Carter's College Football Power Rankings-Week 4: Oregon Remains No. 1

David CarterCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2010

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks has some words with his offensive unit during a time out in the second quarter of the game against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon.   Oregon won the game 69-0. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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1. Oregon Ducks (3-0) Last Week: No. 1
Three wins by a combined 176 points. They looked great in a practice game over Portland State. Now they have a conference game against Arizona State coming up.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) Last Week: No. 9
Didn’t skip a beat in a blowout win over Duke. Outscored opponents by a combined 115 points and have only given up 19 points total. Great game from Mark Ingram against the Blue Devils.

3. Stanford Cardinal (3-0) Last Week: No. 7
It’s clear that Jim Harbaugh has a little something going here. Andrew Luck is such a great QB, it’s not even funny. They defeated opponents by a combined 114 points, which is pretty good considering they’ve only played three games.

4. TCU Horned Frogs (3-0) Last Week: No. 12
An expected blowout win over Baylor on Saturday. This team is clicking on all levels and could be in the National Championship picture in December if they remain consistent.

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0) Last Week: No. 15
Three straight impressive wins. Taylor Martinez (813 total yards, 9 total touchdowns) has been very impressive so far this season.

6. Arizona Wildcats (3-0) Last Week: No. 3
Nick Foles performed well in a very entertaining win over Iowa on Saturday night. Amassing 877 passing yards in a three-game span is very impressive.

7. Nevada Wolfpack (3-0) Last Week: No. 6
If Colin Kaepernick isn’t on your Heisman list right now, he should be.

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0) Last Week: No. 19
I love the way this team plays offensively. Brandon Weeden has emerged into a great college football quarterback, with 975 passing yards and 11 touchdown passes—great numbers to have through the first three games.

9. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) Last Week: No. 20
Terrelle Pryor (715 passing yards, 6 touchdowns) continues to take care of business. Now it’s three practice games, then an interesting showdown with Wisconsin.

10. Texas A&M Aggies (3-0) Last Week: No. 4
On paper, they should have beaten Florida International by a lot more than a touchdown. Either way, this team has a lot of talent and could be an interesting team to pay attention to down the stretch.

11. Kentucky Wildcats (3-0) Last Week: NR
The Wildcats might not be undefeated for long, as they have Florida coming up. This team has still played very well through the first three games.

12. Utah Utes (3-0) Last Week: NR
The Utes could be staring at a future 7-0 record. Their schedule doesn’t get interesting until their eighth game of the year against Air Force.

13. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0) Last Week: No. 11
Ryan Mallett continues to impress me (1,081 passing yards, 9 touchdown passes). If the Razorbacks can beat Alabama this weekend, they could be huge national championship contenders.

14. Florida Gators (3-0) Last Week: No. 23
Jeff Demps should be on a few Heisman lists right now, with over 300 yards and 2 scores to his credit so far. This team needs to start games better.

15. NC State Wolfpack (3-0) Last Week: No. 21
Russell Wilson continues to lead this team to impressive wins, but they could suffer their first loss of the year against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

16. South Carolina Gamecocks (3-0) Last Week: NR
Another win in a practice game over Furman. Now it’s on to a tough game against Auburn, then a home game against the National Champions.

17. Missouri Tigers (3-0) Last Week: No. 18
Two more practice games come their way against Miami (OH) and Colorado before they go on the road against a tough Texas A&M team.

18. Texas Longhorns (3-0) Last Week: No. 24
Good start to the season for Texas, but not a great one. A home game against UCLA awaits before they go to the Cotton Bowl and play the Sooners.

19. Northwestern Wildcats (3-0) Last Week: NR
Dan Persa is doing a great job at leading the offense (898 total yards, 8 total touchdowns).

20. LSU Tigers (3-0) Last Week: NR
Stevan Ridley (318 rushing yards) is doing a nice job carrying this offense. A tough upcoming schedule comes their way against West Virginia, Tennessee and Florida.

21. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0) Last Week: NR
Geno Smith, Noel Devine, and Tavon Austin are becoming a three-headed monster for opponents. Let’s see if this stays the same against LSU this weekend.

22. Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) Last Week: NR
Daniel Thomas should at least be in the top five in the Heisman Trophy race at the moment. Over 500 rushing yards and six scores to this point is absolutely outstanding.

23. Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) Last Week: NR
Not the most exciting of starts for an OU football season, but passable. As long as they have Jones, Murray, and Broyles leading the way, there shouldn’t be much to worry about. One more game against Cincinnati until the Red River Rivalry game against Texas.

24. Michigan State Spartans (3-0) Last Week: NR
I gained a lot of respect for the Spartans over the weekend after that gutsy call to get the win over Notre Dame. I’m hoping Coach Dantonio has a speedy recovery. He’s one of the classier guys in college football.

25. Wisconsin Badgers (3-0) Last Week: NR
Very nice start for the Badgers this season. A practice game against Austin Peay comes their way, then a gutsy Michigan State team, then Paul Bunyan’s Axe is on the line against Minnesota.

Individual Player Rankings:
1. Ryan Mallett (Arkansas)
2. Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)
3. G.J. Kinne (Tulsa)
4. Dominique Davis (East Carolina)
5. Alex Carder (Western Michigan)
6. Bryant Moniz (Hawaii)
7. Corey Robinson (Troy)
8. Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State)
9. Jerrod Johnson (Texas A&M)
10. Nick Foles (Arizona)

Running Backs:
1. Daniel Thomas (Kansas State)
2. Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State)
3. Ronnie Hillman (San Diego State)
4. Jordan Todman (Connecticut)
5. Bobby Rainey (Western Kentucky)
6. Edwin Baker (Michigan State)
7. John Clay (Wisconsin)
8. Mikel Lashoure (Illinois)
9. Ed Wesley (TCU)
10. Derrick Locke (Kentucky)

Wide Receivers:
1. Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
2. Kealoha Pilares (Hawaii)
3. Jordan White (Western Michigan)
4. Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)
5. Jermaine Kearse (Washington)
6. Joe Adams (Arkansas)
7. DeMarco Sampson (San Diego State)
8. Kamar Jorden (Bowling Green)
9. Marvin Jones (California)
10. Conner Vernon (Duke)

Defensive Linemen
1. Josh McNary (Army)
2. Eddie Jones (Texas)
3. Bryant Turner (UAB)
4. Vinny Curry (Marshall)
5. Justin Washington (Arizona)

1. Brian Duncan (Texas Tech)
2. Mario Harvey (Marshall)
3. Ja’Gared Davis (SMU)
4. Chase Thomas (Stanford)
5. Jonathan Cornell (Ole Miss)

Defensive Backs
1. Jarvis Phillips (Texas Tech)
2. Alex Frye (Wake Forest)
3. Shiloh Keo (Idaho)
4. Sean Baker (Ball State)
5. Ahmad Black (Florida)


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