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Week 3 top 25

September 19, 2010

1. Boise State 2-0 (1)
2. Alabama 3-0 (2)
3. Florida 3-0 (4)
4. Ohio State 3-0 (5)
5. Texas 3-0 (6)
6. TCU 3-0 (7)
7. Oklahoma 3-0 (8)
8. Nebraska 3-0 (9)
9. Arkansas 3-0 (13)
10. LSU 3-0 (12)
11. Oregon 3-0 (10)
12. Wisconsin 3-0 (11)
13. Iowa 2-1 (3)
14. Auburn 3-0 (14)
15. South Carolina 3-0 (15)
16. Penn State 2-1 (16)
17. Pittsburgh 1-1 (17)
18. Georgia Tech 2-1 (18)
19. West Virginia 3-0 (21)
20. Utah 3-0 (22)
21. Stanford 3-0 (NR)
22. Michigan State (3-0) (NR)
23. Temple 3-0 (NR) (1-0 MAC)
24. Southern Mississippi 2-1 (NR) (1-0 CUSA)
25. Florida Atlantic 1-1 (NR) (0-0 SBC)

Falling out of the top-25: Georgia (19), North Carolina (20), Northern Illinois (23), Houston (24), Troy (25).

Newcomers: Stanford (21), Michigan State (22), Temple (23), Southern Mississippi (24), Florida Atlantic (25)

Notes since last week:

  • Iowa narrowly lost a game that they should have won handily.
  • Arkansas and LSU won SEC road games and moved up a little.
  • Despite winning, Wisconsin, Auburn, South Carolina, and Penn State did not impress me.
  • Georgia lost for the second week, for an 0-2 conference start. North Carolina lost for the second week, for an 0-2 overall record. Both teams dropped from the rankings.
  • Northern Illinois lost to Illinois, falling to 1-2, while Temple scored the MAC’s first non-conference win over a FBS opponent, beating Connecticut 20-16. Temple is now included in the rankings as the expected MAC champion.
  • Houston was hammered 31-13 by UCLA. Southern Mississippi, with a win over Kansas, and with their loss at South Carolina looking less and less bad as the Gamecocks continue to roll, now looks to me like the team to beat in Conference USA, although it strikes me as a fairly open race with East Carolina and Southern Methodist also in the running.
  • I don’t really follow Sun Belt Conference football, but with Troy’s loss to UAB, I reevaluated that call, and decided to go with Florida Atlantic. Fortunately, the nine-team conference plays a full round robin schedule, so there will be no question who the champion is at the end of the season.
  • With a 35-0 shutout last week at UCLA and a 68-24 pounding of Wake Forest yesterday, Stanford is averaging 51.5 points per game against teams from AQ conferences. They move into the rankings at #21.
  • With a gutsy fake field goal play to beat Notre Dame in overtime, Michigan State moves to 3-0 and on to the list at #22. Next week the Spartans have Northern Colorado, 2-1 in the FCS, which will give Mark Dantonio time to recover from an apparent heart attack before their schedule gets a lot tougher with back-to-back games against Wisconsin and at Michigan.
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