Robby DonohoContributor IISeptember 10, 2008

Week 2 is in the books of college football, and we got to see some great games. A few upsets here and there and yet again, I am a college football god by picking ECU to blowout West Virginia. Oh look, they did! What a surprise. Here's a look at the Week 3 Top 25 and a preview of JUDGMENT WEEK in college football. *On the rankings, the previous week ranking will be in parenthesis.

1(1) USC (1-0) BYE WEEK

NEXT- vs. #4 Ohio State

- Lucky for the Trojans, they didn't have to look ahead at all since they had no game this week. A great chance for Pete Carroll to rest his starters and get them ready for Ohio State this Saturday. Most media writers are taking USC in a blowout over the Buckeyes. Fight On better not listen to these knuckleheads, because OSU will be charged up and ready to roll.

2(2) GEORGIA (2-0) W 56-17 vs. Central Michigan

NEXT- at. South Carolina

- The Bulldogs looked straight up dominate against the Chippewas this week, and that has to be encouraging for Mark Richt, as they looked somewhat sluggish against Georgia Southern last week. Defense was rock solid on the run, and Knowshon Moreno was back to his old form, rushing for 3 TD’s. Next week, they will run into a South Carolina team that is none to happy after losing at Vanderbilt this week. Beware UGA, the real tests have no begun.

3(4) OKLAHOMA (2-0) W 52-26 vs. Cincinnati

NEXT- at. Washington

- Like I said, the Sooners had a few problems in the first half with the Bearcats, but blew it open in the second half, outscoring Cincy 31-13 en route to the blow out win. Running game was a bit off this week, which has to concern Bob Stoops a bit. But wow, Matthew Stafford had the game of his life. Yes he threw 2 INTs, but the man went 29-38, 395yds and 5 TDs. Downright dominant for a SOPHOMORE. Boomer Sooner will run into a dangerous Husky team next week, that is reeling after an embarrassing last second defeat to BYU last week.

4(5) FLORIDA (2-0) W 26-3 vs. Miami (FL)

NEXT- at. Tennessee (9/20)

- The Gators had to wake up a bit in the second half, because it appeared they were sort of just going through the motions on offense and not taking advantage of their chances to score. 4th quarter, they finally broke out in a big way, scoring 17 unanswered points that gave the Gators their first win against the Hurricanes in 23 years! (okay, they have lost the past 6 games, that sounds better). Oh yeah, the defense was downright filthy last night as they gave up a grand total of 140 yards of total offense to the Canes, WOW. UF gets a week off to prepare for their rivals up north in Rocky Top. Expect a big win in 2 weeks for the Gators.

5(3) OHIO STATE (2-0) W 26-14 vs. Ohio

NEXT- at. #1 USC

- Okay, so maybe they were looking ahead JUST A BIT. Alright let me change that, they were looking ahead A LOT. Todd Boeckman looked awful, the running game didn’t manage anything, and leading receiver Brian Robiskie had 3 catches for 8 yards. A win is a win in my book, and you know Jim Tressel is saving his best for the Trojans next week. Defense is looking more and more dominant, and we shall see how good they truly are in Los Angeles next week.

6(6) MISSOURI (2-0) W 52-3 vs. SE Missouri State

NEXT- vs. Nevada

- Everything we expected and more for the Tigers against the Redhawks last Sunday. Chase Daniel looked up to par, Jeremy Maclin was able to get back into game rhythm after the injury last week, and the defense redeemed itself holding SEMO to just a field goal in the game. Tigers have the Wolfpack next week, so expect Mizzou to move to 3-0 after another non-conference victory.

7(7) TEXAS TECH (2-0) W 35-19 vs. Nevada


- I mentioned that last week the Red Raiders would have some problems early on with Nevada, and yes they did. Harrell definitely did not have his best game, going 19/46 297yds, TD and 2 INT is not going to win you the Heisman, especially when your playing Nevada. The defense also gave up 488yds of total offense, which is another huge problem for Mike Leach’s team. They have 2 more cupcakes before the Big XII schedule starts, and they will be 4-0 before they play against Kansas State, and they need to look better than this performance.

