rdrsfn82 wrote:They have the talent to be a top 25, although not top 15 team. However based on how they have played so far they don't deserve to be ranked at all. The Mountain West is better than the Big 10, ACC, Big East, and PAC-10 right now.
Penn St and Illinois are not that good, Illinois lost to one good team and beat two cupcakes. Penn St beat one cupcake and two bad teams from other conferences. The only team that's beaten anyone is Wisconsin, but I just never believe in them since they always seem to lose to some teams they shouldn't every single year. OSU has a a defense that can shut down every offense in the conference. They can lose to Wisconsin and if they play terrible they could lose to Penn St (assuming they don't have every player arrested the night before the game) but those are the only teams beating them in the Big 10. That conference is awful, Michigan will probably win 3 or 4 games in conference play this season.
Yeah, the MWC is good, I was just referencing the BCS conferences, because like it or not they don't matter unless they have an automatic bid.
Illinois' defense is terrible, but that offense is going to put up a ton of numbers in conference and is pretty much tailor made to beat OSU. Speed, speed, speed. I'm still curious to see how Penn St's offense performs against a real team, but the defense is legit and shouldn't have any problems holding the Buckeyes under 20 points. As for Wisconsin, they're like they always are. Wisconsin is a weird team because they don't do anything one thing, outside of running the ball, really well but they do everything well enough that they don't have any real weaknesses.
The real problem is that it's freakin' impossible to realistically rank teams with only 3 weeks worth of data to go by. As Chap said a week or two ago, it's not possible to get a reasonable idea of how good people are until at LEAST the first week of October.
Also, for the record, I'll be unleashing my first Top 25(although it may just be a Top 10 or 15) for you all to pick apart and ridicule me about that same week. I know you can barely contain yourselves.......