Sep 25

The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Four

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags: college football

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Five teams in my top 25 lost this past weekend. Two of those teams - Arkansas, West Virginia and Florida State - hang on to stay in the poll at 21, 22 and 25, respectively. The other three - Texas A&M and USC - fall out. Here is my top 25 following the fourth weekend of games...

 

1. LSU (4-0, 1-0) - Defeated West Virginia, 47-21 - Last week: 1 - I knew the defense would have to be strong, but it was LSU's offense (and a little D, as well) that put on a very strong performance against West Virginia on the road. There is no doubt this team has the ingredients to be a true national title contender. The November 5th game against Alabama gets bigger each week. next: Kentucky.

2. Alabama (4-0, 1-0) - Defeated Arkansas, 38-14 - Last week: 2 - The Tide also picked up an impressive win over the weekend, dismantling Arkansas in the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadum. Alabama used a huge early fake field goal to score a touchdown and set the tone. As mentioned above, the LSU game could be for a national title berth, and that game is in Tuscaloosa. But they best not overlook their trip to Gainesville Saturday. Next: at Florida.

3. Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0) - Defeated Missouri, 38-28 - Last Week: 3 - A rowdy home crowd supported OU as they hosted Missouri, and they took care of business for them. It wasn't one of those 50-point droppings OU is known for, but this offense is starting to get going some. They had 31 with 20 minutes still to go. The Sooners get an easy win before the showdown with Texas. Next: Ball State.

4. Boise State (3-0, 0-0) - Defeated Tulsa, 41-21 - Last week: 4 - The Broncos allowed 21 points, and to me, they just cannnot afford to do that. With their schedule, anything but goose-eggs and single-digit scores are going to impress anyone enough to get into the BCS title game. 41-0 is one thing. 41-21 is totally different. Just sayin. Next: Nevada.

5. Wisconsin (4-0, 0-0) - Defeated South Dakota State, 59-10 - Last week: 5 - Bret Bielema's Badgers are rolling on O behind QB Russell Wilson. I am extremely excited to see what this team will do against some quality opposition when that rolls around. So far, so good though in beating the cupcakes. Next: Nebraska.

6. Stanford (3-0, 1-0) - Idle - Last week: 6 - The Cardinal have an open date to get ready for UCLA this coming Saturday. The Bruins, surprisingly went on the road and won this past weekend. I wouldn't expectthat to happen again. Next: UCLA.

7. Nebraska (4-0, 0-0) - Defeated Wyoming, 38-14 - Last week: 7 - After an odd (to me, anyway) trip to Wyoming, and a relatively easy slate before that, we finally find out about the Huskers when they travel to Wisconsin Saturday. Man, this is a tough task. If the Huskers win, they will be considered a true national title contender. Next: at Wisconsin.

8. Virginia Tech (4-0, 0-0) - Defeated Marshall 30-10 - Last week: 8 - The Hokies wrapped up that weird early season OOC slate by winning on the road at Marshall. VT now hosts Clemson in a night game at Lane Stadium that should be a great environment. Next: Clemson.

9. Oregon (3-1, 1-0) - Defeated Arizona, 56-31 - Last week: 9 - Never knowing how they will look when they come out of the tunnel, the Ducks went on the road and that offense erupted for 56 points in a Pac-10 conference win. LaMichael James rushed for an incredible 288 yards and two scores in this game. Next California.

10. Florida (4-0, 2-0) - Defeated Kentucky, 48-10 - Last week: 10 - I was worried the Wildcats would come ut looking to bounce back after the loss to Louisville. Well, I' need not worry, as I picked Florida and they waxed Kentucky. We know for certain now that UK is awful. A huge one awaits. Next: Alabama.

11. South Carolina (4-0, 2-0) - Defeated Vanderbilt, 21-3 - Last week: 11 - The Gamecocks defense brought their A-game to Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night, shutting down Vanderbilt to the tune of just three points. The offense was so-so, but when the D plays like that, it doesn't matter. Next: Auburn.

12. Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0) defeated Texas A&M, 30-29 - Last week: 13 - The Cowboys came thrugh for me with their "upset" (lol) of Texas A&M. Clearly the better team,  oSU went into rowdy Kyle Field and delivered the Aggies another big-game loss and exit from my poll. This team is very strong, though I am not sure if they are national title strong. Next: Kansas

13. Texas (3-0, 0-0) - Idle - Last week: 15 - The Horns had the weekend off following last week's trip out to Los Angeles. Mack Brown's squad ahsn't blown people away, but they are 40-0 and that means something regardless. A tricky gme at Iowa State precedes two huge home games with OU and OSU. Next: at Iowa State.

