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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 30th Third Hour
Dirt gives us the latest on De'Anthony Thomas and the crew discusses Breaking Bad. 



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 30th Second Hour
An interview with the Utah high school football coach who suspended his entire team, Bracketology, and Blazers talk. 



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 30th First Hour
USC fires Lane Kiffin, Oregon State can't run the ball (and doesn't need to), and much more in the first hour.



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Interview with Utah high school football coach Matt
A high school football coach in Roosevelt, Utah suspended his entire team and the GameNight guys have some questions for him.




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The Dirty Poll - Week Five Edition
Rk Team Record LW AP Analysis
1 Alabama 4-0 (2-0) 1 1 For the second straight week, the two-time defending champions were less than impressive. Nonetheless, Alabama eventually rolled to a 25-0 win at home against a ranked Ole Miss team. Don't let the final score fool you, the Tide struggled for the better part of three quarters against an upstart Rebel squad - and only led 6-0 at the half. But, when you're Alabama, style points don't matter - all that does is Nick Saban's squad is 4-0. I'll go ahead and pencil in a 5-0 start, as Alabama squares off against mighty Georgia State next weekend in Tuscaloosa. 
2 Clemson 4-0 (2-0) 2 3 Clemson bounced back from a near scare against North Carolina State, and absolutely dominated Wake Forrest 56-7 at home. The Tigers looked like the #2 ranked team in the nation, and boy does that Georgia win look better and better each week. Clemson returned to the Boyd/ Watkins show. Tahj tallied 370 total yards and 4 TD's while Sammy Watkins grabbed 6 balls for 113 yards and a touchdown. Two more tune ups for the Tigers (at Syracuse & Vs Boston College) before the ACC showdown of the year against Florida State.
3 Oregon 4-0 (1-0) 3 2 It was wet and wild Saturday night at Autzen, but the Ducks passed their Pac-12 opener against Cal with flying colors, despite not being able to throw the football. Oregon only totaled 381 yards, by far their lowest of the season, but that was due to the monsoon like conditions. Two negatives came out of this game for the Ducks - Marcus Mariota's Heisman hopes took a hit (only 114 passing yards & 33 rushing) but maybe more important, De'Anthony Thomas left the game after injuring his ankle on the opening kickoff. Though all reports out of Eugene claimed that Thomas was smiling following the game, and expected to be OK. On the bright side for Oregon - they won't need DAT next weekend against Colorado. 
4 Stanford 4-0 (2-0) 6 5 What's all this blowout stuff about, Stanford? After two disappointing close games against inferior opponents to open the year, Stanford has compiled back to back impressive victories. It wasn't close at the beginning and it wasn't close at the end, as the Cardinal rolled Washington State in Seattle 55-17. How's this for offensive balance: 322 yards through the air, 238 yards on the ground. Stanford is clicking on all cylinders, just in time to get some revenge from last season: Washington comes to the Farm Saturday night. 
5 Florida State 4-0 (2-0) 5 8 It was a shaky start for the Seminoles on the road at Boston College, trailing 14-3 at the end of the 1st quarter. It was all Jameis Winston from then on out for the Seminoles, he tallied 330 passing yards and 4 TD's as Florida State outscored BS 45-20 for the 48-34 win. FSU has Maryland this weekend, before a week off to prepare for the real ACC Championship - at Clemson on October, 19th. 
6 Ohio State 5-0 (1-0) 7 4 Ohio State passed one of their "tests" Saturday night, though it wasn't easy. The Buckeyes held a 31-14 lead heading into the 4th quarter, but the Badgers made it intriguing before eventually falling 31-24. It's harder and harder to find a loss on Ohio State's schedule, and not because of their 5-0 start, but simply because of how dreadful the Big 10 is. Yet, another "test" looms for Ohio State in the form of undefeated Northwestern.
7 Georgia 3-1 (2-0) 9 6 Georgia is the prime example of why it's better to lose early, rather than late. The Bulldogs have survived arguably the toughest opening four-game stretch of any team in the nation - adding a 44-41 win over top-10 ranked LSU to their resume this weekend. And as a result, Mark Richt and co. find themselves right back in the National Title hunt. The best part of making it through this stretch with some life: Georgia only has one ranked team remaining on their schedule, Florida on November 2nd. SEC title game, here come the Bulldogs. 
8 Louisville 4-0 (0-0) 8 7 Teddy Bridgewater's Heisman campaign was put on hold for the weekend, as the Cardinal had a bye on Saturday. They open AAC (your guess is as good as mine) this coming weekend, on the road against Temple. 
9 LSU 4-1 (1-1) 4 10 An absolute heartbreaker for Les Mile and LSU this weekend between the Hedges. Taking on a top-10 ranked Georgia team, the Bayou Bengals led 41-37 with 4:00 minutes remaining - but that proved to be too much time for Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs - who scored the winning touchdown with 1:47 left on the clock. Zach Mettenberger sure didn't disappoint; tossing 3 TD's along with 372 yards in a losing effort. The road map for LSU is clear - win out until November, 9th - when they travel to Tuscaloosa. 
