I am very adamant how I want LSU to strengthen their OOC schedule. I have posted in another thread how if we just want to play local schools then we could bring in Southern Miss, which is not far geographically. Neither really is Texas A&M (which discussion are in the works to renew that rivalry) or Houston. That should change, though, as we open the season against North Carolina next year, start a home-and-home with West Virginia in 2011, and begin play against TCU in 2013.
HOWEVER, I agree with ranking Washington. They played LSU tough and I don't think we were prepared for how loud their stadium would be or how different their team would be from last year to this year. They take advantage of USC coming off an emotional win over Ohio State and beat them and, in my opinion, if you beat a top 5 team then yes, you should be ranked.
Everyone is right about Ole Miss. The only reason they are ranked that high is due to pre-season hype. Their schedule is extremely easy this year and the only measuring stick games they have are on Oct 10 when Alabama comes to The Grove and Nov 21 when LSU comes to The Grove. Their only difficult away game is Oct 31 when they visit Auburn.
Until they are beaten both Alabama and Florida deserve their ranking. Alabama beat No. 7 VT on opening week and Florida is the team to beat from last year. Both are vulnerable but I think Florida is more vulnerable than Alabama.
I wouldn't worry about #7 LSU. Their going to lose sometime this year, possibly two or three teams if their not careful. I have not been impressed with any of their performances this year. We don't dominate the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. On defense, our defensive line should be getting a decent pass rush but that hasn't happened. On offense, our offensive line is not getting the push in the running game as it did last year. You can tell when watching Keiland Williams and Charles Scott run. Scott is more of a power runner who needs a stronger push up front. His 4.4 yard per carry average can attest to that especially when compared to his 5.4 yard per carry average last year. Keiland Williams, who is more of a cut-back who I think has better vision, is average 6.1 yards per carry on ten less carries than Scott and that is compared to his 5.0 yard per carry last year. As much as I like Jordan Jefferson, his deep ball scares me. He's not as accurate as he needs to be especially when we play against an Alabama or Florida defense.
I disagree with ranking Miami (FL) at 9. It's not to discredit anything Miami has done on the field, since I love the style of play, their offensive play-calling, and I love what Randy Shannon has done over there but an eleven spot rise is a bit much. Jacory Harris is one of my favorite QB's playing right now and is fun to watch. It's just how I didn't care for BYU rising as much as they did when they beat Oklahoma during week 1. Even without Sam Bradford, BYU barely squeaked by. As much as I like the Mountain West, BYU was overrated in the polls and it showed when Florida State went into Provo and beat them handily.