Sunday, September 12, 2010

College Football: Week 3 Outlook
Top 25s plus Opponents

Week 3 is upon us.

Many teams are still playing “creampuffs” but a few have already squared off against either ranked opponents or conference foes. Still, there are an awful lot of 2-0 teams out there.

There are no head-to-head battles between ranked teams this week, but there are a few interesting matchups.

Among the most interesting occurring this weekend we have:
#6 Texas (2-0) on the road facing the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (2-0). Along with A & M and TCU, this is an intrastate rivalry of the first level.

#7 Oklahoma (2-0) hosting the Air Force Falcons (2-0). It’s not a traditional rivalry, but hey! Air Force had over 400 yards RUSHING last weekend against BYU—a ranked team at the time.

Possible upsets include:
The Clemson Tigers at the #16 Auburn Tigers. Both are 2-0 but Auburn struggled last week against Mississippi State eking out a 17-14 victory. On the other hand, Clemson has won 35-10 and 58-21. The competition was not terribly strong—North Texas and Presbyterian—so this will be their first real test.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons at #19 Stanford (2-0) Cardinal. The Deacons scored 53 points in their first game…and 54 in their second. They’ve got an offense, but can they score against and stop the Cardinal.

The Maryland Terrapins are a bit scary. They might be able to take down the #21 Mountaineers who had to go to overtime to defeat the Thundering Herd of Marshall.

Without further ado, here are his week’s poll positions and the opponents of the ranked teams.

[The three numbers for the rankings are from the AP Top 25, The Harris Coachs’ Poll, and An “NR” means that that particular poll did Not Rank the team.]

1/1/1 Alabama (2-0) The Tide travels to Duke (1-1) Saturday.

2/2/2 Ohio State (2-0) will host Ohio University Bobcats (1-1)

3/3/3 Boise State (1-0) The Broncos visit the home of the Wyoming Cowboys (1-1) Saturday night.

4/5/4 TCU (2-0) The Horned Frogs will host the Baylor Bears (2-0) Saturday afternoon.

5/6/5 Oregon (2-0) hosts the Portland State Vikings (1-1) Saturday.

6/4/8 Texas (2-0) The Longhorns visit the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (2-0) Saturday evening.

7/9/6 Oklahoma (2-0) The Sooners will host the Air Force Falcons (2-0) Saturday afternoon.

8/8/11 Nebraska (2-0) The Cornhuskers visit the home of the Washington Huskies (1-1) Saturday.

9/10/7 Iowa (2-0) The Hawkeyes travel play the Arizona Wildcats (2-0) late Saturday night.

10/7/10 Florida (2-0) The Gators play at Tennessee (1-1) Saturday afternoon.

11/11/9 Wisconsin (2-0) The Badgers will host the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0) Saturday afternoon.

12/13/12 Arkansas (2-0) The Razorbacks play at the home of the Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) Saturday afternoon.

13/16/13 South Carolina (2-0) The Gamecocks play host to the Furman Paladins (1-0) Saturday night.

14/14/15 Utah (2-0) The Utes play on the road against the New Mexico Lobos (0-2) Saturday night.

15/12/20 LSU (2-0) The Tigers host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-1) Saturday night.

16/15/16 Auburn (2-0) The Tigers of Auburn will host the Tigers of Clemson (2-0)

17/17/19 Miami (Fla.) (1-1) The Hurricane are idle this week.

18/NA/17 Southern California (2-0) will visit the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (1-1) Saturday afternoon.

19/19/18 Stanford (2-0) The Cardinal will host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0)

20/22/14 Michigan (2-0) hosts the (2-0) Minutemen of Massachusetts Saturday afternoon.

21/21/21 West Virginia (2-0) The Mountaineers host the Maryland Terrapins (2-0) Saturday afternoon.

22/20/22 Penn State (1-1) plays host to the Golden Flashes of Kent State (1-1) Saturday.

23/23/24 Houston (2-0) The Cougars will play on the road against the Bruins of UCLA (0-2) Saturday night.

24/18/NA Arizona (2-0) The Wildcats host the Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0) late Saturday night.

25/NA/NA Oregon State (0-1) The Beavers host the Louisville Cardinals (1-1) late Saturday afternoon.

NA/24/NA California (2-0) The Golden Bears will play at Nevada (2-0) Friday night.

NA/25/NA Missouri (2-0) The Tigers will host San Diego State (2-0) Saturday.

NA/NA/23 Pittsburgh (1-1) The Panthers have the week off.

NA/NA/25 Florida State (1-1) The Seminoles will host the recently shot down BYU Cougars (1-1) on Saturday.

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