10 UCLA 3-0 (0-0) 10 12 The Bruins had the weekend off, in preparation for their Pac-12 opener Thursday night at Utah. UCLA is off to a fantastic start to the season, highlighted by a dominating win at Nebraska. Brett Hundley has been as good as advertised, tossing 8 TD's along with 848 yards through three games. They'll get a chance to prove themselves to the nation in three weeks (if they can survive Utah and Cal) when they get a rematch of the Pac-12 title game October 19th at Stanford. 
11 South Carolina 3-1 (1-1) 12 13 Whew. Connor Shaw went down early, and it looked like the Gamecocks season could be going up in flames when they trailed 10-0 at the half against Central Florida. But all is right in Steve Spurrior land, after 28 second half points led to a 28-25 win. South Carolina's schedule is the definition of manageable, starting with Kentucky and Arkansas in their next two games. 
12 Miami (FL) 4-0 (0-0) 14 14 The Canes' continued to make the case they're back as an elite program - this time routing South Florida 49-21 on the road Saturday. Miami didn't need much of Stephen Morris, because of the blowout, but he was impressive when in there: going 11 of 16 for 222 yards and 2 TD's. Next up for the "U" is Georgia Tech in Miami.
13 Texas A&M 4-1 (1-1) 13 9 It wasn't easy for Johnny Manziel and A&M, but they escaped Arkansas with a 45-33 win over the Razorbacks. Manziel was impressive as always, combining for 300+ total yards and 2 TD's. The Aggies have more in their corner than just Johnny Football, they also have a generous schedule. After a road tilt against Ole Miss this Saturday, A&M has five straight home games against unranked opponents. 
14 Oklahoma 4-0 (1-0) 17 11 Oklahoma pulled off an impressive win on the road in South Bend, taking down the Irish 35-21. Blake Bell has looked impressive since taking over the starting QB job for the Sooners, throwing for 232 yards and 2 TD’s. More importantly, Oklahoma played stout defense, forcing 3 turnovers and holding Notre Dame to 324 total yards. More winnable games loom for Bob Stoops; TCU and Texas are the next two opponents for the Sooners.
15 Washington 4-0 (1-0) 15 15 It was a rainy, sloppy game for Washington – but they won their Pac-12 opener 31-13 over Arizona in Seattle. The game wasn’t quite the blowout the final score would indicate – the Huskies led 11-6 at the half. Nonetheless, we’ll finally find out what Washington is all about the next two weeks. Starting Saturday, when they travel down to the Farm to take on Stanford; then welcome the Ducks to the renovated Husky stadium. Safe to say, splitting these next two would be a huge success for the Dawgs.
16 Michigan 4-0 (0-0) 16 19 The Wolverines had the weekend off, and boy did they need it. Back to back scares against Akron and Uconn will send you back to the drawing board. The beauty for Brady Hoake and Michigan – the Big 10 is terrible. Three “should” win games loom; Vs Minnesota, at Penn State and at home against Indiana.
17 Florida 3-1 (2-0) 18 18 The Gators played their first full game without Jeff Driskel behind center, and luckily for them it was against Kentucky. The final score was 24-7, but something tells me Florida won’t around in the top-25 much longer. How’s this for a stacked deck on the remaining schedule; LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State.
18 Baylor 3-0 (0-0) 19 17 How good is Baylor? Well, no one really knows. They’ve rolled their first three opponents, looking like an absolute offensive juggernaut… But the schedule has been easier than apple pie. Next for the Bears is West Virginia, which is a game they should win, but the Mountaineers looked impressive taking down Oklahoma State this past weekend.
19 Northwestern 4-0 (0-0) 21 16 Everything said about Baylor’s schedule also applies to Northwestern. Their marquee win? California. We’ll settle the dispute of how mediocre this team actually is after Saturday night – when Ohio State comes to town.
20 Oklahoma St. 3-1 (0-1) 11 21 Welp, safe to say no one saw this coming. A week after West Virginia was boat raced by Maryland (yes, the Terrapins) they knocked off the 11th ranked Cowboys. Kansas State comes to town this weekend, which should provide an opportunity for a bounce back win.
21 Texas Tech 4-0 (1-0) 23 20 Texas Tech is off to a 4-0 start under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, and it should be a 5-0 start. Kansas comes to town to Lubbock this weekend.
22 Arizona State 3-1 (1-1) NA 22 If I told you a loss to Arizona State would mark the end for Lane Kiffin, you probably wouldn’t have believed me. But that’s precisely what happened Saturday night in Tempe; the Sun Devils rolled all over the Trojans to the tune of 62 points. It was a nice bounce back win for ASU, who get another intriguing matchup this weekend in the form of Notre Dame.
23 Fresno State 4-0 (2-0) NA 23 The Bulldogs can put up points with the best of them, and did so again against Hawaii this weekend. Off to a 4-0 start with the younger Carr brother, Fresno likely won’t be tested the rest of the season.
24 North. Illinois 4-0 (0-0) NA NA The last time I saw Northern Illinois, they were getting boat raced by Florida State in the Orange Bowl. They reappeared on my radar this weekend, rolling Purdue on the road 55-24. Is there another BCS appearance in their future? The answer could easily be yes; the toughest opponent remaining on their schedule is Central Michigan.
25 Nebraska 3-1 (0-0) NA NA For lack of better options, Nebraska poked its head back in the top-25 after a bye week. The Huskers get Illinois this weekend.


