Sunday, September 19, 2010

College Football Haven Top 25, Week 3, 2010

The rankings were pretty stable this week. Houston fell out with their ugly loss to UCLA. The Cougars are not a top 25 team without Case Keenum. Arizona made the biggest jump after upsetting Iowa. The Wildcats are now number 7. With Iowa's loss, Ohio State is now number 2. Any one of the top six is worthy of the number one spot, right now, so I ranked them based on the likelihood that they would finish the year undefeated. Oregon has played well enough that I considered moving them above Alabama, but the Pac-10 will not be easy. Arizona and Stanford will be very hard, and Arizona State and USC won't be pushovers either. Don't forget the Civil War to end the year. Temple is on the cusp of the top 25. If they beat Penn State in Happy Valley this week, the Owls will find themselves ranked. North Carolina State is the only team to move into the rankings this week.

1. Boise State (2-0)
LAST: Beat Wyoming 51-6.
That was a bigger beat down by Boise, on the road, than Texas gave the Cowboys, in Austin (34-7).

2. Ohio State (3-0)
LAST: Beat Ohio 43-7.
The Big Ten title looks a lot more achievable now.

3. TCU (2-0)
LAST: Beat Baylor 45-10.

4. Nebraska (3-0)
LAST: Beat Washington 56-21.
I hope Jake Locker was taking notes from Taylor Martinez, because that is the way a Heisman Trophy candidate plays.

5. Alabama (3-0)
LAST: Beat Duke 62-13.
Good to have Mark Ingram back, but it would have still been an easy win without him.

6. Oregon (3-0)
LAST: Beat Portland State 69-0.
If the quality of opponents was better, Oregon could be ranked higher.

7. Arizona (3-0)
LAST: Beat Iowa 34-27.
Huge upset. Biggest win of the year by anyone, so far.

8. Arkansas (3-0)
LAST: Beat Georgia 31-24.
The defense needs to be better next week if the Razorbacks want to win.

9. Wisconsin (3-0)
LAST: Beat Arizona State 20-19.
Should Wisconsin be worried, or is this Sun Devils team for real?

10. Oklahoma (3-0)
LAST: Beat Air Force 27-24.
The Sooners rebounded in a major way.

11. Texas (3-0)
LAST: Beat Texas Tech 24-14.

12. LSU (3-0)
LAST: Beat Mississippi State 29-7.
Still not convinced that LSU is back. I am expecting some big losses later.

13. South Carolina (3-0)
LAST: Beat Furman 38-19.

14. Florida (3-0)
LAST: Beat Tennessee 31-17.
There are still plenty of reasons to be concerned in Gainesville.

15. USC (3-0)
LAST: Beat Minnesota 32-21.

16. Iowa (2-1)
LAST: Lost to Arizona 34-27.
Tough road loss.

17. Oregon State (1-1)
LAST: Beat Louisville 35-28.

18. Miami (1-1)
LAST: Bye.

19. Penn State (2-1)
LAST: Beat Kent State 24-0.
The defense held its own. The offense has a way to go.

20. West Virginia (3-0)
LAST: Beat Maryland 31-17.

21. Utah (3-0)
LAST: Beat New Mexico 56-10.
New Mexico might be the worst team in the nation.

22. Stanford (3-0)
LAST: Beat Wake Forest 68-24.

23. North Carolina State (3-0)
LAST: Beat Cincinnati 30-19
The Wolfpack just might be the team to beat in the ACC.

24. Oklahoma State (2-0)
LAST: Beat Tulsa 65-28.

25. Texas A & M (3-0)
LAST: Beat FIU 27-20.
If there was another 3-0 team that impressed me, they would be here. The Aggies should not be proud of this victory.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Auburn, Air Force, Temple, Michigan, East Carolina, Kansas State, and Northwestern.

Previous Top 25:
Week 1
Week 2

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