We're three weeks in and nobody has truly separated themselves from the pack but there are teams who have been what we like to call "exposed". 

AP Rankings 

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Oklahoma

4. Penn State

5. USC

6. Oklahoma State

7. Washington

8. Michigan

9. Wisconsin

10. Ohio State

11. Georgia 

12. Florida State

13. Virginia Tech

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Auburn

16. TCU

17. Mississippi State

18. Washington State

19. Louisville

20. Florida

21. South Florida

22. San Diego State

23. Utah

24. Oregon

25. LSU

Kendall's Fan-i 25 

  1. Alabama (3-0) LW 1, W 41-23 v. Colorado State 
  2. Oklahoma (3-0) LW 2, W 56-14 v. Tulane
  3. Clemson (3-0) LW 3, W 47-21 @ #14 Louisville 
  4. USC (3-0) LW 4, W 27-24 v. Texas 2OT 
  5. Penn State (3-0) LW 5, W 56-0 v. Georgia State 
  6. Washington (3-0) LW 7, W 48-16 v. Fresno State 
  7. Florida State (1-1) LW 6, Postponed v. Miami
  8. Ohio State (2-1) LW 8, W 38-7 v. Army 
  9. Michigan (3-0) LW 9, W 29-19 Air Force 
  10. Wisconsin (3-0) LW 10, W 40-6 @ BYU 
  11. Oklahoma State (3-0) LW 12, W 59-21 @ Pitt 
  12. Georgia (3-0) LW 11, W 42-14 Samford 
  13. Miami (1-0) LW 15, POSTPONED @ Florida State 
  14. Virginia Tech (3-0) LW 20, W 64-17 @ East Carolina 
  15. South Florida (3-0) LW 18, W 47-23 @ Illinois 
  16. Auburn (2-1) LW 16, W 24-10 Mercer 
  17. Mississippi State (3-0) LW NR, W 37-7 v #13 LSU 
  18. Washington State (3-0) LW 23, W 52-23 v. Oregon State 
  19. Louisville (2-1) LW 14, L 21-47 v. #3 Clemson 
  20. Maryland (2-0) LW 21, BYE 
  21. Florida (1-1) LW 25, W 26-20 v. #22 Tennessee 
  22. Oregon (3-0) LW NR, W 49-13 @ Wyoming 
  23. LSU (2-1) LW 13, L 7-37 @ Mississippi State 
  24. San Diego State (3-0) LW NR, W 20-17 v. #17 Stanford 
  25. Utah (3-0) LW NR, W 54-16 v. San Jose State

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Michael's Fan-I 25 

  1. Alabama (3-0) LW 1, W 41-23 v. Colorado State
  2. Oklahoma (3-0) LW 2, W 56-14 v. Tulane
  3. Clemson (3-0) LW 3, W 47-21 @ #14 Louisville
  4. Michigan (3-0) LW 9, W 29-19 Air Force
  5. Penn State (3-0) LW 5, W 56-0 v. Georgia State
  6. USC (3-0) LW 4, W 27-24 v. Texas 2OT
  7. Washington (3-0) LW 7, W 48-16 v. Fresno State
  8. Oklahoma State (3-0) LW 12, W 59-21 @ Pitt
  9. Georgia (3-0) LW 11, W 42-14 Samford
  10. Ohio State (2-1) LW 8, W 38-7 v. Army
  11. Wisconsin (3-0) LW 10, W 40-6 @ BYU
  12. Auburn (2-1) LW 16, W 24-10 Mercer
  13. Virginia Tech (3-0) LW 20, W 64-17 @ East Carolina
  14. Florida State (1-1) LW 6, Postponed v. Miami
  15. TCU (3-0) LW 17, W 56-36 v. SMU 
  16. LSU (2-1) LW 13, L 7-37 @ Mississippi State
  17. Miami (1-0) LW 15, POSTPONED @ Florida State
  18. Washington State (3-0) LW 23, W 52-23 v. Oregon State
  19. South Florida (3-0) LW 18, W 47-23 @ Illinois
  20. Louisville (2-1) LW 14, L 21-47 v. #3 Clemson
  21. Florida (1-1) LW 25, W 26-20 v. #22 Tennessee
  22. Mississippi State (3-0) LW NR, W 37-7 v #13 LSU
  23. Utah (3-0) LW NR, W 54-16 v. San Jose State
  24. Kansas State (2-1) LW 19, L 7-14 @ Vanderbilt 
  25. UCLA (2-1) LW 25, L 45-48 @ Memphis 

Surprise, Surprise, Alabama is number one again. While their 41-23 victory against Colorado State was a little disappointing, they did use the matchup to experiment with some student-athletes so they do get a pass. It also seems like Alabama are trying to ease Bo Scarbrough in as Scarbrough has yet to crack the 100 yards a game barrier this season. That might be cause for concern for Alabama moving forward but it definitely is not affecting them now.

