2010 CFN Rankings
Sept. 11, Week 2
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- CFN 2010 Rankings, Week 2, No. 26-120
1. Alabama 2-0
Last Week: W Penn State 24-3
Next Up: at Duke
Why Bama Should Be No. 1: Playing for a second straight week without its top
offensive and defensive player, Bama was never threatened by Penn State. Still adjusting to a bunch of new starters, the Tide D has allowed only six points in eight quarters.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense had problems on third downs, converting just 3-of-10, and went into hibernation in the second half. No sacks were fine on Saturday, but can’t continue when SEC play begins.
2. Ohio State 2-0
Last Week: W Miami 36-24
Next Up: Ohio
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeye defense gave up a few more yards than it normally does, but came up big when it needed, picking off four passes. The Miami offense scored just one touchdown all afternoon.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: For the second straight week, the special teams experienced breakdowns and allowed a touchdown. Actually, both the kickoff and punt teams yielded scores to Miami.
3. Oklahoma 2-0
Last Week: W Florida State 47-17
Next Up: Air Force
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Through two weeks, the Sooners own the most dominating win of the season, completely outclassing Florida State. With QB Landry Jones, RB DeMarco Murray, and WR Ryan Broyles, they have an ideal trio on offense.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Is this the kind of team that only plays to the level of its competition? Sure, they were brilliant when the ‘Noles visit, but how do you explain the close call with Utah State?
4. Florida 2-0
Last Week: W South Florida 38-14
Next Up: at Tennessee
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: There are no complaints these days about a Gator defense that picked off four passes for a second straight week and held South Florida quarterbacks to 6-of-23 passing, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense continues to be slow out of the blocks, waiting until the second half to finally wake up. The Gators were tied with heavy underdog South Florida, 7-7, at halftime.
5. Oregon 2-0
Last Week: W Tennessee 48-13
Next Up: Portland State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Trailing 13-3 in Knoxville, the Ducks put on a show, scoring the final 45 points of a rout. In the second half alone, they tagged the Vols with three touchdowns of at least 72 yards.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Oregon is going to be vulnerable to the run. Tennessee’s Tauren Poole averaged seven yards a carry, rushing for 162 yards and a score. While the win looks good on paper, the Vols really aren’t that good.
6. Boise State 1-0
Last Week: Off
Next Up: at Wyoming
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: By traveling across country and defeating Virginia Tech in a pressure-packed situation, the Broncos authored one of the most impressive wins of the month. James Madison, Schmames Madison. Boise State beat the Hokies twice.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Boise clearly missed CB Kyle Wilson, a first round draft choice of the New York Jets. The team was soft in coverage, allowing Tyrod Taylor to complete 15-of-22 for 186 yards and two touchdowns.
7. Wisconsin 2-0
Last Week: W San Jose State 27-14
Next Up: Arizona State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Against two mediocre teams (UNLV and San Jose State), the offensive dominated when it wanted to turn the intensity on. As long as the Badgers are running the ball and playing defense, they’ll be tough to defeat. The play of the lines has been exceptional.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It took way too long to close out the Spartans. Wisconsin shouldn’t have had to try in the second half. The Badgers scored just 27 points and didn’t keep their foot on the gas, which will catch up to them in Big Ten games.
8. Iowa 2-0
Last Week: W 35-7 Iowa State
Next Up: at Arizona
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In a rivalry that’s often competitive, the Hawkeyes were never challenged, cranking out 481 yards of balanced offense. Even the coaching staff is glowing about how everything is clicking … coaches never chirp at this time of year.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: After blowing out Eastern Illinois and Iowa State, is anyone sold yet on the rebuilt Iowa offensive line? We’ll learn a lot about the unit in the coming weeks.
9. Nebraska 2-0
Last Week: W Idaho 38-17
Next Up: at Washington
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers are hitting their stride on defense. That was a pretty good Idaho offense, led by next-level QB Nathan Enderle, which got burned for five picks and seven sacks. Idaho was held to three points beyond halftime.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: As exciting as young QB Taylor Martinez has been as a runner, Nebraska will need more from the passing game versus better competition. The Huskers have thrown just one touchdown pass in two games.
10. TCU 2-0
Last Week: W Tennessee Tech 62-7
Next Up: Baylor
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The running game, behind Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker, has been unstoppable in consecutive weeks. With Andy Dalton leading the passing attack, the Frog offense remains among the most potent and effective in the country.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: You can get away with sloppy play against Tennessee Tech, but not against better opponents. TCU had eight penalties for 75 yards. If Oregon State isn’t great, the opening day win isn’t a big deal.
11. Texas 2-0
Last Week: W Wyoming 34-7
Next Up: at Texas Tech
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: After falling behind in the second quarter, the Longhorn defense came up big, shutting out Wyoming over the final 35 minutes. In particular, running on this unit has been a waste of time.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: In two games against inferior opponents, Texas has played uninspired both times. The offense has been a disappointment, failing to unlock the skill talent around QB Garrett Gilbert.
12. Miami 1-1
Last Week: L Ohio State 36-24
Next Up: at Pittsburgh (Sept. 23)
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hurricanes didn’t buckle at the prospect of playing in the Horseshoe, going toe-to-toe with Ohio State. The special teams, which scored twice, could be the difference in plenty of games this fall. Despite the problems, the Canes were in the game, but …
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Too … many… turnovers. Until QB Jacory Harris can stop giving the ball away in bunches, Miami’s ceiling is going to have a limit.
