FanIQ Top 25: Alabama shows us why its still No. 1
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 2-0 (LW: No. 1)
It was the most points an Alabama football team had allowed since 2003, but all questions of how the Crimson Tide's offensive line would respond after Week 1 were erased. A.J. McCarron made some elite plays and was an excellent decision-maker, while T.J. Yeldon gashed the Aggies' front seven for four quarters. This may not be your typical shut-down Alabama team, but it's still the best at football.
2. Stanford Cardinal: 2-0 (LW: No. 2)
The Cardinal were a little sluggish to begin the game on Saturday after some jet lag, but it recovered quickly enough to show their dominance in the trenches against an overwhelmed Army team in West Point. A two-score win isn't exactly what Stanford fans are comfortable with, but they'll have their chance to show what kind of team they are next week against Arizona State.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes: 3-0 (LW: No. 3)
No Miller? No problem. Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton ignited the Buckeye offense to a quick 21-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. He finished 21-of-32 for 276 yards and four touchdowns, adding 92 yards on the ground. Guiton is arguably the best second-string QB in the country, but make no doubt—the Bucks will still need their ace in order to make a championship run.
4. Clemson Tigers: 2-0 (LW: No. 4)
Dabo Swinney and Co. will be more than ready to face off with North Carolina State this Thursday after having an extra week off.
5. LSU Tigers: 3-0 (LW: No. 5)
LSU jumped up on Kent State early, scoring 31 first-half points in a 45-13 win. Zach Mettenberger threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns, as the Tigers eased its way for 571 total yards. This offense is the real deal.
6. Oregon Ducks: 3-0 (LW: No. 7)
The quality of opponents hasn't been great, but the fact that Oregon has scored 184 points in three games is impressive no matter what. Next week we'll see the Ducks play Cal, so that number should increase significantly.
7. Louisvile Cardinals: 3-0 (LW: No. 6)
It wasn't the blowout most were expecting, but Louisville got the job done in a tough rivalry game. Bridgewater was contained to 250 passing yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinals defense forced three Wildcat turnovers and was a force on third down (0-for-13).
8. Georgia Bulldogs: 1-1 (LW: No. 9)
North Texas visits Sanford Stadium with the Dawgs being fresh coming off a bye.
9. South Carolina Gamecocks: 2-1 (LW: No. 11)
Behind the hot-slinging hands of quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson, South Carolina was able to jump out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Vanderbilt, a good team with a great coach, attempted a comeback, but the Gameeocks were able to hold it off with a 35-35 win at home.
10. Texas A&M Aggies: 2-1 (LW: No. 8)
Texas A&M lost, but when you only lose to the No. 1 team in the country by a touchdown, you don't drop in the rankings much. I expect the Aggies to throw up huge numbers on SMU next week.
11. Florida State Seminoles: 2-0 (LW: No. 13)
Nevada is obviously down this year, but it never gets shellacked by 55 points—yet alone score just one single touchdown. Is it possible that Florida State is better than it was in 2012?
12. Arizona State Sun Devils: 2-0 (LW: No. 12)
Quarterback Taylor Kelly had zero help from his receivers, as they struggled to create separation all night long and were plagued with drops. However, Marion Grice scored two of his four rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Arizona State came from behind to beat No. 20 Wisconsin.
13. Oklahoma Sooners: 3-0 (LW: No. 14)
Did Bob Stoops make a mistake with his initial quarterback decision? In injured Trevor Knight's place, Blake "Belldozer" Bell went 27-of-37 for 413 yards and four touchdowns as the Sooners destroyed Tulsa, 51-20.
14. Ole Miss Rebels: 3-0 (LW: No. 15)
I don't think there's any doubt now that a change of coaching personnel was going to be enough to fix the Texas defense. Ole Miss unloaded 44 points off 272 rushing yards in its blowout win over the Longhorns Saturday.
15. Northwestern Wildcats: 3-0 (LW: No. 17)
The Wildcats collectively rushed for 332 yards and four touchdowns, putting away Western Michigan with ease. It's obvious that their first real challenge will be on October 5 when traveling to Columbus.
16. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 3-0 (LW: No. 18)
Well, the 'Boys beat Lamar pretty good.
17. UCLA Bruins: 2-0 (LW: No. 21)
After trailing 21-3, UCLA reeled off 38-straight points (unanswered!!!) to beat Nebraska in Lincoln. I'm not sure whether this is just tremendous on the Bruins' end, or a testament to just how bad the Huskers really are.
18. Miami Hurricanes: 2-0 (LW: No. 19)
The Canes get two weeks to prepare for big bad Savannah State. You can read more about the Tigers here.
19. Baylor Bears: 2-0 (LW: No. 20)
Baylor was off on Saturday, so expect the Bears' offense to put up 90 point rather than the usual 75 when playing LA-Monroe this upcoming weekend.
20. Washington Huskies: 2-0 (LW: No. 25)
It's not easy winning in Champaign, but a 24-point second half led by quarterback Keith Price (28-of-35, 342 yards, two touchdowns) get off to a strong 2-0 start.
21. Florida Gators: 1-1 (LW: No. 23)
Hopefully Jeff Driskel and the Florida offense has spent this extra week off practicing in the red zone, because the performance against Miami (Fla.) was pretty awful.
22. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 2-1 (LW: No. 10)
Everyone is preaching about a massive issue among Nebraska's defensive unit (and it's true), but let's not forget that the Cornhuskers' offense was shut out for the final 37 minutes of the game.
23. Central Florida Knights: 3-0 (LW: unranked)
After marching into Happy Valley and taking a 34-31 win over Penn State, it's about time we start giving UCF some respect. Blake Bortles has a 199.5 passer efficiency rating o far this season, landing him at No. 5 in the nation.
24. Fresno State Bulldogs: 2-0 (LW: No. 24)
Fresno State's matchup with Colorado has been postponed due to the floodings.
25. Michigan Wolverines: 3-0 (LW: No. 22)
Michigan almost lost to Akron—a team that hasn't beaten an FBS opponent since 2010—and really should have. The Zips missed two field goals and threw two interceptions in the red zone, and failed to score a touchdown from the Michigan 2-yard-line during the final seconds of the game.
Dropped from rankings: TCU (16)
Other receiving votes (in order): Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Wisconsin, Arizona, Auburn, Arkansas, TCU.
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