College football Top 25 this weekHere are my votes for the Top 25 this week as submitted to this week's IRA-CF college football poll.
1. Ohio State
2. Notre Dame
7. West Virginia
12. Virginia Tech
17. Virginia Tech
22. Arizona State
23. Penn State
24. Boston College
First of all, any doubt as to whether Notre Dame is for real as a title contender should have been erased Saturday, as the Irish picked apart a good Penn State team in the second half. Brady Quinn looked a lot better in this game than he did against Georgia Tech. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Irish are going to run the table, but right now they can't be dismissed as a serious contender for the national championship.
Is there any question who the best team in the nation is after Ohio State spanked the Longhorns 24-7? I don't think so, and the size and scope of the victory surprised even me, who believes in the Bucks-I thought Texas was a better team than what showed up Saturday night, the absence of Vince Young notwithstanding. Troy Smith looked like a Heisman Trophy quarterback precisely because he was able to keep his composure early on when the Texas secondary looked to be having their way with the Ohio State passing attack. The player of the game was not Ted Ginn, but the surprising Anthony Gonzalez-where did he come from?
Some of you are saying "Oatney, I am shocked-the Vols get no love." Tennessee can be thankful that Air Force didn't take that game to overtime, which they could have done. As impressive as the Erik Ainge and the Vol offense have been, the defense leaves a lot to be desired at this point and I am inclined to think Cal was simply over-rated (beating Minnesota as they did this week is not a difficult task in a normal year). So what gets the Vols back in my Top 10? A convincing victory over Florida next week would do the job very easily.