Sunday, September 30, 2007

USA Today poll out: USF cracks top ten.

The just-released USA Today coaches' poll reflects the many upsets of top ten teams this weekend. Southern Cal, which survived a scare but proved that, this time at least, Trojans don't burst under pressure, stays at number one, and LSU remains ranked second. Florida once again succumbed to their nemesis, Auburn, and fell from third to seventh. Losing to Auburn wasn't fatal to the Gators' drive to the national championship last year, but this year's squad looks unlikely to repeat. An impressive win over Oregon vaults the Dirty Golden Bear to third and makes Cal look like a national title contender for the first time in many years. Formerly fourth ranked Oklahoma, trampled by the Buffs, sinks to tenth. West Virginia falls from fifth to twelfth after losing to South Florida, which vaults from eighteenth to ninth, marking the Bulls' maiden appearance in the top ten of a major poll. Ohio State and Wisconsin, both still unbeaten, rise from eighth and ninth to fourth and fifth, respectively. Boston College cracks the top ten, advancing from eleventh to sixth despite a relatively narrow win over lightweight U. Mass. Finally, Kentucky advances from fifteenth to eighth, making its first top ten showing perhaps since the days of Babe Parrilli (some Wildcat fan correct me if I'm wrong).

Update: The AP poll is out now, and LSU is rated number one, Southern Cal second. South Florida makes it to sixth, and the Gators drop to ninth. The B.C. Eagles come in seventh, and all else is the same as in the USA today poll.


  1. Hi Claude,

    Off topic. Ughh. Argghh. Ooof. How terrible. Glavine will forever be the 300 game winner who couldn't win the big game. The miracle Mets, indeed. Poor David Wright. They aren't even my favorite team, yet I am unconsolable. And to make matters worse, the Yankees are in.


  2. Nothing matters but this: Phils win the NL East. Such an event, our pastor used it to explain the gospel at church tonight (aka "reversal of fortune"). Seriously.

  3. Isn't it IN-consolable, august? Not to worry, that's what all of Pennsylvania be by the end of this month when the Phils inevitably drop the big one, as all Philadelphia teams (historically) do when they finally get a shot at the big time. One thing you can't deny though, no matter what the sport, Philly teams are always the most entertaining to watch. I'm reminded of Lenny Dykstra's maw-spitting-chew tobacco-belly-hanging-over-his-pants while cranking out all those home runs in the 1993 world series.

  4. I'd say this was a pretty big one...

    Odd -- both the Phillies and Mets put 40-something lefties out there, one with long track record of postseason success, the other a journeyman most of his career who caught some late life.

    And the Hall of Famer gives up 7 runs in 1/3 of an inning.


  5. topazz, you've been in A-town too long. They do win the big ones now and again. The curse stuff is all BS, tossed about by people who don't like real estate developers. It would be a fabulous Cinderella story, and we Philadelphians LOVE those.

  6. Curse? Balderdash! Just picked up the pieces of my sons' hearts too many times over the years with the Sixers, that's all.