8(8) WISCONSIN (2-0) W 51-14 vs. Marshall

NEXT- at. #18 Fresno State

- So they had a slow start against The Herd, big deal. Look at the final score and that shows enough for me. What I was really encouraged to see from the Badgers was their passing game! Marshall keyed in on the running game from Bucky, and Bret Bielema decided to go with the pass, and Allan Evridge looked fantastic. This was a great game for Wisconsin to show Fresno State that they won’t be able to just try and stop the run, they need to worry about the pass too. Of course, the highly anticipated matchup for Wisconsin is next week against Fresno State, and we will definitely see the Big Ten powers try and gain some respect.

9(10) TEXAS (2-0) W 42-13 vs. UTEP

NEXT- vs. Arkansas

- Moving the Horns ahead of Kansas is because of their dominant 1st half performances against the teams they are SUPPOSE to beat. KU is just looking sluggish against the lower level teams, and Mack Brown’s team is showing their power. Colt McCoy NEEDS to be considered for the Heisman now. He has put up big numbers in the past 2 games, and really hasn’t made too many mistakes this year. 4 more TD’s against the Miners really should wake up the Heisman voters. Texas has a bottom feeder SEC team coming to DKR this week with Arkansas, so it should be another good warm-up game for them.

10(9) KANSAS (2-0) W 29-0 vs. Louisiana Tech

NEXT- at. #13 South Florida (Friday, 9/12)

- Like I said on the top, Kansas has really underperformed so far this season against some of the nation’s worst. Yes their defense is playing phenomenal, but they haven’t capitalized on getting in the red zone with TD’s. 3 field goals in the red zone is not going to win ball games for Mark Mangino’s team. They haven’t beaten themselves yet with turnovers, but KU is going to have to bust out the playbook in a big way with USF this Friday. This should be another fantastic game and it will come down to both teams’ defenses trying to stop the offense.

11(11) AUBURN (2-0) W 27-13 vs. Southern Miss

NEXT- at. Mississippi State

- So, they are still having problems getting the spread offense implemented at Auburn. Yes, that’s a problem. Probably more of a problem than most Tiger fans realize. The defense has been on the money in their past 2 games. The offense did perform better, but Chris Todd didn’t even throw a TD pass in this game. A spread offense shouldn’t rely on the running game to win for them, but that’s what Auburn has had to do so far. Tate and Lester are doing well on the ground and the defense is winning all the battles. Now they have the SEC season in front of them, and a trendy upset pick is looming in Starksville.

12(13) LSU (1-0) vs. Troy (POSTPONED)

NEXT- vs. North Texas

- Hurricane Gustav forced the postponement of the Tigers game with Troy last Saturday, and it will be moved to November 15th for those wanting to know. Another cupcake in North Texas will show us that the LSU ground game is dominant, and Andrew Hatch is still a ways away from picking up the passing game for Les Miles. Fans felt great after beating Appy State 2 weeks ago, but they need to get over it and realize that the worst is yet to come for this team.

13(12) SOUTH FLORIDA (2-0) W 31-24 vs. UCF (OT)

NEXT- vs. #10 Kansas (Friday, 9/12)

- Let’s consider this. USF’s Matt Grothe had 346 yds passing and 3 TD’s: solid. Grothe also led the Bulls in rushing: not solid. South Florida outgained the Knights 504 to 226: wow. And they needed OVERTIME to beat a mid-level Conference USA team? Jim Leavitt’s team did play well, but the special teams game killed the Bulls and Central Florida didn’t beat themselves. So in conclusion, South Florida didn’t look bad, but they made mental mistakes that almost cost them their perfect season (which media people are picking them to be). The big matchup with the Jayhawks is this Friday. We shall see if this team is legit.