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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Thursday September 26th Third Hour
In the third hour, a lot of goofing off and one very heated Colin Kaepernick discussion.



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Thursday September 26th Second Hour
Change Realty NFL Picks, Bracketology, and EA Sports NCAA lawsuit.



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Thursday September 26th First Hour
In the first hour, the crew breaks down the Ducks' and the Beavers' upcoming games and the stabbing at the SF Giants game on Wednesday.




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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Interview with Kyle Gustafson - Portland Winterhawk
The crew interviews Portland Winterhawks assistant coach Kyle Gustafson.



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Mark Banker Interview
Mark Banker joins the crew to discuss the Oregon State defense, how they played against SDSU, and how they will play against Colorado. 



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Tuesday September 24th Third Hour
The third hour has it all: Pac-12 Survivor Pool picks, iPhones, and the most annoying people we know!





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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Tuesday September 24th Second Hour
Pac-12 coaches, Bracketology, and a review of Book of Manning



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Tuesday September 24th First Hour
In the first hour, the guys have a lengthy Penn State discussion and cover some Quick Hitters!



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Penn State Sanctions Discussion
The crew leaves no stone unturned in their discussion of the Penn State scandal in light of the news that the NCAA will be restoring scholarships. 



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 23rd Third Hour
College football, Monday Night Football, and Breaking Bad. 

 

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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 23rd Second Hour
In the second hour, the crew breaks down the Aldon Smith situation, the Beavers' running game and the greatest one hit wonders of all-time.



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 23rd First Hour
Would you rather be an Oregon State fan or an Oregon fan right now? Who is the most disappointing team in the NFL right now? The crew breaks it all down here!



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The Dirty Poll! Week Four Edition
Not much change in the poll once again this week, in what was a terrible weekend for College Football. Arizona State debuted in the poll last week, but their run was short lived after being embarrassed by Stanford this weekend. Taking their spot was Georgia Tech, who is off to a 3-0 (2-0) start to the season. 

