Giglio top 25: Noles the new No. 1

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 20, 2013 

  • Giglio’s Top 25

    1. Florida State 6

    2. Alabama 1

    3. Oregon 2

    4. Ohio State 4

    5. Missouri 14

    6. Baylor 8

    7. Stanford 13

    8. Miami 12

    9. Clemson 3

    10. Auburn 25

    11. Texas Tech 15

    12. South Carolina 10

    13. Central Florida NR

    14. Louisville 7

    15. UCLA 11

    16. LSU 9

    17. Texas A&M 5

    18. Virginia Tech 20

    19. Northern Illinois 19

    20. Oklahoma 21

    21. Michigan 22

    22. Utah 23

    23. Notre Dame 24

    24. Fresno State NR

    25. Michigan State NR

    Out: Georgia (16), Washington (17), Florida (18)

Note: Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.

You can call this an overreaction to Florida State’s annihilation of Clemson. Most Alabama or Oregon fans will call this blatant ACC favoritism but I’ve got Florida State No. 1 this week.

Here’s what The Associated Press asks me to do every week: Rank the 25 best teams in the country based on the actual results.

I don’t know where Alabama, Oregon and FSU will be on Dec. 1, I do know the team I watched destroy Clemson on the road, 51-14, is the best team in the country right now.

Alabama (7-0) has won three of the past four national titles but we’re not supposed to vote on last year or the past five years. Alabama’s best win this season was at Texas A&M, by seven points.

Texas A&M lost at home to Auburn on Saturday. That’s not Alabama’s fault but it does affect how you judge its best win.

Oregon’s best result is a 45-24 win at Washington. The Huskies lost 53-24 on Saturday at Arizona State and have lost three straight.

Clemson was 6-0 before Saturday’s destruction at the hands of redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns.

And it wasn’t just FSU’s offense. The Seminoles defense stopped Clemson and quarterback Tajh Boyd cold in their tracks.

If results aren’t the thing for you, how about the eye test? Let’s say you’re on the College Football Playoff committee. You’re sipping Mai Tais on a jet with Condi Rice and flying all over the country to watch the best college football games.

Are you going to tell me that you watched Florida State on Saturday night and thought: “Hmm, there’s a better team out there?”

“Do we deserve to be in the top two? We deserve to be No. 1,” Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith said Saturday night after the game, according to the AP.

Again, Alabama or Oregon could make a better impression in weeks to come. And oddly enough, Alabama’s win over an ACC team (35-10 over Virginia Tech in Week 1) just might turn out to be the Tide’s best win.

Oregon’s next two games are against UCLA and Stanford, both ranked teams, and its 59-14 win over an SEC team (Tennessee on Sept. 14) looks better and better by the week.

We all know Florida State could still screw it up. Just a reminder, the Noles lost at N.C. State last year and at home to Virginia in 2011.

But here on Oct. 20, my vote is for FSU.

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