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The 2012 NCAA Football season is well under way with conference play beginning for many of the conferences across the nation. With that being said, it is really time to see which teams are truly good ones and which have just been beating up on weaker competition. Here are my power rankings following the exciting action in week three of the season.
1.) Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0): The Tide rolled SEC rival Arkansas 52-0 in a game that was even more lopsided than the score showed.
2.) LSU Tigers (3-0): The Tigers easily defeated Idaho 63-14 as they notched their FBS record 40th consecutive non-conference win.
3.) Oregon Ducks (3-0): The Ducks put a 63-14 hurting on Tennessee Tech in large part thanks to DeAnthoy Thomas‘ 222 all-purpose yards on just 10 touches.
4.) Florida State Seminoles (3-0): The Noles crushed Wake Forest 52-0 in an easy one, but next week there will be a much tougher ACC opponent waiting.
5.) Georgia Bulldogs (3-0): The Bulldogs defeated Florida Atlantic 56-20 thanks to a school record 713 yards of total offense.
6.) South Carolina Gamecocks (3-0): The Gamecocks looked very impressive in their 49-6 drubbing of UAB, but can they keep it up in SEC play?
7.) West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0): Geno Smith led the Mountaineers with five touchdown passes in a very solid 42-12 victory over James Madison.
8.) Oklahoma Sooners (2-0): The Sooners had an off week but need to be ready to go against a very tough game versus another top Big 12 opponent.
9.) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0): The Irish are off to their best start in a decade, which has many supporters thinking potential BCS Bowl bid.
10.) Stanford Cardinal (3-0): Anyone who thinks Andrew Luck was the only reason this team was good last year received a wake up call last week.
11.) Clemson Tigers (3-0): The Tigers destroyed Furman 41-7 last week, but this week must keep pace with Florida State–what a difference a week makes.
12.) Texas Longhorns (3-0): The Horns showed that the Big 12 can compete with the SEC as they handled Ole Miss 66-31.
13.) Florida Gators (3-0): Don’t look now, but the Gators are back and they definitely raised some eyebrows with their 37-20 win at Tennessee.
14.) Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0): The Buckeyes escaped last week with a tough victory over California 35-28.
15.) USC Trojans (2-1): Matt Barkley and the Trojans looked terrible in their 21-14 upset loss to Stanford. There went their national title hopes.
16.) Kansas State Wildcats (3-0): The Wildcats defeated North Texas 35-21, but up next for them is a very good Oklahoma squad.
17.) TCU Horned Frogs (3-0): In their first Big 12 game since joining the conference, the Horned Frogs cruised versus Kansas 20-6.
18.) UCLA Bruins (3-0): The Bruins have looked really good this season and a 37-6 victory over Houston may have been their best effort this season.
19.) Louisville Cardinals (3-0): The Cardinals barely escaped with their undefeated season intact after a close 39-34 win over North Carolina.
20.) Michigan Wolverines (2-1): The Wolverines beat up on Massachusetts 63-13, but the question is: can they beat any of the better teams in the nation.
21.) Arizona Wildcats (3-0): The Wildcats blanked South Carolina State 56-0, but can they do the same versus Pac-12 teams when they begin conference play?
22.) Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-0): The Bulldogs barely defeated Troy 30-24 and if they want to stay undefeated, they must play much better in SEC play.
23.) Michigan State Spartans (2-1): The Spartans must bounce back quickly to save their season following a 20-3 dismantling at the hands of Notre Dame.
24.) Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1): The Huskers knocked off Arkansas State 42-13, but must keep it going versus tougher competition in the Big 10.
25.) Boise State Broncos (1-1): The Broncos earned their first win of the season against Miami (OH) 39-12 thanks to D.J. Harper‘s three touchdowns and 162 yards rushing.
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