The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Two
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags: college football
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Week Two's games brought us mad excitement. Michigan and Notre Dame scored three times in the final minute, while South Carolina and Georgia combined for 39 points in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin, Michigan State and Florida pitched shutouts, while Auburn used a goal-line stand to stay unbeaten - and #1 in this poll. I dropped my own team out of my top 25 following a mediocre effort against Wofford, but there wasn't a whole lot of shaking up in the top 25 this week...
1. Auburn (2-0, 1-0) - defeated Mississippi State, 41-34. Last week: 1 - I still am dumbfounded that Auburn was unranked in the AP poll last week (jumped back in at #21 this week). This team - once again - found a way to win. A goal line stand against a solid Mississippi State team keeps the winning streak alive at 17 games. Next: at Clemson.
2. LSU (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Northwestern State, 49-3 - Last week: 2 - A trouncing of a nobody is a nice way to relax following a big win in the opener. This Thursday they have a very tall task as they travel to Starkville to take on a MSU team looking to get even in the SEC standings. This should be great weeknight entertainment. Next: at Mississippi State.
3. Alabama (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Penn State, 27-11 - Last week: 4 - I bumped the Tide up a spot with the impressive win over Penn State. I know the Lons aren't what they have been at times in the past, but by keeping them to 11 points at home in a huge game, this shows Alabama plays serious defense. Next: North Texas.
4. Boise State (1-0, 0-0) - off - Last week: 3 - Sorry Boise, but you slipped a spot by being off this week. I still think this is a top five team, but Alabama really impressed me with their domination of Penn State, so they jumped ahead of you. The Georgia win is still big, but I think Bama may be one of but two or three teams in the nation that could control Kellen Moore and company. Next: at Toledo.
5. Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0) - off - Last week: 4 - The Sooners were off, so their tie with Alabama at the four spot last week is broken with Bama moving up. Oklahoma is the AP number one, and I know they are a very fine football team. But we have yet to see them do much, so they sit at number five in my poll. This Saturday night prime-time we will know more. Next: at Florida State.
6. Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Oregon State, 35-0 - Last week: 6 - The Badgers just continue to impress. This time, they didn't score a million points (just 35), but got a nice shutout. As for offense, quarterback Russell Wilson accounted for all five scores and had 444 yards of passing. Next: Northern Illinois.
7. Stanford (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Duke, 44-14 - Last Week: 7 - The Cardinal traveled the entire way across the country to take on fellow brainiac Duke. The result was as predicted: a big Stanford win. Andrew Luck and company continue to roll. Next: at Arizona.
8. Florida State (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Charleston Southern, 62-10 - Last week: 8 - The biggest games in years awaits FSU as top ranked (AP) Oklahoma comes to Tallahassee for a HUGE matchup. If FSU wants to get back in the national title talk, this is the time to do it. QB EJ Manuel will have to avoid the turnover. Period. Next: Oklahoma.
9. Nebraska (2-0, 0-0) defeated Fresno State, 42-29 - Last week: 9 - The Huskers actually let the Bulldogs make a game of this, which surprised me. Still, in the end, a win is a win, and a 13-point win is even more so. Nebraska tends to lose focus at times as they play the best close and the worst close, too, at times. Next: Washington.
10. Virginia Tech (2-0, 0-0) - defeated East Carolina, 17-10) - Well, it wasn't pretty, but VT stays undefeated after a road trip to ECU. Two second half touchdowns and a strong defensive effort were the difference. QB Logan Thomas did not have the best game. He was 8 of 20 for just 91 yards and was intercepted. No scores. Next: Arkansas State.
11. Oregon (1-1, 0-0) - defeated Nevada, 69-20 - Last week: 11 - The Duck offense took out some frustration on the Wolfpack to the tune of 603 yards of total offense. Darron Thomas had six touchdown passes in this massacre. Next: Missouri State.
