We at Maroon Madness are premiering our new “We ARE Impressed” Top 25 Football Poll for Week 7. Our announcement comes after having ample opportunity to watch most of the teams on our list and intently study their stellar performances on paper. I’m a ‘numbers’ guy personally, and spent over a decade as an Algebra teacher (hey, it beats Economics).
Like many, I feel the secrets to the universe are somehow intertwined with the all-powerful numerical system. Thank you, Roman Numerals. Obviously we in America will never forget you (please see Super Bowl).
The first procedure in the order of operations (pretty please my dear Aunt Sally, lest we forget) is to discard the names of the teams. They mean nothing. Tradition is just a bunch of ancient history. Trophies? Keep ‘em in your trophy case; we’re not impressed.
When we’re done, we’ll let the audience know who the recipients are behind these equations. Trust us; the fans of these teams are not green with envy – they’re green in spirit.
We’re going to find every undefeated team that has shown an uncanny knack for crushing opponents. THIS is the name of the game. We must be truly impressed in almost every facet of the all-powerful Dominance Factor. Hey, studs, don’t you dare let us see you struggle, or “you gone.”
We’re looking for 100% consistency and backing only those teams that have provided it. Unfortunately, as we drift lower into the rankings we’ll be forced to include less impressive teams simply because they are undefeated. We have strict parameters and this is one of ‘em. Finally, we’ll include a few of the better one-loss teams, primarily to stretch this thing out to the 25 we promised.
Remember; no helmets, no jerseys, no emblems or mascots, no conferences, no allegiances – just good ol’ Kick-A football. We know YOU’RE ready for an assessment that’s totally in the moment.
There is no attempt to predict the two teams that will compete for the national championship, although you may agree the top 2 would put on a heck of a show. This is our honest assessment of who has impressed America the most thus far. Strength of schedule? Irrelevant. Toss it.
Kind of simple, isn’t it? We don’t do well with preconceptions.
Now we’re mixing, concocting, analyzing, brewing, cooling and wa-lah…here they are. You may disagree, but you cannot argue. We’re the guys holding the chalk in front of the lab. Frankly, we don’t know what everyone else is looking at. Are they watching the same games we are?
These 25 teams from top to bottom have impressed us the MOST of anyone out there. They’re just FUN!
Dominate or Go Home!
And here you have it — The Inaugural “We ARE Impressed” Major College Football Poll – presented by you, the players, through us, your humble servants. Or maybe we’ll just shorten the name to the Player’s Poll. Yeah, that’s it. You’ve earned a say, college football player, or at least a real advocate. (Aggies, it’s called Defense.)
- 1. Oregon 5-0
- 2. Baylor 4-0
- 3. Houston 4-0
- 4. UCLA 4-0
- 5. Missouri 5-0
- 6. Florida State 5-0
- 7. Miami 5-0
- 8. Texas Tech 5-0
- 9. Ohio State 6-0
- 10.Michigan 5-0
- 11.Louisville 5-0
- 12.Clemson 5-0
- 13.Oklahoma 5-0
- 14.Northern Illinois 5-0
- 15.Alabama 5-0
- 16.Stanford 5-0
- 17.Fresno State 5-0
- 18.Ball State 5-1
- 19.Washington 4-1
- 20.Bowling Green 5-1
- 21.Central Florida 4-1
- 22.Ohio 4-1
- 23.LSU 5-1
- 24.Nebraska 4-1
- 25.Texas A&M 4-1
Others receiving votes: Sorry, no consolation prizes.