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2008 College Football Power Rankings: Week 3

by: AnthonyP On  Sunday, September 14, 2008
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USC TrojansFor the third straight week USC is atop our Total Pro Sports College Football Power Rankings.  A match up this past Saturday with Ohio State was a blow out, the Buckeyes stood no shot against the Trojans. The USC Trojans dismantled the Ohio State Buckeyes 35-3.  Dropping the Buckeyes raking from #6 to #12.

The week went according to plan for the majority of the top teams in the country with the only real upset occurring to Kansas.

Rounding up our top 5 Oklahoma jumped 1 spot to #2, Georgia dropped 1 spot to #3, Missouri moved up 1 spot to #4 and Florida dropped to #5.

Our biggest increase’s this week in our 2008 College Football Power Rankings, were the University Of Central Florida moving up 7 spots and the Utah Utes moving up 4 spots.

Our biggest losers this week in our week 3 College Football Power Rankings were the Oregon Ducks dropping from #11 to #14 and Penn State from #15 to #17.

Rank Team Rec PRV Comment
1 USC 2-0 Green Arrow1 What can you say about these guys they came into the most anticipated game of their season and beat up on Ohio St. as if they were competing against the practice squad. They showed why the deserve to be number one in the nation. The Trojans need to avoid an emotional letdown in this upcoming week when they visit Oregon St.
2 Oklahoma Sooners 3-0 Green Arrow1 OU looked great again for the third straight week and that QB Bradford looks better and better each week and he’s only a sophomore.  The offense is clicking on all cylinders right now.
3 Georgia Bulldogs 3-0 Red Arrow1 This is the second straight week the Georgia Bulldogs have looked a little shaky, however they get the third spot because their defence continues to shut down its opponents.  rankings.  Granted they have had a soft schedule to this point, we cannot drop there ranking based on speculation they may struggle against stiffer competition from the SEC.
4 Missouri Tigers 3-0 Green Arrow1 Missouri moves to 4 this week after dismantling yet another opponent, Chase Daniels and Jeremy Maclin looked absolutely phenomenal again this week. Missouri is averaging 57 points per game this year and has yet to stay below 50 in any game. They managed to score points on their first 10 possesions against Neveda. The only question that continues to surround Mizzu is can the defense give them enough to contend for the national championship.
5 Florida Gators 2-0 Red Arrow1 Florida has an anticipated game next week against rival Tennessee they should be prepared.
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LSU Tigers

2-0 Green Arrow1 They were 42 point favorites going into the week and the won by 38. Their challenge begins when they enter SEC play, that’s when we will see if the Tigers are for real.
7 Wisconsin Badgers 3-0 Green Arrow3 After escaping the valley with a huge win, Wisconsin has earned my respect. They went into a tough environment and did what they needed to do. That defense made key stops at crucial times in the second half and the offense did just enough this week.
8 Texas Longhorns 2-0 - Texas’ game was postponed due to inclement weather. We will have to see if they are focused next week for an above average Rice team.
9 Alabama Crimson Tide 3-0 Green Arrow2 The Tide continues to roll with another dominating performance. Yes this week it was against mediocre Western Kentucky team, however, the Crimson Tide are giving up just over 7 points per game and the offense looks good with the duo of Coffee and Ingram in the backfield.
10 Auburn 3-0 Red Arrow1 The Auburn tigers have two shutouts this season; technically they only have one but the only points MSU got this week was a result of the Tigers offense. I don’t know if that offense can get it together before they play the elite of the SEC west.
11 University Of Central Florida 3-0 Green Arrow7 A week after a near slip up, SFU comes into this game against Kansas and has everyone doubting them, well doubt them no more! They are out to prove that last year was no fluke, well this game sure proved that.
12 Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1 Red Arrow6 They were outplayed by a faster, stronger and more determined Trojan team. Tressel’s defense continued to play at a high level even though that Ohio St offense didn’t show up. Now can we point to Chris Wells as an excuse, I personally don’t think you can, they new what this game meant and they looked flat. I believe Ohio St is just overrated.
13 Texas Tech Red Raiders 3-0 Red Arrow1 Only two things are guaranteed with the Red Raiders they will score points and they will give them up. Mike Leach has his team winning football games but they are still not the top of the class in the state of Texas.
14 Oregon Ducks 3-0 Red Arrow3 It’s funny, with the injury to Costa at the beginning of the season people wrote them off. Well now they have more controversy as Roper is out 2-4 weeks. If I have learned one thing about college football, it is to never count a team out. With the PAC-10 underachieving this year Oregon may be posed for a Rose Bowl appearance.
15 BYU 3-0 Green Arrow3 After last weeks scare at Washington, BYU came ready to play against UCLA. The Cougars looked wonderful on both sides of the ball; Max Hall looks like a stud, passing for a school record 7 touchdowns.
16 East Carolina Pirates 3-0 Red Arrow2 East Carolina almost had the script flipped on them this week as they edged out a win at Tulane. After two huge upset wins against Virginia Tech and West Virginia, the Pirates had a little bit of a let down. They are still the Cinderella story however.
17 Penn State Lions 3-0 Red Arrow2 Ask Joe Paterno if he’s “ready for retirement now”? His Nittany Lions are young, talented and explosive. It looks like the attitude at Penn State is where it needs to be.
18 Kansas 2-1 Green Arrow1 A tough loss this week against a good South Florida team. You don’t often see a team like Kansas blow a 17 point lead, however, much credit goes to USF for their resiliancy. I expect the Jayhawks to have a huge bounce back game against lowly Sam Houston St. next week.
19 Utah Utes 3-0 Green Arrow4 Urban Meyer left this Utah football team with all the tools it needs to succeed. It will be interesting to see if the Utes can run the table with their toughest tests being home games when TCU and BYU visit Salt Lake City. They may be able to set themselves up to play in a BCS Bowl game
20 Wake Forest 2-0 Green Arrow1 This years version of the Demon Deacons has not impressed me. Although they may go on to finish with a good record the quality of play in the ACC is not as good as some of the other conferences so don’t expect any help from the voting committee.
21 West Virgina 1-1 Green Arrow3 You think they miss Rich Rodriguez in Morgantown? They just don’t look like the same team of years past and the only reason they remain in the top 25 is their potential and Pat White.
22 Florida State 2-0 NR Florida St. may be in the top 25 based on pure reputation but they do have some pretty good athletes. Is it just me or is FSU losing their recruits to bitter rivals Florida and Miami? We will have to see how they fair against Div 1-A schools before I speculate as to how good they are.
23 Illinois 2-1 NR This is not the same team that played in the Rose Bowl a year ago. It seems like they are suffering from post championship loss syndrome. Juice Williams is still dynamic but the defence needs to pick things up otherwise this team may not be playing in the Big Ten Championship game let alone the Rose Bowl.
24 Clemson 2-1 Green Arrow1 Tommy Bowden’s leash is getting shorter and shorter, if he cannot get his team to play in January it will be a long off season in Clemson. They did have a good performance this week against NC State and the weak ACC helps a team trying to find it’s identity.
25 TCU 3-0 NR The Horned Frogs have been competitive for many years now and are trying to solidify their place amongst the power houses in the state of Texas. This is a team that can’t throw the ball and don’t run it particularly well yet you look at the scoreboard at the end of the game and they have won, decisively.  TCU’s solid defense pushes them over the top and increases their chances to win.

Honorable mention: Arizona State, Fresno State, California, Vanderbilt, Air Force, and Oklahoma State.

Be sure to check back next week with our 2008 College Football Power Rankings for Week 4.




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