I have a lot of college football thoughts after week 3, including a few teams that appear to be back to elite status. USC was mixed in with Bama and LSU this offseason, assuming they were all of a sudden back where they were under Pete Carroll. Well, having elite, NFL quality skill players doesn't cover up problems on D and the O-line - just ask 2008 Georgia.
The PAC-12 is off to a good start, even if they may not get a team in the title game again. Oregon St, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, and even UCLA are off to perfect starts. Arizona State looks better with Todd Graham and Cal put forth a great effort against Ohio St yesterday. It's not all good, though,mas Utah fell to Utah St and Colorado was down 55-0 to Fresno in the 1st half.
So, if the Bama-LSU winner is in the title game as most people expect, who are some of the candidates to face them? In order right now...
1) Texas/Oklahoma winner - both teams have loads of talent and there is no championship game to get through. West Virginia has started strong, but I don't think they have the depth to hang with these 2.
2) Florida St - the Noles look very stout and if they beat Clemson next week, they may move to #1 on this list
3). Oregon - They have to go to USC, but they've won there before. USC could get some help and beat the Ducks twice and squeak in as a 1-loss team.
4). Notre Dame - can the Irish do it? If they run the table with their schedule, they are in.
5). Bama/LSU loser - it's happened before!
RSM poll week 3
4). Florida St
8). South Carolina
9). Notre Dame
11) Ohio St
15) Mississippi St
16) West Virginia
17) Kansas St