2010 CFN Rankings
Sept. 18, Week 3
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Week 3 Rankings, No. 26-120
1. Alabama 3-0
Last Week: W Duke 62-13
Next Up: at Arkansas
Why The Tide Is No. 1: It's all business with the Crimson Tide. Faced with a sandwich game between Penn State and Arkansas, it showed no mercy on Duke, rolling up its biggest offensive outburst in two decades.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: In three games, Bama has registered just two sacks. It hasn't mattered so far, but then again, the Tide hasn't exactly been threatened so far by a top-shelf team.
2. Ohio State 3-0
Last Week: W Ohio 43-7
Next Up: Eastern Michigan
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeye defense has been air-tight, creating five turnovers and holding the Bobcats to seven first downs and 158 total yards. In three games, this group hasn't allowed a touchdown in the first three quarters.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Ohio State has yet to play a game outside the cozy confines of Columbus. The special teams remain a little spotty after yielding touchdowns in each of the first two games.
3. Oregon 3-0
Last Week: W Portland State 69-0
Next Up: at Arizona State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The point-a-minute offense remains intact, with the Ducks fine-tuning one of the nation's best attacks. The D wasn't half bad either, holding the Vikings to 0-of-18 on third downs.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The win over Tennessee last Saturday revealed a possible weak link in the Oregon defense. Vol Tauren Poole averaged seven yards a carry, rushing for 162 yards and a score exposing soft spots in the interior of the line.
4. Boise State 2-0
Last Week: W Wyoming 51-6
Next Up: Oregon State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: What rust? Almost two weeks removed from their only game of the season, the Broncos were nearly perfect in Laramie, out gaining Wyoming 648-135.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The more Virginia Tech and Oregon State play, the worse Boise's strength of schedule looks. Since Labor Day, the Hokies have lost to James Madison and got a scare from East Carolina, and the Beavers failed to impress versus Louisville.
5. Nebraska 3-0
Last Week: W Washington 56-21
Next Up: South Dakota State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Playing what appeared to be a bear trap game, the Huskers authored the most impressive performance of Week 3, mauling Washington. Three Huskers rushed for 100 yards as part of a 383-yard explosion on the ground.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Maybe Nebraska's rather modest passing attack never catches up with it this season. We'll know more about the need for balance once the Huskers actually trail in a game and have to travel a long distance in a short time.
6. TCU 3-0
Last Week: W Baylor 45-10
Next Up: at SMU
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense is rolling and the defense is as stout as ever. In the rout of Baylor, QB Andy Dalton went 21-of-23 for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while Ed Wesley exploded for 165 yards and two scores on just 19 carries.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Without getting into strength of schedule at this stage of the season, there's not a lot to complain about in Fort Worth. As prolific as the offense was on Saturday, 3-of-8 on third downs is something the Frogs plan to improve upon.
7. Oklahoma 3-0
Last Week: W Air Force 27-24
Next Up: at Cincinnati
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sooners once again put on a display of offensive balance, getting 110 yards and two scores on the ground from DeMarco Murray and 254 yards and another score from QB Landry Jones.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Playing to the level of the competition will cost Oklahoma at some point in the year. It's now beaten Utah State and Air Force by no more than seven, yielding 351 rushing yards to the Falcons on Saturday.
8. LSU 3-0
Last Week: W Mississippi State 29-7
Next Up: West Virginia
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tiger defense is beginning to feel it after starting slowly in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff. It picked off five Bulldog passes and held an SEC opponent to less than 10 points for the second straight weekend.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Oh, but that offense has a long way to go. LSU was impotent in the red zone, which explains why Josh Jasper was able to get the five field goal attempts needed to set a school record.
9. Arizona 3-0
Last Week: W Iowa 34-27
Next Up: Cal
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In one of the biggest games of the Mike Stoops era, the Wildcats defeated a top 10 team, which had physically accosted them a year ago. It was shades of Desert Swarm for the D, collecting 11 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Arizona darn near blew a 20-point in front of the home crowd. As nasty as the defense was up front, the secondary was soft, giving up 278 yards passing and three touchdowns to Ricky Stanzi.
10. Wisconsin 3-0
Last Week: W Arizona State 20-19
Next Up: Austin Peay
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: All is well in Madison when the Badgers are running the ball with authority. They went for 194 yards on Saturday, getting almost six yards a carry from John Clay and James White.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It's not a good sign when a team is lethargic against San Jose State and needs to narrowly escape Arizona State in back-to-back home games. What happens when it's time to hit the road?
11. Florida 3-0
Last Week: W Tennessee 31-17
Next Up: Kentucky
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Don't ever downplay the importance of a conference road win at a rival stadium. The Gator D continues to be fantastic, creating three more turnovers and sacking Matt Simms six times.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: For the third straight game, the Florida offense was shut out in the first quarter. Take out WR Omarius Hines' 36-yard run and the Gators averaged just 2.7 yards a carry.
12. Texas 3-0
Last Week: W Texas Tech 24-14
Next Up: UCLA
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Facing high-powered Texas Tech, the Longhorn defense came up huge on the road, allowing just 11 first downs and 144 total yards. The secondary is loaded, allowing the staff to dial up more blitzes.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense is an issue, with no quick solutions on the horizon. Garrett Gilbert threw three picks, the running game sputtered badly, and third down conversions were a rarity.
13. South Carolina 3-0
Last Week: W Furman 38-19
Next Up: at Auburn
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks have impressed when they've had to this month, beating Southern Miss and Georgia by double-digits. They continue to do an exceptional job of pressuring the pocket and stuffing the run.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yeah, it was a letdown game, but shouldn't the ‘Cocks have had an easier time with the Paladins? They allowed 274 yards through the air and didn't breathe easy until a Stephon Gilmore pick-six sealed it with seven minutes left.
