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2009 Week 4 College Football Top 25
(Current Rankings After Week 3 - From 9/20 to 9/26/2009)

The Bankroll Sports Staff Writers' Archieved NCAA Football Top 25 Rankings After Week Three of the 2009 College Football Season.

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Below you will find the Bankroll Sports columnists' acheived NCAA football top 25 rankings from after the fourth week of the 2009 college football season. These are the official Bankroll Sports NCAA Football top 25 rankings following the week 3 games. Check out our College Football Top 25 Index Page for the current national polls as well as the the current Bankroll Sports Writers' rankings after this week's games. Thanks for visiting Bankroll Sports.

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1. Florida Gators (3-0) - The Gators picked up a hard fought win over Tennessee 23-13 on Saturday. The margin was less than expected, but nonetheless, Florida remained undefeated. The win for the Gators was their first in the SEC, as they sit with Georgia, who has already won two SEC games this season. In the win, Tim Tebow threw the ball just 19 times, completing 14 passes for 115 yards, but did not find the end zone, and was picked off once. Tebow did run the ball 24 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Jeffry Demps also got the Gators in the scoring column with his 7 yard run in the fourth quarter to put some distance between the Gators and Volunteers. Florida will now take to the road, and face the Kentucky Wildcats next Saturday.

2. Texas Longhorns (3-0) - The Longhorns sought revenge from Texas Tech, as the Red Raiders were the line team to separate them from a national title berth. Texas got that revenge on Saturday, as they downed Texas Tech 34-24. The Longhorns remain the # 2 team in the country, just behind Florida, and just ahead of Alabama. The win was capped off by a Colt McCoy 3 yard pass to Dan Buckner with 9 minutes left. That score gave Texas a 14 point lead. Texas improves to 3-0 overall with the win, but more importantly they have picked up the first Big 12 win of the season. The Longhorns will head out of conference play on Saturday, but stay in the state of Texas when they host UTEP.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) - Alabama moved one step closer to the top on Saturday, as they destroyed North Texas 53-7. The Crimson Tide moved from # 4 to # 3, due to the USC loss to Washington. Alabama led this game 30-0 at halftime, only to allow a late third quarter touchdown to ruin the shut-out. Coach Sabin’s team was led by quarterback Greg McElroy, as he completed 13 of 15 passes for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the day, Alabama gathered 523 total yards of offense. Mark Ingram, the Crimson Tide’s top running back rushed 8 times for 91 yards, and a touchdown. The Crimson Tide will take their 3-0 mark into Saturday where they will host the Arkansas Razorbacks in a SEC tilt.

4. Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0) - The Nittany Lions continue to quietly assault their opponents. Penn State picked up their third win on Saturday, by blasting Temple 31-6. Penn State has now won their three games by a combined score of 90-20. Darryl Clark threw for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns and Evan Royster ran for 134 yards and a score for Penn State. Temple was held to just two field goals, one in the first quarter, and another in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions will play their fourth straight home game to start the year on Saturday against Iowa. The Hawkeyes beat Penn State last season on a late field goal.

5 Boise State Broncos (3-0) - Boise State climbs into the Top 25, from their post at # 11 last week. Boise State proved their critics wrong going on the road and putting 51 points up on a stellar Bulldogs defense. The Broncos led by just a touchdown heading into the fourth quarter, when Kellen Moore threw a 7 yard touchdown to go up 41-27. The Bulldogs answered with a touchdown of their own to close the game once again. Boise State then scored the final 10 points of the game, including another Kellen Moore pass, this time for 67 yards to Jeremy Avery. Moore finished the game with 181 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Avery finished with 186 rushing yards and 83 receiving yards. The Broncos have now started the season 3-0, putting up 118 points in those three games. Boise State will play their second straight road game on Saturday when they make the long trip to Bowling Green.

6. USC Trojans (2-1) - The Trojans drop three positions from # 3 to # 6 after their 16-13 loss at the hands of the Washington Huskies. Washington, in week two, just snapped a long losing streak, that dated back to the 2007 season. Aaron Corp got the start for USC in place of injured Matt Barkley. Corp was unable to throw a touchdown pass, as he also had one intercepted as well. The Trojans offense picked up 360 yards of total offense, but scored just one touchdown. That lone touchdown was the first of the game, and it was a 7 yard run by Joe McKnight. USC turned the ball over three times in the loss. The Trojans will now head back home after two straight road games and take on the Cougars of Washington State.

7. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1) - The Buckeyes remain # 7, just behind USC with their 38-0 blanking of Toledo. The Buckeyes lone loss of the season came last week when USC scored a late touchdown to knock them off. In the win over Toledo, Terrelle Pryor tossed three touchdown passes, and rushed for 110 yards. The Buckeyes defense limited the Rockets to just 210 total yards of offense. Ohio State will start their Big Ten slate on Saturday when they host the University of Illinois. The last time Illinois came to Columbus, the Illini came away with an upset victory.

