Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Walker Sports College Football Poll Week 3

Another week is in the books, and it's time to tally the votes and check out the new top 25 rankings. Unlike last week there was relativly little movement in the top 25. The lack of movement can be attributed to a lack of games between ranked teams. Hey even the powerhouses need a powder puff game or two before their conference schedules begin.

1) Alabama Crimson Tide: Well Duke didn’t provide any opposition, but at least Bama got their Hesiman Trophy winner back on the field.

2) Ohio State Buckeyes: Another year, and Ohio State dominates the competition within the state of Ohio.

3) Boise State Broncos: No trap game against Wyoming for these guys. Not only did they win, the Broncos covered the 23 point spread. Now here comes another big test in Oregon State, likely the only ranked team Boise will play from here on out.

4) Nebraska Cornhuskers: How good are the Cornhuskers? They made Washington’s Jake Locker look like a typical Washington quarterback. The Nebraska defense is something to watch.
5) TCU Horned Frogs: Instate rival Baylor never stood a chance against the Horned Frogs. Too much defense, and a near perfect day for Andy Dalton will be the problem most any team faces when playing TCU.

6) Florida Gators: Tennessee put in a good fight, but the Gators appear to finally be finding their stride, which could be dangerous for the rest of the SEC.

7) Oregon Ducks: Drubbing Portland State 69-0 does little to impress me, but I am still a big fan of the Oregon Ducks.

8) Texas Longhorns: Texas Tech made their game interesting, but in the end, the Longhorns were too tough.

9) Arkansas Razorbacks: Hello mainstream America, it’s time for you to meet Ryan Mallet. He’s 6’7 and he knows how to engineer a game winning drive.

10) Wisconsin Badgers: Sneaky good team here, but can they navigate what will be a tricky Big 10?

11) LSU Tigers: Hanging in there for the moment, but this season could prove to be very difficult for the Bayou Tigers.

12) Arizona Wildcats: Gutsy win over the weekend. Bring in a top 10 ranked opponent, blow them out in the first half, then hold on for the win in the second half.

13) Utah Utes: Good team here. Too bad they will likely miss out on the BCS despite remaining in the top 15 all year.

14) South Carolina Gamecocks: Could this be Steve Spurrier’s final dance? If so, he appears poised to go out on top.

15) Auburn Tigers: Hard fought win on Saturday night. I’ll be the first to admit, that I underestimated this program. They can challenge for the SEC West, and maybe the SEC.

16) USC Trojans: Why did the Trojans fall in the rankings, because they walked through the motions against Minnesota and barely came away with a win. USC will struggle when they get into the PAC 10 schedule.

17) Stanford Cardinals: Andrew Luck can play. Stanford will factor into deciding the PAC 10 Championship.

18) Iowa Hawkeyes: Disappointing loss out West. It’s hard to travel and play a late game under the lights in a hostile environment, but it’s division one football, and that’s what you’re supposed to do.

19) Miami Hurricanes: They had a week off to look at the film from the Ohio State game. Now it’s time to set all of that aside and move forward. There’s a lot of football to play.

20) Michigan Wolverines: UMass proved to be more difficult than they should have been. Nonetheless this is a game Michigan loses a year ago, but that’s not the case with Denard Robinson running the show. He had a down week and he totaled over 300 yards total offense, think about that.

21) West Virginia Mountaineers: I’m not sure what to think about the Mountaineers…

22) Penn State: The Big 10 is no place to break in a freshman quarterback.

23) Oregon State: Big game coming up with Boise State. Can the Beavers play BCS buster to the ultimate BCS darling?

24) Michigan State: Great win on Saturday with a gutsy call on fourth down. Now let’s hope their coach can recover from his post game heart attack and keep the ball rolling.

25) Air Force: Welcome to the party! It’s always fun to have one of the armed services in the top 25.


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