14. Auburn (3-1, 1-0) - Defeated Florida Atlantic, 30-14 - Last week: 18 - It may not be the prettiest of wins, but a win is a win is a win and there have been sloppy OOC wins by virtually every major school out there early on over the "gimmes." But while Auburn isn't as strong as last year (duh), just wait, they will continue to find ways to wingames and stay in my top 25. Next: at South Carolina.

15. Baylor (3-0, 0-0) - Defeated Rice, 56-31 - Last week: 19 - The Bears got the guns out for a shootout. The Bears scored 35 points in the first half and never looked back behind Robert Griffin III's five touchdown passes (four in first half). I am still not sold on this team, and it is three weeks until they play at Oklahoma State. Next: at Kansas State.

16. Michigan (4-0, 0-0) - Defeated San Diego State, 28-7 - Last week: 20 - The Wolverines went up early, 21-7, and then seemd to put it on cruise control until swapping a couple of second-half touchdowns. The Wolverines slate is set up extremely wel for UM to make a major bowl in 2011. Next: Minnesota.

17. TCU (3-1, 1-0) - Defeated Portland State, 55-13 - Last week:21 - The Horned Frogs whipped up good on Portland State. It seems week to week I discuss how TCU fans cannot wait for any kind of conference change. The Big East situation for 2012 has me baffled right now. But in 2011, I see them easily winning out, outside of a probable loss at Boise State. Next: SMU.

18. Clemson (4-0, 1-0) - Defeated Florida State, 35-20 - Last week: 23 - Sophomore Tajh Boyd's good start as CU's starting quarterback continues as he has team in the early lead of the ACC Atlantic. With wide receiver threats Sammy Watkins (freshman) and Nuke Hopkins (sophomore), as well as true freshman running back Mike Bellamy, we are seeing just the infancy of this offense. Next: at Virginia Tech.

19. Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) - Defeated UNC, 35-28 - Last week:25 - North Carolina came to town in an early ACC Coastal battle, and GT came out on top. The Yellow Jackets lead the entire nation right now nation in scoring at 53.3 yards per game. A trip to Raleigh this Saturday, is tricky, but most winnable. Next: at NC State.

20. Arkansas (3-1, 0-1) Lost to Alabama, 38-14 - Last week: 12 - The Hogs had the tough task of going itno Tuscaloosa. If they had played Alabama a alittle closer, I wouldn't have dropped them so far. But they were never really in this one, so I dropped them eight spots. Next: Texas A&M.

21. West Virginia (3-1, 0-0) - Lost to LSU, 47-21 - Last week: 17 - I like watching Coach Dana Holgorsen. With his receding hairline, he looks like Bill Murray calling plays on the sideline. I think he will do well at WVU. But this past Saturday, the 'Neers just happened to run into a poerhouse in LSU. They will right the ship. Next: Bowling Green.

22. South Florida (4-0, 0-0) Defeated UTEP, 52-24 - Last week: unranked - I feel ashamed for not ranking the Bulls before. This progam is young, but it already is starting to seriously compete with the big boys using all of that Sunshine State talent. Next: at Pittsburgh.

23. Illinois (4-0, 0-0) - Defeated Western Michigan, 23-20 - Last week: 24 - This is a team I never thought I would see in my top 25 this year, but dang if they aren't here. This past weekend, though, they almost slipped up and fell to WMU. That would have certainly eliminated the Illini talk. Next: Northwestern.

24. Arizona State (3-1, 1-0) - Defeated USC, 43-22 - Last week: unranked - Props to the Sun Devils for the nice win over USC this past weekend. QB Brock Osweiler threw for two more scores and has eight TDs and 1,094 yards already in 2011. Next: Oregon State.

25. Florida State (2-2, 0-1) - Lost to Clemson, 35-30 - Last week: 14 - With both losses coming close to teams currently ranked #2 and #13 (AP), I will keep FSU in the top 25. But with Clint Trickett being an average beackup to injured quarterback EJ Manuel, this team isn't close to the top five ranking they enjoyed two weeks ago. Next: at Wake Forest.



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