13. Michigan 2-0
Last Week: W Notre Dame 28-24
Next Up: Massachusetts
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: A star is born. The Wolverines finally have the catalyst they need to run the offense, QB Denard Robinson, who threw for 244 yards and ran for 255 yards more. The attack is clicking.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Michigan D reverted back to last year’s form, yielding 534 yards to the Irish. The pass defense, a concern in the summer, was way too soft in coverage.
14. South Carolina 2-0
Last Week: W Georgia 17-6
Next Up: Furman
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks didn’t just defeat the Bulldogs on Saturday, they physically handled them at the point of attack, moving a big step up in the SEC pecking order and getting in a position to challenge for the East title. Marcus Lattimore is a special back.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The South Carolina passing game still has a way to go this fall. Although the running game was the focus, Stephen Garcia was sacked five times and failed to produce a touchdown pass.
15. Georgia 1-1
Last Week: L South Carolina 17-6
Next Up: Arkansas
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even after yielding a ton of yards to RB Marcus Lattimore, the Georgia defense has played relatively well. They got to Stephen Garcia five times, and LB Justin Houston has been a beast.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Whether it’s the youth of QB Aaron Murray or the absence of WR A.J. Green, the offense is a mess. The Dawgs had 253 yards and failed to reach the end zone in Columbia.
16. LSU 2-0
Last Week: W Vanderbilt 27-3
Next Up: Mississippi State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Regardless of the opponent, winning easily on the road is always a big deal in the SEC. The defense rallied from its opening week problems, limiting Vandy to 135 yards and seven first downs.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where’s the passing game? QB Jordan Jefferson was feeble, as was the entire offense, which had trouble making plays when RB Stevan Ridley didn’t have the ball.
17. North Carolina 0-1
Last Week: Off
Next Up: Georgia Tech
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Faced with numerous suspensions and off-field distractions, Carolina darn near shocked LSU with a spirited rally in the opener. One of the Heels’ biggest concerns, QB T.J. Yates, may have been addressed in Week 1.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There’s no end in sight to the scandal that’s draining the program’s depth and patience. Before too long, it’s bound to catch up to the team. There will be distractions all season long, and if the team has to keep relying on Yates to bomb away, there will be problems.
18. Auburn 2-0
Last Week: W Mississippi State 17-14
Next Up: Clemson
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers went into hostile, cowbell-infested Starkville and left with their perfect record intact. QB Cameron Newton is quickly evolving into an SEC star.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: After a quick start against Mississippi State, the offense disappeared, failing to produce a point over the final 34 minutes.
19. Notre Dame 1-1
Last Week: L Michigan 28-24
Next Up: at Michigan State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: So close. The Irish was one fourth quarter drive away from holding off the Wolverines and getting to 2-0. Even without Dayne Crist for part of the game, the passing attack showed pop, accounting for 381 yards.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense regressed from the opener, yielding more than 500 yards to Michigan. The unit looked slow in the face of QB Denard Robinson, raising doubts about its overall speed.
20. Penn State 1-1
Last Week: L Alabama 24-3
Next Up: Kent State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: There’s no shame in losing to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The young defense played pretty well against the Tide and is going to get better as the season moves along.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Sure, Bama presents a unique challenge, but the Penn State offense has holes. It failed to reach the end zone on Saturday, producing just one play of at least 25 yards. Robert Bolden is good, but the true freshman has to prove he can be consistent.
21. Michigan State 2-0
Last Week: W Florida Atlantic 30-17
Next Up: Notre Dame
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Spartan running game is building a head of steam behind Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell. Both have had 100-yard games, Bell going for 183 in Saturday’s win.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The secondary was going to be a question mark going into the season, and it has been a problem. With the Irish coming up, the offense had better be ready for a shootout considering the corners haven’t been able to lock down yet.
22. Arkansas 2-0
Last Week: W Louisiana-Monroe 31-7
Next Up: at Georgia
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The defense, Arkansas’ biggest worry, really stepped it up this weekend, keeping ULM off the scoreboard for the first 55 minutes. If the Hogs keep this up, the bar gets raised considerably.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The potent offense piled up yards, yet only had 14 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter and was sluggish despite Ryan Mallett’s 400 passing yards. The O turned it over three times, was sacked three times, and lacked efficiency with the ball.
23. Florida State 1-1
Last Week: L Oklahoma 47-17
Next Up: BYU
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Nobody wins in Norman, so the Seminoles have plenty of company. Now that they’ve got their bad game out of the system, they can get back to the business of climbing the ACC ladder.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Florida State didn’t just lose to Oklahoma. It got mauled in every possible way. The defense, a major issue in 2009, regressed considerably and still has a lot to prove.
24. West Virginia 2-0
Last Week: W Marshall 24-21
Next Up: Maryland
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Everyone has a rough night during a season. On the Mountaineers’, they displayed a ton of perseverance, rallying back on the road to defeat rival Marshall in overtime.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: West Virginia got outplayed for much of the game by a Marshall team that was crushed by Ohio State a week earlier. The pass defense made Brian Anderson look like Byron Leftwich.
25. Arizona 2-0
Last Week: W The Citadel 52-6
Next Up: Iowa
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wildcats have been almost flawless in two wins, outscoring their opponents 93-8. The offense is balanced and the defense is regrouping on the fly.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: How much can you really take from wins over Toledo and The Citadel? Arizona has yet to be challenged, but that ends this weekend, when Iowa heads to Tucson.
- CFN 2010 Rankings, No. 26-120