CBS college football analyst Spencer Tillman, given a shot at listing a top five if he were to have a vote in the polls these days, said this afternoon that USC was “clearly” No. 1, with Oklahoma and Georgia in the next two slots, “either one ahead of the other,” followed by LSU and “then maybe” Florida.
The fact that he may seem a little SEC bias – he’s working for the network that just locked in a 15-year deal with the conference, and the first CBS college game is this Saturday’s Georgia-South Carolina contest – and he’s a former Oklahoma captain and All-American tailback may have something to do with his picks at Nos. 2 and 3. Tillman got his BA in journalism and communications from Oklahoma as well.
As for why Ohio State isn’t in his top 5 mix, Spencer offered:
“This year, it won’t take nearly as long — and this is not a commentary, but simply an observation — it won’t take nearly as long for Ohio State to be exposed. They won’t have to wait until the end of the year. And I know that’s a rather strong, maybe even terse comment, but I think Beanie Wells’ injury will expose them again. People won’t be talking about a 51-day layoff (before the Buckeyes play in the BCS title game) or not playing after Nov. 28 or anything like that. The fact that the Big Ten is down overall and they rely so heavily on Beanie, we won’t have to wait. You’ll see USC totally expose Ohio State this year. No one expected Mark Sanchez to play as well as he did (in USC’s opener at Virginia) and that was the question mark. They looked like world beaters.”