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1. Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) – With the loss
of the top two teams from last week the new # 1, improving from the # 3 position
is the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma has won their first four games, with their
closest coming on Saturday in a 35-10 win over Texas Christian University. In
the win on Saturday the Sooners compiled 436 total yards on offense, including
411 of them in the air. Quarterback Sam Bradford completed 19 of 34 passes for
four touchdowns, and the 411 yards. The defense for Oklahoma did not allow a
touchdown until the fourth quarter. All in all Oklahoma has outscored opponents
199 to 52. Oklahoma will travel to Baylor this weekend, before coming home to
host Texas on October 11th.
2. Missouri Tigers (4-0) – Despite have a
bye week, the Missouri Tigers have moved up two positions from # 2 to # 4.
Missouri is the second of two Big 12 teams at the top of the rankings. The
Tigers have outscored opponents 215 to 83 in the early going. Heisman candidate
Chase Daniel has completed 101 of 133 passes for 1412 yards and 12 touchdowns.
His teammate, another Heisman candidate Jeremy Maclin has caught 26 passes,
compiling 391 yards and four touchdowns. Missouri will travel to Nebraska on
Saturday to battle to Cornhuskers, before hosting Oklahoma State on October 11th.
The Tigers look to continue their undefeated mark before their October 18th date at Texas.
3. LSU Tigers (4-0) – The Tigers raise
three positions from # 6 to # 3. On Saturday LSU was a 34-24 winner over
Mississippi State. LSU has outscored opponents 142 to 61 thus far this season.
Quarterback Jarrett Lee has completed 45 of 77 passes for 643 yards and six
touchdowns. The Tigers defense has allowed 22.5 points per game in the last two,
while only allowing 8, in the first two. LSU will take this weekend off, and
then get set for a Top 10 battle in Gainesville with Florida.
4. Texas Longhorns (4-0) – Texas continues
the streak of teams moving up the rankings after dismantling Arkansas 52-10 on
Saturday. The win moved Texas up from # 7 inside the top 5, to # 5. The
Longhorns have scored 198 points, while yielding just 43 in the early going.
Texas four wins have been over Florida Atlantic, UTEP, Rice, and Arkansas. In three of the four
wins for Texas, the Longhorns have scored 52 points, while the fourth they
scored 42. Quarterback Colt McCoy has completed 80 of 100 passes for 1018 yards
and 14 touchdowns. Texas will travel to Colorado, and Oklahoma in their next two
weeks, before coming home to face Missouri. If Texas can get through these next
three weeks unbeaten, the Longhorns may have a shot at the BCS national title.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) – The Crimson
Tide just continue to impress. Alabama has now beat two teams that were inside
the top 10, when they faced them. Alabama, with their win over Georgia moved up
from # 8 to # 5. Alabama now has wins over Clemson, Tulane, Western Kentucky,
Arkansas and Georgia, with three of the give being on the road. On Saturday
Parker Wilson put the Tide up 31-0 with just over 1:00 to go in the first half
on a 22-yard touchdown run. The Tide allowed Georgia to creep back into the game
on Saturday, but was not enough, as Alabama held on 41-30. Alabama will take on
Kentucky at home on Saturday. The Crimson Tide will not see another ranked team
until November 8th at LSU and November 22nd hosting Auburn.
6. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-0) – The
Penn State Nittany Lions faced their toughest test so far in the 2008 season on
Saturday, and passed. Scoring 38 points on Illinois, Penn State defeated the
Illini 38-24. Derrick Williams returned a kickoff for 94 yards, and a touchdown
giving PSU a 31-17 lead with 14:47 to go. Williams on the night had three
touchdowns, one on special teams, one rushing, and one receiving. In five games
played the Nittany Lions have scored an astonishing 249 points, while yielding
just 64. Penn State will now go on the road and battle Purdue, before heading to
their first major test in Madison Wisconsin vs. the Badgers on October 11th.
The Nittany Lions move up four spots from # 10 to # 6.
7. Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) – The Georgia
Bulldogs trailed Alabama 31-0 on Saturday. The worse news; this game was in
Athens, a home game for Georgia. In a game where the Bulldogs could have
garnered what they had been begging for since the start of the season; respect,
the Bulldogs folded. Georgia cannot hang their heads too long, as the tough SEC
slate will continue. After taking this week off, Georgia will host the 1-3
Tennessee Vols’, before four out of five games against ranked opponents. The
loss for Georgia dropped them from the # 2 spot down to # 7.
8. USC Trojans (2-1) – The Trojans traveled
to Oregon State as 25-point favorites on Thursday, and were taken down, and
knocked out of the # 1 spot, all the way down to # 8. Quarterback Mark Sanchez
has thrown 10 touchdowns in the first three games played for USC. The defense
has only allowed 37 points in three games; wins over Virginia, Ohio State and
the Oregon State loss. The Trojans schedule does not get any easier this week,
hosting the Oregon Ducks.
9. Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0) – The Red
Raiders had last week off, which was probably good for them, as many top teams
were taken down. With the bye week, Texas Tech remains at the # 9 position. In
four games played the Red Raiders have scored 183 points, while allowing just
64. They are 3-0 at home, and have won their only game on the road thus far.
Texas Tech now plays three straight unranked opponents, before a stretch of four
straight games against ranked teams. This week Texas Tech will travel to Kansas
State to face the Wildcats.
10. Florida Gators (3-1) – The Florida
Gators, are another team that had a chance to really make a move with other top
teams falling on Saturday. Instead, a 31-30 loss at home to the hands of the
Mississippi Rebels. Tim Tebow was stuffed on a 4th and one to go with
less than a minute to go. In that game, Tebow completed 24 of 38 passes for 319
yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. The Gators allowed 325 total yards
to the Rebels. Florida travels to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks on
Saturday. The Gators need to make sure they do not look ahead as they will host
the LSU Tigers on October 11th. The loss for the Gators dropped them
from # 5 last week to # 10 this season.
11. Boise State Broncos (3-0) – The Broncos
remain # 11 after their week off, and remain right on the cusp of entering the
Top Ten. The Broncos would love to continue in their winning ways, all the way
until the final regular season game at home against Fresno State. Boise State
hopes to run the table in an up and coming WAC conference. The Broncos have
outscored opponents by 60 points in their three games. The only close game was
the September 13th win over Bowling Green, in which Boise State won
20-7. Boise State will play a mid-week game with Louisiana Tech.
12. South Florida Bulls (5-0) – Another mid
major team moving up in the rankings, ahead of some of the big conference
favorites. The Bulls do not move up or down a spot and remain # 12 after the
41-10-blowout victory over North Carolina State. The Bulls are averaging 36.3
points a game, while allowing just 16.8. South Florida quarterback Matt
Grothe has thrown for eight touchdowns, been intercepted twice, but been sacked
eight times already this season. Running back Moise Plancer has rushed for four
touchdowns on 36 carries. South Florida will host Pittsburgh on Thursday night
in a Big East battle.
13. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1) – The Buckeyes
remain # 13 after their Big Ten opening win at home against Minnesota. In the
win over the Gophers running back Beanie Wells was back, but did not get in the
end zone, compiling 106 yards. Freshmen quarterback Terrelle Pryor completed 8
of 13 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 97 yards and 8
carries, and two touchdowns. Ohio State will play a huge Big Ten game on
Saturday in Madison Wisconsin to face the 0-1(Big Ten) Wisconsin Badgers.
14. BYU Cougars (4-0) – The theme of mid
major teams moving up the ranks continues; this time with the undefeated BYU
Cougars. The Associated Press poll has the Cougars all the way up to the # 8
position, while the Coaches Poll rank them # 7. We don’t seem to have the
respect that the other sources do, as we move the Cougars up one spot from last
weeks # 15 to this weeks # 14. The Cougars have shut out their last two
opponents; UCLA and Wyoming. In those four games the Cougars have won, they
have scored 172 points, led by quarterback Max Hall, who has thrown for 15
touchdowns. Hall is looking more and more like a Heisman candidate, completing
107 of 144 passes. Like Boise State, the Cougars to not see a ranked opponent
until the last week of the season, when they travel to Utah.
15. Auburn Tigers (4-1) – Despite their
dysfunctional offense, the Auburn Tigers are 4-1. Quarterback Chris Todd has
struggled, but the defense has picked up the slack, and turned the Tigers into a
SEC contender. The Tigers one loss came in the last two minutes to the LSU
Tigers in week four. On Saturday, the Tigers came away with a 16-14 win over
Tennessee. The Tigers needed the help from a Tennessee fumble inside the end
zone for the going ahead touchdown. Auburn has allowed just 53
points in five games. Auburn will travel to Nashville on Saturday to take on the
undefeated and upbeat Commodores. The Tigers move up one position from # 16 to #
16. Kansas Jayhawks (3-1) – After taking the
week off Kansas moves up to positions from the # 18 spot, to the # 16 position.
Kansas hopes to get quality performances from quarterback Todd Reesing, who has
completed 126 of 170 passes for 1405 yards and 11 touchdowns in four games.
Kansas’ only loss was a 37-34 loss at South Florida, in which the Bulls kicked a
field goal as time expired. The Jayhawks will begin their Big 12 slate on
Saturday when they travel to Ames Iowa to face the Iowa
17. Utah Utes (5-0) – The Utah Utes continue
to make the climb after the season opening win at Michigan, Utah has continued
to do nothing but win. Wins over UNLV, Utah State, Air Force, and Weber State
have led to the undefeated start. The Utes have been led by their quarterback
Brian Johnson, who has completed 92 of 133 passes for 1129 yards and 8
touchdowns. The only knock on Johnson has been his five interceptions thrown.
