Week 3 2010 College Football Power Rankings (through 9/18/10)
1: Oregon Ducks (3-0 ATS, 3-0 SU) - We knew that the Portland State Vikings were going to be hapless this week against the Oregon Ducks, but we didn't know just how hapless they were going to end up being. The U of O dropped 666 yards of offense and 69 points in a shutout victory. The scariest part about that win? The Ducks didn't score in the final 18+ minutes of the game! Of the 120 teams in the land, none are averaging more yards per game than the Quack Attack (611.0), and none are allowing fewer yards per game either (191.7). A scoring differential of 63.0-4.3 is what we'd call very, very impressive. The cupcakes are done though, as Arizona State on the road is up next.
2: Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0 ATS, 3-0 SU) - QB Terrelle Pryor just keeps on keeping on, and the Bucks rumbled to another workmanlike 43-7 victory over the Ohio Bobcats last week in the Horseshoe. The offensive numbers weren't all that great for the third straight week, as 438 yards against a marginal MAC school isn't normally going to cut it. However, this is the third time this year that the defense really came through with a big, big effort. Only three TDs have been scored against Ohio State's 'D' all season long, and only one of the three have come before the fourth quarter, when all three of its games have already been well out of reach.
3: Arizona Wildcats (3-0 ATS, 3-0 SU) - Watch out, Oregon! You've got another contender for the Pac-10 title this year that you had better not forget about. The Wildcats jumped out early on the Iowa Hawkeyes last week and never looked back. The defense played a stellar game, as the offense and the special teams both gave up a TD, but in the end, it was QB Nick Foles who threw his second TD pass of the game to lead Arizona to a 34-27 'W' to pull off a big, big win. Arizona is going to be right back at it this week at home against the Golden Bears, but there is no reason for it to be anything less than 7-0 going into the game at UCLA on October 30th.
4: Kentucky Wildcats (3-0 ATS, 3-0 SU) - We've got Cat Scratch Fever after watching the Wildcats dominate the Akron Zips 47-10 in a game that was truthfully never really that close on Saturday. Though it is clear that Kentucky can feel good about itself right now after scoring an average of 44.3 points per game in its first three, there is no way that it is going to march into the Swamp and come away with a victory unless it gets an absolutely Herculean effort from all involved. QB Mike Hartline is going to get his real test of the season this week, and with a bad effort this week and a similar one at Ole Miss in two weeks, the hometown crowd won't be so nice to him when he leads the Wildcats back home against the Auburn Tigers on October 9th.
5: North Carolina State Wolfpack (3-0 ATS, 3-0 SU) - It was a little touch and go there at the end of the game, but behind a great crowd in a nationally televised performance, the Wolfpack knocked off the Cincinnati Bearcats 30-19 to move to 3-0 on the season. The Top 25 could be calling for HC Tom O'Brien's boys very soon, but the challenges get bumped up a big time notch next week with the first treacherous roadie of the year against the triple option attack of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. QB Russell Wilson will need to be at his best to keep up with the Ramblin' Wreck on Saturday.
6: Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0 ATS, 3-0 SU) - Roll Tide! The Crimson Tide got back their Heisman Trophy winning RB Mark Ingram last week, and he immediately rolled for over 100 yards in the first quarter of action against the Duke Blue Devils. Alabama dropped 65 on the hapless Dookies and made one final statement before heading into what might be the toughest game of the season at the Arkansas Razorbacks next week. This is a horrifying stretch of schedule that the defending champs are about to embark upon, as they take on the Hogs, the Florida Gators, and the South Carolina Gamecocks over the next three weeks. If Alabama survives those three games, the coast should be relatively clear towards the SEC West title and a spot in the SEC Championship Game in December.
7: Idaho Vandals (3-0 ATS, 2-1 SU) - QB Nathan Enderle is really doing a fantastic job this year of keeping his Vandals at the top of their game. Just one year after leading them to a bowl game for the first time in decades, Enderle has thrown for 662 yards and four TDs. Yes, we'd feel a lot better without those seven picks, but when push is really coming to shove, Idaho is consistently coming out on top of the NCAA football betting lines. A 30-7 home win over the UNLV Runnin' Rebels was the last time that this team will be playing in Moscow until October 23rd. The next three are on the road, and if the Vandals are going bowling again, they'll need to win at least one, if not two of those three.
8: San Diego State Aztecs (3-0 ATS, 2-1 SU) - The Aztecs nearly found their way into the discussion for the Top 25 this week, as they would've been 3-0 with a huge win on the road against the Missouri Tigers if not for a late long TD pass that save the Zou's skin. This offense ranks ninth in the land at 511.3 yards per game so far this season, and it has come against a relatively formidable schedule. This could be the forgotten team in the MWC this year, but a win against the Utah State Aggies next week could send a real message to the other teams in this conference, as San Diego State really could be for real. Save the trip to TCU on November 13th, the rest of these games on the slate seem to be within reach.
9: Central Michigan Chippewas (3-0 ATS, 2-1 SU) - The Chippies hammered Eastern Michigan over the weekend to move to 3-0 ATS. This isn't a mistake either. The MAC powerhouses might not have QB Dan LeFevour anymore, but that isn't stopping them from being a key player in the MAC race this year. The loss at Temple seems to be a lot more palatable now that the Owls have beaten the Connecticut Huskies, and it's hard to discount a team that ranks 32nd in the nation in total offenses (430.7 YPG) and eighth in total defense (250.7 YPG). Northwestern had better watch its back, or Evanston will be a very sad place to be next Saturday after Central Michigan is done there.
10: Utah Utes (2-0-1 ATS, 3-0 SU) - We know that the Utes aren't technically perfect ATS this year, but anyone who jumped on their backs early in the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers found a way to cover the number. Utah has been one of the most impressive teams in the land this year, which is why it is inching closer to the Top 10 every single week. The Utes have a cupcake this week in San Jose State on the heels of a 56-14 lopsided romp in New Mexico. Between the game with the Spartans and the bye week in front of it, QB Jordan Wynn has two weeks to get healthy before the real fun begins at Iowa State and at Wyoming.
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