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We’re Going Polling: Week 2

September 12, 2012
  1. Georgia Bulldogs – They have, in my opinion, the best single win of the season of

    Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning runs for the game-winning touchdown against Arkansas Saturday night in overtime. (AP/Mark Wagner)

    any team – a 41-20 drubbing at Missouri in the Tigers SEC debut. The Bulldogs scored the last 24 points of the game, and played very well defensively despite being without several key defensive starters.

  2. Alabama Crimson Tide – Can you take anything of note from Alabama’s 35-0 win over Western Kentucky? Me neither.
  3. LSU Tigers – It was the Alfred Blue show again in Baton Rouge, as the junior had his second straight 100-yard game to open the season. The Tigers’ D shut down dynamic Washington QB Keith Price, holding him to only 157 yards passing and keeping him in the red in rushing.
  4. Michigan St. Spartans – Sparty didn’t allow an offensive touchdown for the second straight week, this time on the road against Central Michigan.
  5. USC Trojans – It’s not often a quarterback can be outplayed when he throws for six touchdowns. But that was the case Saturday when Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib threw for 322 yards and had the Orange within five at the end of the third against a stout USC D. But when Barkley has Robert Woods (169 total yards, two TDs) and Marqise Lee (11 catches, 66 yards and three TDs) sometimes you can only shake your head and say, “Good try.”
  6. Oregon Ducks – Chip Kelly’s squad doesn’t have a quality win under its belt yet, but there’s no doubting its ability. Marcus Mariota played well again, Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three TDs and DeAnthony Man-Crush Thomas only averaged 14.6 yards on his seven carries for two TDs.
  7. South Carolina Gamecocks – The ‘Cocks didn’t need Connor Shaw last weekend against East Carolina, as he sat out with a shoulder injury. His backup Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three TDs.
  8. West Virginia – Bye week
  9. Tennessee Volunteers – Justin Hunter exploded for 146 yards and three touchdowns against Georgia St.
  10. Clemson Tigers – DeAndre Hopkins had another 100-yard receiving game, and he also scored three touchdowns. The Tigers get Sammy Watkins back this week.
  11. Ohio St. Buckeyes – Wins over two respectable teams move the Bucks up a bit. Braxton Miller (Seven total TDs and 302 rushing yards) appears to like Urban Meyer’s offense.
  12. UCLA Bruins – They’ve got a marquee win over Nebraska, a legitimate Heisman contender in running back Johnathan Franklin and a stud freshman at quarterback in Brett Hundley.
  13. Ohio Bobcats – They have a great shot at going undefeated and still have a better win that most if not all teams behind them.
  14. Florida St. Seminoles – FSU was supposed to play West Virginia last week, but WVU backed out. So then they slaughtered Savannah St. in a storm-shortened thriller.
  15. Oklahoma Sooners – They played much better than in their opener, but it was FAMU.
  16. Virginia Tech Hokies – Logan Thomas hasn’t impressed early, but part of that’s due to a whole new supporting cast around him. Once the season wears on he’ll play better.
  17. Texas Longhorns – I don’t think I’ve seen any life parts of the Longhorns’ two games, but QB David Ash has played well and the defense (eighth in points allowed) is as good as advertised.
  18. Kansas St. Wildcats – Collin Klein does it again. The dual-threat QB was 9-for-11 for 210 yards passing and had four total touchdowns against Miami.
  19. Louisville Cardinals
  20. BYU Cougars
  21. Nebraska Cornhuskers – We’ll have to wait to see if the loss to UCLA is a good loss or a bad loss, but the Huskers were without power back Rex Burkhead and still have a quality win over Southern Miss on their resume.
  22. Boise St. Broncos – Bye week
  23. Michigan Wolverines – They struggled against Air Force and almost lost. Like I said last week their defense will be their undoing but with Shoelace around their offense will make them respectable.
  24. Northwestern Wildcats – Another win over a BCS conference school (Vanderbilt). More teams should take after Northwestern’s out of conference scheduling. The Wildcats will play three BCS conference schools and only one lower-level/FCS school this year.
  25. Louisiana-Monroe – The Warhawks beat a top-10 team that’s an SEC school, no less, and considered by some a BCS championship contender. Yet they don’t make a top 25 appearance in either poll? The coaches poll is a sham, so USA Today voters – you should be ashamed of yourselves. You keep Arkansas in the top 25, yet only give one vote to ULM. ULM beat Arkansas!!!!!! Kolton Browning and Co. – You’ve got a supporter here.
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