This week the Utes will play a Thursday night affair against the red hot Oregon
State Beavers. The Beavers are coming off a huge win over then # 1 USC in
Corvallis. The win for the Utes moved them up from # 23 to # 17.
18. Wisconsin Badgers (3-1) – The Badgers
had a chance to slide to, or near the Top Ten, but instead couldn’t hold a 19-0
lead in Ann Arbor, and ultimately
couldn’t convert a two-point conversion, and fall to Michigan 27-25. In the loss
P.J Hill could only muster 70 yards on 22 carries. In Saturday’s loss the
Badgers offense out gained Michigan 384 to 268, including 226 to 96 via the air.
The loss drops the Badgers from # 14 to # 18.
19. Virginia Tech (4-1) – The Hokies are
back in the Top 25, and look to continue the climb, this time outside the ACC.
On Saturday the Hokies will take on an independent, the Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers at home. On Saturday the Hokies knocked off Nebraska 35-30, in a
game in which the Hokies offense came up with 377 total yards. Quarterback Tyrod
Taylor has thrown just 55 times, and has yet to throw a touchdown pass, getting
intercepted twice. Much of Virginia Tech’s offense has come from running back
Darren Evans, who has scored 6 rushing touchdowns.
20. Vanderbilt Commodores (4-0) – The
Commodores are another team entering the rankings for the first time. With wins
over Miami Ohio, South Carolina, Rice and Mississippi the Commodores finally
crack the top 25. The Commodores will have a tough test this week as they host
Auburn. After this game with Auburn, Vanderbilt has three more weeks against
ranked opponents. Quarterback Chris Nickson leads the offense with three passing
touchdowns, and five more touchdowns via the ground.
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0) – Staying
with the theme of unranked teams entering the Top 25; the Oklahoma State
Cowboys. The Cowboys come in with a 4-0 record, outscoring opponents 207-87 in
four games. Their quarterback has led Oklahoma State; Zac Robinson, who has
completed 52 of 73, passes for 849 yards, with seven touchdowns and three
interceptions. Six of the seven touchdown passes have been to Dez Bryant, who
has caught 22 passes, 444 yards, and those six touchdowns. The Cowboys will host
Texas A+M this Saturday, before traveling to Missouri next week. NR
22. Fresno State Bulldogs (3-1) – The Fresno
State Bulldogs enter the top 25, after a couple weeks off; following the
Wisconsin loss. The past two weeks have been close for Fresno, but as good teams
do, they were able to come away with victories. In week four, the Bulldogs
outscored Toledo 55-54 in overtime, and then in week five, outlasted UCLA on the
road 36-31. This week Fresno will host Hawaii.
23. Connecticut Huskies (5-0) – The last of
the new teams entering the rankings; the UConn Huskies. Coming off a road win in
Louisville the Huskies enter at the # 23 spot. At 5-0, and 1-0 in the Big East,
the Huskies have scored 149 points, while allowing 71. Running back Donald Brown
has carried the load offensively for UConn, running for 11 touchdowns on 146
carries. This week the Huskies will take on the upbeat North Carolina Tarheels,
who are coming in at 3-1, coming off a huge win at Miami. NR
24. Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1) – Back to back
Big East teams near the bottom of the top 25, the latter being the 3-1 Pitt
Panthers. The Dave Wannstedt coached team was on the ropes for awhile on
Saturday trailing to Syracuse, but were able to come from behind and post a
34-24 win on the road. In that game, the Panthers offense put up 407 total yards
on offense, while allowing just 263. 241 of the yards for Pittsburgh were on the ground.
Leading the ground game was LeSean McCoy, who carried the ball 89 times, gaining
391 yards, and scoring five touchdowns. The win keeps the Panthers at the # 24
25. Colorado Buffaloes (3-1) – Dropping
eight spots from the # 17 spot, to the bottom of the top 25; at 25- the Colorado
Buffaloes. On Saturday, Colorado was a 39-21 victim on the road to the Florida
State Seminoles. In that game, the Buffaloes were out gained 378 to 278 in total
offense. The Colorado offense also committed two turnovers. Colorado will take
on the Texas Longhorns at home on Saturday, in both teams Big 12 opener. After
this weeks game, Colorado has dates with Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State
remaining on the 2008 slate.
Best of the rest:
Oregon Ducks, West Virginia
Mountaineers, Northwestern Wildcats, Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, Michigan State
Dropped from polls:
Clemson Tigers, Wake Forest Demon
Deacons, East Carolina Pirates, Illinois Fighting Illini