Sep 9

The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Two

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags: Top 25, college football, BCS

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The games of week three are just around the corner, and we are starting to get a glimpse of who really has what. A whole heap of teams from my poll a week ago lost this past weekend, making room for new teams to move in. Here is my Top 25 for week three....

1. Alabama (2-0) - I was actually a little surprised that Bama only put 35 points up in this win over Western Kentucky. But, throw in a goose-egg to go with it, and it was a nice way to send the opposition packing.

2. Oregon (2-0) - The Ducks went up big on Fresno State in the first half, and then put things on cruise control for the 42-25 win. The third game of a pasty-trifecta to open the season is this weekend against Tennessee Tech.

3. LSU (2-0) - The LSU defense was as tenacious as ever against visiting Washington, giving up a lone first quarter FG as the only points allowed. The offense scored 41 for the win.

4. West Virginia (1-0) - The Mountaineers had the weekend off. They will resume play this coming Saturday against James Madison.

5. USC (2-0) - A win is a win, even if it was a closer win than was expected. Syracuse gave the Trojans plenty to deal with, but USC pulled away late for the 42-29 win.

6. Florida State (2-0) - Major kudos to Savannah State for having the guts to schedule Oregon and FSU to start 2012. Now that I have acknowledged their brass balls for making those two voyages, I must ask them how they liked getting beat by a combined 139-0 in those two games.

7. Michigan State (2-0) - Head Coach Mark D'antonio has a good thing going in East Lansing. His team let just 20 points go on the scoreboard in their first two games combined against two pretty decent teams in Boise State and Central Michigan.

8. Oklahoma (2-0) - The Sooner offense got rolling this weekend with a 69-point outburst against Florida A&M. When the smoke cleared OU had 662 yards of total offense.

9. South Carolina (2-0) - With starting QB Connor Shaw resting on the sideline, backup Dylan Thompson came in and went 21 of 37 for 330 yards and three TD passes in a 48-10 win over East Carolina.

10. Georgia (2-0) - UGA really impressed me this weekend. The Dawgs went into a tough environment at Mizzou, making their SEC debut, and managed to pull away from the Tigers late in the game with a 17-point fourth quarter.

11. Ohio State (2-0) - I will say it every week if I have to: Urban Meyer is taking this team to the top, and it might just be this year. Cal comes in Saturday for an interesting inter-regional matchup.

12. Clemson (2-0) - The Tigers went up on Ball State 45-10 by halftime, with a 61-yard Spencer Benton FG thrown in for good measure. A 52-27 final score eventually played out. Next up is Furman before a huge game at FSU in twelve days.

13. TCU (1-0) - Head Coach Gary Patterson became TCU's all-time winningest coach with a 56-0 win over Grambling State. Patterson is 110-30 with TCU as he coaches in his twelfth season.

14. Virginia Tech (2-0) - I am still not 100% sold on VT. After a win over GT in OT to start the season, the Hokies beat lowly Austin Pea by 35. I'm not knocking on them, I just haven't seen enough yet. They travel to Pitt next.

15. Kansas State (2-0) - Wow. Just wow. The first wow is for that KSU point-scoring machine who put 52 on the Hurricanes. The second wow is for just how bad Miami has become. I'll say it again: wow.

16. Michigan (1-1) - After the demolishing at the hands of Alabama, UM barely slips by Air Force, 31-25. The Wolverines move up a couple spots because of other teams losing, but I had a couple of teams jump Michigan in my poll this week, too.

17. Tennessee (2-0) - UT is no doubt my surprise team so far in 2012. I really believe JC transfer WR Cordarelle Patterson changes the offense that much. Up next is a monster home game against the next team in my rankings: the hated Florida Gators.

18. Florida (2-0) - As you read above, the Gators will journey up I-75 to meet the Vols in Knoxville. This is an annual war, and I expect this year's version to be as heated as ever as both coaches really, really need this win.

19. Texas (2-0) - In very convincing fashion, the Longhorns beat New Mexico State 45-0 in Austin. QB David Ash threw for 222 yards and two scores. Texas travels to Ole Miss next.

20. Notre Dame (2-0) - Fans in South Bend have to be getting that good-time feeling back as the Irish finally again have a decent team and sit at 2-0, ranked in both major polls. It will be a tall task to keep that feeling going as a trip to Michigan State looms.

21. Louisville (2-0) - The Cardinals have defeated Kentucky and Missouri State to crack the top 25 in my poll and the two major polls. Up next they welcome in UNC in what should be a great game this Saturday.

22. UCLA (2-0) - The Bruins are playing their first season under Head Coach Jim Mora Jr. Already - in week two over Nebraska - they win a game that former coach Rick Neuheisel would have found a way to lose.

23. Arizona (2-0) - A 22-point fourth quarter helped the Wildcats pull away from Oklahoma State in a 59-37 win at home. This game was shocking to me as OSU is hardly ever outgunned. But dangit if Arizona didn't light 'em up!

24. Nebraska (1-1) - I can hear the grumblings in Lincoln all the way down here in South Carolina after the Cornhuskers flew back from LA with a loss. Head Coach Bo Pelini now officially sits in a warm chair. How warm will that chair get? Stay tuned to find out.

25. Oklahoma State (1-1) - The Cowboy offense is obviously good, like it always is, under Mike Gundy. They scored 37 points on the road Saturday. But Gundy's defense needs work. Serious work. They gave up 59, with 22 of those being surrendered in crunch-time of the fourth quarter.



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