Rk Team Record LW AP Analysis
1 Alabama 3-0 (1-0) 1 1 Apparently hangovers after big wins are a problem that plagues Nick Saban. Last year after beating LSU, Bama lost to Texas A&M. This year the tide beat A&M; then get a scare against Colorado State. Yep, the Rams trailed the Tide 17-6 at the end of the 3rd quarter in Tuscaloosa. But all is well in Title Town – Bama pulled away in the 4th quarter for the 31-6 win. Still, there seem to be more concerns surrounding this top ranked Tide team than any in the past two seasons. But Nick Saban and co. get another ranked test this weekend, in the form of upstart Ole Miss.
2 Clemson 3-0 (1-0) 2 3 A 26-14 win, on the road against North Carolina State is not what you’d expect out of the nations #2 team. But, that’s what we got from Clemson Thursday night. Lucky for the Tigers, the Oregon Ducks had the week off. It goes without saying, but squeaking out wins in a terrible ACC conference will not suffice at keeping Clemson at #2. They get a chance to redeem themselves this weekend, when Wake Forrest comes to town.
3 Oregon 3-0 (0-0) 3 2 After Alabama struggled with Colorado State, the Ducks found themselves with two more 1st place votes in the Coaches Poll; and three more in the AP poll. Oh, and they did it without taking the field. Oregon had their first bye week of the season, which hopefully provided ample time in solving the Helfrich/ Lyerla squabble. The blowouts should continue for the Ducks, this time in the form of a conference game, with Cal at Autzen Stadium Saturday.
4 LSU 4-0 (1-0) 6 6 Not sure why, but people across the country appear to be sleeping on LSU this season. After knocking off Auburn Saturday night, the Tigers now have two impressive wins (TCU being the other). I’m still not a believer in Zach Mettenberger, but Les Miles has a new power runner in Jeremy Hill who looked like a beast running all over Auburn this weekend. We’ll find out if people are correct to be sleeping on Baton Rouge – LSU travels to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs between the hedges Saturday.
5 Florida State 3-0 (1-0) 4 8 Jameis Winston now has more incompletions than touchdowns on the year… What a bum. The Seminoles rolled Bethune-Cookman 54-6 this weekend in Tallahassee. Two more cupcakes for the Noles’ (Boston College, Maryland) before their showdown with Clemson.
6 Stanford 3-0 (1-0) 7 5 Well, I swung and missed on the Cardinal being a pretender. Stanford looked absolutely dominant on the Farm this weekend in their Pac-12 opener against Arizona State – jumping out to a 29-0 halftime lead. The Sun Devils made it a game in the 2nd half, but still – this was the dominant performance we’ve all been waiting for. Another intriguing test for David Shaw this weekend, as his team travels up to Seattle to take on a much improved Washington State team.
7 Ohio State 4-0 (0-0) 5 4 Who needs Braxton Miller? Backup QB Kenny Guiton set a school record with 6 TD passes in the Buckeyes 76-0 rout of Florida A&M. There’s no QB controversy in Columbus, Miller will play when healthy – but there’s definitely added pressure after his backup played remarkably in his two starts. Ohio State finally has something in the resemblance of a challenge this weekend, with Wisconsin coming to the Horse Shoe.
8 Louisville 4-0 (0-0) 8 7 Louisville was happy to not have to face another SEC defense, as they rolled Florida International 72-0 this weekend. Teddy Bridgewater “built” on his Heisman hopes with 212 yards and 4 TD’s. The Cardinals begin AAC (still have no clue what it stands for) play this weekend with Temple.
9 Georgia 2-1 (1-0) 10 9 Sigh of relief in Athens going into this week, after Georgia was at one point tied with North Texas 21-21. They ended up pulling away for a 45-21 win, and I’m ok with chalking that clunker up to simply looking forward. What are they looking forward to? Their third matchup against a top 10 team this season – LSU comes between the hedges on Saturday.
10 UCLA 3-0 (0-0) 11 13 UCLA continues to make me a believer, after yet another dominating performance (56-13 over New Mexico State) to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Bruins will now get an extra few days of rest, before they travel to Utah for a Thursday night tilt on October 3rd, which will be their Pac-12 opener.
11 Oklahoma St. 3-0 (0-0) 9 11 It was a bye week for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys, who continue to battle through a defaming SI piece. OSU had the extra week to prepare for their Big-12 opener, at West Virginia this Saturday.
12 South Carolina 2-1 (1-1) 12 12 It was an off week for the Gamecocks, who held steady at the #12 spot. Steve Spurrior’s group have their last non-conference game on the slate until the last week of the season; as they travel to Central Florida Saturday. The schedule as a whole sets up beautifully for South Carolina, the next ranked team they’ll face is Florida on November 16th.
