College Football Top 25 Week 3: Utah, Arizona, and Nevada Rise, Iowa Falls
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1. Alabama (3-0)
Beat Duke 62-13. Mark Ingram was incredibly effective in his debut, running nine carries for 151 yards and two TDs. Their first true test of the season happens next week @ Arkansas. A loss to the Razorbacks would really muddle the championship picture. Is there any chance a one-loss Alabama team gets passed up for an undefeated TCU or Boise State?
2. Ohio State (3-0)
Beat Ohio 43-7. It was another easy win for the Buckeyes. Terrelle Pryor was great, aside from two interceptions. Ohio State's path to the title game looks a little easier, considering how much Michigan, and Wisconsin struggled in close wins @ home, and Iowa's struggles in a loss @ Arizona. I don't think the Big 10 is quite as strong as preseason prognostications would have us believe.
3. Boise State (3-0)
Boise State looked fantastic against Wyoming, winning 51-6. They have a huge matchup against Oregon State next Saturday, but @ Nevada will probably be the toughest remaining game on their schedule. Nevada's 52-31 dismantling of Cal really breathes life into Boise's SOS. Boise has a good chance to take over Ohio State's spot in the top two with a convincing victory against Oregon State next week.
4. TCU (3-0)
Beat Baylor 45-10. Before the end of the season, this team has a real chance to make some noise. If you are looking for a team that might sneak into the BCS championship game ahead of Boise State, TCU may be that team. They have more quality opponents remaining than Boise does (BYU, Air Force, and @ Utah), and if they beat them impressively, it might be enough to pass up Boise. I know they lost to Boise last year in the Fiesta Bowl, but Boise's last loss was to TCU in 2008.
5. Oregon (3-0)
Beat Portland State 69-0. Oregon has been more than impressive in their first three games.
6. Nebraska (3-0)
Beat Washington 56-21 on the road. If Nebraska isn't playing in the Big 12 title game, I'll be shocked.
7. Utah (3-0)
Beat New Mexico 56-14 on the road. Utah has been very impressive in the first three weeks, and is very deserving of this ranking.
8. Oklahoma (3-0)
Beat an underrated Air Force team 27-24 in Norman. After three games, Oklahoma has had two unexpectedly close games with two mountain time zone teams (Air Force, Utah State), and has had one unexpected blowout against Florida State.
9. Texas (3-0)
Beat Texas Tech 24-14 on the road. The key in this game was an eight-minute-long, 22 play, 80 yard TD drive in the 4th quarter.
10. Florida (3-0)
Beat Tennessee 31-17 on the road. Florida's defense has been excellent. Their offense has been incredibly inconsistent. They might compete for an SEC title if they can figure how to consistently execute the center to QB exchange.
11. Stanford (3-0)
Beat Wake Forest 68-24 @ home. Andrew Luck played eight drives, and led his team to TDs on every one of them.
12. Arizona (3-0)
Beat Iowa 34-27. Arizona looked impressive against a very good Iowa team. With so many solid teams, it looks very unlikely to me that anyone will make it through a 9 game Pac-10 schedule unscathed.
13. Arkansas (3-0)
Beat Georgia 31-24 in a thrilling game. This is an impressive road win in the SEC. They get the ultimate oppurtunity against Alabama next week.
14. LSU (3-0)
Beat Mississippi State 29-7. A top 15 team should beat Miss St. by three TDs at home. And that's exactly what LSU did.
15. South Carolina (3-0)
Beat Furman 38-19.
16. Nevada (3-0)
Beat Cal (24th, Coaches Poll) 52-31 Friday night in a statement game for the WAC.
17. Fresno State (2-0)
Beat an underrated Utah State team 41-24 on the road.
18. Wisconsin (3-0)
Beat ASU 20-19 @ home. A blocked extra point made the difference. Is ASU better than we thought, is Wisconsin worse, or was this game just a fluke?
19. Iowa (2-1)
Lost a tough road game @ Arizona 34-27. It was a valiant comeback in the second half for the Hawkeyes. They trailed 27-7 at the half, then scored 20 straight points to tie it, before falling 34-27.
20. Auburn (3-0)
Won a tough home game against Clemson. That's two wins by a combined total of six points.
21. Miami (1-1)
Had a Bye. They play @ Pittsburgh on Thursday night, in what will be a game with huge implications for the ACC and Big East.
22. Air Force (2-1)
Played Oklahoma extremely tough before falling 24-27. They out-gained the Sooners, and ran for over 350 yards, but lost the turnover margin 1-0, costing them the game.
23. USC (3-0)
Beat Minnesota 32-21 on the road.
24. Oregon State (1-1)
Survived against Louisville 35-28.
25. Michigan (3-0)
Narrowly avoided another Appalachian State caliber upset by defeating the UMass 42-37.
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