Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Week 3 Recap: CIDSports Top 25

Three weeks of College Football are in the book for 2012.  The FCS programs have pulled out some outstanding wins over BCS and non-BCS teams.  Non-BCS teams have picked up some wins and some scares.  The Top 3 has stayed strong, but some other Top 10 teams have fallen hard.  The SEC continues the #1 banner, while the Big Ten appears to lack a national powerhouse in '12.

Here's our CIDSports Top 25 after Week 3:

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 SEC West) 1 - The Tide Roll in Week 3 as they open the SEC in '12 with a 52-0 white wash of QB depleted Arkansas.  The Crimson Tide have given up 14 points in the opener to Michigan, then back to back shutouts.  Week 4: vs. Florida Atlantic (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt), a team that opened with only a 7-3 win over FCS Wagner.  

2. LSU Tigers (3-0) 2 - The first three OOC games are in the books as conference play begins in Week 4.  LSU warm up in Week 3 was 63-14 win over Idaho.  Week 4: @ Auburn (1-2, 0-1 SEC West), as LSU opens the SEC West in a important game, while Auburn faces a critical test, after near loss at home vs. ULM (31-28).

3. Oregon Ducks (3-0) 3 - The OOC segment rolls to an end in Week 3 as Oregon take out FCS Tennessee Tech 63-14.  Now, conference play enters the Ducks '12 path.  Week 4: vs. Arizona (3-0), in what could be a scoring fireworks display as both teams open Pac 12 play in '12.

4. Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac 12 North) 7 - We have had the Cardinal a Top 10 program heading into '12.  We saw the 21-14 home win over former #4 USC likely, as both teams opened Pac 12 play.  Week 4: bye week, as the Cardinal play next, Thursday, September 27TH, @ Washington (2-1) for the first conference road trip.

5. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) 5 - The Sooners enjoyed a bye in Week 3 ahead of '12 conference opener in Week 4.  Week 4: vs. Kansas State (3-0), where the Sooners have a five straight win streak in the series.

6. South Carolina Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0 SEC East) 6 - The Gamecocks have weathered the storm through three weeks with QB Conner Shaw injured.  Gamecocks beat UAB 49-6 in Week 3.  Week 4 - vs. Missouri (2-1, 0-1 SEC East), in a key SEC East match up, with both teams with QB woes.

7. West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0) 8 - The Mountaineers hammered James Madison 42-12 in Week 3.  Week 4: vs. Maryland (2-1), as Mountaineers wrap up OOC play ahead of making debut in the new Big 12.

8. Georgia Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC East) 10 - The Bulldogs beat Florida Atlantic 56-20 to keep rolling in '12. Week 4: vs. Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC East), as the Bulldogs return to SEC play.

9. Clemson Tigers (3-0) 11 - The Tigers roll into ACC play with a 41-0 win over FCS Furman.  Week 4: @ #10 Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC Atlantic), in the biggest game of Week 4 in the ACC and in the nation!

10. Florida State Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 ACC Atlantic) 12 - The Seminoles opened ACC play in Week 3 with a 52-0 waxing of Wake Forest at home.  Week 4: vs. #9 Clemson (3-0), as the Seminoles open ACC play with back to back home games, after opening the season with back to back FCS wins!

11. USC Trojans (2-1, 0-1 Pac 12 South) 4 - The Trojans fall @ former #7 Stanford 21-14, which shouldn't have been a complete surprise, because the Cardinal are a very good program right now.  Next up: vs. California (1-2), against a Cal Bears team that nearly out played Ohio State in Columbus, but not on the score board.

12. TCU Horned Frogs (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) 13 - The Horned Frogs came off a bye week to win first Big 12 game on the road @ Kansas 20-6.  Week 4: vs. Virginia (2-1), in a non-conference game.
13. Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) 15 - The Wildcats finished OOC play with a win over North Texas 35-21 at home.  Week 4: @ #5 Oklahoma (2-0), in the Big 12 opener on the road in Norman.

14. Michigan Wolverines - (2-1) 16 - The Wolverines pounded UMass 63-13 in the Big House in preparation for a big road trip and rivalry game in Week 4.  Week 4: vs. @ #18 Notre Dame (3-0), in series that has witnessed 7 of 8 games ending in upset.

15. Texas Longhorns (3-0) 17 - The Longhorns took to the road to SEC Country to defeat Ole Miss 66-31 ahead of conference play in the Big 12.  Week 4: bye week before traveling to #21 Oklahoma State (2-1) in Week 5 for the Big 12 opener.

16. Florida Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC East) 18 - Early games in the SEC as the Gators win back to back road games in conference play, with the latest a 37-20 win @ Tennessee.  Week 4: vs. Kentucky (1-2) in the conference home opener of '12.

17. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) 19 - It wasn't pretty, but Buckeyes win 35-28 in Columbus over California to remain unblemished in the Urban Meyer era.  Week 4: vs. UAB (0-2), as the Buckeyes wrap up non-conference ahead of Big Ten play.

18. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0) 20 - The Fighting Irish's road trip to East Lansing ended in a 20-3 win @ Michigan State.  Week 4: vs. #14 Michigan, as the Fighting Irish complete the third game in three against Big Ten opponents.

19. UCLA Bruins (3-0) 22 - The Jim Mora, Jr. era is off to a fast start in Southern California as Bruins beat Houston 37-6 to end non-conference play.  Week 4: vs. Oregon State (1-0), as both teams open Pac 12 play in '12.

20. Arizona Wildcats (3-0) nr - The Rich Rodriguez era is off to a great start, as well, as the Wildcats beat FCS South Carolina State 56-0 to close out non-conference play.  Week 4: @ #3 Oregon (3-0), in what will be a huge test for the Wildcats in the Pac 12 opener.

21. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1) 21 - The Cowboys rebounded at home with a 65-24 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.  Week 4: bye week ahead of hosting #15 Texas (3-0) in the Big 12 opener for '12.

22. Michigan State Spartans (2-1) 9 - The Spartans fall at home vs. former #20 Notre Dame 20-3 to drop out the Top 10 in '12.  Week 4: vs. Eastern Michigan (0-3) in the final non-conference tune up before opening Big Ten play.

23. Baylor Bears (2-0) 23 - The Bears took care of business against FCS Sam Houston State 48-23 in Week 2.  Week 4: vs. Louisiana-Monroe (1-1), in a dangerous non-conference game before conference play begins.

24. Louisville Cardinals (3-0) 24 - The Cardinals remain undefeated after beating North Carolina at home 39-34.  Week 4: vs. Florida International (1-2), as the Cardinals continue non-conference play in '12.

25. Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1) nr - The Cornhuskers rebounded from Week 2 loss @ UCLA, with a 42-13 win over Arkansas State at home.  Week 4: vs. Idaho State (1-1), in an easy tune up before hitting the second season in the Big Ten for the Cornhuskers.

Out of Top 25 after Week 3:

Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC Coastal) - the former #14 Hokies fell in Week 3 @ Pittsburgh 35-17 to fall out of the Top 25.  Week 4: vs. Bowling Green (1-2, 0-1 MAC East), in an opportunity to get things cleaned up before returning to ACC play.

Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC East) - the former #25 Volunteers fell in Week 3 vs. former 18 Florida 37-20 defeat to fall out of the Top 25.  Week 4: vs. Akron (1-2), as the Volunteers look to get back in the win column, after a disappointing SEC opener.

FCS upsets for Week 3:

Cal Poly defeats Wyoming 24-22 as MWC takes hit against FCS opponent.

Breakdown of OOC records in Week 3 by conference and Notes:

SEC - 8-2 vs. OCC opponents, which included wins vs. FCS, Sun Belt (3), C-USA (2), Pac 12 and WAC.  Losses vs. Sun Belt and Big 12.  Florida leads SEC East at 2-0 ahead of Georgia and South Carolina, while Alabama and Mississippi State are 1-0 to lead the SEC West, after Week 3.

Big Ten - 10-2 vs. OCC opponents, which included wins vs. FCS (2), Sun Belt, MAC (3), Pac 12, ACC, Independent and WAC.  Losses vs. Independent and MAC.

Big 12 - vs. 7-0 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins vs. FCS (3), Sun Belt (2) and @ SEC.  TCU debuts in the new Big 12, with a 1-0 conference mark for the early lead.

Pac 12 - 6-3 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins vs. FCS (3), @ MWC, Independent and C-USA.  Losses @ Big Ten, @ SEC and @ MWC.  Pac 12 North is lead early by Stanford at 1-0, while only USC at 0-1 has played in the South.

ACC - 4-4 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins vs. four FCS opponents.  Losses vs. Big East (3) w/ two on road, and @ Big Ten

Big East - 5-0 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins vs. FCS (2) and ACC (3).  Rutgers won season opener to join Cincinnati with an early 1-0 lead in the Big East, after Week 3.

Conference USA - 3-6 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins over FCS, Sun Belt and WAC.  Losses vs. SEC (2), MAC, Sun Belt, WAC and Pac 12.  East Carolina beat Southern Miss to open 1-0 lead in the C-USA East.

Independents - 1-3 vs. OOC opponents, which included win over Big Ten, but losses vs. MAC, Big Ten and Pac 12.

MWC - 5-4 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins over FCS (3), Pac 12 and MAC, while losses vs. FCS, Pac 12, Big 12 and WAC.

WAC - 3-3 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins over FCS, C-USA and MWC, while losses vs. SEC, Big 12 and C-USA.

MAC - 4-4 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins over FCS, Independent, C-USA and Big Ten, while losses vs. Big Ten (3) and MWC.  Toledo opened MAC play with a 27-15 win over Bowling Green to take 1-0 lead in MAC East with Ball State.

Sun Belt - 2-8 vs. OOC opponents, which included wins over C-USA and SEC, with losses vs. Big Ten, Big 12 (2), SEC (3), C-USA and ACC

Week 3 is in the books as we get ready for Week 4 and some outstanding games!

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