USC Not No. 1 in Week Four Power Rankings

Dusty FloydCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2008

These power rankings are much different than last week's, mainly because I got a better look at the SEC powerhouses.

Florida showed me how fast they were, LSU showed me that their offense can still play even against a good defense like Auburn's, and USC told me that they need to have a bye week to try to avoid another upset at Oregon State, as they lost to them two years ago, 33-31.

Here are my new and updated power rankings.


1. Florida (3-0)

Florida showed how they can outrun any defense, as they have six players on their offense that can run a 4.4 or better. Their defense also held future NFL running back Arian Foster to 37 yards.


2. USC (2-0)

OK, go ahead, yell all of your criticisms at me about how USC should be number one, but the top SEC teams in the past have just been better than the top Pac-10 teams since they've had the past two national titles. I know USC beat Ohio State, but with the way the Buckeyes have played without Beanie Wells, that doesn't say anything.


3. LSU (3-0)

LSU played a great game against Auburn, even with their backup quarterback playing most of the game because of Andrew Hatch's concussion. Les Miles continues to impress me with his coaching, and if he keeps it up, they will be headed to another SEC championship and maybe even a national championship.


4. Oklahoma (3-0)

Sam Bradford has helped this offense fly by every team they've faced so far, but we'll see how they can do against an above-average TCU defense.


5. Georgia (4-0)

The Bulldogs have slowed down a little bit in their past two games, but Knowshon Moreno sure hasn't, as he's had nine rushing touchdowns and 6.6 yards per carry. Remember, winning is winning, but that will be a tough thing to do against a well-coached Alabama team this weekend.


6. Missouri (4-0)

Buffalo may have stuck with Missouri for a little bit in their last game, but Missouri ran away with it once Chase Daniel broke a Big 12 record by hitting 20 completions in a row. I can't wait to see the Tigers play a very good Nebraska team in two weeks.


7. Alabama (4-0)

I can only put Alabama higher after they smashed Arkansas this past weekend by a score of 49-14. That's not saying much though, because Arkansas had won their first two games by a combined score of 56-51 against Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe.


8. Texas (3-0)

The passing game has been the strength for the Longhorn offense, but they will need to get a running game going—their quarterback, Colt McCoy, is their leading rusher. They should blow out a disappointing Arkansas Razorback team this weekend if they want to help prove their conference supremacy.


9. Penn State (4-0)

Joe Paterno still knows how to coach winning football—he has coached a talented Penn State squad to an undefeated record, blowing out all of their opponents, including Temple from this past weekend. This weekend will be their first test as they are facing battle-tested Illinois.


10. BYU (4-0)

As much as I may want to, I can't put BYU any lower, because of their big wins over every team they've faced other than Washington. They are usually known for defense, but the reason they're so good this year is their great offense. If they can run the table in the strong Mountain West Conference, then they'll be on their way to a BCS bowl.


Best of the Rest

11. Wisconsin

12. Auburn

13. Texas Tech

14. South Florida

15. Wake Forest

16. Ohio State

17. Kansas

18. Vanderbilt

19. Boise State

20. Utah

21. Clemson

22. TCU

23. Illinois

24. East Carolina

25. Virginia Tech


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