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UGAprrthd's WEEK 8 TOP ELEVEN

Ok this late in the season a top 25 is useless, a top 20 is pointless and even a top 15 is too far-fetched…SO here is my Week 8 Top 11. Why eleven, cause errybody does a top 10 and I just must be different. And this is a little more serious than I take my FanPulse Top 25. I will not rank Auburn 39th and Florida 40th in this poll.

1. LSU. No doubt the most difficult schedule to date and is still unblemished. Burrows is a monster and clearly the Heisman front runner at the moment. Last hurdle to clear is in 2 weeks (11/9) IN Tuscaloosa. Not an easy win, but should they beat Bama, the Cajun Tigers roll into Atlanta Unbeaten and a solid #1 in the nation.

2. Alabama. The Tide is still the Tide and is systematically eating opponents in Bama fashion. Why are they #2? Because I cannot do a 2A, 2B. I really struggled with OSU in this spot. If OSU had a QB behind Fields...OSU probably would be here. Not an easy slate for Bama to finish out the year: LSU (11/9) but it is a home game and then Bama travels to Clemson without a lake to take on the Wartigplainsmen.

3. the OSU. Probably the most complete team in the NCAA this year. Probably the 2nd best Heisman candidate in the country, and no it is not the QB. Chase Young is a man-beast. If Burrows drops his focus, Young is the man in MHO. Still has an unbeaten Penn St (11/23) and a humbled, but dangerous Michigan (11/30) back to back. If Fields is injured this ending slate could prove to be the undoing of OSU.

4. Penn State. Yes most people put Clemson here, but based on schedule and results, I’ll put the Nittany Lions here. 2-0 against top 20 ranked teams #2 in the B1G in both Scoring Offense and Scoring Defense. Not the easiest path to unbeaten in the B1G (Currently Ranked Minnesota on 11/9 and what should be a battle of unbeatens at the Horseshoe on 11/23), and definitely more difficult than….

5. Clemson. The most undeserving ranking in the poll. Why are they here? They are defending champions and there is not a chance in Hades that the selection committee leaves out the ACC and the PAC-whatever. I mean Baylor, SMU or AppState could be a position holder here just because they are unbeaten. The only quality win they have is Texas A&M and if all plays out that will become a ho-hum victory. Lawrence is having a pedestrian sophomore season and the rest of the ACC sucks. If the PAC was stronger and had a shot the ACC might have been looking in from the outside this season.

6. Florida. I hate putting them here, but right now they are the best 1 loss team in the nation and probably the easiest remaining path to Atlanta from the SEC East. Only UGA is blocking the path, win next week and the Gators should be a lock. Their 1 loss is to the #1 team in the nation.

7. Georgia. Some would claim a little homer-ism here, and there may be a little, but there are way too many positives on this team to say they are more of a potential dumpster fire than a SEC Champ. Hopefully a few tweaks in the off week, some good healing, and someone in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences un-tombed the Green Notebook. Hardest Path in the SEC to Atlanta (WLOCP next week, A&M in Athens and travelling to the wasteland between Georgia and Alabama). All of us UGA fans must be cautious and not OVER Munson in the month of November.

8. Oregon. Very similar to Clemson above, but without the benefit of being the reigning Natty Champ. A loss to a quality Auburn team (hopefully will become the best 4 loss team in the nation). What will keep Oregon here is the Pac is worse than the ACC….

9. Baylor. Why is Baylor here???? Mainly as a place holder until the Big-12 Championship game. It is the only undefeated team in the 12, but still has Oklahoma and Texas remaining (11/9 and 11/16 respectively). I don’t expect them to be here at the end of the season, but if they are they are knocking on Clemson’s and the ACC’s spot in the playoffs.

10. Oklahoma. They pulled a UGA yesterday, and I like the pollsters 2 weeks ago over-reacted and dropped them too far; but that is life when you UGA. The only "quality" win is over the Longhorns and they JUST got boat-raced by Kansas State. Redemption is still available with Iowa St (11/9) and the UNDEFEATED Baylor Bears (11/16).

11. Auburn. Auburn has had a great season. Beaten Oregon, Texas A&M. Put up some awesome offensive numbers in some games, played hard in close losses to Florida and LSU…Easily the best two loss team in the nation and deserving of a top 11 ranking (OK back after puking my intestines out for 2 hours for actually typing that last statement). On the bright side for the fan of Auburn, the Wartigplainsmen don’t have to leave the cesspool of Alabama again this season, the bad news for that fan….UGA and Alabama are coming to town…Best 4 loss team in the nation (a little more puke).

11/2

11/9

11/16

11/23

11/30

LSU

Bye

Alabama

Mississippi

Arkansas

Texas A&M

OSU

Bye

Maryland

Rutgers

Penn St

Michigan

Alabama

Bye

LSU

Miss St

WCU

Auburn

Penn St

Bye

Minnesota

Indiana

OSU

Rutgers

Clemson

Woffard

NC State

Wake Forest

Bye

South Carolina

Florida

Georgia

Vanderbilt

Missouri

Bye

Florida St

Georgia

Florida

Missouri

Auburn

Texas A&M

Georgia Tech

Oregon

USC

Bye

Arizona

Arizona St

Oregon St

Baylor

W Va (10/31)

TCU

Oklahoma

Texas

Kansas

Oklahoma

Bye

Iowa St

Baylor

TCU

OK State

Auburn

Mississippi

Bye

Georgia

Samford

Alabama

Your thoughts on my ramblings, your own top 11, and should I switch to de-caff? As always Gators eat boogers...GO DAWGS

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