14(21) EAST CAROLINA (2-0) W 24-3 vs. #19 West Virginia

NEXT- at. Tulane

- You want to start talking Heisman darkhorses, head over to Greenville, North Carolina; where a quarterback is developing into a star in front of our very own eyes. Patrick Pinkney was thought of being the backup this year for the Pirates. Throw that out the window after 2 efficient performances against Top 20 teams. This time, ECU didn’t even let their opponent have a chance on them in the second half, routing them 24-3 with 8 minutes to go IN THE 3RD QUARTER! Skip Holtz had to ease off the accelerator after Jonathan Williams’ second TD. I said it again that ECU would win, and they proved me right AGAIN. This team will start getting BCS consideration, as long as they handle their business against lower caliber teams. If you take a look at their schedule, there’s no reason why this team can’t go undefeated this year.

15(15) ARIZONA STATE (2-0) W 41-17 vs. Stanford


- Now this was the ASU team that we expected to see this season. They jumped on Stanford from the beginning of the game, and didn’t look back. Rudy Carpenter finally showed his throwing prowess in this one and the defense performed better than expected against a good rushing team. Sun Devils still need to develop a better rushing attack, but that will come later on into the season, so no worries there. Another tune-up game with UNLV before the big battle with #2 Georgia at home, and Sparky better not overlook the Rebels in that one.

16(17) PENN STATE (2-0) W 45-14 vs. Oregon State

NEXT- at. Syracuse

- Even with all of the distractions looming over them, Penn State showed that they are a team to be reckoned with in the Big Ten this year. Granted, it was against one of the lower level teams in the Pac-10, but it was still a very impressive performance at home. Paterno had to call off the dogs at half time since it was 35-7! Defense looked great even without defensive end Maurice Evans, and the running game looked dominant yet again with Evan Royster taking the bulk of the carries. Expect another blowout next week at the Carrier Dome.

17(14) ALABAMA (2-0) W 20-6 vs. Tulane

NEXT- vs. Western Kentucky

- Alright, so they were still on a high after beating LSU. But seriously Alabama, your performance was A JOKE. Here’s a fun statistic. Alabama managed 172 yards of total offense against the worst defense in Conference USA (in 2007). Last week, the Tide had 412 yards of total offense against Clemson, the best defense in the ACC (in 2007). Is there a problem with these 2 statements together? Tuscaloosa, we have a problem. Still wondering how Bama even won this game? Give all the praise to KR Javier Arenas, who broke open the game with a 91 yard TD return. Saban’s team better rebound against WKU this week.

18(18) OREGON (2-0) W 66-24 vs. Utah State

NEXT- at. Purdue

- Well, put all of the rumors about Justin Roper not being a capable starter for the Ducks now. He looked good, but not as good as the offense as a whole. How about 688 yards of total offense? 4 players for Oregon had runs over 35 yards each and 3 players over 70 yards rushing. Can you say OFFENSIVE JUGGERNAUT? Purdue is going to have a heck of a time trying to stop this offense this coming week in West Lafayette.


NEXT- vs. #8 Wisconsin

- Fresno State had a perfect bye week headed into their highly anticipated showdown with #8 Wisconsin, and that should have them well-rested and ready to roll. I will say this again, remember this name: Ryan Mathews. He is a budding super star for the Bulldogs in the backfield. .

19(21) BYU (2-0) W 28-27 vs. Washington


- You can say whatever you want, but a win is a win for the BYU Cougars. Washington was able to get a TD with 2 seconds left. Chaos ensued on the field, and Washington was flagged for a celebration penalty, which backed up the extra point 15 yards. After that, shock and despair hit Husky Stadium hardcore after BYU was able to come up with a block on the PAT and get the 1 point victory. To me, that sounds like a season that is meant to be for the Cougars. I don’t want to draw any conclusions, but yes BYU looks like a team of destiny after this one. Max Hall looked great slinging the ball around, and the defense looked mediocre against Jake Locker. Another big Pac-10 test next week, when the Cougars welcome UCLA to Lavell Edwards Stadium, in what should be another great game.

