Everyone in the world has their Top 25 and I felt left out. So here we are, the Smoking Musket has their own Top 25. Just like everyone else’s poll, it means nothing [until the playoff committee asks me to replace somebody which I will happily do. Maybe then the committee will actually understand stats!]
Smoking Musket Top 25 - Week 8
Alabama Crimson Tide - Alabama is the unanimous number one team in the land in our first poll. They look the part, whether it’s the head coach, the quarterback, the skill position or the defense, the Crimson Tide are the team to beat in 2017.
Ohio State Buckeyes - I want to hate the Crimson Tide but they are so robotic I can’t. I can hate Ohio State. Those guys are so pretentious. Yet, they are so damn good. Urban Meyer lost twice last year, for the first time in three years! Make no mistake, that Penn State loss was a fluke and 90 times out of 100, OSU wins that game.
USC Trojans - Sam Darnold is going to be a number one overall pick. USC averaged 20.3 points per game before Darnold took over the starting job and 38.6 points per game after Darnold was trusted with the keys to the offense. Right now, Southern California looks to be in the playoff hunt.
Florida State Seminoles - The Seminoles, led by Deondre Francois, might be the best team in the nation. Yet, Francis will be without Dalvin Cook so the pressure is all on him now. FSU, over their last 8 games, held everyone but NC State and Clemson to under 4.6 yards per play.
Oklahoma State Cowboys - I think this is one of Mike Gundy’s best teams in a long time. The problem is the schedule. The Cowboys open the season against Tulsa at home. The next time they return to Stillwater will be to open Big 12 play against TCU. Then its off to Texas Tech before a home tilt against Baylor. Then back-to-back road games against Texas and West Virginia. By the time November rolls around, OSU will have played 5 true road games. Still, to us, the Cowboys look like the best team in the Big 12.
Oklahoma Sooners - Baker Mayfield is very good, but the loss of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon has to hurt them a little. The offensive line will be good but the defense has been up and down in the Big 12 and Lincoln Riley will now have to go through the same adjustment period every new head coach does. Except Riley must do it at Oklahoma, who won’t take losing well.
West Virginia Mountaineers - I truly think this will be a fun season. The first half of the season has the chance to be very special. Will Grier is going to do well, Justin Crawford, Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway are going to help steady the offense. The biggest question is: Can the defense come together quickly enough to not derail the offense?
Kansas State Wildcats - If you know what to expect year to year from the Wildcats, please tell me. Everyone bought into the fact that the Wildcats were finally going to struggle last year. They responded with a 9-win season. Bill Snyder is one of the five best coaches in college football and you can’t change my mind on that.
TCU Horned Frogs - They return all that talent. Kenny Hill has to be better, right? Gary Patterson is still a very good defensive head coach. All of these things are in play as to why TCU is at number 25.