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The newborn sports fans on the West Coast still just don't get football. Last year it was the Cal whining.  Oops.  This year it was poor Oregon that got snubbed.  Wrong again.  And then we had to endure weeks of mind-numbing "USC is unbeatable" talk.  Um, no.

Have they learned their lesson?

Of course not.  A perusal of Student Body Right turned me on to this article from the Arizona Republic ranking their "early Top 10 for 2006."

The list:

  1. Ohio State
  2. USC
  3. West Virginia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Florida
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Oregon
  8. Auburn
  9. LSU
  10. Miami
I just double-checked my writing and I got it right. No typos there, kids.

Let me think of a nice way to comment on this... WHAT THE F*#K?

Forget for a moment that Texas should be in the Top 5, at the least. We'll get to that in a minute.

How in God's name is Oregon #7? They lost lots of key starters from this year's team, which wasn't good enough to be a Top 10 team. How, exactly, are they suppoed to improve? And do they think, even for a second, that Oregon could beat Texas? Did they think about this list at all?

I'm honestly befuddled here. Ohio State loses 9 of their 11 starters on defense last year, plus their best receiver, and they travel to Austin to play a Longhorn team that will be absolutely loaded on defense and have no problem running the ball. Not only should we be favored against Ohio State, but we're going to beat them.

I'll be the first to tell you how much Vince Young meant to this year's football team. But I'd wager just about any amount of money that we're a Top 10 team, and as of now, I'm feeling pretty damn confident that we're going to beat Ohio State by 10 points or more.

Of all the dumb things I've seen written lately, of which there have been plenty, this Top 10 list has to be among the worst. They don't play football well in Arizona. And they don't write about football well in Arizona, either.