20(23) WAKE FOREST (2-0) W 30-28 vs. Ole Miss

NEXT- at. Florida State (9/20)

- So, I just got done explaining that BYU-Washington game. If you wanted another down to the wire finish, look no farther than Winston-Salem, as a Sam Swank 41 yard field goal was the difference in the scoreboard with 3 seconds remaining in the ball game for the Demon Deacons. It was a very well played ball game by both teams, but Wake Forest will have to improve on their defense to stay atop of the ACC (can you believe I am actually saying that, Wake Forest atop of the ACC, IN FOOTBALL). Now that Jim Grobe has revived this Deacon football team, they no longer just look forward to basketball season anymore. A week off before they head down to Tallahassee to take on the Seminoles, in another great ACC battle.

21(NR) CALIFORNIA (2-0) W 66-3 vs. Washington State

NEXT- at. Maryland

- Gheeze Cal, take it easy. Jeff Tedford unleashed the full fury of his rushing offense on the Coogs last week, and the Pac-10 was put on alert after this monumental blowout. Oh yeah, did I mention this game was played in the comfort of Washington State’s home stadium? Yikes. Be on alert everyone in the Pac-10, California is for real this year. 505 yards of total offense against a conference opponent is nothing to take lightly. They won’t have any problems with Maryland next week, as the Terps are coming off a loss to Middle Tennessee State.

22(25) UTAH (2-0) W 42-21 vs. UNLV

NEXT- at. Utah State

- Howdy Utah! Utes needed a little bit of a wakeup call at halftime, after being tied with the Rebels 14-14. All Brian Johnson and the Utah offense did was come out in the 3rd quarter and put up 21 points on the UNLV defense. Yep, that will do the trick. Defense played shutdown ball, and Johnson even led the team in rushing with 80 yards. Oh yeah, if Louie Sakoda doesn’t win the Groza award this year, something is really wrong. In state rivalry with the Aggies this week should keep this team on guard.

23(25) ILLINOIS (1-1) W 47-21 vs. Eastern Illinois

NEXT- vs. Louisiana Lafayette

- A bounce back game for the Zookers proved to be exactly what this team needed, and they played great against an FCS team. What’s funny is 4 of the 5 rushing TDs for Illinois came from Juice Williams and Arrelious Benn, who do not play in the running back position. Defense looked much better in this one, but of course it will after playing a team like Missouri. Another warm up before Chief has to head to Happy Valley to take on Penn State, in what should be a great Big Ten clash.

24(24) CLEMSON (1-1) W 45-17 vs. The Citadel

NEXT- vs. NC State

- Clemson again was another team that needed a bounce back win, and they got it against a lesser opponent in The Citadel. The offense was not a concern what so ever, but the defense needs to worry Terry Bowden in Death Valley. Giving up 427 yards of total offense to an FCS team is not a good omen for the rest of the season. Yes, Davis and Spiller combined for 182 yards and 4 TD’s rushing, but Cullen Harper didn’t need to do anything else besides turn and give the ball to a back. Yes this team is still extremely talented, but they need to find their identity on defense. NC State should be another blowout for the Tigers this coming week.

25(19) WEST VIRGINIA (1-1) L 3-24 vs. #21 East Carolina

NEXT- at. Colorado

- Like I said, this team has no defense at all, but we didn’t see this team putting up just 3 points and just 251 yards of total offense. Yes, Pat White is multi-talented and a great player, but he can’t carry the team. They don’t have Owen Schmitt or Steve Slaton anymore, and you can see the effects. Don’t look now Morgantown, but this WVU team could be (1-2) after their trip to Boulder this week. Defense needs to play better, and the offense can’t be predictable on offense. After that, the Mountaineers should be fine.

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION (In Order): UCLA, Florida State, Tennessee, Boise State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, South Carolina, Oklahoma State





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