Last week’s poll was all about teams making moves up the ladder. This week is about teams falling – some free falling – after season-changing losses.
Arkansas‘ improbable 34-31 loss to Louisiana-Monroe was catastrophic. When you lose a game like that, doubt creeps into the minds of all players and coaches, making it very difficult to recover. We drop the Hogs completely out of our ballot this week, as our fears going into the season seem to be materializing.
Three ranked teams went west and came home unfulfilled. Wisconsin imploded dropping a 10-7 decision to Oregon State on the road. Nebraska couldn’t contain UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley (358 TotYds, 4TDs) in losing their trip out west 36-30.
We were admittedly too high on Oklahoma State last week. They too went out west to Arizona and lost a 59-38 shootout. Wildcat running back Ka’Deem Carey was unstoppable, rushing for 126 yards and 4TDs, while the Cowboys turned it over four times. Not good.
Florida and Georgia both had nice wins on the road as they welcomed Missouri and Texas A&M to the league. The Gators face off with Tennessee this week in a very important SEC East matchup.
You can find the complete BlogPoll here when it comes out each Tuesday. So, without further ado, here’s the RBN ballot this week:
|1||Alabama||2-0||1||Tide, Saban licking their chops after Hogs dismantled by ULM.|
|2||LSU||2-0||3||Tigers cruise…out rush Washington 242-26. Idaho next.|
|3||USC||2-0||2||Barkley’s 6TDs give listless Trojans a 42-29 Syracuse win.|
|4||Oregon||2-0||5||Ducks move up as RBs Barner, Thomas tally 4TDs vs. Fresno.|
|5||Florida St.||2-0||4||The only thing that stopped FSU Saturday was lightning.|
|6||West Virginia||1-0||6||After bye, Mountaineers host upset minded James Madison.|
|7||Georgia||2-0||10||UGA climbs after impressive 21-point win at Columbia.|
|8||Clemson||2-0||8||WR DeAndre Hopkins 3TDs lead Tigers past Ball St. 52-27.|
|9||Oklahoma||2-0||11||Sooners, QB Jones roll up 662 TotYds in Florida A&M rout|
|10||Ohio St.||2-0||13||Soph QB Braxton Miller has 7 Total TDs in first two games.|
|11||South Carolina||2-0||15||Gamecocks don’t need QB Shaw in 48-10 thumping of ECU.|
|12||Michigan St.||2-0||16||Spartans D leads the way in 41-7 Cent Mich win. ND next.|
|13||Virginia Tech||2-0||14||QB Logan Thomas (2TDs) helps VT drop Austin Peay 42-7.|
|14||Kansas St.||2-0||19||Wow…Collin Kline is at it again…4TDs in 52-13 Miami win.|
|15||Texas||2-0||21||Longhorns get shutout vs. NM. Host Ole Miss Saturday.|
|16||Florida||2-0||23||Muschamp, Gators adjustments stop aTm in second half.|
|17||Michigan||1-1||17||QB Robinson gets 200+ rush and pass in 31-25 Air Force win.|
|18||TCU||1-0||24||HC Patterson becomes Frogs winningest coach (110 wins).|
|19||Tennessee||2-0||22||WR Justin Hunter (8-146, 3TDs) is back in a big way. UT rolls.|
|20||BYU||2-0||25||HC Mendenhall, Cougars averaging 37.5 PPG. Get Utah Sat.|
|21||Stanford||2-0||NR||New QB Nunes (275 PaYds, 3TDs) has nice day vs. Duke.|
|22||UCLA||2-0||NR||Bruins, HC Mora have a budding superstar in QB Hundley.|
|23||Arizona||2-0||NR||Uh oh…Rich Rod has a RB in Ka’Deem Carey (4TDs vs. OSU).|
|24||Nebraska||1-1||12||Like Wisky, Cornhuskers trip out West was unproductive.|
|25||Oklahoma St.||1-1||7||Frosh QB Lunt throws for 436 and 4TDs in wild Arizona loss.|
|Others considered: Arizona St., Boise St., Arkansas, South Florida, Louisville, Ohio, Mississippi St., Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, Baylor, Cincinnati, UCF, Wisconsin.|