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We’re Going Polling: Week 3

September 20, 2012
  1. Stanford Cardinal- Another week, another No. 1. Stanford held the prolific USC offense to only 14 points, Matt Barkley scoreless and the USC ground game to only 26 yards rushing on 28 carries.
  2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – I don’t think I had ranked either Stanford or Notre Dame this year due to reservations concerning the Cardinal’s quarterback play and Notre Dame’s usual unwarranted hype. But both delivered last week, with Notre Dame beating a Michigan St. team I believed had a shot at winning the national championship. The Irish play Michigan this week so we’ll see if they are indeed for real.
  3. Florida Gators – They’ve won two in a row in conference play on the road, beating Texas A&M and Tennessee – two quality teams and two quality wins more than about 99 percent of the rest of the FBS.
  4. Georgia Bulldogs – The Dawgs need to get their defensive starters back, because their D has been unimpressive outside of the Missouri win.
  5. Alabama Crimson Tide – Of course Tyler Wilson doesn’t play. Of course the Arkansas receivers don’t know how to catch. Alabama always catches the breaks.
  6. LSU Tigers – The LSU ground game, averaging 269 yards a game with 12 touchdowns, hasn’t missed a beat since last year, but the loss of Alfred Blue for a few weeks could hurt a bit. Zach Mettenberger faces his first SEC test this week at Auburn.
  7. Ohio St. Buckeyes – Struggled with Cal, but they’ve beaten three quality opponents.
  8. Oregon Ducks – No quality wins, but we know they’re for real. They’re favored by 23.5 over No. 22 Arizona.
  9. Clemson Tigers – Sammy Watkins had 110 total yards and a touchdown in his return from suspension. A tough test awaits in Tallahassee Saturday.
  10. UCLA Bruins – Held Houston to six points and forced six turnovers.
  11. South Carolina Gamecocks – Connor Shaw injured his shoulder again, a bad sign for a team starting conference play.
  12. West Virginia Mountaineers – The Mountaineers rank second in passing rating and yards per game.
  13. Ohio Bobcats – Kicked a field goal with a minute and a half left to get by Marshall; should run the table.
  14. Florida St. Seminoles – You can’t look into any of the dominant defensive numbers they’ve put up so far, but they took care of business against a Wake Forest team that had had their number in recent years.
  15. USC Trojans – Just get that O-line fixed and you’ll be back in the top 10 in no time.
  16. Kansas St. Wildcats – The winner of this Saturday’s K-St./Oklahoma match-up will vault into the top five.
  17. Oklahoma Sooners
  18. Texas Longhorns – A top-25 ranked offense so far will help take pressure off a great defense.
  19. Michigan St. Spartans – Need to get that offense fixed. The defense is for real.
  20. Tennessee Volunteers – A win over N.C. St. is a better win than what anyone else can claim so far.
  21. Northwestern Wildcats – Wins over Syracuse, Vandy and BC aren’t anything to write home about, but they’ve challenged themselves and won convincingly twice.
  22. Arizona Wildcats – Rounding into form under Rich Rod after an opening week squeaker against Toledo, but going to Eugene is never fun.
  23. Missouri Tigers – Recovered nicely against Arizona St. even without James Franklin.
  24. Louisville Cardinals – Almost coughed up a 29-point halftime lead against North Carolina, but it wasn’t QB Teddy Bridgewater’s fault.
  25. Michigan Wolverines – Denard (397 total yards, four TDs) went off. Another tough test against Notre Dame awaits under the lights in South Bend.

 

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