13 Texas A&M 3-1 (0-1) 13 10 It was a nice bounce back win for A&M this weekend, Johnny Manziel scored 3 TD’s and the Aggies romped SMU 42-13. Two interesting tests loom for Texas A&M, at Arkansas this weekend followed by a road trip to Ole Miss. If they can get through those two games unscathed, watch out for the Aggies to skyrocket up the polls. The reason? The four following games: Auburn, Vanderbilt, UTEP and Mississippi State – all at home.
14 Miami (FL) 3-0 (0-0) 15 15 Miami’s rout of Savannah State this weekend got so ugly; they actually took time off the clock in the 4th quarter to make the bloodbath end quicker. Not much to break down from a 77-7 win – so looking forward, four winnable games loom for Miami. Starting this weekend at South Florida, followed by: Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forrest before their date with Florida State in Tallahassee.
15 Washington 3-0 (0-0) 16 16 The Huskies rolled all over Idaho State this weekend, to the tune of a 42-0 lead at the half. Unfortunately for Udub, the Boise State win looks less impressive as the weeks go by. Washington gets their Pac-12 schedule going this weekend against Arizona at Husky stadium, which will be a good test to open conference play. They better not look forward though – after the Wildcats, they’re on the road at Stanford and home against Oregon in back-to-back weeks.
16 Michigan 4-0 (0-0) 14 18 Holy, Michigan. Really? I felt fine chalking up last weeks near nightmare against Akron to being a hangover game. But a second weekend in a row? The Wolverines trailed at Uconn 21-14 heading to the 4th quarter, before pulling out a 24-21 victory. Struggling with Akron and Uconn in consecutive weeks is how you drop two slots in the poll. Brady Hoake’s squad returns to the Big House this weekend to open Big 10 play against Minnesota.
17 Oklahoma 3-0 (1-0) 17 14 Oklahoma had the weekend off, which gives Blake Bell an extra week of reps with the first team offense. An intriguing game looms for the Sooners, in the form of a road test against Notre Dame.
18 Florida 2-1 (1-0) 19 20 The Gators lost Jeff Driskel for the season in their 31-17 win over Tennessee at the Swamp this weekend, but Tyler Murphy stepped up and played well in his stead. Driskel is a head scratcher, playing terribly at times – but he rode a good defense and running game to a BCS bowl last season, which can’t be ignored. Lucky for Murphy, he gets two “should win” games to settle in (Kentucky, Arkansas) before the Gators travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU.
19 Baylor 3-0 (0-0) 21 19 The offensive juggernaut that is Baylor rolled on this weekend, to the tune of 49 first half points against LA-Monroe. The question remains, is this team for real? Or the beneficiary of a weak schedule? The Bears get their first “real” test this weekend in West Virginia, which is also their Big 12 opener. One thing remains for certain; Lache Seastrunk is the real deal. The Heisman hopeful carried the rock 10 times for 156 and a TD (all in the first half) and now has 417 yards and 6 TD’s through three games this season.
20 Ole Miss 3-0 (1-0) 20 21 Upstart Ole Miss had a bye Saturday, and they couldn’t have asked for a better week to have off. Why? The Rebels travel to Tuscaloosa to take on #1 Alabama this weekend, a team that looked vulnerable against Colorado State.
21 Northwestern 4-0 (0-0) 18 17 Northwestern has benefited from a terrible schedule more than any other ranked team. For the second straight week, the Wildcats struggled with a horrendous opponent – beating Maine 35-21 at home. Northwestern has the weekend off, before we find out exactly how bad this team is when they take on Ohio State, October 5th.  
22 Wisconsin 3-1 (1-0) 23 23 Kudos to you, Wisconsin. A week after getting jobbed in Tempe against Arizona State, the Badgers bounced back nicely in a 41-10 rout of Purdue to open Big 10 play. It was a great confidence builder for Gary Anderson’s crew, as they travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State Saturday.
23 Texas Tech 4-0 (1-0) 24 24 The Red Raiders improved to 4-0 this weekend, with a 33-7 win over Texas State. Surprisingly, the defense has been a strength for Kliff Kingsburry and Texas Tech. Three more winnable games loom for the Red Raiders (at Kansas, Vs Iowa State and at West Virginia) before back to back games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
24 Notre Dame 3-1 25 22 Why does Notre Dame always find a way to win these close games? For the second straight week, the Irish looked downright awful at times, but found a way to win – 17-13 this time over Michigan State. There’s no time to rest for Brian Kelly, as Notre Dame welcomes Oklahoma to North Bend this weekend.
25 Georgia Tech 3-0 (2-0) NA NA Hey there, Georgia Tech! The Yellow Jackets make their debut in the poll at #25, after a 28-20 win over North Carolina this weekend. Tech gets a Thursday night contest against Virginia Tech this week, a team that needed overtime to defeat Marshall.

