For the third consecutive season,I will be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college football season. My poll philosophy all season long will remain the same and that is by ranking the teams I believe are the best twenty-five best in the country following that given week’s games. Below are my rankings and comments about each week’ biggest shake-up and changes. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know below or on Twitter @TomGozz

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Michigan
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Ohio State
  8. Washington State
  9. West Virginia
  10. LSU
  11. UCF
  12. Syracuse
  13. Kentucky
  14. Texas
  15. Utah State
  16. Michigan State
  17. Mississippi State
  18. Washington
  19. Fresno State
  20. Boston College
  21. Penn State
  22. Iowa State
  23. Florida
  24. NC State
  25. Buffalo

UCF and Michigan State dropping so fast?- I've hit a point will both these teams that they can't get moved higher because teams above them lose. That is a common misconception when ranking teams. So since a team behind you loses, that means you should move up? Not always the case. Remember, if another below them either has a more impressive win or gets better, they should leap the team who may not have necessarily improved. That's what has happened here with those two schools.

LSU too low?- Here is the issue with the Tigers. Look at the teams above them. Of those nine teams which team can LSU out score? (Georgia I know is the easy answer since they beat them by 20 haha). But watching that offense and the teams above them, I'm not convinced the Tigers can go on a neutral field and flat out outscore any of those big time offenses. That's why LSU comes in at 10 in my poll.

Can Syracuse make a New Year's Six Game? Yes! Did you spend your weekend refreshing bowl projections like I did as a fan of the Syracuse Orange? So here's what I have come up with. If Syracuse wins out they have a VERY good chance at securing either the Peach or Fiesta Bowl. If they win 2/3 they will likely head to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando. If they win 1/3 the most likely destination is the Pinstripe Bowl in The Bronx against Penn State. This link below can help with some of those selections as to why.

http://www.theacc.com/sports/2018/7/27/FB_0727180307.aspx

 

Tom “Goz” Goslowski is both a Heisman Trophy voter and College Football Hall of Fame Voter. You can hear him weekdays on Levack and Goz 2-7pm on 1045 The Team ESPN Radio Albany.