Southern Football rankings Week 3

This was most certainly upset Saturday all across the country. From Florida's win over Georgia to Boston College's win over the Irish of Notre Dame, last Saturday might be the week that most affected the national title thus far this season.

23. North Carolina – North Carolina is not good and Maryland proved it Saturday. There are no adjectives to describe a 59-7 beating in which Maryland's leading passer, rusher, and receiver all had over 150 yards Last week: #20

22. Vanderbilt – the Commodores are finally out of the cellar. But moved up only one spot after being destroyed 30-8 by Alabama. It gets no easier for Vandy with Tennessee and Florida coming up on the schedule. Last week: #23

21. Mississippi State – the season gets longer and longer for State. The Bulldogs were destroyed by Kentucky at home. While the game was close at the half, Kentucky blew out the worn out Bulldogs with 21 straight points in the 3rd quarter. Last week: #22

20. Duke – Duke played Clemson hard last weekend and should have beaten the Tigers last weekend. But because they did not beat the Tigers, they stay behind them in the rankings. Last week: #21

19. Clemson –Will Tommy Bowden be fired? I am going to ask that every week until Clemson plays a solid game. Barely beating Duke is not a solid game. Losing to the Blue Devils was probably the best thing that could have happened to the Clemson program in the long run; but now the Tigers will hold on to some hope that Bowden can actually get the job done. Last week: #19

18. Ole Miss – Ole Miss actually played better this week than they have in the last few weeks, but two trends continued for the Rebels that have been going on for what seems like forever: their comeback attempt was too late and they could not stop the run (Auburn's Brown had 224 yards). Ole Miss has a chance to knock off Georgia this week in Athens because the Dawgs are stumbling after a loss to rival Florida.  Last week: #18

17. Wake Forest – the first quarter against Florida State looked pretty good for the Demon Deacons; too bad you have to play four quarters and not just one. FSU topped Wake 34-21 in a hard fought contest. Last week: #17

16. South Carolina – Free-falling; South Carolina hopes that it can hold on against Arkansas, Florida, and Clemson to somehow get to a bowl game this year. But the Carolina offense still cannot produce no matter what team they face. Holtz's group is in need of some sort of change, fast, be he insists that quarterback Cory Jenkins gives Carolina the best chance to win. Last week: #12

15. Kentucky – too bad that the Cats are on probation, because this is one of their better teams in the last decade. Routing State was just another example that this Kentucky program has more than distanced itself from the cellar of the SEC. Last week: #15

14. Virginia – did not play this week. Cavs are still on the outside looking in for Gator Bowl. Wins over NC State and Penn State would help that cause. Last week: #14

13. Tennessee – the Vols got past South Carolina and Phillip Fulmer was given a Gatorade bath for it (still not sure what that was all about). Tennessee has Miami this week and considering the way that UT has looked of late, the game could get ugly. But considering the way that Miami has played, the Vols might have a chance. No telling what will happen this week, but most of the country needs Miami to lose at least once to get a crack at Tempe. Last week: #12

12. Arkansas –.Houston Nutt's Hogs got a breather last week against Troy State before this week's pivotal game against South Carolina. Arkansas might be near the bottom of the SEC West, but they probably have the easiest remaining schedule of those teams eligible to win the division. This week's game against the Cocks, needless to say, is critical for the Hogs. Too bad their record at Williams-Brice is atrocious lately. Last week: #11

11. Georgia Tech – for the 2nd weekend in a row, the Jackets won a game where they were a significant underdog. Georgia Tech, much like Auburn, is coming on strong and will likely be in a post-season bowl. Their bowl chances will swing up or down depending on if they can pull off one more upset; against archrival Georgia the last week of the season. Last week: #16

10. North Carolina State – NC State now has no chance to win the national title. Unlike several other one-loss teams, the Wolfpack do not have a conference title game or marquee team to beat (Florida State is not going to end up in the top 10). So any momentum that they had is now gone, and I look for this year to get ugly when NC State plays Maryland and Florida State later this year.  Last week: #5

9.Auburn –LSU is still in control of its own destiny and Auburn must go through rivals Georgia and Alabama to get to Atlanta. Both games are must wins for the Tigers and it appears that they are capable of winning them both. The running game will be critical to the Tiger's chances. Last week: #10

8. Virginia Tech – Tech goofed up and lost at winnable game and now might be on the outside looking in for the Big East title, not to mention the national title. The Hokies had better hope that Miami beats Pitt and Tennessee and then that they beat Miami. Only a win over an undefeated Miami helps now. Last week: #4

7. Maryland – with their only conference loss coming to Florida State, Maryland is still in the ACC race.  NC State is the game of the week in the ACC. Win and Maryland would get that much closer to a possible split of the ACC crown. The Turtles can still sneak into the BCS, but need loads of help. I expect a win over NC State this weekend. Last week: #9

6. Florida – ah, that

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