These rankings reflect the opinion of the Boise Sports Examiner and are not a representation of the Associated Press poll or the polls that make up the BCS rankings. Click the links for teams 1-10 and 21-25.
11. Oklahoma State 3-0
Previous Rank: 12; Last Game: W 59-33 Tulsa; Next Game: @ Texas A&M
Oklahoma State had to endure a weather delay of over three hours before they could take the field against Tulsa on Sunday morning, just after midnight. When they did begin play, Brandon Weeden threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns and Joseph Randle added three scores on the ground to go with his 128 yards. The Cowboys forced six Tulsa turnovers including three interceptions from Kalen Henderson who entered the game in the 1st quarter after an injury to Tulsa starter G.J. Kinne. Oklahoma State did give up 365 yards on the ground and now has the unenviable task of traveling to College Station to face Texas A&M in the conference opener.
12. Florida State 2-1
Previous Rank: 9; Last Game: L 23-13 Oklahoma; Next Game: @ Clemson
The Seminoles were a solid matchup for the #1 Sooners through three and a half quarters but struggled offensively throughout and finally wore down late. Florida State got only four yards from its running backs for the game and E.J. Manuel was forced to make all of the plays for the Seminoles before leaving the game in the 3rd quarter with a shoulder injury. Three interceptions and six sacks allowed were too much for the Seminole offense to overcome although the defense gave a valiant effort against a powerful Sooner offensive attack. Florida State now goes on the road against Clemson in a tough ACC battle.
13. Arkansas 3-0
Previous Rank: 13; Last Game: W 38-28 Troy; Next Game: @ Alabama
As predicted by the BSE, it appeared that Arkansas had their minds set on their upcoming matchup against Alabama and they struggled to put away Troy this past week. Tyler Wilson threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns and Ronnie Wingo Jr. had three scores in the win. The Hogs allowed 373 passing yards and three touchdowns to Corey Robinson and Troy actually outgained Arkansas by three yards. Three Razorback turnovers kept the Trojans in the game although Arkansas led by 17 going into the last minute of the game. Now the Razorbacks must turn their full attention to Alabama.
14. South Carolina 3-0
Previous Rank: 15; Last Game: W 24-21 Navy; Next Game: vs Vanderbilt
South Carolina struggled for a third consecutive week but managed to pull out the win again behind a monster game from sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns and Stephen Garcia kept the Gamecocks in the game with 204 passing yards. Navy ran for 274 yards but the South Carolina defense kept them off the scoreboard following Lattimore’s final touchdown run with 12:45 remaining. The Gamecocks are undefeated despite sitting at 102nd in the country in passing offense and 100th in scoring defense. Vanderbilt comes to town this week followed by another home test against Auburn.
15. Florida 3-0
Previous Rank: 17; Last Game: W 33-23 Tennessee; Next Game: @ Kentucky
The Gators got a leg up on their SEC East division foes by knocking off Tennessee behind Chris Rainey’s 212 yards of offense. The senior ran for 108 yards and scored a touchdown on an 83-yard pass en route to 104 yards through the air. John Brantley added another touchdown pass to Trey Burton and the Gators held Tennessee to -9 yards rushing while picking off two Tyler Brey passes. Caleb Sturgis booted four field goals in the win. The Gators continue SEC play this week with a trip to Lexington to face the Wildcats ahead of a major clash in Gainesville against Alabama and a trip to LSU the following week.
16. West Virginia 3-0
Previous Rank: 19; Last Game: W 37-31 Maryland; Next Game: vs LSU
The Mountaineers were once again led by Geno Smith who threw for 388 yards and a touchdown. The defense chipped in with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown by Terence Garvin, one of three interceptions forced by the West Virginia defense. The Mountaineers turned the ball over three times themselves and struggled to stop Maryland on the ground. Those two factors do not bode well for West Virginia in their upcoming matchup against LSU.
17. Texas 3-0
Previous Rank: 24; Last Game: W 49-20 UCLA; Next Game: @ Iowa State October 1st
The Longhorns finally broke out offensively behind new quarterbacks Case McCoy and David Ash. McCoy got the majority of the snaps, replacing injured and ineffective Garrett Gilbert, and threw two touchdown passes. D.J. Grant caught both along with a third from wide receiver Jaxon Shipley. Malcolm Brown and Fozzy Whittaker combined for 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns and the Longhorn defense forced four Bruin turnovers. Texas now has a week off as it looks to avenge a 2010 loss to Iowa State
18. Baylor 2-0
Previous Rank: 22; Last Game: W 48-0 Stephen F. Austin; Next Game: vs Rice
Robert Griffin III did not have to be as heroic against the Lumberjacks as he was in an opening week win over TCU but he did throw for 265 yards and three touchdowns before the game was called due to lightning in the 3rd quarter. The Bear defense was much more stout as well, holding Stephen F. Austin to 10 1st downs and only 207 total yards. Baylor was equally effective on the ground and through the air in the weather-shortened game. The Bears had scored on every possession prior to the game being called.
19. South Florida 3-0
Previous Rank: 21; Last Game: W 70-17 Florida A&M; Next Game: vs UTEP
B.J. Daniels had another huge game with 382 yards and four touchdowns passing and adding another on the ground. Darrell Scott ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns and his lone catch went for 84 yards and another score in the easy win. The Rattlers managed only 39 yards rushing and 10 1st downs against a stingy Bulls defense that also forced two turnovers. The game was out of hand early as South Florida led 21-0 after one quarter and 49-14 at the half.
20. TCU 2-1
Previous Rank: 23; Last Game: W 38-17 Louisiana-Monroe; Next Game: vs Portland State
TCU continued its long climb back from a devastating week one loss by knocking off the Warhawks in Fort Worth on Saturday. The Horned Frogs are still not playing the crisp football they’re used to but they did manage to rush for over 200 yards and Greg McCoy jumpstarted the sluggish Frogs by returning the 3rd quarter kickoff for a touchdown. Leading only 21-17 at the half, it was all TCU needed to finish off Louisiana-Monroe. Another easy non-conference home game awaits with Portland State coming to town while a big Mountain West matchup with San Diego State looms on October 8th.
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