12. South Carolina (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Georgia, 45-42 - Last week: 12 - The Gamecocks used the big play efforts on defense of Melvin Ingram, who scored twice. Marcus Lattimore at running back and Alshon Jeffery at wide receiver also added scores. South Carolina looks impressive in the road win in Athens. Next: Navy.
13. Florida (2-0, 0-0) - defeated UAB, 39-0 - Last week: 13 - Props to the Gators for the shutout. No matter how many you score, if you deliver a shutout, you're gonna win! Tennessee is looking like they may have a decent squad, so Florida better have it together this coming weekend. Next: Tennessee.
14. Arkansas (2-0, 0-0) - defeated New Mexico, 52-3 - Last week: 14 - Sometimes I wonder why these early season blowouts get played ($ cough, cough). This was just an absloute dominant performance by the Hogs that was over quick (31-3 at halftime). The next opponent is a bit harder, but not much. Next: Troy.
15. Oklahoma State (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Arizona, 37-14 - Last week: 16 - The Cowboys looked good on national TV at home last Thursday night. I would like to visit that place - it seems like it would be a cool stadium in which to watch a game. Next: at Tulsa.
16. Texas (2-0, 0-0) - defeated BYU, 17-16 - Last week: 15 - The Longhorns squeeked by BYU at home, staying unbeaten. Mack Brown will have to tighten it up this week as his team hits the road for a long voyage to play an extremely unpredictable UCLA squad. Next: at UCLA.
17. Ohio State (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Toledo, 27-22 - Last week: 17 - This wasn't what the Buckeyes had in mind for a game that was supposed to be a blowout. But Toledo gave OSU all they wanted and then some in a what ended up being a scare. Next: at Miami, FL.
18. Texas A&M (1-0, 0-0) - off - Last week: 19 - I'm still not sold on A&M, but since Mississippi State lost, the Aggies move up a spot without even playing this past weekend. I still think that by the time the dust clears, A&M is barely a top 25 team at season's end. Next: Idaho.
19. West Virginia (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Norfolk State, 55-12 - Last week: 20 - The Mountaineers have won their first two games by a combined score of 89-25, but we still don't know too much. Maryland is looking pretty strong this year, so we will know more about both the Terps and the 'Neers after Saturday. Next: at Maryland.
20. Baylor (1-0, 0-0) - off - last week: 22 - I bumped Baylor ahead of TCU after a friend pointed this out. I see his point, and so the Bears move up two spots this week. It will be a while before a top level opponent faces the Bears. The next four should be wins. Next : Stephen F. Austin.
21. TCU (1-1, 1-0) - defeated Air Force, 35-19 - Last week: 21 - Ten late fourth quarter points made the score with Air Force seem closer than this game really was. The next five games should be gimmies before a couple of good second half games will tell us more about TCU. Next: Louisiana Monroe.
22. Arizona State (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Missouri, 37-30 - Last week: 23 - Dennis Erickson needed a big year in 2011, and so far, he is off to a good start. The Sun Devils moved to 2-0 with a big home win over Missouri. This was a great game for national exposure for ASU with the black out and the dramatic OT victory. Next: at Illinois.
23. Michigan (2-0, 0-0) - defeated Notre Dame, 35-31 - Last week: unranked - After winning what will go down as one of the best college football games of all time, how can I possibly leave the 2-0 Wolverines out of my poll? Don't look now, UM fans, but good times may indeed be about to roll around again...Next: Eastern Michigan.
24. USC (2-0, 1-0) - defeated Utah, 23-14 - Last week: unranked - The Trojans welcomed Utah into the Pac 12 with a loss in the Coliseum. As I have said before, I am not a Lane Kiffin fan. But he appears to have this team playing some decent football so far in 2011. Next: Syracuse.
25. Michigan State (2-0, 0-0) - defeated FAU, 44-0 - Last week: unranked - The AP poll has MSU ten spots higher than this. And while I have nothing against the Spartans, I just haven't seen much yet and remember them getting waxed in their bowl game. But props for a shutout, and now I have them ranked. Next: at Notre Dame.
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