NCAA Top 25 Week 3

The top 25 has some new teams in and some teams out. And maybe a surprise or two. With conference schedules starting up things could get chaotic.

1. Alabama.

Still the best in the nation in my books. Yes they’ve had a soft schedule and beating North Texas at home isn’t a big deal. But that changes next week when Arkansas come to Tuscaloosa. The season really begins next week!

2. LSU.

The Bayou Bengals opened up their SEC schedule with a solid road win at Mississippi State. While the offence struggled in the red zone the defence is ferocious and will be a menace to all opponents. A non conference road game against West Virginia awaits and if the Tigers win this, they will be in great shape for the season.

3. Oklahoma.

The Sooners scored their most impressive win of the season on Saturday, defeating a good Florida State team on the road. The defence really stepped up with a physical hard-hitting display that would have made most NFL teams proud. The Sooners open up their Big 12 schedule next week at home against Missouri.

4. Stanford.

All Andrew Luck is doing is cementing his status as the number one pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Luck led the Cardinal to a solid road win at Arizona and expectations are sky-high at Nerd Nation. A bye week for Stanford is next.

5. Nebraska.

It’s slightly shaky but I still have the Huskers in the top five. Taylor Martinez is winning me over at quarterback after putting up 51 on Washington last week. But the defence needs to be better if Nebraska wants to stay in my top five. A trip to Wyoming is next for the Big Red Nation.

6. Boise State.

The Broncos won’t go away. In fact I don’t think it will be long until they crack the top five. A blowout win over Toledo cements the Broncos as solid National Championship contenders. Kellen Moore is looking like he may play on Sundays in the near future. Tulsa plays on the blue turf next week. Boise State should win.

7. Texas A&M.

The Aggies keep on rolling after an easy 37-7 win over Idaho but next week will be a mammoth litmus test for A&M. Oklahoma State invades Kyle Field next week and the 12th man will be in full throat. Will be one of the games to watch next week.

8. Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys offence continues to light up scoreboards putting up 59 big ones against Tulsa. But it won’t be that easy next week when they travel to College Station to face Texas A&M. Like I said this is a game to watch.

9. South Carolina.

The Gamecocks survived a major scare as they barely beat Navy at home. Steve Spurrier’s team will have to be better now that next week they open their SEC schedule at home against an improving Vanderbilt side.

10. Virginia Tech.

The Hokies for the second straight week were uninspired but did win over Arkansas State. But Frank Beamer should be concerned with his team’s inconsistent play. Tech travels to Marshall next week where Beamer is expecting much more from his team.

11. Florida.

The Gators opened their SEC account with a solid win over Tennessee. The defence remains the strength of the team and Will Muschamp as these young Gators headed in the right direction. A trip to Kentucky is next and the Gators will see how well they do on the road in the always tough SEC.

12. Wisconsin. Maybe I’m underestimating the Badgers but a weak schedule so far as them lower in my books. Blowing out Northern Illinois on a neutral site doesn’t do much to get my vote. Nor does a home game against South Dakota which is next for the Badgers. Wait and see.

13. Arkansas.

The Razorbacks were pushed by Troy at home but did get the win. But they should be concerned. The defence wasn’t sharp at all and the offence struggled at times. Maybe Arkansas were caught looking ahead to Alabama but if they play like that against the Tide, they will receive quite the beat down.

14. Florida State.

Even though the Seminoles lost to Oklahoma I like what Florida State is doing and see them being a force in the ACC. The defence never quits and the offence has potential even though both receivers were injured against Oklahoma. But it doesn’t get any easier for Florida State as they travel to Clemson to face the up and coming Tigers.

15. West Virginia.

The Mountaineers won a hard-fought road game against Maryland which moves them up a couple of spots. A mammoth home game against LSU awaits West Virginia and a win would vault the Mountaineers up my rankings.

16. Baylor.

The Bears continue the good vibes with an easy win over Stephen F Austin. Feelings haven’t been this high in Waco in many years and they want to see the good times continue. A home game against Rice is next before Baylor begins conference play.

17. Oregon.

Slowly but surely the Ducks creep up the rankings after a week one loss. The offence is rolling again putting up 56 against Missouri State after scoring 69 the previous week. Oregon begins their Pac 12 slate at Arizona next week.

18. South Florida.

The Bulls offence scored more than Hugh Hefner in his prime by putting up 70 on Florida A&M. South Florida looks to be a factor in the Big East and is wanting a BCS bowl game this year. The Bulls host UTEP next week.

19. Clemson.

The Tigers make their first appearance in the Top 25 after beating the defending National Champions from Auburn last week. Clemson made a statement to the rest of the ACC saying they will be a factor in the conference. Huge game against Florida State at home awaits the Tigers.

20. USC.

You have to give Lane Kiffin’s team credit. Despite being ineligible for any bowl games, the Trojans are playing hard and are showing some stones. A solid win over Syracuse was proof of that and USC looks to build on their hot start. They open their Pac 12 schedule on the road against a decent Arizona State team.

21. Texas.

The Longhorns extracted some revenge last week by manhandling UCLA at the Rose Bowl. They also may have a found a quarterback as Case McCoy looked like his older brother Colt in an impressive performance. A bye week awaits Mack Brown’s crew.

22. Michigan.

The Wolverines avoided the letdown after the stirring victory over Notre Dame by shutting down Eastern Michigan. Yes there are holes on this team but the folks in Ann Arbor aren’t complaining too much right now. A home game against San Diego State is next.

23. TCU

After losing their first game against Baylor, the Horned Frogs have bounced back and have returned to the top 25. They defeated Louisiana-Monroe last week and are hoping they can continue their recovery. Portland State is next up for TCU.

24. Illinois.

The Fighting Illini make their initial appearance in the top 25 after a hard-fought win over Arizona State. Illinois are a young team on the rise and could surprise in the Big 10 this year. Western Michigan comes to Champaign next week.

25. Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets are in the top 25 after putting up 66 points against an overwhelmed Kansas side. Tech’s offence has been terrific so far and if they can carry this over into conference play, the Yellow Jackets could make some noise in the ACC. They host North Carolina next week.

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2 Responses to NCAA Top 25 Week 3

  1. 7Boss1 says:

    Another good wknd of college football but I still don’t see a clear cut favorite

  2. The Sooners looked more impressive than the LSU Tigers last weekend, but I can agree with your logic for Alabama.

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