Goz’s College Football Top 25 Poll (Week 3)
This season I’ll be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college football season. My poll philosophy is ranking the teams I believe are the best twenty five best in the country following that given week’s games. Below are my rankings and comments about each week’s biggest shake up and changes.
4) Ohio State
6) Florida State
10) Ole Miss
15) Michigan State
18) Notre Dame
20) Texas A&M
Clemson drops 3 spots but wins?- Clemson has given me no reason to keep them as the second best team in the country. The Tigers barely got by Auburn in Week 1 (a team that played three different quarterbacks in that game) and they were tested against Troy in a narrow 30-24 victory. The poll is based on what teams you believe are the best in the country and so far through two weeks, Stanford, Ohio State and Michigan have all looked better.
Winner of Florida State-Louisville Likely to Be #2 Team Next Week- College Gameday is heading to Louisville for a match up between two top ten teams as Florida State takes on Louisville. Last weekend I was in the Carrier Dome watching Lamar Jackson run all over Syracuse and he is playing the best football of any individual player in the country so far this season. A win by either team would boost them up on my rankings for next week, I have had my doubts about the Seminoles after how bad they looked in that first half against Ole Miss. The other five teams above them have not looked that bad all season yet. Unless Ohio State blows out Oklahoma, it's likely either the Seminoles or Cardinals will jump to number 2 in next week's poll.
Biggest Movers in AP Poll Not As Much Movement Here- Louisville, Texas A&M and Iowa all moved up the most spots (3) in the AP Poll's Week 3 results. Compared to our poll last week, Only Texas and Wisconsin made the jump two spots up the poll. Looking back I needed a second week performance to buy into the Badgers and Longhorns. Both teams won in blow out fashion and with Georgia getting tested by Nicholls State, the Longhorns and Badgers both moved up.
23-28 is so so close- Both TCU and Oklahoma State lost this week and fell out of the Top 25. From 23 to 28 is so close. The AP does not have Auburn in the top 25 but my theory is how can I think the Tigers should be penalized by losing to a top five team in the country by only six points? That's not a bad loss and Auburn showed they can beat a lot of good teams in the country. Pittsburgh held a twenty one point lead against in state rival Penn State and claimed victory late. That's good enough for me to put them over teams like Florida, Miami (FL) San Diego State and Arkansas. I did not want to reward Florida for beating Kentucky because it's the same team that had just a 10-7 lead over UMass last week. I did not want put Miami (FL) in the top 25 because they were able to beat Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic. I can't understand a rational of putting Arkansas a team that defeated Louisiana Tech by one point in Week 1 and an over rated TCU in the poll either. I would have loved to put San Diego State in this week's poll. Aztec running back Donnel Pumphrey is good enough to be in New York City as a Heisman finalist in December. The Aztecs win over California was good, but California is not the same team without Jared Goff. This week it just came down to a belief that Florida right now would beat Miami, San Diego State and Arkansas in a match up.
Tom “Goz” Goslowski is both a Heisman Trophy voter and College Football Hall of Fame Voter. You can hear him weekdays on Levack and Goz 2-7pm on 1045 The Team ESPN Radio Albany.