How the AP Top 25 should’ve looked based on Week 3 performances
How bout those Gamecocks!
South Carolina’s impressive home win over Georgia helped Steve Spurrier’s squad climb 10 spots in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25. The other USC gave up nearly 500 yards rushing at Boston College and plummeted out of the top 10.
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Based on Saturday’s eye test, here’s how the AP Top 25 should’ve looked based on Week 3 performances. We’ve included the actual rankings for comparison.
Here’s how the AP TOP 25 should’ve looked based on Week 3 performances
1. Oklahoma (3-0) — The Sooners manhandled a better-than-average Tennessee team in Norman and totally dominated up front.
2. Alabama (3-0) — No team is stopping Amari Cooper right now as the junior wideout continues to shred every secondary he’s matched up against.
3. Oregon (3-0) — The Ducks actually trailed by a touchdown at home to Wyoming after the first quarter, then proceeded to score 41 straight points before the Cowboys crossed the goal line again.
4. Florida State (2-0) — A bye week hurts in an eye-test poll. Plus,the Seminoles haven’t looked as invincible as they were last year anyway.
5. Auburn (2-0) — Gus Malzahn spent his Saturday at CBS as a guest analyst in-studio. He probably watched some Kansas State film too.
6. LSU (3-0) — Another Miles mauling. That’s what I’m calling LSU’s second consecutive shutout win.
7. Baylor (3-0) — The Bears just scored another touchdown on Buffalo.
8. Ole Miss (3-0) — Bo Wallace has his doubters and rightfully so given his turnover history, but the Rebels’ senior quarterback is playing lights out at the moment and did so again Saturday.
9. Texas A&M (3-0) — If you watched the Aggies’ 28-point win over Rice, you’d know the Owls moved up and down the field. Rice converted 10 third downs, didn’t turn it over and held a nearly 27-minute possession edge.
10. South Carolina (2-1) — Steve Spurrier’s group was borderline Top 25 entering Saturday’s game against Georgia, but the Gamecocks proved they still belong among the SEC’s elite with a dramatic victory.
11. Notre Dame (3-0) — The Fighting Irish’s defense is elite once again and veteran quarterback Everett Golson doesn’t make mistakes.
12. Arizona State (3-0) — Here’s a Pac-12 sleeper few are talking about this fall. Sun Devils tailback D.J. Foster could be the most underrated player in the nation and is averaging over nine yards per carry.
13. Missouri (3-0) — I’m extremely close to being a believer in Maty Mauk. Saturday’s bludgeoning of UCF was the Tigers’ best win to date this season.
14. Stanford (2-1) — David Shaw’s team has given up 13 points in three games this season. It’s obvious they haven’t missed Derek Mason at defensive coordinator.
15. Georgia (1-1) — The Bulldogs are a good football team. Notice I didn’t say great. There’s issues in the secondary.
16. Michigan State (1-1) — Even during a bye, the demoralizing loss at Oregon still stings.
17. Wisconsin (1-1) — Fighting with the Spartans to claim Big Ten supremacy, the Badgers will likely be favored in every game the rest of the way.
18. Kansas State (2-0) — By the time Thursday’s game against Auburn kicks off, the Wildcats will have had nearly two weeks of prep time for the Tigers’ run game.
19. BYU (3-0) — BYU built a 23-point lead in the second quarter against Houston before the Cougars fought back to make it a game in the second half.
20. UCLA (3-0) — Say what you want about the Bruins: They’re lucky to still be unbeaten at this point with three wins over average football teams. Star quarterback Brett Hundley’s hurt and the challenging part of the schedule begins Thursday at Arizona State.
21. USC (2-1) — The ultimate letdown post-Stanford, the Trojans had a long trip home from Massachusetts to chew on what went wrong during a hapless effort at Boston College.
22. Arkansas (2-1) — These aren’t your 2013 Razorbacks. A curb-stomping of Texas Tech proves Arkansas can beat a viable opponent away from Fayetteville. In the East, the Razorbacks are an 8-win team this season.
23. East Carolina (2-1) — Coming off a hard-fought loss at South Carolina, the Pirates stunned Virginia Tech with 21 points in the first quarter before winning the game late on a Shane Carden-directed scoring drive.
24. Clemson (1-1) — We’ll know more about this year’s Tigers after Saturday’s game in Tallahassee.
25. Mississippi State (3-0) — Dak Prescott’s had a fantastic start to his junior season with 969 yards of total offense and 11 touchdowns. He’s the reason the Bulldogs have a legitimate chance at beating LSU this weekend.
FRINGE: Ohio State (2-1), Oklahoma State (2-1), North Carolina (3-0), Penn State (3-0), Nebraska (3-0)