It looks that Alabama will have a couple ‘easy’ matchups in the following weeks. At the time of this article, the Crimson tide will not see a top 25 opponent until October 21st. Now obviously rankings can change on a whim so that development is irrelevant in one sense. However, it does speak to the level of difficulty, or lack there off, that Alabama will be facing this season. While that can be an advantage, it could be a disadvantage to their ranking. If Alabama has another semi-disappointing outing against a lesser opponent, even if it’s a victory, they can see their ranking slip.

#Sooners ride the Wave. High Energy Highlights.

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Flashback to the beginning of the season and Sooner fans were wondering if the retirement of Bob Stoops was going to negatively impact their football team. In short, it did not. In fact, the Sooners have not missed a beat. After the Sooners shocked Ohio State at home in week 2, they proceeded to beat up on Tulane by a score of 56-14. Oklahoma has impressed and its due to the players on the roster.

Defensively, defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (say that 3 times fast) has been a stud. He has 3.5 sacks in 3 games and has been giving teams all they can handle. Offensively, as expected Baker Mayfield is tearing it up, throwing for at least 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in all three games. Hopefully, for Sooner fans sake, Oklahoma can keep this up.

The Clemson Tigers, like Oklahoma, was a team that fans were expecting a slight dip in production from this season but that has not happened. Against a ranked opponent in Louisville, Clemson torched them by a score of 47-21. The main story for Clemson is their otherworldly defense. Clemson has only given up an absurd 29 points all season. Usually, when a stat like that is thrown out about a college football team, lack of competition comes to mind. However, Clemson has faced two top 25 opponents in Louisville and Auburn. In addition to that, the Tigers have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.

Now that does not mean that Clemson Tigers Quarterback Kelly Bryant has not been good, however, full marks have to be given to the defense. In particular, the defensive line has been shut down as Christian Wilkins is averaging a sack a game.

Michigan: This is a controversial pick but I will maintain that Michigan should be in the top 4. Honestly, the Wolverine’s performance against Florida was impressive and the Wolverines have not looked back. Also, if USC is allowed to narrowly defeat non-top 25 ranked teams and still be a top 4 team in most people’s eyes then how is Michigan defeating teams by at least 2 touchdowns, not a top 4 feat?

In terms of performance and how Michigan look, there needs to be some sprucing up. Quarterback Wilton Speight has already fumbled 3 times this season, has only 3 touchdowns to 2 interceptions and has yet to throw for 250 yards or more in a game this season. Speight has to play better because running back, Ty Issac, (who was hurt in the fourth quarter v. Air Force) can only do some much before he starts to slow down due to the season grind.

Player of the Week 

Riley Ferguson, QB Memphis - 23/38 398 yards, 6 TDs v. UCLA

Honorable Mention

  • Brandon Wimbush, QB Notre Dame - 21 carries 204 yards, 4 TDs @ Boston College 
  • Mason Rudolph, QB Oklahoma State - 23/32 497 yards, 5 TDs @ Pitt 

 

One of the best hail mary passes you'll ever see. The freshman quarterback out of Florida, Feleipe Franks, connected with Houston native, Tyrie Cleveland, for a game-winner that will be remembered for a long time. A great connection by two players coming from Hurricane affected areas. 

 

All the way 🆙 3-0: ✔️

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Hey so do not look now but Oregon is 3-0. No, the sky is not falling, there is no zombie apocalypse or any huge calamity. This Oregon team is actually playing some fantastic football. Their offense looks smooth and defensively they are displaying some good old-fashioned grit. Now their level of competition is not great but in the next two weeks they will face an underrated team in California and then we will see if the Oregon Ducks are for real.

Clemson proved how good Louisville is, not allowing one player to beat them, but Lamar Jackson still netted 381 total yards, a bad game for his standards. The subpar numbers have people thinking that Jackson's Heisman hopes are up in smoke, which I think is premature. We're only in week three, the Heisman is determined in less than a month of football. Jackson will need two or three more lackluster games like this for his name to not be considered come December. Unlike everyone else in the race this season, Jackson is the defending Heisman winner, he will considered off that reason alone. The point is, let's slow down with the Heisman talks. 

Stanford is not as good as we thought

It seems that the loss of Christian McCaffrey might have hurt Stanford more than we thought as Stanford lost 20-17 against San Diego State (who are quietly having quite the season). Stanford is having trouble getting into the end zone as they have failed to score at least 28 points in two straight contest. Maybe they contest with UCLA will kick-start their slumping offense

Games to watch: 

#1 Alabama @ Vanderbilt - Vandy hasn't defeated Bama since 1989. They have momentum on their side after defeating #18 Kansas State. After the game the crowd chanted, "WE WANT BAMA!". Be careful what you wish for. 

#16 TCU @ #6 Oklahoma State - This will be nothing short of a good ol' fashion BIG 12 shootout. TCU looking to shake up the rankings and add themselves to an early playoff picture. 

#17 Mississippi State @ #11 Georgia - In this battle of the Bulldogs, Georgia is looking for their first signture conference win while Mississippi State is looking to ride the momentum from their big win against LSU. 

#7 Penn State @ Iowa - Another trap game for a top ten team. Iowa may not be ranked but Kirk Frentz knows how to get his squad ready for big games. This will be the Nittany Lions first real test of the season, pay close attention to this one. 

 

 

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