Who dat? One of our Top 25 Teams to Watch
With teams like LSU, Oklahoma and Bama lighting up the polls like a neon sign at a fast food restaurant, here’s a look at some Top 25 teams that we think deserve the eagle-eye for fast-paced play and opportunities to move up in the Associated Press standings. Since nobody's talking about these teams, we've decided to do just that.
Settle back and enjoy our chatter while the hours tick away to the next weekend's slate of college football.
Coach Paul Johnson and Quarterback Tevin Washington
Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech are creeping up in the polls like a raccoon in the backyard. Here they come with a 4-0 record.
It's that strong early season-showing and a resounding 35-28 win over an undefeated North Carolina team that prompted us to give them our first mention.
Watch this team. Last weekend against the Tar Heels, The Yellow Jackets O-line had seven sacks and posted nearly 500 yards of offense. Amazingly, Tech has scored 213 points in their first four games. Wow! Watch them as they carry their swagger and their No. 21 ranking into Raleigh, NC this weekend to test East Carolina. And then tune in as they creep their way into the ACC championship in December.
South Florida Coach Skip Holtz
The South Florida Bulls are raging!
Currently ranked No. 16, Coach Skip Holtz is finding his name swirling around the rumor mill of replacements for teams like Ole Miss and others. But we won’t go there yet.
Last week they beat Notre Dame 23-20, adding to this team's notoriety. Trouncing on UTEP this past Saturday, 52-24, they racked up 575 total yards, scoring three times off plays that stretched for more than 50-plus yards.
With a run-style quarterback B.J. Daniels at the helm, his talents took him across the field to score on a thrilling 71-yard run. Their Big East opener at Pittsburgh is Thursday night (7 p.m. EST) on ESPN if you want to get a closer look at this team that is charging forth like a thundering herd.
Fans of TCU have something to cheer about this weekend!
The Horned Frogs (3-1) from Texas Christian University (TCU) aren’t shooting blood from their eyes just yet, but they did just defeat Portland State, 55-13. This was a game to be remembered by fans who were treated to four quarters of high-action offense.
Those four quarters include an astounding show in the second quarter. This TCU team scored three touchdowns in a span of a minute and 18 seconds just before halftime. You might not see that on SportsCenter, but that series opened our eyes to put the Horned Frogs on the watch list.
After losing their opener by two to Baylor, they've quickly recharged and carry a 3-1 record into play this weekend. With the AP moving them up to No. 20, look for them to jump puddles in Week 5 when they meet SMU at Fort Worth.
Cornhuskers celebrate after scoring last Saturday against Wyoming.
The 4-0 Cornhuskers are heading into Badger territory this weekend with a No. 8 ranking and a victory Saturday over Wyoming 38-14. Wyoming was 3-0 coming into the game but the Huskers held the Cowboys’ to 237 yards rushing and 305 total defense—quite a feat. The real test will come this weekend and Coach Bo Pelini says his team is doing nothing but getting better.
Keep your eyes on Jared Crick, a defensive tackle who was benched last weekend at Wyoming. Look for some big plays from this second-team All-American (2010). So far this year, he's earned 14 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack in the first three Husker games.
Coach Mack Brown is looking upwards for a winning season in 2011.
If you're wondering if it was hot in Texas this past summer, just ask the Longhorns' head coach.
Mack Brown—highly respected as an individual, but slipping in 2010 to a 5-7 record—has vowed to coach the win back into Texas. Now they are 3-0 going into this weekend with a No. 17 ranking in the AP poll. We think they're worthy of making this watch list.
They play the Iowa State Cyclones in a night game in Iowa, so this will be a true road test. But look for quarterback Case McCoy to carry on the Longhorn tradition started by his brother, Colt. On Saturday, McCoy went 12-15 with no sacks or turnovers for a total of 488 yards against the UCLA Bruins. McCoy has had plenty of practice watching his older brother who led his team to the National Championship in 2009.
Look for Coach Brown to defend his dignity and this team this week. Texas will improve and inch upwards in the rankings.