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Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

Posted on: October 2, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 5:32 pm
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Can we just fast forward to Nov. 5? That's when LSU travels to Alabama to decide one half of the national championship game.

We think.

For now, the Tigers and Tide have separated themselves from the pack in the Week 5 Power Poll. No surprise there as the SEC has half the conference (six) in the top 25.

1. LSU -- It never rains points (defensively) in Tiger Stadium. Kentucky is third Tiger opponent this season held under double digits.

2. Alabama --  Bama and LSU defenses so dominant they're set to meet on "Dancing With The Scars."

3. Oklahoma -- Yes, OU dropped a spot after beating Ball State by 56. Deal with it.

4. Wisconsin -- The only free agent bigger than Russell Wilson in the state of Wisconsin is Prince Fielder.

5. Boise State -- Oh, so now the Broncos' kicker (Dan Goodale) makes all the kicks against Nevada.

6. Oklahoma State -- Bye week spent getting lube, oil and filter for nation's No. 3 total offense.

7. Stanford -- Andrew Luck makes his Heisman statement -- as a receiver.

8. Clemson -- First ACC team to defeat ranked teams in three consecutive weeks. Shock The World Tour continues.

9. Oregon -- Haven't been held under 56 since opening-night loss to LSU. Watch out Cal (Thursday night).

10. Michigan -- Why, yes, if you must know the Wolverines can win the Legends Division. Big Ten needs a mercy rule. Gophers gassed 58-0.

11. Texas -- Horns head into the Red River Shootout undefeated. Thank your Texas State Fair fried ice cream for that.

12. Georgia Tech -- Paul Johnson likes to distribute the ball. Just don't ask defenses who has it.

13. Michigan State -- Spoiled Buckeyes fans boo unpaid, eligible players who haven't taken extra benefits in 10-7 loss to the Spartans. "Am I surprised?" Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.  "I used to work here.

14. Illinois -- It's hard to pronounce, even harder to spell it but you will remember his name. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passes for a career-high 391 yards vs. Northwestern.

15. Virginia Tech -- Enter Sandman for Hokies' offense.  No touchdowns at home for the first time since 1995.

16. Kansas State -- Bill Snyder turns 72 on Friday. In a conference that desperately needs one, undefeated Wildcats are turning into the Big 12's feel-good story.

17. Auburn -- Gene Chizik used the old Lutzenkirchen to beat South Carolina.  That would be tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen who caught the game winner with 98 seconds left.

18. Nebraska -- Bo must go -- back to Lincoln to figure out how his vaunted defense gave up the program's most points in three years.

19. South Carolina -- Stephen Garcia with a ball down by three against Auburn in the final two minutes? What can go wrong?

20. Florida -- Gators need a win, and a search party for their manhood. Bama drains the Swamp of fans in a convincing win.

21. Baylor -- Please keep Robert Griffin III on your Heisman list. All he did was throw eight incompletions, five touchdowns and one crippling interception against Kansas State.

22. Arkansas -- Hogs plucky enough to stay within 18 until another A&M second-half collapse.

23. West Virginia -- Mountaineers entered the Bowling Green game with 306 total rushing yards. Freshman Dustin Garrison had 291 by himself against the Falcons.

24. Arizona State --Oregon State had not allowed a punt return all season until Jamaal Miles took one 78 yards for a score Saturday.  The (suddenly) Pac-12 South favorites roll, 35-20.

25. Washington --U-Dub forces five Utah turnovers. Offense has scored at least 30 in each game.

 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

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Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

"An honest observer would have to admit fault with polling after #10 had to score 28 in the 4th quarter including a TD in the last 32 seconds to eek out a win." You can't expect anyone to give ND any love or even fair evaluation. I can't believe that anyone can try to defend a team that has already, but then not have the ability to understand that top teams don't allow other teams to score 28 points in the 4th quarter as you shouldn't be bragging about that but be ashamed for it even happening. It's like the Aggie Motto "The thrill of victory and the Aggies of defeat". I will say that ND has not risen to the fine tuned level of "snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory" the the level of A&M, as I don't believe anyone will ever take that crown away from them.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

I NEVER KNEW THERE WAS ANY SUCH THING AS A "GOOD LOSS". THE BOTTOM LINE, YOUR TEAM HAS LOST 2 GAMES AND THAT'S NEVER GOOD IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A NATIONAL TITLE SHOT!



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:29 am
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

What happened in the past couple weeks or the past couple years?  In the past couple years, ND sent the real Fat Charlie packing for someone with a proven record as a Head Coach who can motivate his team and treats them like young men rather than chess pieces.  In the past couple weeks, we've seen a 19 year old true sophomore quarterback mature, slowly but surely.  We've learned that Michael Floyd is not the only guy that can catch a pass on the team (granted, when Rees isn't locked in on him-but he's a beast, so who cares?), and ND has had an RB rush for 100+ yards in 3 or 4 ballgames so far, including coming up 5 yards short of having 2 RBs with 100+ yards last weekend.  The OL is big, strong, and dominating, and the defense, well, lets just say that the defense is much better than they have been in a long, long time - with 2 freshman DEs who are complete animals.  Stick Mant'i Teo in between those two, and look out.  I've watched every Notre Dame football game for the past 24 years.  They were down.  Down for a long time.  They still aren't back completely, but mark my word....they are on their way.  This team is much improved in every facet of the game from what they have fielded in years past.  I'm not trying to be an arrogant domer when I say it, but..... as I said earlier, haters might enjoy the last week of not seeing ND in the polls.... it's going to be a long, long, time before it happens again.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:33 am
 

Tigers, Tide a cut above?

I think it's a little early to be making statements like this.  What has happened to make people think that they are so much better?  I don't see it...yet, anyhow.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 1:16 am
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

Let 'em bask in their glory of an Irish-less poll, sagcat.  It'll be the last one this year.  They believe if they keep on deeming ND to be old news, overrated, or irrelevant that it somehow becomes truth.  An honest observer would have to admit fault with polling after #10 had to score 28 in the 4th quarter including a TD in the last 32 seconds to eek out a win while #13 was manhandled by the Irish.  You can't expect anyone to give ND any love or even fair evaluation.  But I guarantee they'll notice after the Irish reel off 6 more wins before heading out to Stanford at the end of November.  And when ND beats the Cardinal, everyone will be crying bloody murder because a BCS bid will confirm the ND relevance they wish did not exist.



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

There's actually about 25 teams better than ND.  You don't want to look as stupid as Lou Holtz sticking with Notre Dame every week despite their continued journey in mediocrity.  Just let it go.  ND is soooo last century.



Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

So Michigan State is 13th, but the team that clobbered them isn't ranked?  No way there's 15 teams better than Notre Dame.  I get that we have to be lower due to our bad luck losses, but lots of other teams on here have lost games in which they've been dominated, and ND has two "good" losses.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

Arkansas at #22? You kept Florida ahead of Arkansas even though the Gators got beat worse...at home, while Arkansas' loss came on the road.

And by the way... Robert Griffin had 8 incompletions and 5 touchdowns. And the biggest stat: it wasn't enough to win.



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Week 5 Power Poll: Tigers, Tide a cut above

I'm a Michigan fan, and even I think Michigan is a tad high...


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