Miami and Cincinnati continue to impress with big wins, while BYU, USC and Utah all tumbled following bitter losses. This is the weekend we find out if Mississippi, Cal, TCU, and Houston are the real deal.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (3-0). The Gators failed to overwhelm Tennessee in The Swamp, which is puzzling after all the bulletin board material Lane Kiffin provided. We just might have a bit of a tussle in store for the SEC title. Not this week, though, at Kentucky.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (3-0). And the Tide keeps on rolling, this time over North Texas State, 53-7. The work-in-progress Razorbacks visit this weekend with the potential to shoot off some fireworks of their own and take ‘Bama to the limit.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (3-0). The Longhorns outlasted Texas Tech, 34-24, and face little challenge this weekend with UTEP visiting Austin.
4. MIAMI HURRICANES/ACC (2-0). The way the ‘Canes are playing I could see them in the national title game in four months. But first they’ll need to get by Virginia Tech on the road this weekend. No small feat.

5. PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS/Big Ten (3-0). PSU brushed Temple aside, 31-6, and have their focus squarely on undefeated and visiting No. 24 Iowa this weekend.
6. CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS/Pac-10 (3-0). Cal was deadlocked at 21 with Minnesota after three quarters last weekend, but Jahvid Best notched two of his five scores in the final frame to put the game away. Another tough road game is on the table this week in Eugene against Pac-10 foe Oregon.
7. MISSISSIPPI REBELS/SEC (2-0). Ole Miss walloped D-1AA Southeastern Louisiana 52-6 last weekend. We’ll really find out if this lofty ranking is deserved when the Rebels clash with South Carolina on Thursday night.
8. LSU TIGERS/SEC (3-0). The Tigers took care of Louisiana-Lafayette, 31-3, and head to Mississippi State to take on a vastly improved Bulldog squad. MSU is the type of opponent that LSU might overlook with Georgia Tech on the horizon.
9. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES/ACC (2-1). The Seminoles took no prisoners in Provo, Utah last weekend and luck out when they face a Matt Grothe-less Central Florida team on Saturday. They would have won either way, but Grothe would have made it close.
10. OKLAHOMA SOONERS/Big 12 (2-1). The Sooners are still stewing over their opening game upset loss to BYU. They tossed their second straight shutout of the season with an impressive 45-0 whitewashing over Tulsa last weekend. Backup QB Landry Jones threw 6 TD passes to set a team record. OK has this week off to prepare for a road game at Miami on Oct 3.
11. CINCINNATI BEARCATS/Big East (3-0). The Bearcats were incredibly impressive with their road win over Oregon State last weekend. They host a beleaguered Fresno State squad on Saturday. Cincy senior Tony Pike is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in college football.
12. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES/Big Ten (2-1). The Bucks took out their frustrations from screwing up the USC game by thrashing Toledo, 38-0, in Cleveland. The Fighting Illini visit the Horseshoe this Saturday in an important Big Ten contest.
13. USC TROJANS/Pac-10 (2-0). Lost to Washington on a last second field goal behind backup QB Aaron Corp. I don’t think they would’ve won with Matt Barkley, either. Pity visiting Washington State this weekend.
14. BOISE STATE BRONCOS/WAC (3-0). The Broncos beat Fresno State in a high-scoring shootout on the road last Friday and travel to Bowling Green this weekend. Too bad Urban Meyer isn’t still coaching the Falcons. That’s the only way BG could win this one.
15. TEXAS CHRISTIAN HORNED FROGS/MWC (2-0). The Frogs took care of business last week, posting a 56-21 victory over Texas State. We’ll find out how good this team really is when they visit Clemson on Saturday.
16. HOUSTON COUGARS/C-USA (2-0). Houston took the week off to prep for Texas Tech. A win over the Red Raiders at home on Saturday will legitimize the Cougars drive to reach a BCS bowl game this season.
17. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES/ACC (2-1). The Hokies nipped Nebraska by a point on national TV and get to try to do the same with ACC rival Miami in one of this weekend’s best matchups.
18. GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS/ACC (2-1). G-Tech’s 4-game winning streak over Miami ended abruptly last Thursday and they’ll be forced to prove they are serious about challenging for the ACC title when they host North Carolina this weekend.
19. OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS/Big 12 (2-1). The Pokes toyed with Rice 41-24 and take on D-1AA Grambling State this weekend.
20. BYU COUGARS/MWC (2-1). The Cougars were ambushed at home by a highly underrated Florida State team, 54-28. In fact, I’m the only one that ranked the Seminoles before last Saturday’s contest. BYU is a better team than that outcome and intends to prove it against visiting 3-0 Colorado State.
21. KANSAS JAYHAWKS/Big 12 (3-0). The Jayhawks ravaged Duke off the court, 44-16, and play host to Southern Miss this weekend. They don’t have a tough game until Oct 24 vs. Oklahoma.
22. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES/Big Ten (3-0). The Wolverines knocked off Eastern Michigan in workmanlike fashion, 45-17, and have already equaled their win total from last year. One of Michigan’s wins from last year – Indiana – visits Ann Arbor on Saturday.
23. UTAH UTES/MWC (2-1). The Utes dropped a tough road game at Oregon last weekend, but I’m not convinced the Ducks were the better team. The Utes host Louisville this Saturday.
24. IOWA HAWKEYES/Big Ten (3-0). The Hawkeyes racked up another impressive win with a 27-17 triumph over Arizona. They face a revenge minded No. 5 ranked Nittany Lion unit on the road this weekend.
25. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS/Big 12 (2-1). The Huskers lost on the road to Virginia Tech in a squeaker, 16-15. They host Louisiana Lafayette this weekend.