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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Thursday September 19th Third Hour
In the third hour the guys give their reaction to the Thursday night football game and also discuss 50 Shades of Grey.



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Thursday September 19th Second Hour
NFL picks, Bracketology and more in the second hour!



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Thursday September 19th First Hour
How is Chip Kelly's offense doing three weeks in? What does OSU need to do to win this weekend? What's going to happen to Mack Brown?



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Wednesday September 18th Third Hour
Crazy Craigslist posts, movie reviews, and more in the third hour!




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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Wednesday September 18th Second Hour
The crew breaks down why football in the Pacific Northwest is bigger than ever, plus Bracketology. 



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Wednesday September 18th First Hour
Big NFL news, a boring college football weekend, and more Bo Pelini!



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Tuesday September 17th Third Hour
The crew tackles some tough questions in the third hour including one involving Brad Pitt and the intern's latest dilemma.




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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Tuesday September 17th Second Hour
The second hour features audio from Pac-12 coaches, some intense Bracketology matchups, and Blazers' talk.




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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Tuesday September 17th First Hour
In the first hour, the guys give an in-depth breakdown of the Colt Lyerla 'circumstances' saga and the future of the sport of football.



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High School Football Player Death Discussion
A high school football player in New York died today and the crew breaks down what this means for the game of football.

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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 16th Third Hour
A breakdown of the best and worst teams in the NFL, The Dirty Poll, and a recap of Breaking Bad.

 


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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 16th Second Hour
Danforth gives his opinion on Johnny Manziel, Brandon shows his love for old one hit wonders, and Dirt makes a bold prediction about Stanford.



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Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight Monday September 16th First Hour
In the first hour, the crew decodes the Helfrich/Lyerla drama and breaks down the Oregon State game.



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The Dirty Poll! Week Three Edition
Not much changed in the “Dirty Poll” from week two, to week three. Only one departure to report – Nebraska was bounced after their embarrassing 2nd half performance against UCLA. Word on the street in Lincoln is Bo Pelini’s days are numbered. His potential replacement? How about former Husker QB and current Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost? The move would make sense for both sides.

The newcomer to the poll is Texas Tech, who beat an (AP) ranked team in TCU on Thursday. 

