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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 3

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 18, 2010

1. Alabama 3-0
2. Boise State 2-0
3. Ohio State 3-0
4. TCU 3-0
5. Nebraska 3-0
6. Oregon 3-0
7. Texas 3-0
8. West Virginia 3-0
9. South Carolina 3-0
10. Florida 3-0
11. Oklahoma 3-0
12. Arkansas 3-0
13. Stanford 3-0
14. Wisconsin 3-0
15. Arizona 3-0
16. Michigan 3-0
17. Iowa 2-1
18. Utah 3-0
19. Fresno St. 2-0
20. Auburn 3-0
21. Michigan St. 3-0
22. LSU 3-0
23. Texas A&M 3-0
24. North Carolina St. 3-0
25. Nevada 3-0

--- Week 3 Notes below ---

Week 3 Notes:

Decisively proving deserving of their #1 ranking, the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled past hopelessly overmatched Duke this past Saturday, 62-13. It was the first road trip for the Tide, though venturing into the ACC wasn't as daunting a task as it could have been. Despite their overall superiority on the hardwoods, the Blue Devils haven't had a good football team since the early 1960s, the last time they finished in the Top 25 (Top 20 back then).

Alabama remains on the road this coming week, when they travel to take on the 3-0 Razorbacks in Arkansas. The early line has 'Bama favored by just more than a touchdown, though there's hardly a hog alive who thinks Arkansas has any chance of bettering the reigning national champions.

#2 Boise State got back on the field after a week off and showed no lingering effects, routing the Wyoming Cowboys, 51-6. Boise will face Oregon State in the Broncos' first home game of the season this Saturday.

Ohio State (#3) and TCU (#4) also looked dominant, topping Ohio, 43-7, and Baylor, 45-10, respectively. Rounding out the top 5, and supplanting West Virginia in that spot, was Nebraska, with a convincing 56-21 win at Washington. The Cornhuskers went into the game favored by just four points, but came out with new believers that they could challenge for the national title this season.

Besides outgaining the Huskies, 533-246 and winning against a solid opponent on the road, Nebraska benefitted from sub-par performances by Texas (beat Texas Tech, 24-14) and Oklahoma, tested at home by Air Force in a 27-24 win. The Longhorns moved up, from #11 to #7, while the Sooners fell one spot, to #11.

While West Virginia handled Maryland, 31-17, they were supposed to, being at home. Remaining undefeated, the #7 Mountaineers still haven't played a quality team, though that will change when they travel to face the LSU Tigers this weekend.

Oregon (#6) and South Carolina (#9) won handily in walk-overs. The Ducks pounded Portland State, 69-0, while the Gamecocks took care of in-state rival, Furman, 38-19.

Looking the shakiest of the top 10, the Gators needed a fake punt to shake off a tie with at Tennessee, eventually coming out on the right side of a 31-17 score.

Wisconsin was taken to the edge by Arizona State, winning by the margin of a missed extra point, 21-19. The Badgers are a questionable #14. Arizona stung Iowa, 34-27. The Hawkeyes haven't won West of the Rockies in ages. The loss to the Wildcats diminishes their national championship chances, but the non-conference game may serve as a wake-up call for the #17 Hawkeyes. Arizona moves up to #15.

3-0 Stanford may be the ultimate sleeper, along with a few others in the resurgent PAC-10. The Cardinal punished Wake Forest, 68-24, and checks in at #13 this week.

Michigan State makes its first appearance at #21 on the strength of their gutsy fake field goal and resultant touchdown topping Notre Dame in overtime, 34-31. North Carolina State joins at #24 as the only 3-0 ACC team. The Wolfpack took out Cncinnati, 30-19 and faces a road challenge at Georgia Tech this weekend.

Fresno State (2-0, #16) and Nevada (30-0, #25) join Boise State as a trio from the WAC, bolstering the non-BCS conference argument. Nevada hammered Cal, 52-31, and may be the best team at the bottom of our rankings in some time.

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