Week 3 top 25 Review & Comments
1. Alabama at Duke. – There never was any doubt about the outcome of this match-up. The Tide rolled to another easy victory…and will remain in the #1 slot. AL plays at home against AR this Saturday. This should be a very good game…but the outcome is likely…a win for the Tide.
2. Ohio State at home against Ohio. tOSU is deserving of their #2 ranking. Pryor is coming in to his own and quelling any misperceptions of inconsistency. Saturday the Buckeyes play Eastern Michigan.
3. Boise State at Wyoming. Okay…Boise hammered the Cowboys at home in Laramie, 51-6 and retain their #3 ranking. Boise plays Oregon St on Saturday.
4. TCU at home against Baylor. Winning 45-10 and staying consistent, TCU trucks on, remaining in the #4 slot. They play SMU this Saturday.
5. Oregon at home against Portland St. Did anyone think Oregon would lose this one? They retain their #5 slot and face off with AZ St on Saturday. AZ St. gave Wisconsin all they could handle last Saturday, losing by ONE point, 19-20. Was AZ St that good? Or was Wisconsin that bad? We will know by weeks end...but Oregon should win this one comfortably.
6. Nebraska at Washington. Nebraska looked really good in this outing at Washington - a little 'deja vu' - pounding run after run through, around and over the Huskies defense winning by 5 touchdowns. This performance moved up from #8 to the #6 slot, passing over OU and TX. This Saturday they play at home against South Dakota St.
7. Texas at T-Tech. Sloppy, but effective win for TX. The ‘Horns fall a spot from #6 to #7 as a result. They play at home against UCLA, who is coming off a win in Houston last Saturday.
8. Oklahoma at home; against Air Force. Quite an exciting game. OU manages the win, 27-24, but drop to #8. While fans complain, wishing for a blow out by the Sooners, they should be considering the caliber of the opponent. Air Force is the best team the Sooners have played this year. The Sooners play at Cincinnati this Saturday.
9. Florida at Tennessee. FL moves up to #9 after beating Tenn. The Volunteers’ just cannot get a break, but then when you are playing against a top 10 team like Florida, you better pack a lunch and bring a game plan. While not their best game, FL was impressive. FL plays Kentucky this Saturday…then off to play at Alabama Saturday, October 2. Florida needs to bring their best game for that match up.
10. Arkansas at Georgia. The Razorbacks gave up a 2 touchdown lead in the 4th quarter, but managed a late go ahead touchdown to win with 15 seconds left on the clock. Still, this was a good victory, moving them into the #10 slot. Beating Georgia at Georgia is something to be proud of. Next week Arkansas plays at Alabama. They need to bring their best game to play the Tide – and then some.
11. Wisconsin at home against AZ St. The Badgers escaped an upset-minded AZ St. – barely, 20-19. They retain the same #11 ranking. AZ St was better than anticipated by the “experts.” Oh yeah – the Badgers were offensively shallow and defensively weak. Practice, Practice, Practice….that’s what it takes. They take on the Austin Peay Governors.
12. South Carolina at home against Furman. Although the Gamecocks were effective, they will have to tighten up on defense considerably because they face off with Auburn at Auburn on Saturday. They moved up one slot from #13 to #12.
13. Utah at New Mexico. The Ute’s trounced on the Lobo’s, as expected, winning by 6 touchdowns, moving Utah up to #13. Did anyone think the Lobo’s had a chance? Maybe the Lobo fans. Utah plays San Jose St Saturday. Just another practice game for Utah. Their first real test will be Air Force October 30th, then TCU November 6th. We will see what the Ute’s are made of during those outings.
14. Arizona at home against Iowa. After defeating previously ranked #9 Iowa 34-27,in Tucson, the Wildcats move up to #14. It was a struggle at times, but the Wildcats did what they needed to do to win. Next up for them is a determined Cal team, who in spite of their 502 yards of offense, lost to Nevada by a score of 52 to 31 at home. AZ must be very prepared for this next outing.
15. LSU at home against Miss St. Offensively, the Tigers struggled with Mississippi St., but managed the win, but remained in the #15 slot. Josh Jasper set an LSU record with five field goals. Next for the Tigers is West Virginia. That should be an interesting game, but the Tigers will win.
16. Stanford at home against Wake Forest. Stanford blew out Wake Forest 68-24, proving their strength and ability and their right to be in the top 25 with a move up to #16 this week. They play at Notre Dame this Saturday and should win.
17. Auburn at home against Clemson. Auburn needed OT to beat the Clemson Tigers at Auburn, and dropping them to the #17 slot. Clemson pulled ahead early, leading 17-3 at the half. Auburn scored 3 td’s taking the lead in the 4th - 24-17; then Clemson tied it in the 4th quarter to go into OT. South Carolina plays Auburn Saturday. I see SC winning this game.
18. Iowa at AZ. Iowa, who dropped from #9 to #18, has proven what most of us have suspected – overrated. AZ has proven that they have been underrated. Good game and congrats to the Wildcats and Mike Stoops.
19. Miami – Idle this last week, fall one spot to #19. They face off at Pitt on Thursday, September 23rd following the loss to tOSU on September 11. This game could be close.
20. USC at Minnesota. The Trojans understandably dropped from #18 to #20 due to the poor showing of a 32-21 win at Minnesota. SoCal was sporadic against the Gophers in another lack-luster performance. However, SoCal may have found their new strength, having rushed for 216 yards and only 17 of 26 passes for 192 yards, resulting in two touchdowns and two interceptions. They play a waning Washington St. on Saturday.
21. Michigan at home against U-Mass. Michigan fell to #21 after a poor showing by Michigan’s defense. U-Mass launched a fourth quarter bid for an upset scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, which fell 5 points short. Bowling Green is next for Michigan, where Coach Rodriquez believes they can work on and overcome some of their deficiencies.
22. West Virginia at home against Maryland. The Mountaineers fell to #22 after their at home outing with Maryland. The Mountaineers receivers were sharp as sophomore quarterback Geno Smith threw for a career high four touchdowns, 19 of 29 for 268 yards. WV is at LSU this Saturday. This is where the rubber meets the road for the Mountaineers.
23. Penn State at home against Kent St. Penn St. drops to #23 after a meek showing, and 24 points for the Nittany Lions against the Golden Flashes of Kent State, who were held scoreless. Next up for Penn St is Temple on Saturday.
24. Oregon State at home against Louisville. Oregon St, at home, moves into the top 25, at #24 after they escape Louisville, 35-28. They are now 1-1, and play Boise St. this Saturday. This may be one of the shortest rankings in AP history, as Boise will be favored, at home by two touchdowns…at least.
#25 Michigan State at home against Notre Dame. Michigan St, now 3-0, moves into the #25 slot after defeating Notre Dame in overtime. Coach Dantonio suffered a heart attack after the game. He is doing well now, after emergency surgery early Sunday morning. Congrats and well wishes go out to Coach Dantonio and the players on their much deserved win. Up next is Northern Colorado on Saturday.
**NOTE** Houston Cougars, formerly the #23 ranked team, fell out of the top 25 after a loss to UCLA last Saturday. Their quarterback, Case Keenum, was injured and will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury (torn ACL).
Intersting week, for sure. There seemed to be a lot of inconsistency, both in many of these games, but particularly in the poll voting. I will review the polls topic in another blog, later this week...'til then, have a great week everybody - unless you've made other plans.