10. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-1, 2-1)
I predicted Alabama to stay undefeated at the beginning of the year. And to be frank, the USC game surprised me.
After four dominating victories and a great win against Arkansas, I was thinking they'd stay that way...dominating their way to another National Championship.
It looks like it won't be a repeat for 'Bama football, or Mark Ingram this year.
They still have an impressive defense, and Greg McElroy is still an impressive quarterback. Expect to see the Tide in the SEC Championship if they can win the rest of their games.
9. South Carolina Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1)
South Carolina delivered a decisive victory over then number one team Alabama. Their stats aren't pretty, and they defy numbers, but USC looks legit.
I myself didn't see them getting this high, and I think it's unlikely they remain as such. But for now, Stephen Garcia and rookie Marcus Lattimore are holding strong to a near-top ten ranking.
8. Auburn Tigers (6-0, 3-0)
Why so low you ask? They have barely beaten Clemson, Miss St, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Three of which aren't even ranked.
Cameron Newton has surpassed all my expectations, I'll admit. However they aren't winning games decisively, and when faced against real SEC threats (Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Florida) I think they'll start losing games.
For right now they look good in the top 15. They are 6-0 after all. But its 6 unimpressive wins for me, and I don't have confidence they'll stay undefeated.
7. Michigan State Spartans (6-0, 2-0)
Michigan State is really shocking me this year. From rookie running back Le'Veon Bell, to the stud rushing defense, the Spartans are really clicking this season. Beating rival Michigan on Saturday was excellent proof of that.
Will they stay that high? Probably not. Iowa has a good shot at beating them. But on the other hand, if they manage to win that, look out. Michigan State may go undefeated for the first time since 1966.
6. LSU Tigers (6-0, 4-0)
As projected, it would be defense winning ball games for the Tigers. The last three weeks have been mighty close, with victories over West Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida all decided by less then two touchdowns combined.
LSU has shown themselves to be contenders among the big boys, and if the defense continues playing as they have been, I think LSU will be in the Sugar Bowl. Jordan Jefferson is one bad quarterback...but so far, that hasn't stopped them.