MotSaG Top 25 – Week 7

MotSaG Top 25
1. Oregon
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Florida State
6. LSU
7. Louisville
9. Baylor
10. Texas A&M
11. Miami
12. Missouri
13. South Carolina
14. Texas Tech
15. Stanford
16. Georgia
17. Fresno State
18. Northern Illinois
19. Virginia Tech
20. Oklahoma
21. Wisconsin
22. Nebraska
23. Florida
24. Oklahoma State
25. Washington

This week’s edition of the Top 25 is the “which teams scare el Kaiser the most in a hypothetical BCS Title (or Rose Bowl) Game.” If they’re ranked higher than OSU, I’m genuinely frightened to play them at the end of the season.

First off, Oregon is terrifying. I have had this discussion before with fellow football fans and I don’t think I’ve talked to many (if any) that think Ohio State can hang with Oregon. I think our offense would be able to put up points and I think our defense could land some body blows, but the Oregon offense never lets up, never gets away from its game plan and just does what it came to do — run, run and run some more.

Alabama is a team that Ohio State is set up to beat — a straight ahead, pro-style smash mouth football team. They don’t look invincible, but they look pretty dang good.

But those are the only two teams I would worry that they would lay the wood to Ohio State. I’m not saying the Buckeyes would beat the rest of the top ten, but I like our chances.

This week some of the top teams were exposed as first class. Clemson struggled for a half against a feisty, but ultimately not really great Boston College, Georgia went down at home, Baylor looked human and Texas A&M looked very beatable against a young Ole Miss team. Texas A&M is the only other team that scares me, because I think Johnny Manziel would keep them in the game, but that defense is too porous to make me too nervous.

Stanford disappointed, Oklahoma got a Texas-sized whupping (which I know had to be cathartic for Texas fans) and Michigan. Goodness gracious Michigan. That was, I just don’t know. I don’t have words.

Actually, I do. This is what I said two weeks ago:

Speaking of “maybe not good teams”, Michigan fans better be worried. By the simple transitive property (which I think went out of fashion a few years ago, but bear with me), you have Michigan team that struggled mightily to beat a UConn team that got manhandled by Buffalo, 41-12. That was the same Buffalo team that Ohio State manhandled 40-20. If you take those three outcomes, carry the three and solve for X, you realize that Michigan could be in for a lot of pain come November 30th.

Forget November 30th. The pain started early. October 12th, to be exact.

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