Tag:Heisman Watch
Posted on: September 21, 2008 1:00 am
Edited on: September 21, 2008 1:55 pm
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The Best Damn Poll in the Land after Week 4

Another great week! LSU was able to stun Auburn on the plains, UGA was able to win in the desert, the Terrelle Pryor era started, Alabama made a statement, ECU's BCS run has ended, and Boise State's has begun. The number in parenthesis are where I ranked them the previous week. I'm going to guess I'm the earliest to post my ballot.

Southern Cal. Trojans logo1. USC(1)-The Trojans didn't play anyone this week after dismantling the Buckeyes last week. They do kick off the Pac 10 season next week against a team that suprised them a few years ago. Next Week: @Oregon State

Georgia Bulldogs logo2. Georgia(2)-The Bulldogs looked awfully good against a pretty good team in ASU in a hostile environment. Knowshon Moreno put on a show and continues to be in the running for the Heisman. AJ Green had a breakout game, and Matt Stafford looked solid again. This team looked really good against a pretty good team, but they do have a huge game next week against the Crimson Tide. Next Week: Alabama

Oklahoma Sooners logo3. Oklahoma(3)-The Sooners had a bye this week after whipping Washington last week. Next Week: TCU

Florida Gators logo4. Florida(4)-The Gators looked terrific against Tennessee and they didn't beat them with their offense. The defense was able to shut down the Tennessee offense, and the UF special teams were able to make huge plays. Imagine how good this team will be if the offense starts playing like last year? They might not have to with the way they're playing on the defensive side of the ball. Next Week: Ole Miss

LSU Tigers logo5. LSU(5)-What a game! The Tigers offensively struggled throughout the 1st half, but they were able to pick it up, and pull out a thrilling victory on the road against Auburn. Jarrett Lee was able to make some great throws, and Charles Scott looked great at running back. This team looks like it is the class of the SEC West early on, but I repeat for LSU fans. You guys aren't guaranteed to win the SEC West even with this great win. Next Week: Mississippi State

Missouri Tigers logo6. Missouri(6)-The Tigers offense continues to put up huge numbers, and the offense is going up and down the field. Chase Daniel continues to be a leading Heisman Candidate, and Jeremy Maclin is also helping his Heisman cause. The defense though isn't struggling still, and if they want to win the Big XII they need to improve that. They had a bit of trouble this week, but I think it's more because of Buffalo then Missouri. Next Week: Bye

Wisconsin Badgers logo7. Wisconsin(7)-The Badgers had a bye week this week, but they kick off the Big Ten season next week against Michigan. Next Week: @Michigan

Texas Longhorns logo8. Texas(8)-The Longhorns continue to impress, and Colt McCoy is putting up huge numbers for the Longhorns. The running game doesn't look great, but the Longhorns continue to put up huge numbers. The defense has looked a lot better compared to last year, but until they play a legit team we won't know. Playing Arkansas is not a legit team, and I expect the Longhorns to roll. So far, so good for Texas. Next Week: Arkansas

Alabama Crimson Tide logo9. Alabama(14)-The Tide continue to roll as they were able to dominate on the defensive end of the ball and they continue to run the ball well. Glen Coffee, and Mark Ingram are an excellet running duo, and Julio Jones is starting to make plays at receiver. Still, the face of this team is a smash mouth defense, and a run based offense. Huge game next week against UGA. Next Week: @UGA

Penn St. Nittany Lions logo10. Penn State(10)-I'm not going to move up this team anymore till they play a real team. The offense looks really good with Daryl Clark at quarterback, and the skill position players, but until they play somebody they aren't anything higher then #10. The defense continues to look good even without Sean Lee, and the real season starts next week. Next Week: Illinois

Auburn Tigers logo11. Auburn(9)-Auburn fought hard, and hadn't been for the 3rd quarter they would've been able to pull out a win against LSU. The quarterback play looked a lot better, and so did the offense. They were able to put up 21 points on a really good defense. The defense also looked pretty good, and they were able to rattle to LSU quarterbacks a little bit. Next Week: Tennessee

