|c/o The Clearly Dope – September 4, 2011|
Preseason #3 Oregon, last year's TEC regular season champion, falls out of the top 10 after a less-than-inspiring performance against #4 LSU – a squad with a bevy of issues whom the Ducks should've been primed to knock off. Instead, the elite of the SEC stepped up and demonstrated why the last five national champions have come from the same conference.
Most contenders performed as expected, including Boise State, who can never pacify the doubters, even after the Broncos' convincing performance against nationally ranked Georgia. As a result, Nebraska enters the top 10 and all others move up a notch.
1. Oklahoma (def. Tulsa, 47-14), 1-0, 665 pts.
2. Alabama (def. Kent State, 48-7), 1-0, 640 pts.
3. Boise State (def. Georgia, 35-21), 1-0, 610 pts.
4. Louisiana State (def. Oregon, 40-27), 1-0, 555 pts.
5. Stanford (def. San Jose State, 57-3), 1-0, 530 pts.
6. Florida State (def. Louisiana-Monroe, 34-0), 1-0, 475 pts.
7. Texas A&M (def. SMU, 46-14), 1-0, 450 pts.
8. Wisconsin (def. UNLV, 51-17), 1-0, 380 pts.
9. Oklahoma State (def. Louisiana-Lafayette, 61-34), 1-0, 360 pts.
10. Nebraska (def. Chattanooga, 40-7), 1-0, 335 pts.
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Maybe I didn't give this guy the credit he deserved last season. Perhaps I merely resisted buying into what could be easily construed as media hype. Whatever the case, Andrew Luck is a legitimate Heisman candidate who possesses enough mojo to lead the Cardinal, not just to the Pac-12 title, but also to an appearance in the BCS national championship game in January.