For those of you who don't know. I currently go to the University of Idaho, I have grown up on the west coast and have a bit of a west coast bias. Therefore read this part of the blog with a grain of salt.
USC- one of the best teams every year who loses one bad game every year. If they had been able to hold it together for one game every year they would have been playing in the national championship game. I personally feel that minus last year this the absolute best football conference from the top to the bottom. All the way through, not just the top 5 or top half every team in the conference is a tough game. Well minus WSU the last couple years, but that school in the past has had a great football tradition.
Florida- The best team in the nation, not a question in my mind, they don't have Tebow, but to be honest they have so much talent on that team they really don't need him. If you try to tell me the back up quarterback at that program is untried and doesn't know what he is doing, I'm going to tell you to wake up! A school with the recruiting power of Florida in Tebow's last season is going to have some stud waiting to come in and play. No there probably isn't going to be another player like Tebow for a while, but most starting quarterbacks in the NCAA could win with the assets Florida has.
Standford- Has anyone noticed that Stanford has quietly got off to a very good start and is tied with Oregon for leading the Pac-10. Now they have lost to the only ranked team they have played but they are not going to be someone to walk over this year either. On the same note Oregon has got a lot of bad press about the Blount, but they have beat a lot of good teams so far this year. This is one of the strongest programs every year, but they just can't put it together for the entire season. They have both USC and Oregon State at home, which is a brutal place to play. I would keep a look out for this team later in the season. USC vs. Oregon is going to be one of the few games I will watch from start to finish regardless of the score.
Cincinnati- This is one team I watch and wonder how people aren't pumped up about what this team can do. The offense is obviously the strong point of this team, but I have seen the defense put up a number of good stands so far. They are going to have their toughest test of the season coming up but if they get though South Florida this team could go undefeated. I would vote for Pike in the Heisman right now, or at least consider him. (look at the numbers)
To conclude this post I have to throw in a personal note. The University of Idaho one of the perennial bottom 10 team over the last 15 years, is currently ranked number 50! Akey is loved by the crowd here. During the last game when it was locked up the crowd was chanting not a player's last name but "Akey's Army!" if we can get him to stick around I like the way the program is moving! Not saying we are going to be beating Boise State any time real soon, but we are definitely taking steps in the right direction.