The Dr. is in. It is time for the weekly check up on the top 25. This past weekend provided a big time shakeup with multiple upsets across the country. Notably 8th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks losing at home to the UL-Monroe Warhawks in overtime.
No conference benefited more from this weekend than the Pac-12. While there were disappointments in the Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes, three Pac-12 programs bested ranked opponents. The USC Trojans are still my number one after taking care of business against the Syracuse Orange, but I am worried about the Trojans letting the Orange hang around up to the 4th quarter.
For your viewing pleasure, here is the Doc’s new top 25. Enjoy.
8. Florida State
9. South Carolina
10. West Virginia
12. Ohio State
15. Kansas State
16. Michigan State
17. Virginia Tech
20. Notre Dame
22. Boise State
Trending up: Clearly, the Pac-12 made a big move this weekend. The UCLA Bruins handled a ranked Nebraska Huskers squad in Pasadena. The Bruins seem to have an effective backfield with Jonathan Franklin toting the rock and Brett Hundley providing a dangerous pass run threat.
Arizona continued to display their adeptness at adjusting to Rich Rodriguez’s new system. Matt Scott is an excellent fit in the spread option offense. The Oklahoma State Cowboys ate up yards and scored with ease on the Wildcats 3-3-5 defense, but freshman QB Wes Lunt couldn’t avoid the big mistakes.
Trending down: Arkansas went from being a top 10 team to un-ranked in the AP Top 25 after being upset by the mighty Warhawks. I belive the Razorbacks will bounce back from the loss so I haven’t knocked them out of my top 25. But they are on thin ice.
Dropping out: Nebraska falls out of my top 25 along with the Wisconsin Badgers. These teams are primed to get back into my rankings but I must see better performances in conference play first. The Michigan Wolverines were able to defeat the Air Force Falcons but had their hands full doing it.
What to watch for in week three: Arkansas can get some SEC street cred back by upsetting number one Alabama in Fayetteville. The Stanford Cardinal hosts 2nd ranked USC in the first major challenge post Andrew Luck. Notre Dame is at Michigan State for Brian Kelly’s biggest roadblock thus far in the season. Number 14 Texas goes on the road for the first time against a viable opponent in the Ole Miss Rebels. Florida and Tennessee clash in Knoxville. The last scheduled Holy War will have a Utah squad looking to rebound from their Utah State Aggies loss against the newly AP ranked 25 BYU Cougars in Salt Lake City.
James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America
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