Bankroll Sports Top 25 Rankings As of October 6, 2006
1. Ohio State – Ohio State got by their last true test until Michigan with a convincing with over Iowa. This marks the second big road win for the Buckeyes this year, proving they can beat anyone, anywhere.
2. Auburn – While Auburn got a scare from South Carolina on Thursday, they showed they can come up with the big stop when they need to. They’re not going to have their A game every night, and they proved they can win with even an average performance.
3. Southern Cal – USC played in a closer game than they would have liked at Washington State, but they were missing their best offensive player, Dwayne Jarrett. With Jarrett’s absence, Steve Smith proved he is very capable of being a big play #1 wide-out, making USC’s offense that much deeper.
4. West Virginia – West Virginia won a very dull one on Saturday, but with their schedule, as long as they don’t beat themselves, Louisville is the only one who stands in the way of an undefeated season.
5. Michigan – The Wolverines offense continues to roll and there is no sign of a let down under Lloyd Carr. Michigan went into the Twin Cities and knocked off the Gophers in front of a Saturday night crowd, proving they are very worthy of being in the top five.
6. Florida – Florida has its biggest match-up thus far on Saturday, where they will host the #9 LSU Tigers in the swamp. Urban Meyer is 10-0 at home with the Gators, but he has never seen a defense like the Tigers. If Florida can win this one, it will catapault them to top 5 status.
7. Texas – The Texas Longhorns are getting ready for the famed Red-River Shootout with the Oklahoma Sooners. Colt McCoy and the ‘Horns lost their only other big game of the year against Ohio State, but if they can beat a very good Oklahoma team, they will be well on their way to a BCS Bowl.
8. Louisville – Coming off a bye, Louisville will play a Friday night game at Middle Tennessee. This one will be no problem for the Cardinals, who will remain undefeated, patiently awaiting their showdown with West Virginia.
9. LSU – LSU has another crack against a top 10 team this week as they travel to the Swamp, to play the 6 th ranked Florida Gators. If LSU can get by the Gators, which we think they will, they will prove they once again belong in the discussions of the elite.
10. Georgia – The Georgia Bulldogs have been sneaking by with their defense. After squeaking out another win against an inferior opponent on Saturday, against Ole Miss, they have many wondering who should be their quarterback. However, they are still undefeated and in our top 10, and we will find out how good they really are against Tennessee.
11. Notre Dame – Notre Dame won an easy game at home against Purdue on Saturday. The Irish offense rolled through the undermanned Purdue defense. If Quinn and the offense can keep clicking, this team will be headed for a BCS bowl.
12. Tennessee – Tennessee has its third big-time match-up of the season this week Between the Hedges against the Bulldogs. If Tennessee can knock off the Bulldogs at home, it will prove to the country that the Vols’ are truly back.
13. Oregon – Oregon’s offense continued to impress this Saturday against Arizona State. The Ducks got out to an early lead and never looked back, heading into their battle with Cal full speed ahead.
14. Oklahoma – Oklahoma will have a chance to put the officiating debacle behind them this week against Texas. If the Sooners play the way they are capable, and Adrian Peterson gets his touches, there is absolutely no doubt they can win this football game.
15. California- After getting trounced by Tennessee in week one the Bears are rolling. If Nate Longshore and the Bears’ offense can continue this trend against Oregon, they will once again gain national recognition.
16. Georgia Tech – The Yellow Jackets offense proved how good they are when getting the ball to Calvin Johnson. Tech rolled through the Hoakies in Blacksburgh on Saturday, and if it weren’t for a second half slip up against Notre Dame, this team would be thinking National Championship.
18. Iowa – It is no shame in losing to Ohio State and the Buckeyes. If Drew Tate can get the Hawkeyes back on track they can once again compete for a Rose Bowl berth.
19. Florida State – The Seminoles have one of the fastest defenses in the country. The problem is, their offense has been inconsistent all season long. If the Noles can find a way to become more consistent on offense, this team will compete for an ACC Title and a BCS berth.
20 Nebraska – Nebraska has a very intriguing match-up with Iowa State this weekend. If the Huskers can get by the Cyclones, it will be looking very promising that they will play for the Big 12 Championship.
21. Rutgers – The Scarlet Knights snuck by South Florida on Friday night, stopping them on a 2 pt conversion with under a minute left that would have tied the game. If the Scarlet Knights keep rolling, they will not only have their sites on a top 25 season, but a New Year’s Day Bowl game as well.
22. Boise State – While Boise State is under the radar yet again, Jared Zabransky has this squad at 5-0 and the heavy favorite to win the WAV.
23. Missouri – The Missouri Tigers are 5-0 for the first time in over 20 years. Their young talent has the Tigers rolling and having their sites on the Big 12.
24. Texas Tech – The Red Raiders got a huge win on a hail-mary type play against Texas A&M on Saturday. If the Red Raiders and their young quarterbacks can find a way to start clicking, this will become a very dangerous team.
25. Virginia Tech – The Hoakies played one of their worst games in recent memory on Saturday, getting whooped up and down the field by Georgia Tech. If V-Tech doesn’t start playing “Beamer Ball” soon, they will have a very quick exit from the top 25.
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