Week 3 of the 2015 is the perfect reason why we should do away with preseason polls and have the first ‘official’ polls come out after week 3. This assumption of a current teams ability that has basis in last years performance is just a ridiculous conclusion. Let’s start with the top 10 preseason top 10 rankings (Current W-L):
- Ohio State (3-0)
Unimpressive win vs N. Illinois (20-13)
- TCU (3-0)
Struggled at Minnesota (23-17)
- Alabama (2-1)
Loss to Ole Miss @ home (37-43)
- Baylor (2-0)
Not challenged yet.
- Michigan State (3-0)
Impressive win against Oregon (31-28)
- Auburn (2-1)
Destroyed by LSU (45-21)
OT win against Jacksonville State(27-20)
- Oregon (2-1)
Loss to Michigan State (28-31)
- USC (2-1)
Loss to Stanford @ home (31-41)
- Georgia (3-0)
Not challenged yet.
Win vs South Carolina (52-20)
- Florida State (3-0)
Won @ Boston College (14-0)
If the rankings came out today, after week 3, here is my assessment of the top 10. Based solely on what has happened ON the field.
- Michigan State
- Ole Miss
- Texas A&M
Biggest thing I see is power teams struggling against inferior opponents. When you think of how this affects the playoff committee selection it should factor in greatly. For a team like Ohio State, who really plays no one at all for the entire season, that should absolutely make a difference.
Most impressive so far is Michigan State, who beat a good Oregon team and has handled every other opponent with no issue. Ole Miss is a surprise but I feel on the fence about the ability to sustain that level of play. TCU has all the tools to win it all but they need to put together a complete game against a quality opponent. Anytime you have a QB like Boykin, you will compete. LSU, in my opinion is the most improved team and has beat 2 ranked opponents. Good defense, solid QB play from Harris and the best player in College Football in Leonard Fournette.
It is still early but by week 5 we should have a clearer picture of where things shake out.