Week Three Top 25: LSU Claws Its Way to the Top

Leon WynnAnalyst ISeptember 11, 2007

Icon#1 LSU

With an impressive display from a seemingly unstoppable offense, the Tigers clawed their way to the top spot by making a Top 10 team look like a middle school squad.

Expect an easy victory this week against Middle Tennessee.

#2 USC

We'll see how the Trojans fare against Nebraska after having a week to prepare.

#3 West Virginia

An impressive back and a brilliant spread offense outweigh the Mountaineers' slow start against Marshall. WVU should have no trouble against Maryland this week, but I'm interested to see how Pat White performs against South Florida’s lightning-fast corners on the 28th.

#4 Texas

Colt McCoy regained his composure in the second half and began to show his dominance of the field. If his freshman year is any indication, expect the October 6th game against Oklahoma be to one of his best.

#5 Florida

So what if they gave Troy 31 points? The Gators scored 42 unanswered points in the first half, allowing the second half to be used for developmental purposes.

#6 Oklahoma

The Sooners will continue to put up big numbers until they face Texas. Let’s see if they can handle the Horns before we rank them too high.

#7 Wisconsin

Tyler Donovan scored on a bootleg with less than two minutes remaining against UNLV. An excellent offense and a great defense make the Badgers a solid team.

#8 Louisville

It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals manage after losing a great safety to a knee injury. Latarrius Thomas had five tackles, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery this year.

#9 Ohio State

Their 20-2 performance says it all.

#10 Cal

DeSean Jackson is amazing in every way—and certainly possesses Heisman qualities.

#11 UCLA

If their passing game shapes up, the Bruins will be a force to be reckoned with.

#12 Georgia Tech

An amazing performance by both the reserves and starters, who set the pace within the first ten minutes. Expect the Yellow Jackets to climb in the polls with a solid victory against Boston College.

Icon#13 Rutgers

An excellent rushing game and a phenomenal defense. If they can keep it up through their matchup against West Virginia, they'll surely be a Top 10 team.

#14 Penn State

A great offensive performance by the Nittany Lions shut down the Fighting Irish—but if the Lions want to get anywhere this season, their running game will need to develop.

#15 Nebraska

A lackluster performance against Wake Forest. I only hope they do better against Southern Cal.

#16 Arkansas

Darren McFadden will have to lead his team against a new-look Alabama squad this week.

#17 Texas A&M

If their first half defense meets their second half offense, this team will be a contender.

#18 Virginia Tech

Give them a few weeks to recover from their embarrassing defeat against LSU—and see how they fare against Clemson before counting the Hokies out.

#19 Clemson

First-year quarterback Cullen Harper certainly earned the starting position with five TD tosses against LA-Monroe.

#20 Oregon

A great passing game helped serve Michigan its second helping of shame this season.

#21 Boston College

BC’s secondary gave up a lot of yards but made five interceptions to maintain their lead—and that’s what counts.

#22 South Carolina

While some may say the Gamecocks are ready to contend for an SEC title, I believe they merely took advantage of an unprepared Georgia team. Nevertheless, Steve Spurrier's earned a Top 25 spot.

#23 Tennessee

The Vols' young receivers displayed a new confidence against Miss State. Don't look for UT to roll over against Florida this week.

#24 South Florida

The Bulls have pulled off three major upsets—and promise more. An excellent secondary and a great quarterback provided the backbone for the victory over Auburn. If struggling kicker Delbert Alvarado can build his confidence, the Bulls will soar to a Top 15 ranking.

#25 Hawaii

After barely squeaking by La. Tech, the Warriors will have to provide spectacular performances throughout an easy season if they hope to remain ranked.


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