14. Iowa 2-1
Last Week: L 34-27 Arizona
Next Up: Ball State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes showed a ton guts in Tucson, battling back from a 27-7 halftime deficit to tie the game midway through the fourth. The passing game clicked during the rally and ended up with 278 yards and three touchdowns.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offensive line, Iowa's biggest concern entering the season, got exposed by the Arizona front seven, yielding six sacks and completely imploding down the stretch.
15. Stanford 3-0
Last Week: W Wake Forest 68-24
Next Up: at Notre Dame
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Toby who? The Cardinal offense is operating on a different level than everyone outside of Eugene, getting four touchdown passes and a 52-yard touchdown run from budding superstar QB Andrew Luck.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Stanford defense, which will absolutely spring leaks, has yet to be tested by a capable quarterback in September. When it does, it remains to be seen how well it can hold up against the run and the pass.
16. Arkansas 3-0
Last Week: W Georgia 31-24
Next Up: Alabama
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hogs passed their first big road test, blowing a two-touchdown lead in Athens, yet rallying in the final minute for the win. It's the kind of emotional game that can propel an unproven team to new heights.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Arkansas still has a lot of work left to be done on defense. Sure, the six sacks of Aaron Murray were huge, but the pass defense became soft down the stretch, giving up almost 17 yards a completion.
17. Miami 1-1
Last Week: Off
Next Up: at Pittsburgh
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Miami's loss is a quality one, at No. 2 Ohio State in a game that was tight in the second half. If they can cut down the turnovers, the ‘Canes have the personnel and skill to play with just about anyone in the country.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Whether it's penalties, picks, or missed tackles, this team makes too many mistakes to be considered a threat to crack the top 10 and remain there. Too much hinges on the evolution of QB Jacory Harris, who lacks consistency.
18. Michigan 3-0
Last Week: W Massachusetts 42-37
Next Up: Bowling Green
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wolverines moved the chains and produced points when it needed to, cranking out 525 yards behind another great all-around effort from QB Denard Robinson.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Allowing 37 points and 439 yards to a Colonial Conference visitor is a sure-fire indication that Greg Robinson's D remains a major concern. When Kyle Havens solves your secondary, the rest of the Big Ten licks its chops.
19. Auburn 3-0
Last Week: W Clemson 27-24
Next Up: South Carolina
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers put forth a gutsy effort against a quality opponent, battling back from a 17-0 deficit to win in overtime. Few defenses can punish the opposition for 60 minutes the way Auburn does.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Tiger offense sputtered for the second straight week, lacking consistency or adequate execution. They perked up when they had to and ran the ball well, but the passing game isn't where Gus Malzahn needs it to be
20. Michigan State 3-0
Last Week: W Notre Dame 34-31
Next Up: Northern Colorado
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In a memorable statement victory, the Spartans used a fake field goal in overtime to stun Notre Dame, 34-31. They continue to run the ball well behind Edwin Baker and Le'Veon Bell, who combined for more than 200 yards on the ground.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Defending the pass is an on-going problem for Michigan State that shows no sign of going away. Dayne Crist was the latest to burn the Spartans, throwing for 369 yards and four scores.
21. Notre Dame 1-2
Last Week: L Michigan State 34-31
Next Up: Stanford
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Irish is painfully close to being 3-0 and warranting a spot just outside the top 10. Over the last two weeks, it's fallen to the Michigan schools on a late fourth quarter drive and a fake field goal in overtime.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It looks as if the defense is going to be an issue throughout the season. A week after yielding more than 500 yards to the Wolverines, the Spartans charged them for 477 balanced yards of offense.
22. Penn State 2-1
Last Week: W Kent State 24-0
Next Up: Temple
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Nittany Lion defense is playing well, pitching a shutout and holding Kent State to just 228 total yards. In three games, Penn State has given up only 38 total points.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The play of the offense, specifically the line, is a concern, especially with Big Ten play right around the corner. The Golden Flashes have an underappreciated D, but 24 points and just 10 over the final three quarters?
23. Florida State 2-1
Last Week: W BYU 34-10
Next Up: Wake Forest
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: After last week's debacle in Norman, the Seminoles delivered exactly the rebound performance it needed, smothering BYU and outgaining it 427-191. The ground game was terrific, averaging 6.4 yards a carry.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: For the second straight week, QB Christian Ponder was mediocre, failing to spread around the ball or stretch the defense. Florida State will need him to be more productive against better competition.
24. West Virginia 3-0
Last Week: W Maryland 31-17
Next Up: at LSU
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Mountaineers made fast work of a Maryland team that had been playing well, jumping out to a 28-0 lead before coasting. QB Geno Smith is blossoming into a star, throwing four touchdowns without a pick.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: West Virginia keeps having too many lapses in pass defense. A week after getting torched by Marshall's Brian Anderson, Jamarr Robinson threw two touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Torrey Smith.
25. Georgia 1-2
Last Week: L Arkansas 31-34
Next Up: at Mississippi State
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: There was no quit in the Bulldogs, which rallied from a 24-10 fourth quarter deficit to pull even and nearly force overtime. QB Aaron Murray grew up in the process, a maturation that'll hasten when star WR A.J. Green returns in two weeks.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: For the first time in the Mark Richt era, Georgia is 0-2 in SEC play. That the latest occurred in Athens is an ominous note for when the team hits the road throughout the next two months.
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Week 3 Rankings, No. 26-120