Week 3 Power Rankings

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  1. Ben

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    Week 3

    th.jpeg #1 - #1 Ohio St. Buckeyes


    The Buckeyes are the best team in college football right now and that's indisputable. Coming off of a National Championship under the new playoff system last year and being 2-0 winning both games convincingly, this might be one of the best OSU teams ever. They have the potential to make it in the history books as a dynasty if they can continue to dominate under Urban Meyer. Ohio St. plays host to a wimpy Fighting Illini team this week. The following two weeks they host both, a good Badgers team, and a young talented Fighting Irish squad. Expectations are high as everyone licks their chops at a chance to play Ohio St. and end their chances at another Championship.

    This is the part of the rankings that get tricky, being so early on there are 3-4 teams that could come in any order from the spots 2-5, but I'll do my best.

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    #2 - #8 Clemson Tigers

    So far so good for the Tigers this season. A week 1 whooping of a higher ranked Georgia Bulldogs team and thrashing Syracuse last week has Greenville optimistic about their team. Sophomore QB, Deshaun Watson leads the league in yards and scoring. So much young talent on this team. They travel to Gainesville this week to take on an unranked, but talented Gators team. If they win that game, the sky is the limit for this team. Watch out Columbus, looks like there might be a new Sheriff in town real soon.

    th-10.jpeg #3 - Florida Gators


    Unranked Florida at #3??!? Yep you read that right. Gainesville hasnt been this tough since Urban left. A week 1 thrashing of Virginia was nice, but the week 2 crowning of a ranked Miami team on the road was just proof that week 1 wasnt a fluke. Florida has focused on their run game so far this season, Kelvin Taylor already has 5 td's. Lets not forget about their defense either, it might be the best in the country. Eight interceptions in two games isnt just dominate, its down right nasty. Another true test this week as the Gators will host #8 Clemson. If the Tigers arent afraid of the Gators yet, they should be. Chomp! Chomp!

    th-2.jpeg #4 - #5 Oregon Ducks

    The Ducks are in this spot for 2 reasons. 1. Because they were in the playoff system last year and 2. because they are 2-0. They've had 2 convincing wins so far this season. The California game was tight, but I think Cal is a better team than most give them credit for. With Mariota gone, they will struggle to find a QB that can compensate for their style of offense. Times up Ducks, you host a ranked, but pathetic Oklahoma team this week, then its on the road to Pasadena to take on the highly ranked USC Trojans. We'll all get a better look at the Ducks in a few weeks.

    th-8.jpeg #5 - #7 Florida St. Seminoles


    No Winston, no problem. The 2-0 Noles are looking good early on. A good turnout by fans in a close win at home last week against #17 LSU is just reason to believe that Doak Cambell Stadium will be buzzing this year. Like every year, hopes are high in Tallahassee and expectations are even higher. Transfer Everett Golson has the whole university believing that they can win a National Championship this year. Florida St. plays at #4 Alabama next week, but besides that no real tests come until week 8. They better not lose until then because the last half of the season is brutal for the Noles. They could face 6 ranked teams in 7 weeks. That worse than Michigan St's horrid schedule.


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    #6 - #9 USC Trojans

    One of three teams could have got this spot, but I'll give it to USC for now. Reason being, they have a QB. Senior Cody Kessler looks to have a dominant year in the newly reformed Big Ten. He's had a slow start to the season only throwing for 64 yards in Texas against the Longhorns. This is a USC team thats only played 1 game so far this season so its hard to gauge just how good, or bad, they can be. Especially when they barely edge out a weak Longhorns team. These next 4 weeks are brutal for the Trojans. Home against #3 TCU and #5 Oregon, then on the road against #11 Michigan St. and unranked Penn St. This is a team that could jump from #5 to #1 in 4 weeks or from #5 to #12 in that time. Good Luck USC.

    th-4.jpeg #7 - #10 Notre Dame

    One of my favorite teams to watch every year is Notre Dame. Not because I really like them, but because of their tradition. The helmets, the fight songs, the old stadium, it just gets me excited about college football. Unfortunately for me and the rest of the country there has to be some bad with the good. The bad is watching Notre Dame play every year. They usually suck, but maybe not this year. A two touchdown win last week against rival Michigan really set this team up for success in the near future. They host their next three games #12 UCLA this week, #11 Michigan St., and then Penn St. and with a defense thats really stepping up on and off the field, who knows. The luck of the Irish just might be back South Bend.


    th-5.jpeg #8 - #11 Michigan St.

    Never has it been so hard to gauge Sparty. East Lansing was really buzzing before the season started. Senior QB Connor Cook was looking like a top 5 draft pick and Sophomore RB Gerald Holmes looked poised to be a dominant back. Now I'm not sure what to think of these Spartans. They win week one against Indiana, but lose last week at home against #2 Baylor. Baylor may be good, but with Petty gone at QB, they are hardly dominant. In MSU's defense, Baylor does have one of the best WR corps in the nation, including an untacklable TE who looks like an offensive lineman. Regardless, feel bad for this team and more importantly its fans. Here's the schedule the next four weeks, in South Bend vs ND, #9 USC and #5 Oregon at home, then back to the road against #12 UCLA. OUCH!! Could it get any worse?


    th-9.jpeg #9 - Miami Hurricanes


    Miami dropped from the rankings last week after losing to Florida at home. They did have a convincing week 1 win over a highly ranked Ole Miss team. Help from a QB like Brad Kaaya is nice to have since he is good talent among young QB's. What worries me about Miami is that their next two games are frightening. At #14 Georgia and home to #8 Clemson. The Hurricanes are walking into a Hurricane that could leave the 1-3 going into week 6. Not a spot any team wants to be in or even think about being in. More time will allow a better assessment of this young team.



    th-1.jpeg #10 - Penn St. Nittany Lions

    The 1-0 Nittany Lions are an untested team at this point in the early season. Christian Hackenberg is being touted as the best QB in this years upcoming NFL draft. A very good and developed offense is what Penn St. has to offer. They will be a force in moving the ball down the field. A close win at home last week to the Iowa Hawkeyes is the least of their concern now. They have a tough Big Ten schedule coming up. More to come on whether Happy Valley is really going to be "Happy" this season.



     
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    th-6.jpeg #11 - #14 Georgia Bulldogs

    The Dawgs are a very spotty team. Not a whole lot of talent across the board. They have have a young QB who seems to be able to handle pressure, but the real problem here is their Oline. They are atrocious. We saw it week 1 in a bad loss to Clemson and we saw even more against South Carolina last week at home. Georgia needs to get their act together because they still have to face a lot of tough SEC teams. More from the Dawgs next time and hopefully its good.


    th-11.jpeg #12 - Virginia Tech Hokies

    No surprise here. A rough early schedule has really screwed up any chances the Hokies had of making it a good season this year. When trying to get a feel for your squad the last thing you want to do is face off against #4 Bama week one and #1 Ohio St. week 2. Tech gets a break from any touch competition until week 7 so they will try to get their shit together by then. They need a lot more help than any team in the league right now. Hopefully things turn around in Blacksburg or the head coaches reign could be over before it begins.
     
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    Great writeup, Ben! Will be interesting to see who comes out on top between Rhight and ISUCubswin this week, given that both of them have already won in convincing fashion in user games.
     
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    Thanks! Planning on doing new rankings every 4 weeks from here till the end of the regular season.
     

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