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo12. Ohio State(12)-The Buckeyes looked unimpressive in another win, but I was impressed with Pryor. Terrelle Pryor was able to make good throws, and he made some plays on the ground. The defense continues to look solid, but they need Chris Wells for the game in a few weeks at Wisconsin. Next Week: Minnesota

Texas Tech Red Raiders logo13. Texas Tech(15)-The Red Raiders offense was able to make big plays again against a terrible team again. Graham Harrell continues to look good, and so does the receiving core. The defense is looking better, but that rumor that Texas Tech was going to have a pretty good defense this year seems to be false. Still this team should be pretty good, and be able to contend in the Big XII South. Next Week: Bye

BYU Cougars logo14. BYU(17)-After being handed the game a few weeks ago because of bad officiating it seems that BYU has righted the ship. Max Hall continues to put insane numbers, and he's slowly become a legit Heisman Candidate. Harvey Unga continues to put up solid numbers at running back, and the defense looks solid. This team seems like the most likely to be able to break through into the BCS, but they better not look ahead to the game against Utah. Next Week: Bye

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo15. Wake Forest(19)-Wake Forest was able to get a big win on the road, and it looks like they are still the class of the ACC. The defense was able to dominate FSU forcing 7 turnovers, but had it not been for an inconsistant kicking game, and offense Wake would've put a complete beatdown on FSU. Still though it's a very good win. Next Week: Navy

South Florida Bulls logo16. USF(16)-No excuse for South Florida playing bad against FIU, but they are still a good team, and I think this was just a bad game. The Bulls played FIU a team that had won 1 game over the past 2 seasons, and only could beat them by 8 points. The Bulls might've just been still celebrating the win over Kansas from last week, and I don't think they continue it. Trap game next week. Next Week: @NC State

Utah Utes logo17. Utah(21)-Big win for Utah. They had to go on the road to play a good team, and they were able to pull out a 30-23 win. Brian Johnson continues to put up good numbers, and Utah continues to pile up the wins. They will still have some tests, but the game against BYU should be huge! Next Week: Weber State

 

East Carolina Pirates logo18. ECU(13)-Tough loss for ECU on the road in a rivalry game. They should've won this game, and they had multiple opportunities in the opponents 10 and they weren't able to come up with points. Even with this loss to a bottom ACC team they still are a top 20 in my opinion with the two wins they've had earlier in the season. Next Week: Houston

Clemson Tigers logo19. Clemson(20)-The Tigers continue to look good after the week 1 loss to Alabama. They were able to completely dominate an overmatched South Carolina State team. Thunder and Lightning looked really good, but Cullen Harper did throw a few interceptions. You can't do this in conference play if they want to win the ACC. Still they're looking a lot better. Next Week: Maryland

Illinois Fighting Illini logo20. Illinois(23)-The Illini had a bye week, but they do have a huge matchup next week @Penn State. Next Week: @Penn State

Kansas Jayhawks logo21. Kansas(24)-The Jayhawks continue to look good as they ran up and down the field against Sam Houston State. Todd Reesing put up huge numbers, and the runnning game continues to look solid. The defense looked a bit shakey, and they need to improve that if they want to challenge in the Big XII North. Next Week: Bye

Colorado Buffaloes logo22. Colorado(NR)-The Buffaloes were able to pull off a Thursday Night Shocker against the Sheep Luvers in Boulder. Cody Hawkins looked really good at quarterback, and Colorado did an excellent job in containing Pat White. I really like Colorado's running game with Darrell Scott and Rodney Stewart. Next Week: @Florida State

Virginia Tech Hokies logo23. Virginia Tech(NR)-The Hokies are a completely different team with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback and they were able to get a huge win on the road against North Carolina. Darren Evans looked really good at running back, and the defense was able to step up a few times for Va Tech. Next Week: @Nebraska

