Walker Sports College Football Poll: USC Takes a Tumble

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst ISeptember 21, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans looks on during the game against the Washington Huskies on September 19, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Trojans 16-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Week three of the college football season saw plenty of top 25 action and a few upsets. With all that action, you know there was some shifting going on in the Walker-Sports College Football Poll.

1. Florida Gators

To be frankly honest, Florida did not look all that great against Tennessee, but they managed to get the win, keeping them perfect and keeping them atop the poll.

2. Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns accomplished something special in this week's poll. They leap-frogged Penn State for the second spot. Playing legitimate teams is worth something.

3. Penn State Nittany Lions

The Nittany Lions won again this past weekend, but they slipped in the rankings. That's what happens when you play Akron, Syracuse, and Temple. Penn State needs to get into their Big 10 schedule.

4. Ole Miss Rebels

Chalk up another win for this team. The QB is legit but I'm not sold on the team as a whole.

5. Cal Bears

This is the best Cal team in years. However, I'd like their overall chances a lot more if Washington hadn't knocked off USC this weekend. I don't see the Trojans dropping two conference games.

6. Boise State Broncos

With BYU being embarrassed this weekend, the Broncos just improved their chance to be a BCS buster once again.

7. Alabama Crimson Tide

The schedule is about to kick into high gear for 'Bama when they enter the SEC schedule next week. It will be interesting.

8. LSU Tigers

This is the other talented team in the SEC West looking to reclaim some of their greatness of just a few years ago. I expect big things from the Tigers.

9. Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes have shaken off the affects of the loss to USC. While I'm not crazy about this squad they still have what it takes to make a play for the Big 10 Championship.

10. Oklahoma Sooners

Still relevant, but they need to get healthy soon. Miami will be a hell of a test for the boys.

11. Virginia Tech Hokies

Knocking off Nebraska gave this team some legitimacy. However after watching Miami and Florida State, the Hokies are the third best team in the ACC at best.

12. TCU Horned Frogs

I like this team's chances to win the Mountain West. They are good, and the defense is flat out amazing.

13. USC Trojans

Once again the Trojans manage to choke against a weak Pac-10 opponent.

14. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys are still hoping to stay relevant in the Big 12, and I believe they can.

15. Cincinnati Bearcats

The only team from the Big East in the poll, and that will remain the case for the rest of the year.

16. Georgia Bulldogs

I'm not sure exactly how they fit in with all the talent in the SEC but for now the Bulldogs have a home on the Walker Sports poll.

17. Miami Hurricanes

The Canes are on the comeback trail. The ACC and the rest of the country should be on notice.

18. North Carolina Tar Heels

Butch Davis is doing his best to put this program on the map.

19. Florida State Seminoles

Miami is on the way back, and so are the FSU Noles. It would be great to see Bobby Bowden go out on a high note.

20. BYU Cougars

Apparently I over calculated how talented the Cougars are. BYU proved they are a good mid-major team.

21. Kansas Jayhawks

Nebraska dropping a game this weekend at the very least makes the Jayhawks look stronger. The key for them will be solidifying their defense.

22. Michigan Wolverines

Rich Rodriguez is putting this program back on track. The Wolverines won't climb too high in this poll but Rome wasn't built in a day either.

23. Oregon State Beavers

Washington stole their roll as the PAC 10 giant killers, but they are still a force.

24. Washington Huskies

Knock off a top five team and you get noticed.

25. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Tough loss to Virginia Tech, but I like this team.


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