Rk Team Record LW AP Analysis
1 Alabama 2-0 (1-0) 1 1 Something you haven’t heard about an Alabama team in awhile: defense is a concern. Granted the Crimson Tide passed their first true test of the season, getting revenge against A&M and Manziel with a 49-42 win at Kyle Field. But the defense gave up 628 total yards of offense, the most ever against an Alabama defense. Ever. That had to be an encouraging sign for potential titles contenders that run the spread (Clemson, Oregon, Florida State). The good news for Bama: they can win with offense. “Game Manager” AJ McCarron was dominant, throwing for 334 yards, 4 TD’s and no INT’s. The Crimson Tide welcome in Colorado State this weekend, before another ranked opponent (Ole Miss) comes to Tuscaloosa.
2 Clemson 2-0 (0-0) 2 3 It was an off week for Tahj Boyd and the Clemson Tigers, but they remain in the 2nd position based purely on their opening weekend win over Georgia. One of the perils of playing in the ACC – Clemson doesn’t have another ranked team on the schedule until October, 19th when Florida State comes to town. The Tigers open their conference schedule Thursday night, when the travel to take on NC State.
3 Oregon 3-0 (0-0) 3 2 What a performance. The Oregon Ducks handed Tennessee their worst loss since 1910, and piled up the most yards against an SEC defense in the past decade. After falling behind 7-0, Oregon rattled off an unbelievable 59 consecutive points. Desperately want to move them up a slot, but I have to see a win over a ranked team before I can do so (that opportunity will come, October 12th @ Washington). The Ducks have this weekend off, before Cal comes into Autzen stadium. The bye week should provide ample time to get this Lyerla/ Helfrich squabble figured out.
4 Florida State 2-0 (1-0) 5 8 I was almost ready to jump off the Jameis Winston bandwagon, when I saw the Seminoles only led Nevada 17-7 at the half in Tallahassee. Then the second half came, and Florida State walked away with a 62-7 win at Doak Walker. That Winston kid? He had 3 incompletions and 2 touchdowns. The Freshman phenom now has more TD passes this season than incompletions. FSU has three more snoozers on the schedule (and should be 5-0) for their trip to Clemson on October, 19th.
5 Ohio State 3-0 (0-0) 4 4 No Braxton Miller? No problem for the Buckeyes, as they ran right through Cal (in what appeared to be an Ohio State home game) 52-34. Offense isn’t the issue for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, it’s the defense. They gave up 34 points, 503 total yards, and let a freshman QB throw for 371 yards and 3 TD’s. If the Buckeyes want to compete for a National Title, hell even make it out of the Big 10, they have to play better on the defensive side of the ball. They get one more tune up this weekend in Florida A&M, before back-to-back matchups against ranked opponents: Vs Wisconsin/ @ Northwestern.
6 LSU 3-0 (0-0) 6 6 LSU is once again quietly flying under the radar this season, after another dominating win (45-13 over Kent State). Are they a legit National Title contender? No one really knows, and we won’t for one more week as the Tigers should open a can up at home against Auburn this weekend. The first true test comes the following week: when Les Miles and Co. travel between the hedges to take on Georgia.
7 Stanford 2-0 (0-0) 7 5 Another win. Or I should say; another unimpressive win for the Cardinal. 34-20 over Army? Seriously? This was a 20-13 game at the half. Say all you want about their dominant defense, and unbeatable front 7… But if Stanford wants to be taken seriously as a title contender, these early season games need to be blowouts. Lucky for us, we can answer the contender or pretender question this weekend, when Stanford takes on Arizona State down on the Farm.
8 Louisville 3-0 (0-0) 8 7 I was a believer. Louisville had played two inferior opponents, and rolled right through them like a dominant team should – all the while Teddy Bridgewater was looking like a serious Heisman contender. Then this weekend happened. Louisville faced Kentucky (who, sadly, could be the toughest opponent on their schedule) and looked like a team that doesn’t belong with the big boys. I know Kentucky is a joke – but this was their opportunity to show what an elite offense should do against arguably the worst defense in the SEC (see, Oregon). The result? A 27-13 win, with Bridgewater only completing 16 passes for 250 yards and one TD. If Louisville goes undefeated, they’ll be in a BCS game. But the Cardinal can kiss a chance at the Natty goodbye.
9 Oklahoma St. 3-0 (0-0) 10 11 Apparently it will take more than a slandering Sports Illustrated article to knock the Cowboys off stride. They looked impressive again, albeit against Lamar (wait, who?). Oklahoma State has this week off, before opening up Big 12 play at West Virginia, September 28th.
10 Georgia 1-1 (1-0) 11 9 Georgia had a much deserved weekend off, after opening the season with Clemson and South Carolina. The Bulldogs finally get the tune up game they deserve this weekend, against North Texas. But the fun and games will be short lived – LSU comes to town on September 28th.
11 UCLA 2-0 (0-0) 16 13 I picked UCLA to win the Pac-12 South before the season began, and the Bruins made me feel like a genius this weekend. A dominating, and I mean DOMINATING win at Nebraska has made me a firm believer in the Bruins as potentially the 2nd best team in the conference. The Huskers held a 21-3 lead in the first half, before UCLA closed the game on a 38-0 run. Most importantly, Brett Hundley finally had a chance to show the nation what he’s all about – and put his stamp on the early season Heisman race. Three more winnable games loom for the Bruins (Vs New Mexico State; @ Utah; Vs California) before they travel to Stanford and Oregon on back-to-back weekends in October.
