Smoking Musket Top 25 - Week 8
My apologies for not getting this up last week. Between the heart-breaking loss, a busy work week and kids, this one slipped through the cracks. This poll takes into account the last two weeks worth of football games and because of that, you see a lot of movement in both directions.
So last time, some of our writers began to entertain the notion that Clemson Tigers, not Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide army of mechanical death robots, might be the number one team in the land. Then this week, Clemson went ahead and lost starting quarterback Kelly Bryant to a nasty concussion and to the Syracuse Orange. Not to be outdone, last week Baker Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooner got told who their daddy was by Iowa St. Cyclones.
Penn State Nittany Lions have so far avoided the whole top 5 curse but now will begin to see what they are made up. Their three week stretch may be one of the toughest in the country: vs. #19 Michigan Wolverines; at #6 Ohio State Buckeyes; at #18 Michigan State Spartans. Come out of that unscathed and we can talk about #1 votes.
If the top of the poll is tough, the last 5-8 spots in this thing are down right arduous. My eyes tell me West Virginia Mountaineers is a top 25 school. Their offensive numbers tell me they are a top 25 school. Yet two of the three top 25 schools they’ve played they’ve lost to because of their own mistakes. Where in the heck am I supposed to rank this ADHD of a team? More so, who is the 25th best team in the country? Is it Texas A&M Aggies, the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, Memphis Tigers who beat both #25 UCLA Bruins and #25 Navy Midshipmen but lost to [at the time] unranked UCF?
What about the LSU Tigers? I said this friends, LSU is the West Virginia of the SEC. They went out and lost to Troy. They lost to Mississippi State in embarrassing fashion. Now in back to back weeks they’ve beaten #21 Florida Gators in The Swamp and suffocated the Auburn Tigers. What am I supposed to do with this team?
Given the way this season is going, expect a brand new 2-25 next week.