Boise St. Broncos logo24. Boise State(NR)-The Broncos were able to go on the road and pull off a stunner at Autzen. Kellen Moore looked really good against a pretty good Ducks secondary. They played terrific for 3 quarters, but they did let up in the 4th and let the Ducks back in it. They can't do this again, or they will lose. Next Week: Bye

Fresno St. Bulldogs logo25. Fresno State(22)-I know they nearly lost to a bad Toledo team, but I'll give em a pass for this week. Traveling across the country, and after a tough loss are tough conditions to play well in. The defense which looked great early struggled, and if Fresno wants to win the WAC they need to improve that. Next Week: @UCLA

On the Cusp: Michigan State, Oregon, UConn, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Florida State, Vanderbilt

Best Games of Week 4:

Alabama @ UGA-Game of the week. Big for UGA and huge for Alabama.

Wisconsin @ Michigan-First Big Ten game of the Rich Rod era against a top team.

Illinois @ PSU-This game will show if PSU is legit.

Colorado @ FSU-This game will pit two borderline top 25 teams.

Virginia Tech @ Nebraska-Can VT pull off a 2nd straight win on the road?

Tennessee @ Auburn-Will both teams be able recover from tough losses?

USC @ Oregon State-A few years ago USC lost to Oregon State in a similar situation.

Heisman Watch:
1. Chase Daniel(Missouri)-The guy continues to put up huge numbers for a good Missouri team.
2. Mark Sanchez(USC)-Stays at #2 despite the bye.
3. Knowshon Moreno(UGA)-He put up huge numbers in the national spotlight.
4. Tim Tebow(Florida)-He doesn't have the numbers, but his team is winning.
5. Max Hall(BYU)-Putting up insane numbers, but he still probably won't win it.

Best of the rest:  PJ Hill(Wisconsin),  Sam Bradford(Oklahoma), Michael Crabtree(Texas Tech), Jeremy Maclin(Missouri),  Juice Williams(Illinois), Colt McCoy(Texas), Pat White(WVU), Percy Harvin(Florida), Evan Royster(Penn State), Javon Ringer(Michigan State).

Heisman Hopes that were ruined:
Chris Wells(Ohio State)-He was out another week, I think he's done.
Patrick Pickney(ECU)-His Heisman hopes was the undefeated season of ECU.
Pat White(WVU)-He struggled a little bit on Thurday night.

BCS Bowl Predictions:

BCS National Title: USC(Pac 10) vs UGA(SEC)

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin(Big 10) vs Utah(At Large)-They likely won't make it, but for now they're in.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma(Big XII) vs South Florida(Big East)

Sugar Bowl: Florida(SEC) vs Missouri(At Large)

Orange Bowl: Wake Forest(ACC) vs BYU(At Large)

 

My Player of the Week is.....Javon Ringer. He put together another workman like perfomance.

Posted on: September 14, 2008 3:12 am
Edited on: September 15, 2008 5:28 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land After Week 3

What another great week! USC crushes OSU, Wisconsin squeaks by Fresno, Todd Reesing costs Kansas a game, and OU continues to roll. The number in parenthesis is where I ranked them last week.

Southern Cal. Trojans logo1. USC(2)-The Trojans just dominated Ohio State, and I had to move them up to #1. They were able to shut down the OSU offense, and they were able to run the football up and down the field. Mark Sanchez really impressed me, and as of right now they are the best team in the country in my opinion. There USC_Viking I can admit it, this team is a really special team. Next Week: Bye

Georgia Bulldogs logo2. Georgia(1)-The Bulldogs really struggled against South Carolina, but it seems to be a yearly thing for the Dawgs to struggle with the Gamecocks. The offense struggled a bit, but the defense stepped up in a big way. Big test next week against an ASU team that will be very upset and hungry after getting embarrased against UNLV at home. Next Week: @ASU

