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USC Head Coach Pete Carroll in victory, which should be a familiar scene all season. AP Photo/Don Petersen

The first college football Saturday has come and gone, and despite some of the lopsided scores provided by the top ranked teams there were some revelations learned.

First of all, preseason rankings are bullshit. Case in point: Clemson. Ranked ninth in both the AP and Coaches polls, Clemson was talked up about how they would run away with the ACC Atlantic division with Boston College expecting to have a down year. So they come out to play 20th ranked Alabama from the SEC and get their asses handed to them 34-10 at home.

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Another case: Pittsburgh. Ranked 25th in the AP poll, they were supposed to capitalize on their season-ending upset of West Virginia last season. They played Bowling Green from the MAC who went 8-5 last season. Bowling Green shut them down in the second half and they go down 27-17.

It’s unnerving that these polls are figure into who plays for the BCS championship. Who’s to say Georgia is the best team in America? Is Ohio State really that good after playing Youngstown State?

Everyone loves rankings and polls. I sure as hell love it. But can the AP and Coaches just not publish their polls until they get some sense of how these football teams will play? ESPN and Fox can do their own internal rankings which is fine. But for polls that have such an integral role in determining the national champion, let’s just hold off for a few weeks.

USC Trojans defeats Virginia Cavaliers 52-7

I was one of those people who questioned how severe Mark Sanchez's dislocated kneecap was when it happened. I alluded to Andrew Bynum. And fortunately for the Trojans, I am just a jackass.

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Mark Sanchez looked like shades of Matt Leinart Saturday. He made the right decisions distributing the ball to nine different receivers. Of course it's easy to make the right decisions when Virginia's defensive line was in a whole different area code the entire afternoon. But just to prove to the entire nation his knee is all right, Sanchez even made a very un-quarterback-like block on a Joe McKnight run. Sanchez was 26-for-35 for 338 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Meanwhile USC's defense was nasty. The only time they allowed Virginia to score was due to bad penalties: excessive celebration, roughing the passer and pass interference calls that gave 45 charity yards to the Virginia offense. But the defense flew all over the field dictating what Virginia would do. Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich was 18-for-35 for only 155 yards with one interception causing head coach Al Groh to call out the quarterback.

USC now has a week off to prepare for what looks to be the showdown of the year against Ohio State at the Coliseum. If Saturday's game was any indication Ohio State should realize USC is no Youngstown State. But then again, USC should realize Ohio State is no Virginia.

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Because the Tennessee Volunteers are a ranked team, I'll have the rankings done at the conclusion of their game against the UCLA Bruins. Be ready for them Tuesday morning.