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1. USC Trojans - Bye week keeps the Trojans
#1. The big test is coming up on Saturday, as USC will host the Ohio State
Buckeyes. It what could be a national title game preview, the Trojans and the
Buckeyes have a ton to prove. Pete Carroll has been impressive coming off bye
weeks in the past. USC hopes this carries over to Saturday.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes - The Buckeyes
struggled with in-state opponent, Ohio on Saturday. No Beanie Wells in the
lineup wreaked some havoc for the Buckeyes offense, which only scored 26 points.
Ohio led the game 14-12 with 14 minutes to go in the game. The Buckeyes will
surely have to improve before their Saturday battle with the Trojans of USC.
Ohio State remains #2 after the narrow victory.
3. Georgia Bulldogs - Georgia looked much
more impressive in week two then they did week one, coming away with a 56-17 win
over Central Michigan. Knowshon Moreno ran for 168 yards and three touchdowns in
the rout. The Dawgs will now travel to South Carolina, for a date with the
Gamecocks on Saturday. That game will be one of three straight games against AP
top 25 teams.
4. Oklahoma Sooners - Quarterback Sam
Bradford threw for five touchdowns and nearly 400 yards in the Sooners 52-26 win
over Cincinnati. Oklahoma is now
2-0 on the season. Oklahoma will now travel to Washington, who is coming off a
very controversial, heart-breaking loss to Brigham Young. Oklahoma remains #4
in the BRS top 25.
5. Missouri Tigers - The Tigers are putting
up 52 points per game in their first two contests. After a 52-42 win over Illinois in week one, Missouri
rolled through Southeast Missouri State 52-3 on Saturday. The Tigers put up 592
total yards, and 336 in the air. Quarterback Chase Daniel went 16-17 in his
march towards the Heisman Trophy award. The Tigers will host Nevada next week.
The Tigers stay at the 5 slot in this weeks poll.
6. Florida Gators - The Gators stay at the 6
spot after a win over rival Miami on Saturday. That win moves the Gators to 2-0 on the year,
with wins over Miami and Hawaii. Florida’s
offensive is averaging 41 points per game, while their defense has held teams to
just 6.5 points per game. The Gators will go on the road to Knoxville Tennessee
on Saturday to face the Vols, and open their SEC slate.
7. LSU Tigers - The Tigers get the luxury
of sliding up a spot, despite not playing in week two. Their game with Troy was
postponed to the Hurricane Gustav. The Tigers will play North Texas on Saturday
before their battles at Auburn, Florida and South Carolina in three of next four
games. LSU was a 41-13 winner over Appalachian State in week one.
8. Texas Longhorns - The Longhorns are
putting up 47.5 points per game in their two victories over Florida Atlantic,
and on the road at UTEP. Colt McCoy threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns on
Saturday. A negative for the Longhorns was they allowed their opponent- UTEP to
out gain them in total yards 411-408. The Longhorns will face off with the
Razorbacks of Arkansas this weekend. Texas moves up one spot from last week’s #9
9. Texas Tech Red Raiders - The Red Raiders
took a 14-9 halftime lead and extended it to a 35-19 win over the Wolfpack of
Nevada Saturday. That win moved Texas Tech to 2-0 on the season, after also
knocking off Eastern Washington 49-24 in week one. The Red Raiders only led
21-12 at the start of the fourth quarter, until quarterback Graham Harrell
completed an 82 yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree to put the game away.
Crabtree caught seven passes on the night for 158 yards. The win helped the Red
Raiders move up one spot in this weeks poll.
10. Arizona State Sun Devils - ASU took
advantage of a 21-7 second half advantage to defeat the Stanford Cardinals 41-17
on Saturday. That win moved the Sun Devils to 2-0 on the season, with their week
one win over Northern Arizona. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw for 345 yards
and three touchdowns. The win put him just one touchdown shy of Jake Plummer for
third on Arizona State’s all time wins list, as starting quarterback. Arizona
State will host UNLV this weekend.
11. Penn State Nittany Lions - The Nittany
Lions have averaged 55.5 points per game in their first two weeks, both
resulting in lopsided wins, over Coastal Carolina, and Oregon State. Penn State
quarterback Daryll Clark has completed 25 of 37 passes for 361 yards and three
touchdowns to start the year. After their trip to Syracuse, Penn State will host
Temple, and then begin the Big Ten slate hosting Illinois. With the win, the
Nittany Lions gained one spot from last week.
12. Auburn Tigers - Up one position from last
week, after a 27-13 win over Southern Mississippi. Auburn has scored 61 points,
while only allowing 13 so far, to begin the 2008 season. This week’s opponent is
a SEC opponent, and a formidable one at that, Mississippi State. The Tigers will
have to make sure they are not looking ahead to next week, as they will host the
13. Kansas Jayhawks - Up one spot from last
week. The Jayhawks will meet their toughest match to this point in the season on
Saturday, as they take the trip to South Florida to battle with the Bulls. The
Kansas defense was impressive on Saturday shutting out Louisiana Tech, only
allowing 273 yards. Quarterback Todd Reesing was very impressive as well,
throwing for 412 yards on 32 of 38 passing, and three touchdowns.
