The Oregon State Beavers won their 2015 season opener over a small school at home, and they didn’t do it in impressive enough fashion to crack the Associated Press Top 25 or the Amway Coaches Top 25. In fact, the Beavers still didn’t get a vote in either poll. However, a quick glance at our Top 25 for this week (which ended Monday night with Ohio State’s win over Virginia Tech) shows many of Oregon State’s conference rivals in the top echelon of college football.
Oregon and USC are in the Top 10, predictably, and UCLA is in the Top 15. Arizona State foolishly scheduled a “neutral site” game against Texas A&M in the state of Texas, and the Sun Devils paid for that scheduling blunder. Meanwhile, Stanford traveled to the Midwest and lost to Northwestern with an uninspiring effort. Those two teams dropped out, as we do not rank teams with losses this earlier in the season—no matter what their schedule.
However, Arizona and Utah round out the Pac-12 representation in our Top 25 this week. The Wildcats were in our preseason rankings, of course, but Utah was able to crack the poll based on its domination of the Michigan Wolverines—and Jim Harbaugh—at home last Thursday night. That 24-17 score wasn’t as close as it looked.
Now, if the Beavers can travel to Ann Arbor this weekend and get a win, maybe the pollsters will take notice of Gary Andersen’s team. It’s going to be a tall order, however, for Oregon State (look for our game preview Friday night) to pull off the upset against Michigan. Anything is possible in college football, and that’s why they play the games.
Now, on to our Top 25 for the first week of action!
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Georgia Tech
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- Boise State
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- West Virginia
Also receiving consideration: Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Temple
A few notes on the above list, because some things need explaining. LSU didn’t play due to weather challenges, so we can’t give them credit for anything right now. Don’t fret; the Tigers will earn their way in when they actually play a game. We’re also not giving a lot of credit to some SEC teams for beating the likes of UTEP or Bowling Green. That kind of scheduling impresses no one when we all know you’ll have four losses come November. The pattern is clear with some teams and their scheduling: Win four out-of-conference games against patsies, go 3-5 in conference play, win a bowl game in your backyard … Pesto! An 8-5 season and a lot of hype for next year, when the same pattern will occur again. Not buying it here!
Enjoy this week’s games, and we’ll see you back here next Wednesday for a new Top 25.