Carter's Top 25 College Football Power Rankings (Week 3) Pac-10 in Top Three

David CarterCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2010

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 04:  Quarterback Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks rolls out of the pocket in the second quarter of the game against the New Mexico Lobos at Autzen Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 72-0. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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I didn't realize that my top three teams were all from the Pac-10 conference. It's also interesting that Oklahoma is the only team from the Big 12 South Division that is not in my rankings for this week.

1. Oregon Ducks (2-0)
The Ducks have put on two A+ performances so far. They blew New Mexico out of the water then beat a Tennessee team that previously had a 50-point win. Who needs Jeremiah Masoli, right??

2. California Golden Bears (2-0)
Outscoring opponents 104-10 in their first two games. The Bears are looking pretty strong and could make some noise in the Pac-10 if they keep it up. They look to do more damage against Nevada on Friday.

3. Arizona Wildcats (2-0)
Defeated opponents by a combined 85 points. Like California, the Wildcats are looking to give Oregon a run for the Pac-10 Championship.

4. Texas A&M Aggies (2-0)
Two blowout wins over Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana Tech by a combined 73 points. QB Jerrod Johnson continues to rack up some big numbers…(Heisman candidate perhaps?)

5. Houston Cougars (2-0)
Back-to-back blowout wins over Texas State and UTEP. As long as they have Case Keenum, their offense will look to rack up some big points. A tough showdown with UCLA is coming their way.

6. Nevada Wolfpack (2-0)
Two great home wins over Eastern Washington and Colorado State. We get to see if this team is for real as they play the California Golden Bears Friday night.

7. Stanford Cardinal (2-0)
Their 35-0 win over conference rival UCLA was very impressive. Let’s see how they do back home against Wake Forest.

8. San Diego State Aztecs (2-0)
Two wins by a combined score of 88-21. The Aztecs’ defense is looking strong. Lets see if it can remain strong against a tough Missouri team this weekend.

9. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)
The defending National Champions looked impressive defensively against Penn State. Two wins by a combined 66 points and have only given up six points this season.

10. Air Force Falcons (2-0)
The Falcons triple option looked great in their first two games, but a trip to Norman, Oklahoma against the Sooners will most likely be their first loss of the season.

11. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0)
Two great defensive performances to start the season along with two great games from Ryan Mallett. The Hogs could make some noise in the SEC this year if this continues.

12. TCU Horned Frogs (2-0)
A great performance by the Frogs against Tennessee Tech. They don’t have another tough game until their November 6 showdown with Utah.

13. Clemson Tigers (2-0)
Two wins by a combined 62 points is a great way to start the season. Now they get a tough matchup against conference foe Auburn. I’m picking the Tigers to win this one.

14. Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
A surprising win over Navy followed by a blowout win over Morgan State. Maybe this team isn’t as bad as some think.

15. Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0)
Wins over Western Kentucky and Idaho are warm up games for their first road game against Washington this weekend.

16. Baylor Bears (2-0)
Two wins by a combined 68-9 score. This team is so much better with Robert Griffin taking snaps. But a blowout loss could be coming their way as they head to Ft. Worth to take on TCU this weekend.

17. Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)
Two wins by a combined 72-14 as Adam Robinson continues to put up great numbers (265 yards, four touchdowns). Their first test comes against an impressive Arizona Wildcats team.

18. Missouri Tigers (2-0)
Following a tough neutral-site game against Illinois with a blowout victory against McNeese State. Their upcoming game against San Diego State captures my interest considering both teams have had great starts.

19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-0)
A game against Washington State that was over by the first kickoff followed by a tough win over Troy. No other running back has impressed me more than Kendall Hunter over the first two weeks of the season (414 rushing yards, six touchdowns). Justin Blackmon has taken over as the Cowboys’ leading receiver (18 receptions, 257 yards, 5 touchdowns)

20. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0)
Blowout win over Marshall followed by a great team effort against Miami. This team is looking at a 6-0 start before a tough contest against Wisconsin on October 16.

21. NC State Wolfpack (2-0)
Two wins by a combined 48 points looks impressive, but a tough next six weeks starts on Saturday with a home game against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

22. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0)
107 points scored in their first two games. A great win over Presbyterian and another great win over Duke in a shootout. Look for this team to get their first loss of the year this weekend against Stanford.

23. Florida Gators (2-0)
Two slow starts but also two victories nonetheless. They could get another close game against Tennessee. Ahmad Black is one of only two players in the country to have at least three interceptions this season.

24. Texas Longhorns (2-0)
Another team that has had two slow starts but were able to come away with two victories in the end. Longhorns should be a little nervous about their game against Texas Tech this weekend.

25. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0)
Two wins by a combined 43 points. Taylor Potts is looking to lead the way once again against always-tough Texas team. Potts bas recorded over 600 passing yards and seven touchdowns so far.

Carter’s Heisman Trophy Race (Top 25)
1. Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne (755 passing yards, 7 touchdowns)
2. Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter (414 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns)
3. Duke WR Conner Vernon (310 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns)
4. Marshall DE Vinny Curry (4 sacks)
5. Duke QB Sean Renfree (708 passing yards, 6 touchdowns)
6. Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas (371 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns)
7. Hawaii WR Kialoha Pilares (280 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns)
8. Louisville DE Rodney Gnat (4 sacks)
9. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett (701 passing yards, 6 touchdowns)
10. Western Kentucky RB Bobby Rainey (339 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns)

11. Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (257 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns)
12. Wake Forest S Alex Frye (3 interceptions, 72 INT yards, one TD INT return)
13. Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts (652 passing yards, 7 touchdowns)
14. Iowa RB Adam Robinson (265 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns)
15. Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles (266 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns)
16. Texas Tech LB Brian Duncan (4 sacks)
17. East Carolina QB Dominique Davis (627 passing yards, 8 touchdowns)
18. Michigan State RB Edwin Baker (300 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns)
19. Washington WR Jermaine Kearse (287 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns)
20. Georgia LB Justin Houston (4 sacks)
21. Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin (716 passing yards, 3 touchdowns)
22. Wisconsin RB John Clay (260 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns)
23. Florida Atlantic WR Lester Jean (263 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns)
24. Florida S Ahmad Black (3 interceptions, 42 INT return yards)
25. Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson (671 passing yards, 6 touchdowns)


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