Kurtz's Top 25 CFB Rankings - 9/27/09

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

Texas is #1 in my poll. Virginia Tech, Oregon and Houston are on the rise this week.

For a third straight year College Football's Harris Poll has extended me an invitation to be a Top 25 voter (1 of 114 in the country).  I am honored to be trusted with such a huge responsibility.  It's a role I am passionate about and take very seriously as the Harris Poll is a huge part of the BCS equation that determines who plays for a National Championship.  I will continue to make my votes public on this blog site.  Check in each Sunday morning to see how I voted.  Feel free to leave your thoughts, praise and/or criticisms in the "comment" feature on this page.

Below is how I voted in the first "official" Harris Poll of the college football season (although I have kept a "Top 25" log since day one).  I continue to vote Texas #1 because I love teams with senior quarterbacks with a "chip" on their shoulder.  I think the "Horns" believe they were robbed last year of a national title shot and they will play like they have something to prove.  So far, so good.  Colt McCoy and company haven't been tested yet with games vs. LA-Monroe, Wyoming, Texas Tech and UTEP but I have seen nothing that makes me second guess my preseason prediction of a Texas raising the Sears Trophy in January.

Florida has been impressive too and will benefit from a week off after Tim Tebow was taken to a hospital with what was believed to be concussion in the Gators' win over Kentucky on Saturday night.  Next up for Florida is a date with LSU in what should be a Top 5 showdown on the Bayou. 

The teams I am most impressed with through four weeks are Virginia Tech, Boise State and Oregon.  Even with one loss (34-24 to Alabama in week 1) I am ranking the Hokies #4 this week after demolishing Miami (who I had at #4 last week) on Saturday a week after rallying past Nebraska.   Boise State continues to roll and won't be tested again until Oct. 14th at Tulsa.  And finally, Oregon (a team Boise St. beat earlier in the season) was so impressive in a 39-point throttling of California vaults all the way to #12 in my poll this week thanks to back-to-back wins over Top 25 teams (Utah & Cal).

Rank # 1: Texas
Rank # 2: Florida
Rank # 3: Alabama
Rank # 4: Virginia Tech
Rank # 5: LSU
Rank # 6: Boise State
Rank # 7: Oklahoma
Rank # 8: Miami (FLA)
Rank # 9: USC
Rank # 10: Ohio State
Rank # 11: TCU
Rank # 12: Oregon
Rank # 13: California (Cal)
Rank # 14: Mississippi
Rank # 15: Iowa
Rank # 16: Houston
Rank # 17: Penn State
Rank # 18: Cincinnati
Rank # 19: Oklahoma State

Rank #20: BYU 
Rank # 21: Georgia Tech
Rank # 22: Kansas
Rank # 23: Georgia
Rank # 24: Nebraska
Rank # 25: Michigan


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  • by Bryan Location: Philadelphia on Oct 2, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    I'm the first to admit I don't know nearly as much about the college game as I do the NFL but I could make an argument to drop Texas to 3 behind Florida and Alabama. Boise ahead of LSU (they could flip flop). Also surprised to see Miami ahead of USC after the loss to the Hokies. Just the humble opinion of a former sports guy.
  • by Jesse Kurtz Location: KKTV - Colorado Springs on Sep 28, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    Yes, David... I was very impressed with the Huskers wins over Florida Atlantic!, Arkansas State and LA-Lafayette! Weeeeeeeeeee! The only legitimate team Nebraska played beat them. VA Tech's has already played Alabama, Marshall, Miami and Nebraska. That is battle tested. Talk to me when the Huskers play back-to-back games against Oklahoma and Kansas. We'll see how good they are then. Look, I'm not a Husker hater. I covered Nebrasksa for two seasons ('01 and '02) and have a great deal of respect for Big Red. I would even characterize myself as a Husker Fan. However, as a voter I have a responsibility to check my "fan hat" at the door and remain objective. And the professional in me says Nebraska has done very little to be ranked higher than #24. Playing VA Tech close was great, but just ask Bo Pelini if he would call that a "victory"? I suspect not.
  • by David Location: Chicago on Sep 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    Yes, you are so impressed with Virginia Tech (#4) that you leave Nebraska, which lost to them by one point in the last 20 seconds, at 24th. Your rank LSU 5th. The beat Louisiana-Lafayette 31-3 while yesterday Nebraska beat the same team by 55-0. Very perceptive. [Not!]
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