Oklahoma Sooners logo3. Oklahoma(3)-The Sooners looked very good again. They were able to shut down Jake Locker again, and the offense went up and down the field. The 1-2 punch of Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray is one of the best in the country, and they have one of the best quarterback in the country as well. The schedule will start getting harder, but the Sooners have a bye next week. Next Week: Bye

Florida Gators logo4. Florida(4)-The Gators had a bye this week, and because of this TheGreek spent more time on the boards this weekend. Next Week: @Tennessee

LSU Tigers logo5. LSU(5)-LSU was impressive again this week destroyed North Texas at home. They were able to run the ball very well again, and the quarterback managed the game. The defense was dominant like usual as LSU gets geared up for conference play. The Tigers better get ready for next week's game against the other Tigers from Auburn. Next Week: @Auburn

Missouri Tigers logo6. Missouri(6)-The Tigers offense was able to continue to roll as Chase Daniel continues to make a push for the Heisman, and Jeremy Maclin had 3 touchdowns receiving. The offense was able to roll up 651 yards, while the defense continued to improve. If the Tigers want to get by Oklahoma, they need the defense to step up. Today, they played well against a good offense, but they need to keep this up. Next Week: Buffalo

Wisconsin Badgers logo7. Wisconsin(9)-Many might say that Wisconsin wasn't that great against Fresno State, but I disagree. To go into a top 25 teams homefield in a game that is labeled "The Biggest Game in Team History" and come up with a win is impressive. The defense put together another good performance, and PJ Hill continues to roll. They have a bye next week as they get ready for Big Ten play. Next Week: Bye

Texas Longhorns logo8. Texas(10)-The Longhorns didn't play this week, and they'll have to wait to make barbequed pork sandwiches out of Banned Sleepy's Arkansas Razorbacks. Next Week: Rice

Auburn Tigers logo9. Auburn(7)-The new offense that Auburn was supposed to have this season appears to be a dud, as they have struggled to score this season. The defense has been smashmouth like usual, but they need a good offense if they want to beat LSU next week. Next Week: LSU

Penn St. Nittany Lions logo10. Penn State(12)-The Nittany Lions were impressive once again blowing out the Orange, and finishing off the tenure of Greg Robinson. The offense continues to look very similar to the 05 offense led by Michael Robinson. The real season starts soon, but not next week: Next Week: Temple

Oregon Ducks logo11. Oregon(11)-The Ducks had to comeback to beat Purdump in West Lafeyette, and they were able to do it by running the football very well. The 1-2 punch of Blount and Johnson is really underrated, and the defense really stepped up in the 2nd half. The injury to Justin Roper is a cause for concern. Hopefully, they won't lose their starting quarterback this year like they did last year. Next Week: Boise State

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo12. Ohio State(8)-I under ranked OSU last week, and though they did get crushed by USC I still think this is a good football team. I believe that Tressel needs to put Terrelle Pryor in their at quarterback, and they need to get Beanie Wells back as well. The defense looked horrible as well against USC, but I expect them to improve. This team is better then what they showed last night. Next Week: Troy

East Carolina Pirates logo13. ECU(14)-The Pirates had a little bit of trouble with Tulane, but I expected this, and if you don't believe me check out my picks in King and Sleepy's Excellent Adventure. The defense and special teams continues to make big plays, and Pickney is a playmaker at quarterback for ECU. The C-USA is tougher then people think, and ECU could possibly have a hiccup in conference. Next Week: @NC State

Alabama Crimson Tide logo14. Alabama(16)-Alabama played much better this week after struggling against Tulane last week. I really love the running game they have with Glen Coffee, and Mark Ingram. John Parker Wilson seems to be playing much better this season, and the defense continues to play well as well. This team is the darkhorse in the SEC, and they start SEC play next week. Next Week: @Arkansas

Texas Tech Red Raiders logo15. Texas Tech(17)-Finally, Texas Tech decided to show up on both sides of the ball and it resulted in a 43-7 win. Graham Harrell continues to look great, and Michael Crabtree looked like the All-American he is. The rumor of Tech having a defense this season are true for at least this week, and we'll see if the defense can continue to improve. Next Week: Massachusetts

