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Week 3 Polls

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Back at it again and this time I have headache after headache of wondering why voters insist on grading teams on how good they have been in the past.  It seems that people can be wowed by one good game or in some cases two good games against teams that were over rated themselves.

First off Florida (1) is coming off of a win, I won’t say it was solid or it was a nail biter.  It was just a win plain and simple.  They had all kinds of trouble with the Tennessee Volunteers who I am convinced will win this same matchup this time next year.  One reason I wouldn’t have called it a nailbiter is because even though Tennessee was making stops on defense it didn’t seem like it mattered because Tebow was able to move the ball little by little while on the other side of the ball the Vols were miserable on offense.   Also I would like to add that I think the Vols will win easily once they get their offense running on all cylinders. Florida was number 1 last week.  Texas (2) remains undefeated with a win at home against the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.  This win was great because it means that people can say that UT got the revenge it wanted against Tech.  Personally I think the win was enough, but I do not feel we subjected them to anything terrible.  McCoy played terrible and if it wasn’t for Nate Newton’s  son (Tre Newton) having a great game and the Longhorn rush defense playing stellar. We might have had a chance to lose because Taylor Potts had a pretty good game on the road even though he did get leveled courtesy of Sergio Kindle.  Texas was number 2 last week.  Alabama (3)  had a convincing win over North Texas to keep them perfect on the season.  I think this time around I will not bag on Bama as much as I usually do because they seem to be handling their no name opponents pretty easily.  We will see if they stumble down the line, because if they do then we all know that I will be on them in a second since they are in the ever hated by me SEC.  Alabama was number 4 last week.  Ole Miss (4) moved up one from last week to distinguish itself from Penn State, both of which were dead locked last week at 5.  Ole Miss moved up last week with a win over Southeastern Louisiana, although I think that isnt a win worth moving anywhere for.  I have to give props to Houston Nutt and Jevan Sneed thus far.  They have a lot of pressure to live up to being number 4 in the nation and with Bama, LSU and Tennessee still to come they have more than media pressure to fight against to keep that ranking or to get higher.  Ole Miss was number 5 last week.  Joe Pa and his Nittany Lions (5) stayed put this week on the polls even though they had a normal day at work against Temple beating them by pretty much their season victory margin average this year.  One thing that is going to be interesting for the games to come is that there are still 5 undefeated teams in the Big 10 with PSU being one of them.  The Lions will end up facing off against 3 of they others and 2 of those at home.  Penn State was number 5 last week.

California (6) is the big winner in my book this week even though they didn’t move the most in the polls.  The Golden Bears went on the road and beat down Minnesota.  If you watched that game then you got to see magic happen before your very own eyes.  Jahvid Best had a stellar day, even though it was his least productive all around performance of the season he did pull in 5 rushing TD’s on 26 attempts for 131 yards moving him up to 3rd in the nation for total rushing yards and making a serious claim to be a Heisman hopeful.  California was number 8 last week. LSU (7) is the most undeserving of the teams in the top 10 to be here.  I know I said I wouldn’t bag on the SEC and I wont.  I will just bag on LSU, they have 3 wins against unranked opponents and got close to losing one of them.  LSU will get theirs when the season moves along.  They go on the road to play Georgia, Bama and Ole Miss, and Play Florida at home.  If they manage to make it through that stretch 2-2 then I will gain some respect for them.  LSU was number 9 last week.  Boise State (8) seems to be the front runner for the BCS buster squad this year,  after BYU and Utah both ruined their chances.  They basically outlasted Fresno State with a 51-34 win on the road.  I attribute Fresno State’s loss to not getting their act together till later in the game and to never getting the long ball for Boise State under control.  Boise State should, however, feel a little vulnerable because Fresno State did put up 507 yards of offense against that supposed stout Bronco defense.  But a win is a win and BSU seems to have happy trails for the rest of the season in their matchups.  We will see if TCU or Houston don’t spoil their fun.  Boise State was number 10 last week.  Miami (9) is in the top 10 for the first time this year, if they continue playing the way they have then they might have a real chance at the national championship game with a couple ranked opponents under their belt so far they face their biggest test in Oklahoma next week.  If they beat them then I will not say another foul word towards them and the ACC might actually be looking like they are reborn yet again.  Miami was number 20 last week.  Oklahoma (10) has been steadily clawing its way back into the national championship race just like they do every year when they lose early.  I am still willing to bet that it will be derailed on Oct. 17th when they meet up with Texas.  The upcoming game against Miami should prove to be exciting either way.  Oklahoma was number 12 last week.

