College Football Power Rankings Dominated By SEC

Dusty FloydCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2008

To start off the season, it's a very difficult task to rate the best 25 college football teams in the country. Three weeks into the season though, you can get a better overview of the top 25 teams.


1. USC

With very convincing wins over Virginia and Ohio State with a combined score of 87-10, you just can't put anybody else at the top spot. Even against a solid Ohio State defense, Mark Sanchez's Trojans still managed to put up 35 points.


2. Oklahoma

The Sooners are strong at 3-0, led by quarterback Sam Bradford. They will be tested in a couple of weeks against a strong TCU defense.


3. Florida

When you hear Florida, the first thing most college football fans think of is Tim Tebow, although their defense hasn't looked too bad in big wins over Hawaii and Miami. They will be tested this weekend as they head to Neyland Stadium to face the Tennessee Volunteers, who haven't lost at home since November of 2006 to LSU.


4. Missouri

Chase Daniel is leading a very high-powered offense that has scored 173 combined points in their first three games. They already passed the test of Illinois, but going to Nebraska could be a different story.


5. Georgia

Georgia has dropped in my mind some as they barely pulled off a 14-7 win over South Carolina. On the good side, Knowshon Moreno has averaged more than 100 yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry.


6. LSU

The Tigers have looked good on both sides of the ball, but how can you really tell when they're playing teams like Appalachian State and North Texas? Junior running back, Charles Scott has been a big surprise, averaging 11.4 yards per carry in 23 attempts.


7. South Florida

Dark horse Matt Grothe is quietly racking up some Heisman-caliber numbers as he's led South Florida past Kansas and Central Florida.


8. Wisconsin

P.J. Hill has been solid as Wisconsin is emerging as the Big Ten favorite after a 13-10 win over potential BCS buster Fresno State. They will have to face a disappointing Michigan this weekend in the Big House.


9. Alabama

Nick Saban has done a great job in coaching this surprising Alabama team, who just outright dominated Clemson in their season opener. If Alabama continues to play the way that they've been playing, they will end up being a big factor in the SEC.


10. Penn State

The Nittany Lions have surprised many people in a season where it seems that everything has been working for them. They've averaged more than 55 points per game.


The Best of the Rest

11. BYU

12. Texas

13. Auburn

14. Texas Tech

15. Ohio State

16. East Carolina

17. Kansas

18. Wake Forest

19. Oregon

20. Illinois

21. Florida State

22. Tennessee

23. Vanderbilt

24. North Carolina

25. Notre Dame


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