South Florida Bulls logo16. USF(22)-I was really impressed with USF this week as they were able to come from behind to beat a pretty good Kansas team. Matt Grothe looked really good, but the defense did struggle a bit, but it was against a very good offense. As of right now I have to say this is the team to beat in a very weak Big East. Next Week: FIU

BYU Cougars logo17. BYU(20)-Another team that really impressed me this week. They put an absoloute beatdown on UCLA. Max Hall went off throwing for 7 touchdowns against the Bruins, and this really causes a lot of questions. Is UCLA that good? Did Tennessee just get beaten by them? What happened to BYU this week? Last week BYU got lucky on a terrible call by the officials, and this week they just destroy a decent UCLA team. Next Week: Wyoming

West Virginia Mountaineers logo18. West Virginia(18)-The Sheep Luvers stay at the same spot because I was really impressed with a few teams, and they didn't play this week. Next Week: @Colorado

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo19. Wake Forest(21)-The Demon Deacons didn't play this week as they get ready for a big game at the Doak. Next Week: @Florida State

Clemson Tigers logo20. Clemson(23)-The Tigers were able to put up another good performance for a 2nd straight week. They got off to a rocky start, but they were able to recover nicely and beat NC State 27-9. The offense still hasn't showed everything that was expected from them this season, but there is still time in the season. Next Week: South Carolina State

Utah Utes logo21. Utah(NR)-Since everybody has fallen for them I guess I will as well. The Utah offense continued to look very good as they were able to run up and down the field against one of the worst D1 teams in the country. Still they looked pretty impressive. Brian Johnson had a fabulous day, as he continues to put up excellent numbers. That end of the season game against BYU should be fantastic. Next Week: @Air Force

Fresno St. Bulldogs logo22. Fresno State(15)-The Bulldogs were able to hang with Wisconsin at home, and they almost beat the Badgers, and they could've had it not been for a bad kicker. The running game struggled, but the passing game was pretty good. The best sign from the game is how good the defense was. They struggled a lot on defense last season, and it's good to see that they are playing much better on that side of the ball. Next Week: @Toledo

Illinois Fighting Illini logo23. Illinois(24)-I guess I have to move Illinois up even though I wasn't impressed with them having trouble with Louisiana Lafeyette. Juice Williams played good as usual, but they just didn't bring their A game. If they want to contend in the Big Ten they need to play much better then this. Next Week: Bye

Kansas Jayhawks logo24. Kansas(19)-As many of you know I'm not a big fan of Kansas, but they did do enough for me to keep them in my top 25. Todd Reesing looked really good, and so did most of the Kansas offense. The Kansas defense was another story, and they really struggled with the USF offense. Kansas is better then I thought though. Next Week: Sam Houston State

Florida St. Seminoles logo25. Florida State(NR)-This was a tough pick for me, and I wasn't sure who to put here. I decided finally to go with the Seminoles who have looked excellent the first few weeks even with the suspensions they've had. Christian Ponder has looked good at quarterback, and he should look better when they return a lot of those guys from suspension. Big game next week. Next Week: Wake Forest

On the Cusp: Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, UConn, Colorado, Arizona State

Look ahead to the best games of Week 4:

LSU @ Auburn-This game could have national title implications, and it will give an edge to the team who wins this game in the SEC West.

UGA @ ASU-Will ASU be able to recover? UGA better not overlook them or they could be stunned in the desert.

Wake Forest @ Florida State-This is a big game early in the ACC. The winner will have the best chance to challenge Clemson in the ACC Atlantic division.

West Virginia @ Colorado-This will be a tough game for the sheep luvers. Colorado has played well this year, and they have a legit chance to upset WVU.

Boise State @ Oregon-Without Roper, Oregon needs to find a way to try to fight off Boise State.