14. Boise State Broncos - Up one position
from last week, despite being idle during week two. In week one the Broncos
blasted Idaho State 49-7. The Broncos will take on Bowling Green, out of the MAC
Conference. Bowling Green is 1-1 on the season, with a win over Pittsburgh, and
dropping the game Saturday to Minnesota. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore
completed 14 of 19 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Ian Johnson was
impressive on the ground, carrying the ball 14 times for 87 yards, and a
15. East Carolina Pirates - Does Cinderella wear purple this year? From unranked
last week to #15 this week. The Pirates appear to be for real. With wins over
Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, both ranked in the Bankroll Sports top 20 preseason poll, the
Pirates are averaging 25.5 points per game, and just allowing 12.5 a game.
Quarterback Patrick Pinkney is 41 of 51 on the year with 447 yards and two
touchdowns. The schedule appears to lighten now for the Pirates, who will travel
to Tulane and North Carolina State before hosting Houston at the end of
September. ECU will most likely be favorite in all their games the rest of the way.
16. Fresno State Bulldogs- The Bulldogs
will get quite the test this Saturday, as Big Ten representative Wisconsin comes
to town. Fresno State hopes for a repeat of their week one performance in which
they held Rutgers to just seven points, forcing two turnovers in that game. The Bulldogs
remain at #16 after their bye week.
17. Colorado Buffaloes - The Buffs stay at #17 after their
win over Eastern Washington. The
Buffaloes week one win was one of the more impressive victories of the week.
Dismantling their rival Colorado State 38-17 and in impressive fashion, got them off
to a great start. Colorado’s schedule is very far from
easy. After the bye week this week, they will host West Virginia, then travel to Florida State, come back home to face Texas, head on the road to
Kansas, and then host Kansas State. Quarterback, and coaches son Cody Hawkins
is 48 of 67 on the year with 475 passing yards. Colorado has their work cut out for them in one of the more underrated conferences this year.
18. Alabama Crimson Tide - Stay #18 after
their win over Tulane, 20-6. Their week one win, in dominating fashion was the
talk of the town. In that 34-10 win over Clemson the Crimson Tide gave up zero
total rushing yards to the Tigers, and only 188 total yards. In the week two win
the Tide were out gained in total yards, but only allowed 86 on the ground.
After Western Kentucky leaves town Alabama must travel to Arkansas and Georgia,
in what appears to be a tough start to the SEC slate.
19. Wisconsin Badgers - Remain solid at #19,
before their battle at Fresno State this week. The Badgers have put 44.5 points
on the board in their first two games, both 21+ point victories, over Akron and
Marshall. Quarterback Allan Evridge, and running back P.J. Hill have ran the
show thus far for Wisconsin, who has won 16 straight home games, the second
largest streak in the nation.
20. Illinois Fighting Illini - Raise two
spots. Sure it was 1AA Eastern Illinois, but the Illini have put up impressive
offensive numbers. The Illini are averaging 44.5 points per game led by
quarterback Juice Williams, who has thrown for 575 yards on 42 of 67 passing, and
also ran for 184 yards on 35 carries. On Saturday, the Illini held Eastern
Illinois to just 11 total first downs in the ball game.
21. West Virginia Mountaineers - Drop 14
spots, from the 7 position after the disappointing loss to East Carolina on
Saturday. In the loss, the Mountaineers were held out of the end zone, falling
24-3. The West Virginia offense only mustered 251 total yards, and turned it
over twice, as well. Quarterback Pat White was held to just 72 yards in the
game, a week after throwing for 208 yards on 25 completions in the week one win
22. BYU Cougars - Drop two spots despite
winning, and keeping the nations longest winning streak in tack. The win came
after a blocked extra point field goal, after Washington was flagged with a 15
yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the game. Quarterback Max Hall
threw for 3 touchdowns and 388 yards in that game. The Cougars host UCLA on
Saturday in what hopes to be an upset special brewing for the Bruins.
23. South Florida Bulls - Fall two spots,
despite an overtime win over rival UCF 31-24. In the win the Bulls accumulated
over 500 total yards of offense to UCF’s 226. 346 of those yards were in the
air, as quarterback Matt Grothe completed 23 of 40 passes. Part of the problem
for the Bulls was their two turnovers. The Bulls will prepare for a Friday night
match up with top 25 opponent, the Kansas Jayhawks.
24. Clemson Tigers - After a disappointing
week one, the Tigers get one in the win column, but fall one position. The
Tigers were 45-17 winners over The Citadel, one week after getting blasted by
Alabama, 34-10. In the win over Citadel, the Tigers racked up 500+ yards on
offense, but squandered 427 yards on defense. 338 of those yards were in the
air. In week one, the offense was the problem, only garnering 188 yards, all
passing, as they were shut out on the ground. The Tigers start their ACC slate
hosting North Carolina State this weekend.
25. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - Rounding out the Top 25 for a second straight week, ACC representative- Wake
Forest Demon Deacons. The Demon Deacons are 2-0 on the season, with a blowout
win at Baylor 41-13 in week one, and then narrowly escaping an upset in week two
at the hands of Mississippi. A Sam Swank 41 yard field goal won the ball game on
Saturday 30-28 for Wake. Quarterback Riley Skinner has thrown for 487 yards in
the air to start the season on 59 of 79 passing. He has also thrown five
touchdowns and no interceptions. Wake Forest gets a bye weekend, before making
the trip to Tallahassee for their ACC opener against the Seminoles of Florida
Best of the rest:
Arkansas, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Virginia Tech, Michigan State