8. Oklahoma Sooners (2-1) - The Sooners silenced all talk off an instate upset win by Tulsa, with a 45-0 pounding on Saturday. Oklahoma led 31-0 at halftime, and rolled to a 14-0 win in the second half. Landry Jones is doing his best Sam Bradford impression for the Sooners. Jones tossed six touchdown passes in the win. Jones also was picked off twice for Oklahoma. Tulsa garnered just 269 yards of total offense in the loss. Oklahoma also forced Tulsa to turn the ball over three times in the game. Oklahoma will take this weekend off, before heading to Miami on October 3rd to take on the Hurricanes. The last time Oklahoma and Miami squared off was in 2007 when Oklahoma pounded Miami 51-13.

9. Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0) - Cincinnati went on the road, across the country and picked up a 28-18 win against a Pac Ten opponent. The win for Cincinnati allowed them to make an appearance inside the Top 10, at # 9, up three spots from last weeks # 12. Bearcat quarterback Tony Pike threw 49 times, completing 31 of them for 332 yards and 2 touchdowns. Isaiah Pead ran for 46 yards and a touchdown in the win as well. In the three wins for Cincinnati thus far in 2009, they have put 145 points on the board, allowing their opponents just 36. Cincinnati will host Fresno State on Saturday at home. The Bearcats do not have a team on their 2009 schedule that is currently in the Top 25.

10. TCU Horned Frogs (2-0) - The Horned Frogs also made the jump inside the Top 10, moving up three spots from # 13 to # 10 after their 35 point win over Texas State. In the win, TCU garnered 508 total yards of offense, including 129 from running back Joseph Turner. Turner ran the ball 13 times for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Horned Frogs are one of two teams left in the Mountain West with an unbeaten record. The other is the Rams of Colorado State. TCU will take on their biggest test to date on Saturday when they head across country and play at Clemson.

11. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1) - The Red Raiders made a five team fall from # 6 to # 11 after their loss to the Longhorns on Saturday. After beating Texas, and ruining their national title chances in 2008, the Red Raiders were not able to repeat that feat in 2009. The Red Raiders hung around, but were not able to withstand Colt McCoy and his aerial attack. The Red Raiders were led by Taylor Potts and his 420 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. The Red Raiders actually out gained the Longhorns 414-340. Texas Tech will face another tough test when they play at Houston on Saturday.

12. Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) - The Bulldogs put up 52 points in an eleven point win over conference rival Arkansas on Saturday. Matthew Stafford’s successor Joe Cox completed 18 of 26 passes for 375 yards and 5 touchdowns in the win. The Bulldogs trailed 21-10 after one quarter, but stormed back for a 27-21 lead at halftime. Three of Cox’s touchdown passes came in the second half. Georgia gained 530 total yards of offense in the win. The Bulldogs will host Arizona State, out of the Pac Ten on Saturday.

13. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1) - The Cowboys avenged their loss last week and knocked off the Rice Owls 41-24. The win for Oklahoma State moved them to 2-1 overall on the season, and improved their rank two spots from # 15 to # 13. Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant were once again the offensive stars for the Cowboys, as Robinson threw for three touchdowns, and Bryant caught two of them. The Cowboys will now host Grambling State on Saturday, before starting the meat of their schedule, the Big 12 conference.

14. Pittsburgh Panthers (3-0) - Dave Wannstedt and the Pittsburgh Panthers picked up their third straight win on Saturday, 27-14 over the Midshipmen of Navy. Panthers quarterback Bill Stull completed 17 of 24 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown. The win for the Panthers moved them up four spots from # 18 to # 14. Pittsburgh is one of three teams in the Big East that have yet to have been beat. The Panthers will play at North Carolina State on Saturday, before they start their conference slate at Louisville.

15. California Golden Bears (3-0) - The Golden Bears had quite the battle with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but in the end they were able to walk away with a 35-21 road victory. California’s Jahvad Best ran wild in the win, rushing for 131 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Kevin Riley, California’s quarterback also threw for 252 yards in the win. California moved to 3-0 with the victory, averaging just over 48 points per game. California made a four team improvement from # 19 to # 15. The Golden Bears will start their Pac-Ten slate on Saturday when they head to Eugene Oregon to take on the Ducks.

16. Miami Hurricanes (2-0) - The Miami Hurricanes come into the Top 25, from the being unranked last week after their 33-17 pasting of Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes have now won their first two games of the season, both upset wins, within Atlantic Coast Conference play. Jacory Harris has started his Hurricanes career off hot as he once again was impressive, completing 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. Harris also used his teammates and their ground game, as the Hurricanes put up 184 rushing yards. The Hurricanes will continue their tough stretch of games when they head to Blacksburg to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech.

17. Mississippi Rebels (2-0) - The Rebels continue to quietly put up offense, and a lot of it. The Rebels have now scored 97 points in their first two games. Most recently, the Rebels were able to score 52 on Southeastern Louisiana. Jevan Snead, the Rebels quarterback went 16 of 28 for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. The Rebels were also able to acquire 258 yards of rushing in the win. The Rebels schedule will get a bit tougher, as they travel to South Carolina on Saturday to open their SEC conference play. With the win for Mississippi, the Rebels made a six team improvement from # 23 to # 17.

18. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1) - Georgia Tech drops nine spots from # 9 to # 18 with their disappointing 33-17 loss at Miami. The offense was not able to get rolling, and the defense had no answer for Jacory Harris of the Hurricanes. The Yellow Jackets trailed 24-3 at one time in this one, before getting it within 14, but it was not nearly enough. Georgia Tech did not turn the ball over at all, but gained just 95 yards on the ground. The Yellow Jackets will host the Tar Heels of North Carolina on Saturday. North Carolina remains one of only two ACC teams that have yet to lose.

19. Houston Cougars (2-0) - The Houston Cougars were given a week off after their upset win over Oklahoma State last weekend. The Cougars with the week off even, moved up two spots from # 21 to # 19. In the two wins for Houston, they have scored 100 points, while allowing 42. The Cougars will face a very stiff test this weekend when the Texas Tech Red Raiders come to town. The Red Raiders will come in angry after their conference loss to Texas on Saturday. 20. Oregon Ducks (2-1) - The Ducks make a two team improvement after their impressive 31-24 win over previously unbeaten Utah. The win for the Ducks snapped Utah’s 16 game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation. Despite missing LaGarrette Blount, the Ducks were able to garner 217 rushing yards. Jeremiah Masoli was quiet for Oregon, throwing for just 95 yards in the win. The Ducks will continue their brutal schedule to start the season when they host the California Golden Bears on Saturday.

21. Utah Utes (2-1) - The Utes remain in the top 25, but fall eleven spots from # 10 to # 21 after their 31-23 loss to Oregon on Saturday. The loss for Utah snaps their 16 game winning streak, which was the longest winning streak in the nation. The Utes allowed LaMichael James of Oregon to rush or 152 yards and a touchdown to lead the Ducks. The last regular season loss for Utah was in 2007, when BYU beat them in the regular season finale. The Utes will host the Cardinals of Louisville on Saturday. Louisville is coming off a loss to rival Kentucky on Saturday.

22. Michigan Wolverines (3-0) - The Wolverines continue to represent the Big Ten conference well, with their 45-17 blasting of conference foe Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines have now started the season 3-0. In the three wins for the Wolverines, they have scored a combined 114 points. Quarterback Tate Forcier has been impressive thus far in his freshman season at Michigan. Forcier has led an offense that has averaged over 430 yards per game. Forcier struggled on Saturday, throwing for just 68 yards, but his offense still was able to score 45 points. Michigan will start their Big Ten slate on Saturday when they host the Indiana Hoosiers.

23. Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1) - The Cornhuskers were the victim to last second comebacks on Saturday, as the Hokies of Virginia Tech scored their second touchdown with just a couple seconds to go to give them a 16-15 win. Alex Henery accounted for all 15 of the Cornhuskers points, kicking five field goals. The Cornhuskers offense was limited to just 136 of passing yards in the loss. Zach Lee was ineffective for Nebraska, completing just 11 of 30 passes, including 2 interceptions. The Cornhuskers will look to get back on track this Saturday when they host Louisiana-Lafayette. Nebraska takes a three team drop from # 20 to # 23.

24. Kansas Jay Hawks (3-0) - The Jay Hawks join the list of Big 12 teams inside the Top 25, as they enter from unranked to # 24 this week. Kansas has started the season 3-0, including their 44-16 win over Duke on Saturday. Todd Reesing, the Kansas quarterback would be considered a top quarterback in any other conference, besides the Big 12, where talented quarterbacks are a plenty. Reesing passed for 338 yards and a touchdown for the Jay Hawks. Freshman running back Toben Oprum rushed 17 times for 70 yards, getting into the end zone twice. Kansas will look to improve to 4-0 this Saturday when they take on Southern Mississippi.

25. LSU Tigers (3-0) - The Louisiana State Tigers have started the season out hot once again. The Tigers picked up a win over state opponennt Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday moving their season record to 3-0. In the 31-3 win for the Tigers, they were able to use two interceptions from Chad Jones to hold the Ragin’ Cajuns to just three total points. Jordan Jefferson, the Tigers quarterback was able to finish the game with 165 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. LSU is one of six SEC schools that have yet to lose in 2009. The Tigers will travel this weekend, and play Saturday at Mississippi State. This game will start the SEC slate for LSU. The Tigers will play at Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi this season, and also host Florida.

Others in consideration for this week's rankings:
Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0) - Beat Arizona 27-17
West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0) - Lost to Auburn
Missouri Tigers (3-0) - Beat Furman 52-12
Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1) - Beat Nebraska 16-15
LSU Tigers (2-0) - Beat Louisiana-Lafayette 31-3
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-1) - Beat Michigan State 33-30

Dropped from the ncaa football top 25:
BYU Cougars (2-1) - Lost to Miami 38-34.
Oregon State Beavers (2-1) - Lost to Cincinnati 28-18
Northwestern Wildcats (2-1) - Lost to Syracuse 37-34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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