BlogPoll Ballot: Week 3

By Alex Gleitman on September 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Another week of college football has come and gone and that means it's time for our weekly BlogPoll submission.

This week the Georgia Bulldogs were the lone fall out from last week's ballot, as they earned their second loss of the season after falling at home to South Carolina. Taking their place is one of my sleeper teams this year in the UCF Knights, who destroyed Boston College 30-3. I was tempted to put the Wolverines in the final slot of the poll, but I'm sure you'll agree with me that they have to prove a bit more before they earn a spot back in the rankings.

The biggest mover in the positive direction this week was Auburn, moving up five spots after looking more like the real Auburn we know. The biggest mover in the wrong direction was Mississippi State after failing to put it in from the 1-yard line against the Tigers at home to send the game to over time.

Feel free to tell us where we're right, where we're wrong, and where we have no clue what we're talking about. Have at it people!

1 Oklahoma Sooners The Sooners were idle this week, giving them some extra time to prepare for their big game against Florida State in Tallahassee next week. That should be one to watch. --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide As expected, Alabama went into Happy Valley and made things not so happy. Trent Richardson had 26 carries for 111 yards and 2 scores, while the Tide defense forced the PSU quarterbacks to go 12/39-144-0-1 in a 27-11 win. --
3 LSU Tigers LSU had a cupcake in week two as they took on Northwestern State and appropriately dismantled the visitors 49-3. Spencer Ware and Michael Ford both had 2 rushing TDs in the victory. Up next is a tough SEC match-up in Starkville against Mississippi State. --
4 Stanford Cardinal In a battle of the brains, Stanford went to Durham and took down the Dukies 44-14. Andrew Luck continued his Heisman campaign, spinning 290 yards of passing and 4 TDs in the win. --
5 Boise State Broncos Boise State was idle this week, as they prep for what should be a tougher-than-expected game at night on the road against Toledo. The Rockets gave OSU all they could handle this past week and BSU should expect no less. --
6 Florida State Seminoles The Seminoles continued piling on the points in a 62-10 win over Charleston Southern, but they won't have it that easy against Oklahoma next week. EJ Manuel continues to look like the real deal, throwing for 329 yards and 4 TDs through the air. --
7 Wisconsin Badgers Wisconsin looks like the best team in the B1G so far and made a statement this weekend, shutting down Oregon State 35-0 in Madison. Russell Wilson was 17/21-189-3-0 and Montee Ball had 118 yards and 2 scores on the ground in the win. UP3
8 Oklahoma State Cowboys Props to Oklahoma State for scheduling a challenging out of conference game against Arizona in week two of the season, and even more props for coming out with a 37-14 win. Okie State was lead by QB Brandon Weeden, who had 397 yards and 2 passing TDs on 42/53 passing. Justin Blackmon caught 12 of those balls for 128 yards and both touchdowns. UP1
9 Texas A&M Aggies A&M gets jumped after being idle in week two. They take on Idaho at home next week in what should be an easy victory to keep a hold in the top 10. DOWN 1
10 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska struggled with Fresno State in Lincoln, leading only by 6 with 5 minutes remaining in the game, before pulling away to win 42-29. Taylor Martinez, while inconsistent at times (including 2 INTs), had 385 yards of total offense and 3 TDs in the win. DOWN 3
11 Oregon Ducks Hosting Nevada, Oregon got back on track and beat the Wolfpack 69-20 in Eugene. LaMichael James was the story of the day, registering 181 total yards with a receiving, rushing, and return touchdown on the afternoon. Darren Thomas wasn't too shabby either, throwing 6 touchdowns on 13/19 passing for 295 yards. --
12 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina went "Between The Hedges" and came up with a 45-42 win in what may have been the most exciting game of the weekend (yes, that includes UM-ND). Freshman phenom Jadeveon Clowney sealed the deal for the Gamecocks, sacking UGA QB Aaron Murray and forcing a fumble with 3 minutes left to give USC the win. --
