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2010 NCAA AP Rankings (Week 3): Oregon Jumps to No. 5

LaMichael James propelled Oregon to No. 5 in new AP poll. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Monster Saturday came and went as we learned a lot of things from many different programs.

We witnessed the breakout performance Michigan fans have been waiting for out of Denard Robinson, we witnessed Boise State’s BCS dreams crumble as Virginia Tech fell to James Madison, and we witnessed five top 20 teams all come up short on Saturday.

Like every Sunday, the polls came out.

Here are some tidbits from the Week Three rankings.

First Class: Top 10

  • Like we mentioned earlier, Boise State comes out as one of the biggest losers in the NCAA, without even playing a game Saturday. After a strong performance against Virginia Tech to open the season, many thought Boise State finally made it over that hump called the BCS talk. However, with Va Tech losing against upstart James Madision, the win for Boise State doesn’t look nearly as good. The loss pushed Tech out of the top 25.
  • Alabama and Ohio State showed their worth of the top slots, both performing well against Penn State and Miami respectively.
  • Oregon jumped up two spots into the top 5 after a dominating second showing against Tennessee. RB Tauren Poole kept the game close going into the half, but LaMichael James and Oregon proved to be too much for the Vols.
  • Bob Stoops and Oklahoma simply manhandled Bobby Fisher’s Seminoles, 47-17, as Oklahoma jumped from 10 to seven after struggling against Utah State in Week One.
  • It’s also worth noting that Florida and Texas both fell after wins.

Middle of the pack: 11-20

  • Four SEC teams find themselves in the 11-20 range. Of the four teams nobody has looked more impressive than South Carolina. Steve Spurrier saw his team jump 11 spots, up to 13 in the AP poll — and for good reason. Thanks to true freshman Marcus Lattimore and his 182 yards on the ground, the Gamecocks easily defeated Georgia 17-6. With solid play by Stephen Garcia, could we see South Carolina taking the SEC East this season?
  • Arkansas comes in at the 12 spot after defeating a bad University of Louisiana-Monroe team, 31-7. Ryan Mallett had 400 passing yards and three touchdowns as the Razorbacks start their 2010 campaign 2-0. Arkansas will actually play a formidable opponent this weekend against Georgia, which should give us a better foundation to look at Arkansas as we don’t consider Tennessee Tech and ULM good football programs — at the slightest.
  • LSU (15) and Auburn (16) are the latter of the SEC teams in the top 20. After a putrid first-half, LSU came alive to score 27 points thanks to Steven Ridley’s 159 yards on the ground. On the bright side for Les Miles and the Tigers, John Chavis’ defense looks very solid. DT Drake Nevis had himself a game, with two and a half sacks, as the Tigers sacked Vanderbilt QB Larry Smith six times.
  • Meanwhile, Auburn and Cam Newton escaped Starkville with a win against a pesky Mississippi St. team Thursday night. The Tigers benefited from a 3rd and 10 drop by Bulldogs receiver Leon Berry, which would have put Mississippi St. at the 15-yard line and in prime position to send the game to overtime.
  • The University of Southern California continues to look sluggish, beating Virginia 17-14 late Saturday. The poor showing dropped USC two spots from a week ago.
  • With 500-plus yards of combined offense, Denard Robinson carried Michigan over Notre Dame and into the top 20. Robinson was dynamic, showing off his cannon right arm and elusiveness in the open field.

Third Tier: 21-25

  • West Virginia finds themselves at 21, after a great comeback against Marshall Friday night. Two 90-plus drives back-to-back tied the game up for WVU, who won the contest after a Tyler Warner missed field goal.
  • Jo Pa’s Nitty Lions are at 22 after a tough loss at Alabama. This game was analyzed and talked about all week long  when in reality Penn State and their true freshman QB never had a chance in Tuscaloosa.
  • Houston, Arizona and Oregon State all jumped late into the poll. However, the more interesting note is that James Madison received 11 votes to join the top 25.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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