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Carter's NCAA Football Power Rankings-Week 4: Georgia Tech No. 1?

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 5: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #21 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets celebrates a four-yard touchdown run with Stephen Hill #5 against the Clemson Tigers in the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game December 5, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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David CarterCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2011

What you are about to read is the most interesting Top 25 College Football power rankings you're likely ever to come across.

In my version of the top 25 are some teams that others might not even think for a single second to include in the top 25 to this point. But in power rankings, it’s all a matter of what the writer sees, and it’s all just a matter of opinion. Here’s how I see the top 25 teams that have impressed me the most through the first three weeks of the season, as well as the top 10 quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers.

1. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Kansas, 66-24
The Yellow Jackets lead the nation in total rushing yards through the first three weeks of the season (1,283)
Next Week: vs. (24) North Carolina

2. Wisconsin Badgers (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Northern Illinois, 49-7
The Badgers are currently 13th in the nation in total rushing yards with 715.
Next Week: vs. South Dakota

3. Stanford Cardinal (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Arizona, 37-10
Other than Stanford, the Florida Gators are the only other team in the nation that has given up fewer rushing yards in their first three games of the season. Florida has only given up 30 yards on the ground, while Stanford has only given up 36.
Next Week: BYE

4. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Troy, 38-28
The Razorbacks are currently the sixth-best passing offensive team in the nation. They already have 1,040 total passing yards so far this season.
Next Week: at (5) Alabama

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0)
Last Week: defeated North Texas, 41-0
The Crimson Tide are currently in the top five in rushing yards against (55 per game) and passing yards against per game (114 per game).
Next Week: vs. (4) Arkansas

6. Florida Gators (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Tennessee, 33-23
Florida currently has the nation’s top run-stopping defense. They have only given up an average of 30 rushing yards per game.
Next Week: at Kentucky

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0)
Last Week: defeated New Mexico, 59-13
The Red Raiders are currently a respectable 14th in the nation in passing yards given up per game, having only concede 151.
Next Week: vs. Nevada

8. South Florida Bulls (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Florida A&M, 70-17
The Bulls are currently ninth in the nation in total passing yards with 977. They are also one of the nation’s best run-stopping teams, giving up only an average of 77 yards per game.
Next Week: vs. UTEP

9. Ohio Bobcats (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Marshall, 44-7
The Bobcats have the nation’s ninth-best rushing team, already racking up 744 rushing yards through their first three games.
Next Week: at Rutgers

10. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Arkansas State, 26-7
The Hokies rank in the top five in the nation in the run-stopping category. They only give up an average of 55 rushing yards per game.
Next Week: at Marshall

11. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Tulsa, 59-33
The Cowboys currently have the nation’s best passing offense. They already have racked up 1,224 passing yards per game.
Next Week: at (16) Texas A&M

12. Illinois Fighting Illini (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Arizona State, 17-14
The Illini rank seventh nationally in rushing yards against per game, giving up a small average of 63.
Next Week: Western Michigan

13. LSU Tigers (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Mississippi State, 19-6
The Tigers currently have the 19th-best pass defense in the nation. They give only an average of 160 passing yards per game.
Next Week: at (14) West Virginia

14. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Maryland, 37-31
Only four other teams in the nation have racked up more passing yards than West Virginia. The Mountaineers already have 1,068 passing yards this season.
Next Week: vs. (13) LSU

15. California Golden Bears (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Presbyterian, 63-12
The Bears currently have the nation’s ninth-best run-stopping defense. They give up an average of 65 rushing yards per game.
Next Week: at Washington

16. Texas A&M Aggies (2-0)
Last Week: defeated Idaho, 37-7
The Aggies have given up an average of 67 rushing yards per game, which ranks them in the top in rushing yards against per game.
Next Week: vs. (11) Oklahoma State

17. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Washington, 51-38
The Huskers currently have eighth-best rushing team in the nation, racking up 757 total rushing yards through their first three games.
Next Week: vs. Wyoming

