Monday, September 20, 2010

College Football Week 4 Outlook
Top 25 plus Opponents

Week 4 looks to be an interesting one. We have four contests that match Top 25 teams against one another (five if you include Miami vs Pitt which slipped out of the AP ranks despite not playing last week). Nearly all of them will see two undefeated teams going head to head—which guarantees someone comes away with a loss. And here in Pennsylvania we’ll have Penn State (3-0) facing Temple (3-0)—which should result in the obvious but…Hey! That’s why you play the game!

I’m not sure what’s up with the Coaches’ Poll and Southern California/South Carolina. I read last week that the coaches would not be including the Trojans in their poll because of the suspension, yet here they are this week after not being listed the first three. Meanwhile South Carolina—a legitimate Top 25 team—is not listed by the coaches at all and isn’t even mentioned as receiving any votes. Did I read the blog post incorrectly? Guess I'll have to go searching for it again and check.

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

1/1/1 Alabama (3-0) The Tide plays at #10 Arkansas (3-0) on Saturday.

2/2/2 Ohio State (3-0) The Buckeyes will host the Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-3) Saturday.

3/3/3 Boise State (2-0) The Broncos host #24 Oregon State (1-1) Saturday.

4/5/4 TCU (3-0) The Horned Frogs will play at Southern Methodists (2-1) Friday night.

5/6/5 Oregon (3-0) The Ducks play at Arizona State (2-1) Saturday.

6/7/6 Nebraska (3-0) The Huskers will host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (0-2) Saturday.

7/4/8 Texas (3-0) The Longhorns will host UCLA (1-2) Saturday.

8/9/7 Oklahoma (3-0) The Sooners will play at Cincinnati (1-2) on Saturday.

9/8/9 Florida (3-0) The Gators host Kentucky (3-0) on Saturday.

10/11/10 Arkansas (3-0) The Razorbacks will host #1 Alabama (3-0) Saturday.

11/10/11 Wisconsin (3-0) The Badgers host the Austin Peay Governors (2-1) on Saturday.

12/NR/12 South Carolina (3-0) The Gamecocks will play at #17 Auburn (3-0) on Saturday

13/13/13 Utah (3-0) The Utes will host the San Jose State Spartans (1-2) on Saturday.

14/16/15 Arizona (3-0) will host the California Golden Bears (2-1) on Saturday.

15/12/20 LSU (3-0) The Tigers host the #22 West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0) on Saturday.

16/17/19 Stanford (3-0) The Cardinal will play at Notre Dame (1-2) on Saturday.

17/14/14 Auburn (3-0) The Tigers will host #12 South Carolina (3-0) on Saturday.

18/18/16 Iowa (2-1) The Hawkeyes host the Ball State Cardinals (1-2) on Saturday.

19/19/21 Miami (Fla.) (1-1) The Hurricane play at Pittsburgh (1-1) on Thursday night.

20/15/18 Southern California (3-0) The Trojans play at Washington State (1-2) on Saturday.

21/22/17 Michigan (3-0) The Wolverines host the Bowling Green Falcons (1-2) on Saturday.

22/21/22 West Virginia (3-0) The Mountaineers play at #15 LSU (3-0) on Saturday.

23/20/23 Penn State (2-1) The Nittany Lions host Temple Owls (3-0) on Saturday.

24/NR/NR Oregon State (1-1) The Beavers play at #3 Boise State (2-0) on Friday night.

25/23/25 Michigan State (3-0) The Spartans host the Northern Colorado Bears (2-1) on Saturday.

NR/24/NR Missouri (3-0) The Tigers will host the Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks (2-1) on Saturday.

NR/25/NR Oklahoma State (3-0) The Cowboys will be idle this week.

NR/NR/24 Pittsburgh (1-1) The Panthers host the #19 Miami Hurricane (1-1) on Thursday night.

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