The Washington Times - September 8, 2009, 10:36AM

It’s time for the return of the D1scourse 30, which takes on the always difficult (and, in the first few weeks of the season, darn near impossible) task of coming up with the nation’s top 30 teams.

Typically, this will be charted out much better, and in most weeks there will be an overall record, a regulation record (basically treating all OT games as ties), last week’s ranking and some notes on a team’s victories and losses.

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What matters? Who did you beat and where did you beat them. The loss of a star player to injury will affect a ranking. If all goes well, any reliance on preseason expectations will be gone by the first full week of October.

In any case, this will be expanded starting next week. There was only one OT game in all of major college football (Minnesota over Syracuse), and realistically any ranking this week is going to be lacking in some way or another because of the small sample size.

So more as a mental exercise than anything, here is this week’s D1scourse 30:

1. Florida (1-0)
2. Southern California (1-0)
3. Texas (1-0)
4. Alabama (1-0) – Virginia Tech (N)
5. Penn State (1-0)
6. Louisiana State (1-0) – Washington (A)
7. Oklahoma State (1-0) – Georgia (H)
8. Ohio State (1-0)
9. California (1-0)
10. Brigham Young (1-0) – Oklahoma (N)
11. Boise State (1-0) – Oregon (H)
12. Mississippi (1-0)
13. Oregon State (1-0)
14. Georgia Tech (1-0)
15. Oklahoma (0-1) – Lost to BYU (N)
16. Kansas (1-0)
17. Nebraska (1-0)
18. Miami (1-0) – Florida State (A)
19. Cincinnati (1-0) – Rutgers (A)
20. Texas Christian (0-0)
21. Georgia (0-1) – Lost to Oklahoma State (A)
22. Virginia Tech (0-1) – Lost to Alabama (N)
23. Michigan State (1-0)
24. Utah (1-0)
25. Notre Dame (1-0)
26. Texas Tech (1-0)
27. Clemson (1-0)
28. Missouri (1-0) – Illinois (N)
29. Florida State (0-1) – Lost to Miami (H)
30. Pittsburgh (1-0)

Patrick Stevens