13 Michigan State Spartans Sparty got their groove back this week in a 44-0 win against Florida Atlantic. Kirk Cousins threw for 2 touchdowns, while BJ Cunningham had 5 receptions for 73 yards, becoming MSU's all-time leader in career receptions. State goes down to South Bend in week three in what should be a telling game for both teams. UP2
14 Arkansas Razorbacks Lamaar Thomas and the New Mexico Lobos got a rude awakening as they fell to Arkansas 52-3. Tyler Wilson had 305 yards of total offense and 2 TDs as the Razorbacks showed no signs of missing RB Kniles Davis who is out for the season. UP2
15 Virginia Tech Hokies I'm still trying to figure out why VaTech continues to schedule East Carolina, as the Pirates always give the Hokies early season trouble. This year was no different, but VT prevailed 17-10 on the back of David Wilson who carried the ball 26 times for 138 yards. As usual, Beamer Ball helped as well, with the Hokies holding ECU to just 112 yards of total offense. DOWN 2
16 Ohio State Buckeyes Toledo is a much better team than most Buckeye fans expected and will likely win the MAC this season. That being said, the Buckeyes came out flat and it cost them as they struggled to secure a 27-22 win in the final minutes of the game on Saturday afternoon. A trip to Miami is up next and OSU will have to bring a better effort if they want to escape South Beach with a 3-0 record. DOWN 2
17 Arizona State Sun Devils Brock Osweiler threw for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns, but ASU needed overtime at home against Missouri to move to 2-0 on the season. WR Aaron Pflugrad had 8 receptions for 180 yards and 2 TDs, continuing his domination of opposing corners, in the 37-30 win. UP1
18 Florida Gators The Gators definitely have some offensive kinks to work out, but the defense sure looked good in a 39-0 win against UAB. Chris Rainey appears to be a consistent go-to weapon for Will Muschamp as he had 162 total yards and a score, but the Gators' other offensive spark, Jeff Demps, left the game with an injury. UP2
19 West Virginia Mountaineers The Mountaineers moved to 2-0 in the Dana Holgorsen era after toppling Norfolk State 55-12 in Morgantown. QB Geno Smith stole the show, throwing for 371 yards and 4 TDs on 20/34 passing. UP2
20 Auburn Tigers Auburn rebounded nicely after a near week one loss to Utah State in defeating Mississippi State 41-34 in Starkville. It did take a last second stop at the goal line to secure the victory, but winning on the road is never easy, especially in the SEC. UP5
21 South Florida Bulls The Bulls took the momentum of an upset win in South Bend and parlayed it into a 37-7 drumming of Ball State in week two. QB BJ Daniels went 28/39 for 359 yards and a TD, while Darrell Scott finally showed why he was a top rated recruit coming out of high school with 82 yards and a score on 11 carries. UP2
22 Baylor Bears Baylor was idle in week two as they prepared for next week's game against Stephen F. Austin. Robert Griffin should continue to elevate his Heisman numbers in that game and his stat line is expected to look video game-esque. --
23 Mississippi State Bulldogs A tough loss for Dan Mullen's team at home against Auburn, but the Bulldogs remain in the top 25 for now. They don't have much time to sit around and let the sting of the loss linger, as they host LSU at night on Thursday. DOWN 6
24 Missouri Tigers Missouri took a gamble in booking a road trip to play a good Arizona State team and it didn't pay off as they fell 37-30 in overtime. The game did shine a bright spot on QB James Franklin who continues to prove a good successor to Blaine Gabbert. Franklin had 403 total yards of offense with 3 TDs on the evening. DOWN 5
25 Central Florida Knights UCF just edges Michigan for the final spot in the rankings as the Knights took down Boston College 30-3 in an impressive win. QB Jeff Godfrey is an under-the-radar player to watch and played a big role in the win, going 20/25 for 187 yards passing and scoring twice on the ground with 13 carries for 69 yards. --
Dropouts: Georgia Bulldogs
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