One of the most trending topics on Tuesday was the release of the Associated Press Top 25 NCAA College Football rankings.
While the majority of the fans agree with Ohio State maintaining its unanimous spot as the No. 1 ranked program in the country, there are lots of debates about those stocking up behind the defending national champions.
Among those having a second look at the latest release was AP writer Ralph D. Russo, who gave his views on what teams he thought might have been ranked too high, as well the ones ranked too low and those who have a justified place in the current poll.
After putting away Virginia Tech 42-24 on Monday night to get its season off to a winning start and secured their 14th successive win – dating back to last season – the Buckeyes earned the respect of rival fans who are comfortable with the defending champs spearheading the list for now.
However, things weren’t as favorable below them, as four teams from the SEC conference dominated the top 10 and there were 10 in total that earned places into the AP top 25.
Alabama moved up a place to No. 2 on the list, replacing TCU as the second-ranked program in the country, but several fans and Russo believes it was too early to make the switch after just one game.
According to his AP Heat check, he believes Nick Saban’s side is “A touch too hot.” Meaning they are ranked a little too high, as he believes the club “still, a little skeptical long-term about the QB situation.”
In fact, Russo also believes that TCU, which didn’t look too comfortable against Minnesota in their 23-17 victory, is also a little too high.
Among those seen as “too hot” as well were No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 USC, No. 11 Florida State and No. 12 Clemson, who Russo thinks is heading for a fall with the loss of several stars, including wide receiver Mike Williams.
It also seems as though Russo isn’t a favourite of No. 25 Mississippi State jumping into the top 25 already – after beating Southern Mississippi, a team that won just four games in past three seasons.