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Husky Football Blog

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October 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM

My Top 25

The latest AP Top 25 is out, and while the Huskies didn’t receive any votes, every single team they have played this season did.
Yes, that includes Idaho, which got one vote after improving to 5-1 yesterday with a win at San Jose State. That also includes Arizona, which got five votes despite the loss last night. Reality is that Arizona would likely have been ranked if it had held on —- I was certainly thinking about voting for the Wildcats, who would have been one of just two teams left with an unbeaten Pac-10 record. When Arizona lost to UW, I voted for Oregon State, which impressively beat my previous No. 25 team, Stanford.
Here is my complete Top 25:
1, Florida
2, Texas
3, Alabama
4, USC
5, Virginia Tech
6, Boise State
7, Ohio State
8, Cincinnati
9, Miami
10, TCU
11, LSU
12, Iowa
13, Penn State
14, BYU
15, Oklahoma
16, Oregon
17, Oklahoma State
18, Georgia Tech
19, Nebraska
20, Houston
21, Kansas
22, South Florida
23, South Carolina
24, Pitt
25, Oregon State
Oregon State is probably my biggest outside-the-box pick. My top teams look pretty much the same as the poll — Texas didn’t look great at times against Colorado, but neither did Alabama against an Ole Miss team that now assuredly goes down as maybe the most overrated team in the country in the pre-season. In fact, other than my bottom two teams, the other 23 in my poll all find themselves ranked.
I see Notre Dame made it in. But having watched both Notre Dame and Arizona in person the past two weeks, I’d be hard-pressed to say the Irish are better than Arizona (or Stanford, for that matter).
There are just two Pac-10 teams in the actual poll — USC and Oregon. There are five Big 12 teams, and I’d be equally hard-pressed to think that the Big 12 is that much better than the Pac-10. The problem is that it’s hard to find an obvious third Pac-10 team to rank. But I thought the way Oregon State has played the past two weeks made the Beavers deserving.
As for Idaho, I’m wondering if the Vandals have ever before received a vote — maybe 1998 when it won the Humanitarian Bowl with Chris Tormey as coach.
UW’s opponents’ record took a hit otherwise yesterday with LSU, Stanford and, well, Arizona all losing. Still, it stands at a gaudy 26-7. And worth wondering if any other team has all of their opponents at least receiving votes this week.

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