On They’ve Earned It Rankings Week 3 ’09

Another week is in the books and two things are certain: surprises continue to happen and various rankings and polls continue to rewards teams playing weak schedules and holding back teams with more quality wins. Not hear … play a weak team, especially a nonD1 team and expect to take a dip; play a stronger team and expect to be rewarded. Oh … what a novel idea! For those needing more explanation, read this about PreSeason Rankings.

Let’s face it. At this point in the season, too many of the “highly-taunted” have very few quality wins. Sorry to those from Happy Valley, but I’m not impressed with 2-0 in the MAC. I know the Wolverines are also 2-0 in the MAC, but at least they have one higher-quality win.

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Miami (2-0) Next @ Va. Tech
  2. Auburn (3-0) Next vs. Ball State
  3. LSU (3-0/ Next @ Mississippi State
  4. Boise State (3-0) Next @ Bowling Green
  5. Cincinnati (3-0) Next vs. Fresno
  6. Cal (3-0) Next @ Oregon
  7. UCLA (3-0) Next: Bye
  8. Alabama (3-0) Next vs. Arkansas
  9. Texas (3-0) Next vs. UTEP
  10. North Carolina (3-0) Next @ Ga. Tech

This Week’s High Impact Games
Besides games involving the top 10 teams, keep your eyes on these potential ranking-impact games.

  • Arizona State @ Georgia
  • Florida @ Kentucky
  • Illinois @ Ohio State
  • Iowa @ Penn State
  • Michigan St @ Wisconsin
  • Mississippi @ South Carolina
  • TCU @ Clemson
  • Texas Tech @ Houston
  • Washington @ Stanford