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Orwin Smith running for some of Georgia Tech's 604 rushing yards against Kansas
16. Oregon (2-1) - Win vs. Missouri State, 56-7 - Up 2
After a tough loss to LSU in Week 1, the Oregon Ducks have been absolutely dominant in their last two games. In this game, they put up 56 points and 681 total yards of offense on Missouri State. Led by 204 rushing yards and three touchdowns from LaMichael James, the Ducks showed the offensive firepower that got them to the National Championship Game last year.
17. West Virginia (3-0) - Win at Maryland, 37-31 - Up 8
Maryland proved themselves to be a legitimate contender with their win over Miami in Week 1, making West Virginia’s victory over Maryland a tough and impressive win.
West Virginia actually got off to a big 34-10 start in this tough road matchup, but they gave most of the lead back. However, in a very close game, the Mountaineers were able to hold on for the victory—and that is what matters—vaulting West Virginia up eight spots in the rankings.
18. Florida State (2-1) - Loss vs. Oklahoma, 13-23 - Down 9
Florida State ran into a very difficult opponent in Oklahoma, but they played them very tough, even after E.J. Manuel went down to injury in the third quarter.
Since the Seminoles’ first two wins of the season came against cupcake opponents, and they now have a loss on their record, they had to drop well in the rankings. However, the Seminoles proved they are a tough, resilient team that could work their way back into the Top 10 this season.
19. Georgia Tech (3-0) - Win vs. Kansas, 66-24 - Up 3
While Kansas’s defense may be pathetic, Georgia Tech had an absolutely ridiculous day of rushing the football, as 12 different players combined for a whopping total of 604 rushing yards—part of 768 total yards of offense. Whether the Yellow Jackets can be their tough opponent on the schedule is questionable, but they certainly have as prolific a rushing offense as ever.
20. Clemson (3-0) - Win vs. Auburn, 38-24 - Into Top 25
After escaping two very close games in the first two weeks of the season, the defending national champion Auburn Tigers were finally defeated, with the Clemson Tigers getting a big victory.
Auburn actually got off to a 21-7 start, but Clemson proved most dominant with 624 total yards of offense against a struggling Auburn defense.
Certainly, knocking off the defending champions is a big momentum-building victory and Clemson is undefeated to this point.
A strong start to the season.