Notre Dame @ Michigan State-Is Notre Dame any good? A win here, and they are a legit team in my opinion.

Virginia Tech @ North Carolina-UNC looked great against Rutgers on Thursday. VT struggled against GT, this game could possibly be an upset.

Miami(FL) @ Texas A&M-Both teams are rebuilding, and both teams need a win here.

Alabama @ Arkansas-Arkansas isn't very good, but I think this game is closer then people think.

Heisman Watch:

  1. Mark Sanchez(USC)-He has to be #1. He put up a great performance in the national spotlight, and he's the man to beat as of right now.
  2. Chase Daniel(Missouri)-He's putting up the stats, but his team now has to win Big XII.
  3. Tim Tebow(Florida)-Tebow hasn't put up the numbers he did last year, and he had a bye this week.
  4. Patrick Pickney(ECU)-The guy probably won't win the Heisman, but he should be in the discussion early.
  5. Knowshon Moreno(Georgia)-It was his heart that lifted UGA over South Carolina.

Best of the rest:  PJ Hill(Wisconsin),  Sam Bradford(Oklahoma), Michael Crabtree(Texas Tech), Jeremy Maclin(Missouri),  Juice Williams(Illinois), Colt McCoy(Texas), Max Hall(BYU), Pat White(WVU), Percy Harvin(Florida), Evan Royster(Penn State), Chris 'Beanie' Wells(Ohio State)

BCS Bowl Predictions:

BCS National Championship Game: UGA vs USC

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs Oregon

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs West Virginia

Sugar Bowl: Florida vs Missouri

Orange Bowl: Wake Forest vs ECU

Posted on: September 7, 2008 11:26 am
Edited on: September 7, 2008 12:39 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land after Week 2

What a week of College Football? ECU shocked the world again, Ohio State struggled with Ohio, Wisconsin struggled with Marshall for one quarter, and Florida actually has a defense this year.

Georgia Bulldogs logo1. Georgia(1)-The Bulldogs looked really good, and they will stay my #1 until next week when the winner of the USC-OSU game will likely jump them. Knowshon Moreno looked really good, and Matt Stafford threw a few touchdowns. The defense struggled a little bit, but CMU has a really good offense so that's not embarrassing. Next Week: @South Carolina

Southern Cal. Trojans logo2. USC(2)-The Trojans had a week off as they prepare to play Ohio State at home. Next Week: Ohio State

Oklahoma Sooners logo3. Oklahoma(3)-This offense maybe the best offense that Bob Stoops has ever had. They have a good quarterback, excellent running backs, good receivers, and the best offensive line in the country. I do think though that they did run up the score, but still the Sooners really impressed me. Cincinnati is a pretty good team, and OU just pummelled them winning by 26. Next Week: @Washington

Florida Gators logo4. Florida(5)-The Gators didn't look great on offense, but the defense looked excellent. I realize that Miami(FL) doesn't have a great offense by any means, but they still were able to completely dominate them. The running game of UF wasn't that good, and if they want to win the SEC they need to improve that. Next Week: BYE

LSU Tigers logo5. LSU(6)-The LSU Fighting Tigers didn't play this week because the game against Troy was postponed until November 15th. Next Week: North Texas

Missouri Tigers logo6. Missouri(7)-The Missouri offense continues to looked spectacular as they put up over 50 points for the 2nd straight week. Chase Daniel was nearly perfect completing 16 of 17 passes with 3 touchdowns. The running game looked good as well, and the defense looked better, but you expect to looke good when you play a team like Southeast Missouri State. Next Week: Nevada

Auburn Tigers logo7. Auburn(8)-The Tigers seem to finally have their starting quarterback as Chris Todd looked solid against a pretty good Southern Miss team. The defense was able to do a pretty good job against an explosive Southern Miss offense that is led by Damion Fletcher and DeAndre Brown at receiver. The offense needs to improve though if they want to win the SEC West. Next Week: @Mississippi State

