Outside of the presumed national title contenders, who has impressed the most in the first three weeks?
It might just be Penn State, which is obliterating opponents left and right. Now, early-season Oregon State and any-time Syracuse aren’t the greatest of foes, and a visit from Temple this week might constitute the Nittany Lions’ toughest nonconference test (yes, Temple).
But JoePa might just have one more BCS push left in him, which is a storyline that’s being overlooked.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Oregon secured an overtime win, which is not the best thing to get in the D1scourse 30. That, of course, is because overtime results of any kind are treated as ties. Arizona State and California weren’t nearly so fortunate, and both went stumbling out of this week’s rankings.
So here’s how things look in mid-September, with plenty of things sure to be put into flux in the next couple weeks.
|No./Team||Adj. record ||AP ||Pvs. ||Notes/Resume|
|1. Southern California||2-0||1||1||* Home win vs. Ohio State|
|2. Oklahoma||3-0||2||2||* Home win vs. Cincinnati|
|4. Louisiana State||2-0||6||4|
|5. Georgia||3-0||3||3||* Escape at South Carolina|
|7. Texas||2-0||7||8||* Ppd. vs. Arkansas|
|8. Alabama||3-0||9||14||* Neutral win vs. Clemson|
|9. Auburn||3-0||10||9||* Two-run double led to 3-2 win|
|10. Texas Tech||3-0||11||15||* Still seeking real opponents|
|11. Wisconsin||3-0||8||11||* Survived trip to Fresno State|
|12. Penn State||3-0||16||17||* 55.3 ppg|
|13. Brigham Young||3-0||14||18||* Wins over Washington (A) and UCLA (H)|
|14. East Carolina||3-0||15||13||* Wins over Virginia Tech (N) and West Virginia (H) |
|15. Oregon||2-0-1||17||12||* OT win at Purdue|
|16. South Florida||2-0-1||12||26||* OT win at Central Florida; defeated Kansas (H)|
|17. Ohio State||2-1||13||6||* Loss at Southern Cal|
|18. Utah||3-0||20||20||* Win at Michigan diminishing in value|
|19. Wake Forest||2-0||18||19||* Defeated Baylor (A) and Ole Miss (H)|
|20. Clemson||2-1||23||23||* Loss to Alabama (N)|
|21. Kansas||2-1||19||16||* Loss at South Florida|
|22. Texas Christian||3-0||28||25|
|23. Illinois||2-1||22||22||* Neutral loss to Missouri|
|24. Florida State||2-0||24||28||* Still without academic suspensions|
|25. Fresno State||1-1||25||19||* Missed FGs costly in home loss to Wisconsin|
|26. West Virginia||1-1||21||27||* Loss at East Carolina|
|27. North Carolina||2-0||31||NR||* Win at Rutgers|
|28. Boise State||2-0||29||NR||* Boys in all blue handled Bowling Green|
|29. Tennessee||1-0-1||34||30||* OT loss at UCLA|
|30. Virginia Tech||2-1||32||29||* Neutral loss to East Carolina|