OK, this is a good time in the season to access who is doing better than expected, worse than expected, who is back and who is in 'Elvis has left the building' territory.
My two big "they're back" teams are undoubtedly Michigan and Flawda. Just like a hound dog smelling a bitch in heat, we all know when a team has its shit together and when they just had a good game. Tennessee had a good game yesterday, but Florida kick the hell outta Missouri and Michigan wore Northwestern's ass out! The Wolverines and Gators are POWERS, and anybody who takes them lightly will pay the price.
My better than expected list would have to be topped by Clemson. The Tigers look for real, but the jury is still out as they have Miami in a couple of weeks, FSU in November and what will likely be a very dangerous South Carolina squad their last game. If the Tigers run the table they're a shoe-in for the playoff (obviously). Time will tell. My other overachiever is Iowa (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten). They've got a pretty light schedule in Big Ten terms not having to play OSU, Michigan or Michigan State but next week they've got an embarrassed (and talented) Northwestern on the road. Could be tough.
My underachievers would be pre-season top 10 Arkansas (2-4, 1-2 SEC), Georgia with a few so-so wins and two straight losses to Alabama and Tennessee, Auburn again with a so-so win or three against inferior teams but two straight losses to LSU and Miss State. Va Tech has been disappointing at 3-3, Georgia Tech at 2-4 and Texas (2-4) although they did get a nice win against Oklahoma yesterday during the Texas State Fair (I wonder is ZZ TOP played Austin last night?).
My "woe is me" teams are, well just one.... The QUACK ATTACK! That's right Oregon is Oregone. The (dead) Ducks are 3-3 having lost to everyone worth a crap. Their last loss was to a mediocre Washington State team in double overtime. They are currently 5 out of 6 in the Pac 10 NORTH. From pre-season #6 to next to last in the Pac 10 in one short season. In a word, the Ducks SUCK!
In local action my WolfPack sucks worse. Next week we've got Wake Forest on the road which we traditionally lose, after that Clemson at home which we traditionally lose, BC on the road which we traditionally lose, FSU on the road where (surprise surprise) we usually play well, Syracuse at home and finally Carolina at home. The only one I really care about is Carolina. We MUST beat the Heels! CW's Cavaliers look like shit (wanna piss off a UVA fan? Just call Virginia the Cavaliers. They HATE that!). Unfortunately for them they don't play the Pack this year. Currently they're 1-4 and it would not be impossible for them to not win another game. Regardless, when they're done they'll fire London and hire the Toledo coach (or somebody) and begin again. Such is the lot of we second tier schools.
That's it, now hit the road. Your presence here is no longer appropriate.