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Who is the Rightful No. 1 in College Football?

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Sports is truly amazing – there are teams that are labelled powerhouses and expected to dominate their field, there are the so-called cellar dwellers and there are teams dubbed as Cinderellas. You will always find those terms in NCAA Football (NCAAF). A great example to this is what transpired during this week in college football. The Top 25 ranking was rattled once again in a big way. Huge upsets occurred with perennial powerhouses (the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines) lost and they did not lost once, but for two consecutive weeks.

Therefore, it is just expected that college and even pro football fans around the country believe that this year college football season will be unpredictable. However, if there are upsets going on, there are few teams living up to expectations of winning such as the USC Trojans and the LSU Tigers.

USC Trojans and LSU Tigers are currently ranked no. 1 and no. 2, respectively with both squads enjoying an unbeaten season so far. They do not simply win games, they truly dominated their opponents in lopsided victories. It is clear that these two teams are ahead of the rest of the pack and some can expect a national championship game between the two. It will be John David Booty’s explosive offense and the Tigers’ well-known, tenacious and relentless defense or the master tactician Pete Carroll and his very efficient players. The ongoing season is too early to tell and right now, the question about them is who the right number one ranked team in the nation is.

It is difficult to tell what team deserves the number one spot. Some will say it is the Trojans, unless they get defeated, which is unlikely as of the moment. For me, I believe the LSU Tigers should be given another look on why they should be on top of the college football ranking. Here’s why.

So far, the Tigers had played two games. Both games were lopsided with the outcome of the match being decided early, especially during the first half. In their season opener, LSU simply overwhelmed Mississippi State Bulldogs with a whopping 45-0. Indeed, Mississippi State can be regarded as the worst team in the SEC, but they did not let their opponent score in the entire game. In their second game, LSU defeated the no. 9 ranked team Virginia Tech Hokies, 48-7.

On the hand, the USC’s season opener was against Idaho Vandals in which they won with 38-10. The scoring simply tells why I chose LSU over USC. Furthermore, USC has yet to be really tested by a ranked team, something that the LSU has done with ease.

If the USC can win lopsidedly like the LSU have done to the Bulldogs, I will give the edge to the Tiger’s in the national ranking. However, it is too early in the season to tell what team should rank high the Top 25. If both teams played to their potential, I surely love to see them compete in the national championship few months from now.

Nishan Wilde is VP of Sales at Robbins Sports and Athletics, an online resource for Portable Scoreboards and Gym Bags.