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11. Virginia Tech 4-0
Previous Rank: 12; Last Game: W 30-10 Marshall; Next Game: vs Clemson
David Wilson and Josh Oglesby combined for 207 yards rushing and three touchdowns and the Hokies held Marshall to just six rushing yards in a 30-10 win. Logan Thomas completed 22-33 passes for 229 yards and added a rushing touchdown. Virginia Tech stopped Marshall on all but three 3rd down attempts as their ball-control offense possessed the ball 36 minutes to 24. Virginia Tech now welcomes a hot Clemson team to Blacksburg hoping to slow down Tahj Boyd and the Tiger offense.
12. Florida 4-0
Previous Rank: 15; Last Game: W 48-10 Kentucky; Next Game: vs Alabama
The Gators ran wild on the Wildcats with 405 yards on 8.8 yards per carry to cruise past Kentucky. Jeff Demps scored two touchdowns and ran for 157 yards and Chris Rainey added 105 yards on the ground. Florida forced four Kentucky turnovers and Jaye Howard returned a fumble for a touchdown in the rout. The Wildcats also went 0-5 on 4th downs, effectively turning the ball over to Florida nine times. The Gators now begin a brutal stretch where they host Alabama before consecutive road games at #1 LSU and Auburn.
13. Clemson 4-0
Previous Rank: 21; Last Game: W 35-30 Florida State; Next Game: @ Virginia Tech
Tajh Boyd lit up the scoreboard once again with 344 yards passing in a big win over ACC foe Florida State. Boyd threw for three scores and added another on the ground and Andre Ellington pitched in with 71 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Seminoles were without star quarterback E.J. Manuel but Clint Trickett stepped in to throw for 336 yards and three touchdowns. Clemson did bottle up the Florida State running game however as they compiled only 29 yards on the ground. Another huge ACC showdown awaits as Clemson travels to Virginia Tech.
14. Baylor 3-0
Previous Rank: 18; Last Game: W 56-31 Rice; Next Game: @ Kansas State
Four seconds into the 2nd quarter, Baylor grabbed a 28-0 lead and traded shots with Rice the rest of the way in a 56-31 shootout. Robert Griffin III threw for 338 yards and five touchdowns and added 51 yards rushing and another score. Terrance Ganaway had 89 yards rushing to go with a touchdown and Kendall Wright and Tevin Reese each had over 100 yards receiving and a score. Ahmad Dixon scored on a 55-yard interception return but this one was all about the offense as Baylor racked up 673 yards.
15. Texas 3-0
Previous Rank: 17; Last Game: W 49-20 UCLA September 17th; Next Game: @ Iowa State
Texas had the week off following a big win over UCLA in which Case McCoy got his first start, taking over for injured and struggling Garrett Gilbert. Texas visits Iowa State this week trying to avenge a shocking loss at home against the Cyclones last year. Iowa State is 3-0 and has won all three games by a combined eight points. The Longhorns have looked better this year, yet they’ve remained inconsistent offensively. They hope to rebound with a win over the Cyclones.
16. South Florida 4-0
Previous Rank: 19; Last Game: W 52-24 UTEP; Next Game: @ Pittsburgh September 29th
The Bulls concluded their non-conference schedule with a 52-24 romp over the Miners. B.J. Daniels threw for 202 yards and ran for 130 more to go with three total touchdowns to lead South Florida. Three other Bulls scored rushing touchdowns including a 67-yard scamper by Victor Marc. Lindsey Lamar caught both of Daniels’ touchdown passes and Sam Barrington closed the scoring with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown. The defense finished with three picks. The Bulls now turn their attention to Pittsburgh tonight before another tough road contest at Connecticut.
17. Michigan 4-0
Previous Rank: 22; Last Game: W 28-7 San Diego State; Next Game: vs Minnesota
Brady Hoke’s team won an emotional game over his former school as Denard Robinson lit up the Aztecs for 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns, all in the 1st half. The Wolverines finished with 320 yards rushing as a team and held San Diego State star Ronnie Hillman to 109 yards and no scores. Ryan Lindley threw for 253 yards and a touchdown but the Aztecs dug too big a hole to overcome and Michigan’s defense was stout enough, forcing three turnovers and stopping all three 4th down attempts by San Diego State.
18. TCU 3-1
Previous Rank: 20; Last Game: W 55-13 Portland State; Next Game: vs Southern Methodist
The Horned Frogs overcame another slow start, this time trailing 3-0 at the end of the quarter, before finally turning things around and rolling over the Vikings. Tank Carder returned an interception for a touchdown and TCU scored 41 unanswered points over the 2nd and 3rd quarters to put away Portland State. Waymon James racked up 136 yards rushing and a touchdown and added an 82-yard kickoff return for a score. Casey Pachall threw three touchdown passes including two to Skye Dawson. The Horned Frogs certainly don’t look like the same team that ran over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last season to punctuate a perfect campaign.
19. Texas A&M 2-1
Previous Rank: 7; Last Game: L 30-29 Oklahoma State; Next Game: @ Arkansas
The Aggies choked away a big lead against Oklahoma State as they lost their first game of the season. Texas A&M led 20-3 at halftime, aided by a 65-yard dash by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and two Randy Bullock field goals. Oklahoma State came back to score the next 27 points and it was just enough as the Aggies mounted a late, but futile effort in the final minutes. Tannehill finished with 309 yards passing and two touchdowns but threw three interceptions. A&M now travels to face another team smarting from their first loss, also to a top 10 team. In a throwback to the old Southwest Conference, the Arkansas-A&M game should be a good one.
20. Arkansas 3-1
Previous Rank: 13; Last Game: L 38-14 Alabama; Next Game: vs Texas A&M
The Razorbacks offense struggled against a stout Alabama defense as the usually potent Arkansas crew amassed only 226 yards of total offense. The Hogs carried the ball 19 times for only 17 yards and the passing game was less than stellar as well with two interceptions and only 5.2 yards per completion. The Razorbacks now draw a wounded Texas A&M team at home before hosting Auburn in another SEC West showdown.
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