It’s an SEC domination at the top of my rankings as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama take my top 4 spots. Georgia comes in at #7 and LSU comes in at #9 to give the SEC 6 of the top 9 teams.
With Florida State’s controversial win over Notre Dame, they move up to #6 and look like they have the best shot at finishing the regular season undefeated. The Big 12 remains my second highest ranked conference. The Pac-12 remains my third highest rated conference overall. Oregon is their highest rated team and comes in at #13. The ACC remains my fourth highest ranked conference. The Big 10 stays just behind the ACC. Michigan State is the highest ranked Big 10 school and comes in at #17.
My highest ranked non-Power 5 school this week is Marshall. They come in at #25. Right on their heels is North Dakota State, who is the highest ranked FCS school. They come in at #26.
Duke comes in at #37 this week. East Carolina is #39. Virginia falls to #49 and Virginia Tech falls to #50. Old Dominion had the week off and comes in at #113.
It’s that time of year again. College football. Greatest sport there is! And my rankings are out. What the heck are they eating in Mississippi this year? My top two teams this week are Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Defending national champions Florida State remain undefeated, but come in at #9 this week. This could change next week as they take on #12 Notre Dame.
How about my local FBS schools? I’m excited about East Carolina’s season this year, but they come in at #41 this week. Their best win is over #42 Virginia Tech. And the other Virginia school, UVA is #43 this week. Old Dominion falls to #109 this week after suffering their third straight defeat. Welcome to FBS!
We took an impromptu weekend trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina last weekend. We were invited to stay at the cottage of some very good friends of ours. So we packed up the minivan with swimwear, boogie boards and beach chairs and headed down on Friday night after my son’s baseball practice.
My wife and I went to the best donut shop in the world on Saturday morning to grab breakfast for everyone. She stood in line while I went to a shop next door to pick up some flip-flops since I left mine at home. I was able to purchase flip-flops and two ball caps and still find that she had not reached the inside of Duck Donuts yet. All in all, it took about an hour to get our donuts. But, oh man, are they worth it!
In the afternoon, we headed over to the beach. The winds were blowing out of the southwest and the water was glassy and smooth. And a chilly 68˚F. But it was in the 90’s so it was very refreshing. The kids had a blast bodysurfing. There were quite a few small but very rideable sets.
We decided to pack up and head back to the cottage when we noticed the clouds forming to the north and south of us. By the time we got back to the cottage, the cloud formation was getting pretty spectacular over the Albemarle Sound. I grabbed my camera and jumped on my friend’s bike and rode down to the water and was able to get these shots before the rain came:
Sunday morning came early. I was able to convince my wife to come out with me and get some sunrise photos by the Avalon Pier. So at 5:30am, I grabbed my camera bag and tripod and my wife and I headed over to the pier. I was really hoping to get some great photos of the sun coming up on the Atlantic, but the clouds wouldn’t allow it. However, the clouds and humidity led to some fog rolling in and I am quite pleased with the shots I captured.