With 6-7 games under everyone's belt and the first BCS standing released, it's time to debut the time-honored WeIs Power Poll, which, if you'll recall, ranks the BEST teams in the country irregardless of ranking or record. It's more of a gut check, whose playing the best ball now and who beats who on a neutral field.
1. Boise State
At least we're guaranteed that two of these schools will square off this season. What an Iron Bowl we have in the works! Not completely sold on the defense for Auburn or Oklahoma, but this weekend may well change my mind. TCU, whose defense is quite good (2 shutouts; 5 games of 10 or fewer points allowed), has looked every bit of legit as Boise State, except for Boise holding last year's 17-10 Fiesta Bowl contest over the Horned Frogs. Can't remember ever anticipating a Mountain West showdown as we'll get in 2 weeks when the Utes host TCU.
Now that that's out of the way, on to the picks...
Jimmy: Nebraska (-5)
Along the same lines of the last pick, Oklahoma State might boast a better offense, but also a worse defense than Missouri. I'm anxious to see if supremely talented CB Prince Amukamara can handle the surprise player of the year, Justin Blackmon, one-on-one. If he can (and I'm banking that he does), it should be enough to throw Brandon Weeden and the Cowpokes offense out of sync. On the other side of the ball, Taylor Martinez should emerge from Bo Pelini's doghouse and run amok through the OSU ranks.
Nebraska 34 Oklahoma State 27
Jimmy: Auburn (-6)
This space was supposed to be reserved for Madonia to offer his thoughts on Auburn's exciting season thus far. But a doctor's schedule doesn't always jive with hard deadlines in the blogosphere. He may still deliver a heartfelt missive about his unwilting belief in all things Gus Malzahn and how his first and second borns will be named after Cameron Newton. So I'm on my own for this pick. 3 things: 1) I picked against Auburn last week (stupidly) and swore not to do so again as long as they keep throwing basketball scores on the board. 2) Cam Newton can physically withstand the vaunted LSU defense. He's a beast. With Pat Peterson in the defensive backfield, chances are Newton won't be beating Bayou Tigers through the air. LSU will be expecting a healthy dose of Cam, but I think he's up to the challenge. 3) Auburn's defense isn't great, but LSU's offense is worse. Points will come at a premium for both sides. This will be a riveting matchup. Can't wait to get underway with Verne and Gary. War Eagle!
Auburn 26 LSU 13