Ohio St. Buckeyes logo8. Ohio State(4)-The Buckeyes looked terrible, and the SEC Homers are out starting threads about them. The defense wasn't shutdown like it usually is, and the offense really struggled without Chris Wells. If the Buckeyes want any chance to beat USC next week they need Chris Wells healthy, and Todd Boeckman to play better. Next Week: @USC

Wisconsin Badgers logo9. Wisconsin(10)-The Wisconsin Badgers also struggled for a little bit against a lesser opponent like Ohio State, but they were able to put Marshall away after the 3rd quarter, and they ended up pulling away and winning by 37. The defense made some plays in the 2nd half, and thats a good sign for Wisconsin. They do have a tough game next week against Fresno State though. Next Week: @Fresno State

Texas Longhorns logo10. Texas(11)-Well the Texas defense proved it again, and they were able to shut down the UTEP offense. Colt McCoy put up his 2nd straight excellent game, and if he keeps this up he could be in the Heisman Discussion. The running game looked solid, but it was so good for Texas to have McCoy put up another good game. It looks like Texas could challenge OU in the Big XII South. Next Week: Arkansas

Oregon Ducks logo11. Oregon(12)-The Ducks offense no longer should have any questions. The Ducks had 688 yards of total offense, and Justin Roper looked really good. Not only that, but the running game looked unstoppable with 3 guys over 70 yards. Though the defense gave up over 300 yards most of those yards were against the backups. Next Week: @Purdue

Penn St. Nittany Lions logo12. Penn State(14)-Wow.....PSU was able to put together another great performance as they blew out Oregon State. Daryl Clark looked really good, and the offense looked high powered. The defense looked like a shut down defense limiting Oregon State to only 14 points. PSU has started off the season great, but can they keep this up? They started off great last season before struggling early in the Big Ten schedule. Next Week: @Syracuse

Arizona St. Sun Devils logo13. Arizona State(13)-The Sun Devils looked very good against Stanford. They were able to win 41-17, and Carpenter looked excellent throwing for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense also looked pretty good, and they were able to hold them to 233 yards. A problem I see is the running game of ASU. They need to improve that if they want to beat UGA. Next Week: UNLV

East Carolina Pirates logo14. ECU(21)-The run of the ECU Pesky Pirates continues as they were able to dominate West Virginia at home. The offense was able to dominate the game against the WVU defense, and the defense of ECU was able to shut down WVU's high powered offense. This tells me that ECU has a top notch offense, and it also tells me that ECU has a very solid offense. ECU now will be favored in the rest of their games, but they should watch out for Southern Miss and UCF in conference. Next Week: @Tulane

Fresno St. Bulldogs logo15. Fresno State(17)-The Bulldogs didn't play this week, but they do play Wisconsin at home next week. Next Week: Wisconsin

Alabama Crimson Tide logo16. Alabama(15)-Well Alabama fell back to earth after blowing out Clemson the previous week. Tulane actually outplayed Alabama and they had 200 less yards then the Green Wave. Luckily the special teams came up big twice scoring both of Alabama's touchdowns. If the special teams don't do this, I think Alabama goes down. Next Week: Western Kentucky

Texas Tech Red Raiders logo17. Texas Tech(16)-Graham Harrell struggled a lot against Nevada, and this isn't a good sign for the Red Raiders. The defense doesn't look that great either. I expect Harrell to overcome this bad game, but if he can't Uh Oh. The Red Raiders could possibly fall to an 8-4 or 7-5 season. Next Week: SMU

West Virginia Mountaineers logo18. West Virginia(9)-The Sheep Luvers looked awful last week. The defense struggled against ECU's offense, and Pat White and Co. were completely shut down by the ECU defense. If I was a Sheep Luvers fan I'd be a bit worried. The defense looks pretty average, and the strength of the team the offense doesn't looked much better. This season may be the end to WVU's dominance of the Big East. Next Week: BYE

