … I’m only a little surprised by Vandy over K-State, maybe more than a little but not truly shocked either …

And I’m not at all shocked that Tennessee found a way to appear dramatically undercoached AND undertalented at too many positions … nor that Ole Miss wilted on the road, as their star QB showed his bad side, and not for the first time … as a fan I’m honestly just relieved that Georgia Tech ended up with an unexpected weekend off.

With every week, we learn more about who is, who isn’t, and who never was.  So here’s the new JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Oklahoma (2)
  3. Clemson (4)
  4. USC (4)
  5. Washington (6)
  6. Penn State (7)
  7. Oklahoma State (8)
  8. Michigan (7)
  9. Ohio State (9)
  10. Wisconsin (10)
  11. Florida State (11)
  12. Virginia Tech (13)
  13. Georgia (14)
  14. Miami (15)
  15. Mississippi State (Un)
  16. TCU (Un)
  17. Auburn (16)
  18. Washington State (20)
  19. Utah (22)
  20. Colorado (21)
  21. South Florida (22)
  22. West Virginia (24)
  23. Oregon (25)
  24. LSU (12)
  25.  Louisville (18)

Dropped:  Kansas State (17), Stanford (19)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week two)

Given several of the big name matchups, you’d think it would make for a busy week of changes in my poll.

You’d be wrong.

Alabama dispatched another opponent with ease, no change needed there … I already had Oklahoma right on Ohio State’s heels, so the “upset” win wasn’t really that big an upset in my eyes … USC notches a nice enough win over a ranked opponent but they aren’t passing the other teams ahead of them on the basis of it … Clemson did about what I’d have expected, except with less offense, that isn’t going to shuffle things … Georgia beat a somewhat overrated team on the road, it’s a nice win with a first-time starter at QB but it isn’t perception changing either … Auburn and Stanford were ranked teams that lost but not in a fashion that calls for major downgrades … Four of my Top 25 teams didn’t play due to weather cancellations … when all is said & done, I’m not sure there was anything here that stands out as a big surprise, leading to a week that had more potential impact on paper than in reality.

For my personal interests, both GT and Ole Miss started slow before pulling away from overmatched opponents while Tennessee avoided the slow start and did what any P5 team should do against the same opponent.   Certainly beats losing but I had more fun watching young friends do well in a D-III game if you want to know the truth.

With minimal changes, here’s the least JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Oklahoma (3)
  3. USC (4)
  4. Clemson (5)
  5. Washington (6)
  6. Penn State (7)
  7. Michigan (8)
  8. Oklahoma State (9)
  9. Ohio State (2)
  10. Wisconsin (10)
  11. Florida State (11)
  12. LSU (12)
  13.  Virginia Tech (17)
  14. Georgia (16)
  15. Miami (15)
  16. Auburn (12)
  17. Kansas State (18)
  18. Louisville (19)
  19. Stanford (14)
  20. Washington State (20)
  21. Colorado (23)
  22. Utah (21)
  23. South Florida (22)
  24. West Virginia (24)
  25. Oregon (Un)

Dropped:  Florida (25)

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J3C College Football Poll (after week one)

Well it was certainly … eventful.

The first week of the college football season began by matching up my top two teams in the pre-season poll, hard to get more of a litmus test than that I suppose.  While the outcome might not be much of a shock, the devastating injury suffered by FSU’s star quarterback certainly was.  Not sure you could get a more impactful event in the opening week, unfortunately it’s the worst kind of impact … Ohio State looked rather pedestrian for a half, then flipped a switch and did that thing they seem to do … USC seemed to take a lesson from the team above them and did something similar, except perhaps against a better team … Michigan may have exposed the alleged improvements in Florida’s offense as a mirage … UCLA managed the second largest second half comeback in NCAA history, yet somehow Kevin Sumlin is still employed by Texas A&M … Georgia suffered an injury loss at quarterback while beating up but I’m not sure many teams were better positioned to handle the situation … And then there’s the Tennessee-Georgia Tech “thing”.  For the Vols there was resilience shown on offense while concerns have to remain about a defense that’s been pushed around a lot in their past half dozen games.  For the Jackets the bright spot of a record-breaking performance by a new QB was eclipsed by the nausea-inducing “kicking” (if you can even call it that), the inability to make defensive adjustments, the inability to avoid turnovers.  After such a major collapse it’s hard to avoid fearing that the word “inability” will be one that is associated with the team frequently this season.

Regardless, we have to start somewhere, so it’s time to unveil the 2017 Preseason edition of JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Ohio State (3)
  3. Oklahoma (5)
  4. USC (4)
  5. Clemson (7)
  6. Washington (6)
  7. Penn State (8)
  8. Michigan (9)
  9. Oklahoma State (10)
  10. Wisconsin (11)
  11. Florida State (2)
  12. Auburn (12)
  13. LSU (13)
  14. Stanford (14)
  15. Miami (15)
  16. Georgia (17)
  17. Virginia Tech (20)
  18. Kansas State (18)
  19. Louisville (19)
  20. Washington State (23)
  21. Utah (25)
  22. South Florida (22)
  23. Colorado (Un)
  24. West Virginia (21)
  25. Florida (15)

 Dropped:  Texas (24) 

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