How I see the Top 25 in College Football

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Here is how I voted after the third week of college football gridiron action.  To view the complete collection of votes from the Rant sports college football writers click here.

1. Alabama- The reigning champs win another conference opener and shutout Arkansas 52-0 and look to be well on their way to another championship run with AJ McCarron running the show.

2. LSU- The two best in the SEC west are also the two best in the country as LSU continues to roll with a strong run game and punishing defense as per usual.

3. Oregon- Running back DeAnthony Thomas is averaging more than 17 yards per carry this season and gives the Ducks 1-2 punch with Kenjon Barner in the backfield.

4. Georgia- Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs racked up record 713 yards of offense vs. Florida Atlantic and the defense is coming together as players return from suspension.

5. Florida State- Seminoles offense is a juggernaut with quarterback EJ Manuel healthy and running back Chris Thompson who rolled up 197 yards on the ground vs. Wake Forest

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6. West Virginia- Geno Smith is a model of efficiency running Dana Holgerson’s offense throwing for more 411 yards and five more touchdowns

7. South Carolina- it was not pretty for long stretches but the Gamecocks outlasted UAB with four second half touchdowns.

8. Oklahoma- Idle

9. Clemson- Sammy Watkins played his first game after serving a suspension and scored on a 58-yard end around and had four catches for 52 yards.

10. Ohio State- Braxton Miller did the damage with his arm this week throwing for four touchdowns in a win over Cal

11. Texas- Longhorns offense scored eight touchdowns as the offense graded out high in the rout over Ole Miss.

12. Stanford- Biggest win over the weekend as they beat USC for the fourth year in a row as Stephan Taylor ran roughshod over the Trojans/

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13. USC- Could not run the ball vs. Stanford front or protect Matt Barkley in shocking loss as Trojans fell from #2 spot, and out of the national championship picture…for now.

14. Kansas State- labored through the first three quarters vs. North Texas before Collin Klein took over and led team to 21 unanswered points.

15. Florida- Outscored Tennessee 27-6 in second half to pick up a big road win for the second week in a row after last week’s win over Texas A&M.

16. Notre Dame- improves to 3-0 for first time since 2002 as Manti Teo and company held Michigan State to three points, their lowest offensive output since 1991.

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17. Michigan- Denard Robinson almost gets 400 yards of total offense and accounts for four touchdowns in romp over UMASS.

18. Mississippi State- Bulldogs are 3-0 for the first time since 1999 with big performances from Chad Bumphis (6-180-3) and LaDarius Perkins’ 179 yards and a score in win over Troy.

19. TCU- An ugly game for the Horned Frogs who turned the ball over four times before finally turning it on vs. Kansas and escaping with 20-6 win.

20. Michigan State- Spartans defense allowed first touchdown of the year and the offense failed to get in the end zone in home loss to Notre Dame.

21. Louisville- Teddy Bridgewater and Jeremy Wright paced Cardinals to 36-7 lead at half before hanging on for 39-34 win over North Carolina.

22. UCLA- Jonathan Franklin continues to ground out yards and Brett Hundley has been a revelation at quarterback for head coach Jim Mora as he has brought the Bruins storming back to the college football landscape.

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23. Arizona- Matt Scott looks comfortable running Rich Rodriguez’ offense as he led the Wildcats to nearly 700 yards of total offense in 56-0 rout over South Carolina State.

24- Boise State- The Broncos are back in the rankings after a convincing win over Miami (OH) that saw DJ Harper rush for 162 yards and three touchdowns in 39-12 triumph.

25. Northwestern- The Wildcats kicked down the door as they crack my top 25 after five field goals and a late touchdown vs. Boston College giving Pat Fitzgerald’s team a 3-0 record.  Northwestern has a win over an ACC, SEC, and Big East opponent.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com Wednesday mornings from 8-10.  View his show’s website here.

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