Monday, September 20, 2010

TEC's College Football Top 10, Week 3

*** Alabama's game against Duke, as expected, was over at halftime thanks in no small part to the return of last year's Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.  Expect the top-ranked Crimson Tide to be tested next week when they visit Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas Razorbacks [AP #10, USA Today #11] in what could be a preview of the SEC championship game in December.

*** Surprising no one, Ohio State won decisively and will not be tested again until mid-October.

*** Boise State also won big.  The Broncos' home opener will come this Saturday against #25 Oregon State in a statement game BSU needs to win by a considerable margin in order to retain their #3 ranking, as weak scheduling will prevent the Broncos from rising any higher unless either Alabama or Ohio State are shocked by an unexpected loss.

*** Texas Christian were also victorious and remains the most likely team to finish undefeated.  But similar to Boise State, a less challenging schedule could keep the Frogs from challenging the BCS elite at season's end.

*** TCU's cross-state rivals in Austin have looked less than inspired.  The Longhorns' next three opponents stand more than a puncher's chance to win.

*** Oregon has possibly the most explosive offense in the country.  The difficult schedule that lay ahead for the Ducks will determine their worthiness in the hunt for the national title.

*** Nebraska converted a lot of doubters with a convincing win over Washington.  Make no mistake: the Huskers are back.

*** Florida, on the other hand, was less than dominant, but the Gators found a way to beat Tennessee (again, damn it).

*** Also looking less impressive than they did the week before, Oklahoma enters TEC's top 10 nevertheless to replace Iowa, who were shocked by Arizona.

*** Wisconsin looks more anemic by the week.  Another substandard game could see them replaced in the rankings.

Rankings as of September 20, 2010

#1  Alabama (3-0), 725 pts.
#2  Ohio State (3-0), 630 pts.
#3  Boise State (2-0), 610 pts.
#4  Texas Christian (3-0), 555 pts.
#5  Oregon (3-0), 535 pts.
#6  Texas (3-0), 470 pts.
#7  Nebraska (3-0), 455 pts.
#8  Florida (3-0), 375 pts.
#9  Oklahoma (3-0) 345
#10  Wisconsin (3-0), 300 pts.

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Orange-clad fans of the Tennessee Volunteers sing "Rocky Top" during last Saturday's game against the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN.  The wretched Gators won, 31-17.  Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

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