Virginia Tech (11) was rightfully only moved up 2 spots on the polls because pollsters must have watched the same game I did, that showed that last second heroics by Tyrod Taylor (a great QB btw) were not enough to mask the fact that Nebraska had the victory taken from their very own hands.  If Va Tech would have made it a little bit more of a convincing win then they probably would have gotten more love but hey I am just speaking from experience from the past.  Virginia Tech was number 13 last week.  USC (12) oh how the mighty have fallen, I wanted to not believe that you would lose to Washington this early in the season but alas you had to keep up with your tradition of playing horribly to an opponent which you obviously looked past.  Pete Carroll I hope that you have enough time to come back and try not to let Cal be another pitfall because they are much better than Washington on offense.  USC was number 3 last week.  Ohio State (13) and Terrelle Pryor must have kicked the pollsters dog or something because they cant catch a break.  A week after getting beat by a last minute drive at home against USC they totally go to town on Toledo. Granted Toledo has one of the nations worst pass defenses but OSU did shut them out and score 38 points on them.  I guess they should have scored 78 to make it look like they were on par with other great teams that would have played them.  Tough luck and lets hope next week is better for the buckeyes. Ohio State was number 11 last week.  Cincinnati (14) beat Oregon State at their home 28-18, not much to say about this win but it does strengthen the Bearcats argument to be where they are on the polls or even higher.  They are a high powered offense that has yet to meet its match we will see if they have bitten off more than they can chew when they come up against Fresno State who is for sure looking for blood after their loss at home last week.  Cincinnati was number 17 last week.  TCU (15) moved no where this week after beating down measly Texas State.  No one really cared if TCU won, sad to say but its true.  They atleast got a win while their conference mates were sent packing by other foes.  TCU was number 15 last week.

The final 10 I am not going to get too in-depth about them I will just list the order and mention highlights afterwards.

16. Oklahoma State (prev. 16)

17. Houston (prev. 21)

18. Florida State (prev. unranked)

19. BYU (prev. 7)

20. Kansas (prev. 22)

21. Georgia (prev. 23)

22. North Carolina (prev. 24)

23. Michigan (prev. 25)

24. Washington (prev. 24)

25. Nebraska (prev. 25)

Game to watch for this week will be rising star Houston against their biggest test in Texas Tech, if they can beat them then I would be willing to say that they are the front runner for being a BCS buster on the flip side if Tech wins it will give those pollsters an excuse to put the Red Raiders back into the Top 25.  Florida State is back on the Top 25 after making fools of the BYU Cougars at their home.  I feel really bad for Max Hall everytime he has a game like this and I hope the Cougars can bounce back to still make the race for the MWC title a interesting one.  I am happy that Nebraska didn’t fall out of the Top 25 because honestly they shouldn’t they are about 33 seconds away from being ranked 15 in the nation and I am glad they have another chance to show just how good they can be.  Washington is number 24 in the nation, I really dont know what to think about that.  Yes I have been telling people that Washington is under rated but now that they are ranked I dont know what to do with myself.  I guess we will see how they do from here.

Georgia Tech and Utah both fell out of the Top 25 this week.  Tough break Utes.

Time for the conference breakdown!

Teams in Top 25

Big 12  –  5

SEC  –  5

ACC  –  4

Big 10  –  3

Pac 10  –  3

MWC  –  2

Big East  –  1

Conference USA  –  1

WAC  –  1

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Written by Jon Castano

September 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

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