Kansas Jayhawks logo19. Kansas(19)-Kansas has looked pretty good so far, but I don't think this team will end the season in the top 25. The offense looked pretty good with Reesing throwing for over 400 yards, and the defense looked dominant shutting down Louisiana Tech. I think that Kansas will have some trouble next week and I think USF upsets the Jayhawks. Next Week: @USF

BYU Cougars logo20. BYU(18)-BYU got lucky against Washington when a garbage call gave the Cougars the win. I really think that Washington would've won the game because of the momentum. The defense really struggled against Locker, and they need to improve that if they want to go to a BCS Bowl. Max Hall looked good like usual, and the running game was solid, but this isn't a BCS team in my opinion. Next Week: UCLA

Wake Forest Demon Deacons logo21. Wake Forest(23)-What a game for Wake Forest. They were able to lead a drive late in the game, and they were able to give the ACC some credit. Riley Skinner looked poised late in the game as he led the Deacons to a late win. This was the type of the game that Wake Forest needs and it shows that when the game is close late, Wake Forest can trust Skinner, and he will give them a chance to win. Next Week: BYE

South Florida Bulls logo22. USF(22)-The Bulls completely dominated UCF, but despite this they had to go to overtime to beat UCF. The reason was because of turnovers and UCF was able to use those turnovers to make a game out of this. The Bulls offense still looked good getting over 500 yards, and the defense looked good holding UCF to 226 yards. If USF wants to win the Big East though they need to limit the turnovers. Next Week: Kansas

Clemson Tigers logo23. Clemson(24)-The Tigers were able to recover from the Week 1 disaster, and dominate The Citadel. CJ Spiller rushed for 3 touchdowns, and him and James Davis finally looked like Thunder and Lightning. Cullen Harper looked solid, but the defense still doesn't look that great. They gave up 427 yards to The Citadel, and they really need to improve that come Conference play. Next Week: NC State

Illinois Fighting Illini logo24. Illinois(25)-The Illini's offense looked unstoppable against Eastern Illinois, and the defense looked very good as well. Besides the first few drives Eastern Illinois wasn't able to come up with anything on the offensive side of the ball. Juice Williams needs to cut down on the turnovers, or Illinois will not be ranked in the top 25 by seasons end. Next Week: La-Lafeyette

California Golden Bears logo25. Cal(NR)-The Golden Bears looked pretty good against a pretty bad Wazzu team. The Bears ended up winning 66-3, and Javhid Best put on a clinic rushing for over 200 yards. The defense looked very good as well, and it seems that Cal is over last season's late season blunder. Kevin Riley also looks very good at quarterback, and Cal now has to be in the discussion for a possible Rose Bowl berth. Next Week: @Maryland

On the Cusp: Virginia Tech, Utah, Michigan State, Cincinnati, UCLA

Best Games of Week 3:

Ohio State vs USC-The key to this game is the health of Beanie Wells.

Wisconsin vs Fresno State-The Bulldogs need to stop PJ Hill if they want to win.

UCLA vs BYU-Is UCLA for real?

Kansas vs USF-I think Kansas' free fall will start here.

Oregon vs Purdue-This game will give Oregon's defensive backs a test early in the season.

Heisman Rankings:

  1. Chase Daniel(Missouri)-He's looked the best by far. He's put together two excellent games.
  2. Tim Tebow(Florida)-He doesn't have the numbers that Daniel has, but it's early.
  3. Knowshon Moreno(UGA)-He looked spectacular against CMU.
  4. Mark Sanchex(USC)-He had a Bye.
  5. Chris 'Beanie' Wells(Ohio State)-He didn't play, but he'll stay on for at least one more week.

Best of the rest:  PJ Hill(Wisconsin),  Sam Bradford(Oklahoma), Michael Crabtree(Texas Tech), Jeremy Maclin(Missouri),  Juice Williams(Illinois), Colt McCoy(Texas), Max Hall(BYU), and Percy Harvin(Florida), Pat White(WVU).

 
 
 
 
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