2012 College Football Rankings: Week 3 FanIQ Power Rankings

FanIQ Power Rankings: Week 3

9/10/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

FanIQ College Football Power Rankings: Week 3

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 2-0 (no change)Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 3 FanIQ Power Rankings

"We're going to freaking win the game," said WKU sophomore T.J. Smith. Bama won 35-0, but at least the Hilltoppers beat the spread.

2. LSU Tigers: 2-0 (previously No. 4)

Washington is a sleeper in the Pac-12 North and the Tigers made them look like an FCS team.

3. USC Trojans: 2-0 (previously No. 2)

Barkley was impressive, but the defense was not in a 42-29 closer-than-expected win over Syracuse.

4. West Virginia Mountaineers: 1-0 (previously No. 3)

Geno Smith will continue his Heisman bid this Saturday against James Madison.

5. Oregon Ducks: 2-0 (previously No. 6)

The Ducks are averaging 42.5 points in the first half so far this season, but are allowing 21.5 second-half points. Even if it's the second-team squad, that needs to be cleaned up a bit.

6. Clemson Tigers: 2-0 (previously No. 7)

Clemson scored 42 points in the first half (32 in the second quarter) en route to a 52-27 win over Ball State last weekend. Now it gets All-American wide receiver Sammy Watkins back from suspension.

7. Oklahoma Sooners: 2-0 (previously No. 8)

The offense clicked right away for the Sooners in a 69-13 win over FCS Florida A&M.

8. Georgia Bulldogs: 2-0 (previously No. 9)

Quarterback Aaron Murray and the Dawgs' defense was very impressive in their comeback win over SEC opponent Missouri.

9. Virginia Tech Hokies: 2-0 (previously No. 10)
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A 42-7 win over FCS Austin Peay was expected.

10. Florida State Seminoles: 2-0 (previously No. 11)

Savannah State allowed the Seminoles to score 28 points in the first seven minutes of regulation. There was a running clock in the second quarter and the game was called in the third due to "weather." Florida State won 55-0.

11. Ohio State Buckeyes: 2-0 (previously No. 12)

Urban Meyer avoided an upset by forcing three turnovers in a 31-16 victory over a good UCF squad.

12. Michigan State Spartans: 2-0 (previously No. 16)

Central Michigan is no powerhouse by any means, but was held to just 173 yards of total offense by a Spartans defensive unit that looks to be one of the best in the nation.

13. Kansas State Wildcats: 2-0 (previously unranked)

K-State explodes into the scene after dominating its first two opponents 103-21, including a 51-13 dismantlement of Miami (Fla.).

14. South Carolina Gamecocks: 2-0 (previously No. 21)

Connor Shaw who? Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout over ECU.

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15. TCU Horned Frogs: 2-0 (previously unranked)

Frog QBs combined for 17-of-17 passing for 276 yards and four touchdowns, the defense held Grambling State to 70 yards of offense and Gary Patterson became the school's winningest coach.

16. Texas Longhorns: 2-0 (previously unranked)

The Longhorns dominated in their 45-0 win over New Mexico State.

17. BYU Cougars: 2-0 (previously No. 22)

Riley Nelson started off 10-of-10 for 174 yards and a touchdown and the Cougars rolled over Weber State, 45-13.

18. Louisville Cardinals: 2-0 (previously No. 20)

Teddy Bridgewater didn't miss a beat against Missouri State, passing for a career-high 344 yards as the Cardinals won 35-7.

19. Michigan Wolverines: 1-1 (previously No. 17)

Michigan struggled—with the exception of Denard Robinson—against an Air Force team that wasprojected to finish 5-7 this season. 

20. Florida Gators: 2-0 (previously unranked)

The Gators came back from a 10-point deficit on the road against a feisty Texas A&M team that was hungry for its first SEC win.

21. Missouri Tigers: 1-1 (previously No. 13)

Missouri battled with Georgia shot for shot before falling apart in the fourth quarter. Expect the Tigers to bounce back at home vs. Arizona State in a big way.
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22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 2-0 (previously No. 24)

A three-point win over Purdue at home isn't considered a marquee win at this point, but it's good enough to help the Irish jump two spots after multiple upsets within the top 25.

23. Ohio Bobcats: 2-0 (no change)

OU followed up its best win in school history (Penn State) with a 51-24 win over New Mexico State.

24. Tennessee Volunteers: 2-0 (previously unranked)

Future first-round draft selection Tyler Bray currently has 643 yards through the air, six touchdowns and a 194.8 passer rating.

25. UCLA Bruins: 2-0 (previously unranked)

UCLA is 2-0 for the first time since 2009.

Other receiving votes (in order): Stanford, Arizona, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Boise State, Baylor, Cincinnati, Virginia, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Texas Tech


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9/10/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

stflory wrote:
No Stanford in there?  Are these power rankings based on what teams have "accomplished" thus far, or is it a "we'd beat all teams ranked below us on a neutral field" ranking?

A little of both. Stanford did not fare well against San Jose State and beat up on Duke. True colors will show next weekend.

9/10/12   |   stflory   |   5 respect

No Stanford in there?  Are these power rankings based on what teams have "accomplished" thus far, or is it a "we'd beat all teams ranked below us on a neutral field" ranking?