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2015 Fierce 40: Week 3

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 20, 2015

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 4

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Ohio State

3-0

W:Northern Illinois 20-13

1

It's time for the Buckeyes to settle on a one-quarterback attack, and we feel that man should be J.T. Barrett.

2

TCU

3-0

W:SMU 56-37

3

454 yards passing with 5 TD's in the air with another 50 yards rushing and a tochdown on the ground for Trevone Boykin. TCU got the performance from their quarterback they have been hoping for since the season began.

3

Michigan State

3-0

W:Air Force 35-21

4

Aaron Burbridge pulls off one of the best catches you will see all year.

4

Ole Miss

3-0

W:#2 Alabama 43-37

8

This is why we had Ole Miss in the top ten BEFORE this game, unlike some of the other rankings. Ole Miss controls their own destiny within the SEC.

5

LSU

2-0

W:#14 Auburn 45-21

12

Leonard Fournette becomes a huge force in the Heisman rakings after this game.

6

Baylor

2-0

Idle

6

Will have to see how the dismissal of tight end Tre'Von Armstead affects the offense.

7

Florida State

3-0

W:Boston College 14-0

7

Florida State rides the defense on a night where the offense sputtered throwing and running the football.

8

Notre Dame

3-0

W:#17 Georgia Tech 30-22

9

C.J. Prosise is back at running back and becoming the driving force behind the 3-0 start.

9

Georgia

3-0

W:South Carolina 52-20

10

Greyson Lambert is showing Georgia can do more then just run the football.

10

Alabama

2-1

L:#8 Ole Miss 37-43

2

The Crimson Tide have now lost against Ole Miss for consecutive seasons for the first time since....well.....ever.

11

Clemson

3-0

W:Louisville 20-17

11

The Tigers just get by Louisville while getting 2 1/2 weeks to prepare for Notre Dame.

12

Oregon

2-1

W:Georgia State 61-28

13

Quarterback Jeff Lockie rolls in his first career start.

13

USC

2-1

L:Stanford 31-41

7

Cody Kessler didn't get enough support from the rushing attack or the defense to prevail.

14

Arizona

3-0

W:Northern Arizona 77-13

15

It's easy to control a game when you rack up 499 yards on the ground as a team.

15

UCLA

3-0

W:#26 BYU 24-23

16

Paul Perkins to the rescue with 219 yards rushing for the Bruins.

16

Texas A&M

3-0

W:Nevada 44-27

19

Texas A&M now gets a reeling Arkansas team that will be desperate for a victory, this is a tricky game for the Aggies.

17

Oklahoma

3-0

W:Tulsa 52-38

18

Oklahoma had more problems with the Tulsa offense then they intended.

18

Utah

2-0

W:Fresno State 45-24

20

Devontae Booker rumbles for 156 yards as a trip into Oregon awaits.

19

Georgia Tech

2-1

L:#9 Notre Dame 22-30

17

It's never a good thing when Georgia Tech has to throw the ball 24 times in a game.

20

Wisconsin

2-1

W:Troy 28-3

21

The decision to keep Tanner McEvoy as a two-way threat paid big dividends against Troy.

21

Northwestern

3-0

W:#33 Duke 19-10

22

The defense has allowed just 16 points through three games this season.

22

Auburn

2-1

L:#12 LSU 21-45

14

Auburn has major issues on both sides of the football.

23

Virginia Tech

2-1

W:Purdue 51-24

24

The first road test for quarterback Brenden Motley started rocky but ended well.

24

Mississippi State

2-1

W:Northwestern State 62-13

27

Consecutive road games in conference against Auburn and Texas A&M can make-or-break the season very early for the Bulldogs.

25

Florida

3-0

W:Kentucky 14-9

30

Florida gets Tennessee before four consecutive games against ranked teams.

26

Oklahoma State

3-0

W:UTSA  69-14

32

The defense forced seven turnovers in a convincing win.

27

Missouri

3-0

W:#Connecticut 9-6

25

Missouri has won in consecutive weeks over Arkansas State by 7 and Connecticut by 3, that doesn't exactly instill faith in Missouri faithful.

28

Temple

3-0

W:Massachusetts 25-23

29

The Owls get a win against a team in Massachusetts that is better than many people think.

29

BYU

2-1

L:#15 UCLA 23-24

26

A Hail Mary win against Nebraska, a nail biter with another Hail Mary against Boise State and a 1-point loss against a top 20 team. Fans of BYU are having no shortage of drama thus far.

30

West Virginia

2-0

Idle

31

A game against Maryland and then four consecutive games against ranked opponents for the Mountaineers.

31

NC State

3-0

W:Old Dominion 38-14

32

The Wolfpack continue to win and fly under the radar.

32

Miami

3-0

W:#28 Nebraska 36-33 (OT)

NR

There was little to no buzz around the Hurricanes when the season began, sounds like just the time to break out and prove the so-called experts wrong.

33

Navy

2-0

W: East Carolina 45-21

35

Keenan Reynolds rushes for five more touchdowns as the Midshipmen continue their winning ways.

34

Michigan

2-1

W:UNLV 28-7

36

This team is playing Jim Harbaugh football and the defense has settled in.

35

Arizona State

2-1

W:New Mexico 34-10

38

Arizona State has a home date with USC who is coming off a loss, not great timing for the Sun Devils.

36

Tennessee

2-1

W:Western Carolina 55-10

39

Tennessee did everything it could to put the Oklahoma game out of its collective minds.

37

Texas Tech

3-0

W:#23 Arkansas 35-24

NR

The Red Raiders come back into the Fierce 40 after a hard fought win against the Razorbacks.

38

Duke

2-1 L:#22 Northwesern 10-19

33

The offense just sputtered all day long.

39

Stanford

2-1

W:#5 USC 41-31

NR

Just when you thought Stanford was dead and buried they come back with a huge victory.

40

Kansas State

3-0

W: Louisiana Tech 39-33 (3 OT)

40

Kansas State wins a game where they were outgained by nearly 100 yards and Louisiana Tech gained more first downs (23 to 17).

Dropped Out: Arkansas, Nebraska and Toledo.