College Football Week in Review: Week 3

My picks: I went 1-3 in my inaugural weekly pick segment- I’m hoping for a better showing this weekend. I was correct in predicting #18 Florida #23 Tennessee, but lost the other three (Stanford, Notre Dame, and Mizzouri all won). In what turned out to be the greatest upsets of the weekend, #21 Stanford knocked off #2 USC at home. Despite the departure of Quarterback Andrew Luck to the NFL it looks like Stanford is still one of the Pac-12’s elite teams. A dominating performance by the Stanford offensive and defensive lines combined with an injury to USC (and former Penn State) running back Silas Redd, and an overall offensive breakdown by USC will most likely shatter USC’s national title hopes. I came very close with my upset special, but Arizona State was unable to convert for a TD on a late red-zone opportunity and ended up losing to Misssouri by 4 points.

Notre Dame joins the ACC…kinda: Notre Dame announced on Saturday that it will be joining the ACC in every sport, except football, and will play 5 ACC games per season while retaining their football independence. With scheduling 5 ACC games a year, the Irish are set to play every ACC school on a three year cycle. I view this as Notre Dame having their cake and eating it too. Hey Golden Domers, just join a freaking conference, already!

Week 4: AP Top 25 (Updated Monday 9/17):

AP Top 25

RK TEAM

RECORD

PTS

1 Alabama (58)

3-0

1498

2 LSU (2)

3-0

1433

3 Oregon

3-0

1356

4 Florida State

3-0

1275

5 Georgia

3-0

1203

6 Oklahoma

2-0

1181

7 South Carolina

3-0

1081

8 West Virginia

2-0

1051

9 Stanford

3-0

1009

10 Clemson

3-0

899

11 Notre Dame

3-0

854

12 Texas

3-0

816

13 USC

2-1

776

14 Florida

3-0

743

15 Kansas State

3-0

683

16 Ohio State

3-0

680

17 TCU

2-0

535

18 Michigan

2-1

448

19 UCLA

3-0

429

20 Louisville

3-0

366

21 Michigan State

2-1

318

22 Arizona

3-0

296

23 Mississippi State

3-0

106

24 Boise State

1-1

95

25 Nebraska

2-1

80

Notre Dame pretty much changed places with Michigan State, and deservedly so, but I still think #11 in the country is high for a team that barely beat Purdue in week 2. With Stanford’s marquee upset win over USC they jump up from #21 to #9, and USC falls from #2 to #13. By default, #3 Oregon is now the lone potential Pac-12 national title contender, and will certainly have the chance to earn it coming up with conference play beginning (and a weak non-conference schedule ending). #5 Georgia, #9 Stanford, #14 Florida, #19 UCLA and #22 Arizona are all trending up. Virginia Teach, Tennessee and BYU were all dropped from this week’s AP top 25 ranking.

My Conference Power Rankings:

1.        SEC (6 teams in top-25)

2.       Big 12 (5 teams in top-25)

3.       Pac-12 (5 teams in top-25)

4.       Big 10 (4 teams in top 25)

5.       ACC (2 teams in the top 25)

6.       Big East (1 team in the top 25)

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One response to “College Football Week in Review: Week 3

  1. What about Matt Barkley? WHAT ABOUT MATT BARKLEY!??!

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