18. Vanderbilt Commodores (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Ole Miss, 30-7
The Commodores have given up an average of 164 passing yards per game, which ranks them in the top 25 nationally.
Next Week: at South Carolina

19. Michigan Wolverines (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Eastern Michigan, 31-3
Mostly because of Denard Robinson, the Wolverines rank in the top 20 in the nation in total rushing yards through the first three weeks (680).
Next Week: vs. (22) San Diego State

20. Texas Longhorns (3-0)
Last Week: defeated UCLA, 49-20
The Longhorns currently have the 16th-best pass-defending team in the nation. The only give up an average of 164 passing yards per game.
Next Week: BYE

21. Baylor Bears (2-0)
Last Week: defeated Stephen F. Austin, 48-0
Robert Griffin is one of the nations best “combination” quarterbacks in the country. He already has 740 total yards through the first two games of the season.
Next Week: vs. Rice

22. San Diego State Aztecs (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Washington State, 42-24
The Aztecs rank among the top 25 in total rushing yards this season (662).
Next Week: at (19) Michigan

23. Clemson Tigers (3-0)
Last Week: defeated Clemson, 38-24
The Tigers are currently 14th in the nation in total passing yards with 918. Tajh Boyd has 911 of those passing yards and 10 touchdown passes.
Next Week: vs. Florida State

24. North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0)
Last Week: defeated Virginia, 28-17
The Tar Heels rank among the top 20 in the nation in stopping the run. They only give up an average of 76 rushing yards per game.
Next Week: at (1) Georgia Tech

25. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)
Last Week: defeated Florida State, 23-13
Dominique Whaley has taken over as the leading running back on this OU offense. He already has 200 rushing yards and four scores through two games.
Next Week: vs. Missouri

Carter’s Top 10 NCAA Quarterbacks
1. Case Keenum (Houston): 1,119 yards, 10 TDS, 2 INTS
2. Matt Schilz (Bowling Green): 986 yards, 11 TDS, 3 INTS
3. Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State): 1,154 yards, 8 TDS, 6 INTS
4. Tyler Bray (Tennessee): 986 yards, 10 TDS, 2 INTS
5. Marshall Lobbestael (Washington State): 959 yards, 10 TDS, 2 INTS
6. Nick Foles (Arizona): 1,049 yards, 7 TDS
7. Geno Smith (West Virginia): 1,008 yards, 7 TDS, INT
8. Tajh Boyd (Clemson): 911 yards, 10 TDS, INT
9. Matt Barkley (USC): 892 yards, 9 TDS, INT
10. Tyler Hansen (Colorado): 912 yards, 7 TDS, INT

Carter’s Top 10 NCAA Running Backs
1. Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina): 534 yards, 7 TDS
2. Ronnie Hillman (San Diego State): 497 yards, 8 TDS
3. Ray Graham (Pittsburgh): 419 yards, 6 TDS
4. Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State): 378 yards, 7 TDS
5. Henry Josey (Missouri): 400 yards, 3 TDS
6. David Wilson (Virginia Tech): 387 yards, 4 TDS
7. John White (Utah): 380 yards, 5 TDS
8. Michael Dyer (Auburn): 358 yards, 6 TDS
9. Robbie Rouse (Fresno State): 365 yards, 3 TDS
10. Chris Polk (Washington): 362 yards, 2 TDS

Carter’s Top 10 NCAA Wide Receivers
1. Marquess Wilson (Washington State): 429 yards, 4 TDS
2. Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech): 388 yards, 3 TDS
3. Michael Floyd (Notre Dame): 397 yards, 2 TDS
4. Chris Givens (Wake Forest): 366 yards, 3 TDS
5. Robert Woods (USC): 361 yards, 4 TDS
6. Paul Richardson (Colorado): 360 yards, 4 TDS
7. T.Y. Hilton (Florida International): 363 yards, 3 TDS
8. Jordan White (Western Michigan): 363 yards, 2 TDS
9. Darrin Moore (Texas Tech): 339 yards, 4 TDS
10. B.J. Cunningham (Michigan State): 361 yards, TD

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