The Washington Times - October 27, 2008, 10:05AM

There’s one really interesting team I want to look at while running down the week’s top 30 teams.

And that is Florida State.

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The Seminoles have finally played more games with their full roster (four) than without (three), the product of suspensions connected to some academic hijinks.

So maybe it’s time to look more at those four results and minimize the impact of the first three – two creampuff wins and a loss to Wake Forest.

Florida State has toppled Colorado in Jacksonville, Miami and N.C. State on the road, and Virginia Tech at home. While not a national title contender resume, it’s overall quite impressive and makes the Seminoles the right team to stick right after all the blatantly good teams (plus Tulsa, which keeps scoring a ton of points but really isn’t playing anyone).

Virginia fans might be wondering where the Cavaliers are. Well, in this system where any OT game counts as a tie, an overtime win isn’t quite as valuable and an overtime loss isn’t quite as harmful as most people might believe it should be. So that North Carolina game doesn’t help as much as expected. But Virginia is lurking not too far from the top 30, which is an absolutely bizarre situation given where the Cavaliers were a month ago.

No./Team

Adj. record 

AP 

Pvs. 

Notable Wins/Head-to-Head

1. Texas

8-0

1

1

* Okla. (N), Okla. State and Mizzou (H)

2. Alabama

8-0

2

2

* Georgia (A) and Kentucky (H)

3. Penn State

9-0

3

5

* Ohio State (A), Oregon State (H)

4. Southern Cal

6-1

7

3

* Ohio State and Oregon (H)

5. Oklahoma

7-1

4

4

* TCU and Kansas (H)

6. Georgia 

7-1

8

6

* Louisiana State (A); lost to Alabama (H)

7. Florida

6-1

5

8

* Louisiana State (H); lost to Miss. (H)

8. Texas Tech

7-0-1

6

10

* Kansas (A); OT win vs. Nebraska (H)

9. Oklahoma State

7-1

9

9

* Missouri (A); lost at Texas

10. Utah

8-0

10

11

* Oregon State (H)

11. Boise State

7-0

11

13

* Oregon (A)

12. Ohio State

7-2

13

7

* Michigan State (A)

13. Texas Christian

7-1

12

15

* BYU (H); lost at Oklahoma

14. Missouri

6-2

14

20

* Losses to Texas (A) and Okla. St. (H)

15. Tulsa

8-0

19

16

* Better beat Arkansas

16. Florida State

6-1

16

22

* Virginia Tech (H); 4-0 post-suspensions

17. Oregon

5-2-1

23

24

* Lost to Boise (H) and USC (A)

18. Ball State

8-0

18

19

* Navy (H)

19. Brigham Young

7-1

17

21

* Lost at TCU

20. Louisiana State

5-2

15

12

* Lost to Georgia (H) and Florida (A)

21. North Carolina

6-1-1

21

28

* UConn (H); lost to VT (H); OTL at UVa

22. Minnesota

7-1

20

NR

* Can no longer be ignored

23. Maryland

6-2

25

NR

* Cal (H); lost at Middle Tennessee

24. California

6-2

27

NR

* Michigan State (H); lost at Maryland

25. Michigan State

7-2

22

NR

* Lost to Cal (A) and Ohio State (H)

26. Connecticut

5-2-1

30

NR

* Mixed bag from here

27. Pittsburgh

5-2

29

17

* USF (A); lost to BGSU and Rutgers (H)

28. South Florida

5-2-1

24

25

* Kansas (H); lost to Pitt (H)

29. Oregon State

4-3

T-34

NR

* USC (H); lost to Penn St. and Utah (A)

30. West Virginia

5-1-1

26

NR

* OTL at Colorado; no road wins

Patrick Stevens