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2014 Fierce 40: Week 3

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 15, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 3

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Oregon

3-0

W: Wyoming 48-14

1

Still no interceptions thrown for Marcus Mariota.

2

Florida State

2-0

Idle

2

Clemson kicks off ACC play this week.

3

Oklahoma

2-0

W: Tennessee 34-10

3

Solid win against Tennessee.

4

Alabama

3-0

W: Southern Miss 52-12

4

They were consistent; gave up a field goal in every quarter against Southern Miss.

5

Auburn

2-0

Idle

5

Solid road test at Kansas State looms.

6

LSU

3-0

W: Louisiana-Monroe 31-0

9

The last two weeks were Sam Houston State and Louisiana-Monroe but they are a pair of shutouts nonetheless.

7

Stanford

2-1

W: Army 35-0

10

Stanford suffered a letdown defeat last week against USC and they took it out on Army.

8

Baylor

3-0

W: Buffalo 63-21

12

Bryce Petty comes back with 416 yards and 4 TD's.

9

Michigan State

1-1

Idle

11

A week off before a three-week homestand which culminates with Nebraska coming to town.

10

Texas A&M

1-0

W: Rice 38-10

13

11 touchdowns and 0 INT through three games for Kenny Hill.

11

South Carolina

2-1

W: #6 Georgia 38-35

20

Nice to see what a healthy Rory Anderson can do for you at tight end.

12

Ohio State

2-1

W: Kent State 66-0

14

No better way to bounce back from a high profile loss.

13

Georgia

1-1

L: #20 South Carolina 35-38

6

Came up just short but Todd Gurley shows why he is the best running back in the nation.

14

UCLA

3-0

W: Texas 20-17

15

Waiting for the news on Brett Hundley's elbow. 

15

Ole Miss

3-0

W: Louisiana-Lafayette 56-15

16

Good to see Ole Miss display some offensive balance for a change with over 200 yards on the ground.

16

Notre Dame

3-0

W: Purdue 30-14

17

Currently 4th in the country in scoring defense allowing 10.3 PPG.

17

Nebraska

3-0

W: Fresno State 55-19

19

Only team in the Big Ten West that is still undefeated overall.

18

Kansas State

2-0

Idle

18

Get ready for Auburn.

19

Virginia Tech

2-1

L: #36 East Carolina 21-28

9

East Carolina is no joke and after a big win against Ohio State a letdown was warned against.

20

Duke

3-0

W: Kansas 41-3

21

3 games, 3 wins and still 0 turnovers.

21

Arizona State

3-0

W: Colorado 38-24

22

Game with UCLA could set the tone for the Pac-12 South

22

BYU

3-0

W: Houston 33-25

24

They had Houston beat Thursday but then the Cougars turned the tied and made it a game. It was a bit of a wake-up for BYU.

23

USC

2-1

L: Boston College 31-37

7

See Virginia Tech for the definition of a letdown game.

24

Wisconsin

1-1

Idle

25

A sudden trendy pick to win the Big Ten since nearly every other team has faltered.

25

Mississippi State

3-0

W: South Alabama 35-3

26

Still flying below the radar as the best team from a power conference that you haven't seen coming.

26

East Carolina

2-1

W: #9 Virginia Tech 28-21

36

Defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and were right there with South Carolina the week before. Those who questioned us ranking this team, in the Preseason are suddenly silent.

27

Washington

3-0

W: Illinois 44-19

28

Finally a win where the Huskies could breathe.

28

Clemson

1-1

Idle

29

A bye week before Florida State...does anyone else smell an upset? 

29

Oregon State

2-0

Idle

30

Have to sure up the defense before they face USC in two weeks.

30

Oklahoma State

2-1

W: UTSA 43-13

31

This was a big game without their starting quarterback. Oklahoma State is starting to impress me.

31

Missouri

3-0

W: UCF 38-10

35

We were guilty of underestimating Missouri.

32

Pittsburgh

3-0

W: FIU 42-25

33

A steady team that is not missing Aaron Donald as much as we thought they would.

33

Florida

2-0

W: Kentucky 36-30 OT

32

That prediction almost came true for Kentucky.

34

Michigan

2-1

W: Miami (Ohio) 34-10

34

Need more Derrick Green if they plan to challenge for the Big Ten title.

35

Iowa

2-1

L: Iowa State 17-20

23

Can't win all the close ones.

36

Louisville

2-1

L: Virginia 21-23

27

Not sure if this game says more about Louisville or the improvement of Virginia.

37

Arizona

3-0

W: Nevada 35-28

37

The defense doesn't look stout enough to contend for the PAC-12 crown.

38

Miami (Fla.)

2-1

W: Arkansas State 41-20

38

Coach Golden was not happy with the 11 penalties as they ready themselves for a trip to the midwest against Nebraska.

39

Northern Illinois

3-0

W: UNLV 48-34

40

Let's just give them 6 or 7 wins out of the gate, seem to start on an undefeated roll every season.

40

Boston College

2-1

W: #7 USC 37-31

NR

Boston College has been close against some good teams in recent years. This is a big win for the program.

Dropped Out: Minnesota