The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week 4
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Alabama is your number one team again this week after pummeling Duke, 62-13. The Tide scored 45 points in the first half. Ohio State also cruised and the rest of the top ten will look very similar to the top ten of a week ago. Iowa fell on the road at Arizona, and thus are the only team to fall out of this week's top ten. Here is my top 25 for week four...
1. Alabama (3-0, beat Duke, 62-13) - This game resembled a backyard football game when it was a bunch of high school kids playing a bunch of middle school kids. Alabama put up 28 points in the first quarter and 45 before halftime while showing that Duke truly did not belong on the same field. This game was a yawn. Next: at Arkansas.
2. Ohio State (3-0, beat Ohio, 43-7) - The Buckeyes cruised past in-state foe Ohio 43-7. I am still not sure exactly what Ohio State has, but at 3-0 and with some convincing wins, I will keep them at number two for right now. Oregon is hot on their heels, though. Next: Eastern Michigan.
3. Oregon (3-0, beat Portland State, 69-0) - The Ducks continue to impress. This time they not only neared the 70 point mark once again, but did so with a shutout of Portland State. Yeah, yeah, I know it was Portland State, but still, a 69-0 win is impressive. The Ducks have scored 189 points in just three games! Next: at Arizona State.
4. TCU (3-0, beat Baylor, 45-10) - The Horned Frogs made quick work of the Baylor Bears, scoring 35 points before intermission. It's too bad that Baylor is in the Big 12 and TCU is not. Next: at Southern Methodist.
5. Boise State (3-0, beat Wyoming, 51-6) - The Broncos steamrolled Wyoming and now are primed for ESPN and its Gameday crew to head into Idaho. This should be a fantastic chance for Boise to show off the beauty of the Northwest - and to beat another AQ school. Next: Oregon State.
6. Texas (3-0, beat Texas Tech, 24-14) - In a game I tossed and turned over, I made the correct pick as the 'Horns beat TTU in hostile territory. This wasn't a dominating performance, but UT is once again 3-0. Next: UCLA.
7. Florida Gators (3-0, beat Tennessee 31-17) - By beating a team that nearly always plays them close, Florida is certainly happy to have this game out of the way. UT hung close for a good while, but in the end, UF was just too much. The Gators pick up two spots with an Iowa loss and a poor performance from Oklahoma. Next: Kentucky.
8. Oklahoma Sooners (3-0, beat Air Force 27-24) - The door was open for OU to climb up The Top Fan's top 25 poll, but the Sooners looked weak against Air Force. I know the Falcons are masters of the running game, but to be a true elite team, the defense should stuff that. Next: at Cincinnati.
9. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0, beat Washington, 56-21) - If NU can keep up this kind of offensive performance, the sky is the limit in Lincoln. I'm still waiting on the Blackshirts to show me a goose egg, but this is an impressive win on the road. Next: South Dakota State.
10. Utah Utes (3-0, beat New Mexico, 56-14) - Utah dismantled New Mexico, and are once again being discussed as a BCS buster. The next big games for Utah come in back-to-back-to-back weeks starting with Air Force October 30th. Next: San Jose State
11. Stanford Cardinal (3-0, beat Wake Forest 68-24) - This is quickly becoming my favorite team to challenge Oregon in the Pac-10 race. I'm not sure what Stanford has on defense, but that offense is a machine. Quarterback Andrew Luck runs Jim Harbaugh's game plan to perfection. Next: at Notre Dame.
12. Wisconsin Badgers (3-0, beat Arizona State, 20-19) - Man, the Badgers are living by the skin of their teeth! I kept the Badgers at number 12 despite the chance to move up due to Iowa's loss. I want to like these guys, but am just not sold yet. Next: Austin Peay.
13. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0, beat Georgia, 31-24) - The Hogs went into Athens and pulled out some late magic to win. Ryan Mallett continues to lead this offense well, but will have to really do a number as they face the Tide this weekend. Next: Alabama.
14. South Carolina Gamecocks (3-0, beat Furman, 38-19) - The Gamecocks beat in-state foe, Furman, but there isn't much to be learned from such a game. They will face their stiffest test to date this week on the road at Auburn. Next: at Auburn.
15. Auburn Tigers (3-0, beat Clemson, 27-24 OT) - The Tigers once again found a way to defend home turf. This game was an instant classic, with the Tigers of Auburn coming out on top in dramatic fashion. Quarterback Cam Newton is starting to get a good feel for running the offense. Next: South Carolina.
16. Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1, lost to Arizona, 34-27) - I thought Iowa was one of the best teams in the country, but on a road trip out West, they fell to Arizona. Still, I think this is a solid club and before it is over will challenge for the Big 10 crown. Next: Ball state.
17. Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1, beat Kent State, 24-0) - The Lions got a shutout of lowly Kent State, but weren't super impressive offensively in doing so. Still, I know this is a good, talented team, and they will be a factor in the Big 10 chase. Next: Temple.
18. LSU Tigers (3-0, beat Mississippi State, 29-7) - Many saw MSU - with new life under second year Coach Dan Mullen - as an emerging force in the SEC West. LSU put those thoughts to rest wth an impressive beat down of the Bulldogs. Next: West Virginia.
19. Miami Hurricanes (2-1, IDLE) - Miami had an open week this past week, and are now set for a big Thursday night trip to Pitt. Please dear goodness let the 'Canes show up in Pittsburgh - the ACC may get disassembled with another OOC loss! Next: at Pittsburgh.
20. USC Trojans (3-0, beat Minnesota 32-21) - Normally a 3-0 USC team would be ranked in the top three. But this goes to show the question marks people still carry about a Lane Kiffin coached squad. You have to wonder, though, if USC isn't really all that far from being a true top 10 team. A win is a win is a win. Next: at Washington State.
21. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0, beat Maryland, 31-17) - The 'Neers will hold steady at #21 after beating Maryland. The Terps went down early and never could claw back. Now, WVU heads to the Bayou for a battle with LSU. Next: at LSU.
22. Arizona Wildcats (3-0, beat Iowa, 34-27) - The Wildcats jump into my top 25 after a big home win over top 10 Iowa. I thought the Hawkeye D would be too much for Arizona, but they put 34 on the visitors. Next: California.
23. Michigan Wolverines (3-0, beat UMass, 42-37) - It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. I honestly did not know UMass played football until this game, which didn't help my perception of this W for Michigan. However, a win is a win, and the Wolverines actually moved up thanks to two losses from others. Next: Bowling Green.
24. Oregon State (3-0, beat Louisville, 35-28) - The forgotten team in the Beaver State is OSU, who has been overshadowed by in-state rival Oregon. But watch out for the Beavers if they can win on the blue turf this coming weekend. Next: at Boise State.
25. Michigan State (3-0, beat Notre Dame, 34-31 OT) - The Spartans won in dramatic fashion over rival Notre Dame, and now find themselves in the major polls - and in mine. Can they stay there? We will just have to wait to find out as the schedule heats up in a couple of weeks. Next: Northern Colorado.
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