12 South Carolina 2-1 (1-1) 13 12 South Carolina seemed a little shell shocked after falling to Georgia, but the Cocks’ were able to fight through a lack-luster effort to knock off Vanderbilt 35-25 for their first SEC win of the season. The schedule is a cake walk for the next two months, which should result in South Carolina being right back in the title hunt. Their next six opponents? Central Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi State.
13 Texas A&M 2-1 (0-1) 9 10 Lots will be made about Johnny Manziel’s performance against Alabama’s defense. Hell, he piled up 562 yards of offense and scored 5 touchdowns. But don’t lose sight of his two interceptions; one thrown in the endzone, the other returned for a TD – which were the difference in A&M’s 49-42 loss. Failing to knock of Alabama could officially end Manziel’s Heisman campaign – but he’ll put up monstrous numbers, as A&M only has one ranked team on the slate from now until the end of November.
14 Michigan 3-0 (0-0) 12 15 Whew. Here I am, bragging about my sleeper pick in Michigan… Then they go out and nearly lose to Akron at the Big House? C’mon now, Wolverines. Being (un?) biased, I’ll chalk this laugher of a performance up to motivation – as Michigan was coming off a big win against Notre Dame. Lucky for Big Blue, the Big 10 is a terrible, and I mean terrible conference. Their next four opponents? Uconn, Minnesota, Penn State and Indiana. Which should equate into a 7-0 start.
15 Miami (FL) 2-0 (0-0) 14 16 It was an off week for my other sleeper pick, Miami – just simply due to attrition they dropped a slot in the rankings. The Canes’ won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, as they face Savannah State this weekend down in Miami.
16 Washington 2-0 (0-0) 15 17 My question regarding the Huskies: was their win over Boise State more about the Broncos being overrated, or the Huskies being for real? Well, Boise struggled at home with Air Force; and the Huskies struggled with Illinois this weekend. It was a good win, considering Sark’s struggles on the road – but if the Huskies want to be taken seriously not only in the country, but in the Pac-12 – this is a game they should have dominated. Want a crazy stat? This was the Huskies first non-conference road win, since Jake Lockers’ debut at Syracuse in 2007. Washington has two more tune up games, against Idaho State and Arizona, before we find out who they really are; in a 3-game stretch against Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State.
17 Oklahoma 3-0 (1-0) 17 14 A change at QB served the Sooners well, behind bruiser Blake Bell the offense finally got rolling – like we normally expect in Norman. Granted it was a 51-20 win over Tulsa, but the Sooner offense put up a total of 50 points in their first two wins. Boomer Sooner has three “tests” looming – at Notre Dame, Vs TCU, then the annual classic against Texas.
18 Northwestern 3-0 (0-0) 19 18 A lesson I continue to re-learn every weekend; the Big 10 is terrible. Northwestern is the 3rd highest ranked team from the conference, and they came away with a 38-17 win over Western Michigan – after trailing at one point, 10-3, in the 1st half. The Wildcats close up shop on their non-conference slate this weekend against Maine, before a showdown (?) at home against Ohio State October 5th.
19 Ole Miss 3-0 (1-0) 23 21 Ole Miss has turned the nation’s #1 recruiting class into a 3-0 start to the season. But probably the most important thing that happened this weekend was the Rebels likely putting the final nail in Mack Browns coffin with a 44-20 win over the Longhorns, including a 27-0 shellacking in the 2nd half. Ole Miss has the week off, and they’re going to need it – before they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on #1 Alabama on September 28th.
20 Florida 1-1 (0-0) 20 19 “Pretender” Florida had the weekend off, to lick their wounds from a dreadful performance against Miami. They welcome Tennessee, who’s fresh off the ass-kicking of a lifetime, into the Swamp this weekend.
21 Baylor 2-0 (0-0) 21 20 Baylor had a bye as well this past weekend, so no furthering of the Lache Seastrunk for Heisman campaign on the ‘Dirty Poll.’ The same can’t be said for next week’s poll – the Bears take on LA-Monroe this weekend… Can Seastrunk top 200 yards in the 1st half?
22 Arizona State 2-0 (0-0) 24 23 Well… I can now safely say I’ve seen everything. The end to the Wisconsin, Arizona State game was probably the strangest ending to a game I’ve witnessed. That being said, I was greatly disappointed in the Sun Devils. This was a chance for them to send the nation, and the Pac-12 a message by beating a vastly overrated Wisconsin team at home. In the end, they lucked out – which is why the Devils only moved up two slots from a week ago, despite beating a ranked team. We’ll find out all we need to know about this team Saturday, when they travel down to the Farm to take on Stanford.
23 Wisconsin 2-1 (0-0) 22 24 Poor Wisconsin. I’m still not a believer, but they should have beaten Arizona State (see above). But – the ref malfunction should have never happened. That was arguably the worst late game, clock management I’ve ever seen. Just kick the damn field goal, Anderson! Because of the devastating nature of their loss, I kept the Badgers in the top 25. Their run may be short lived, after a home date with Purdue this weekend – the Badgers travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes.
24 Texas Tech 3-0 (1-0) NA 25 The Red Raiders… Winning with defense? That was the case this past Thursday night, when they out-slugged TCU for a 20-10 win. Kingsbury is the hottest coaching name in the country right now, and a 3-0 start to his career is only going to continue to stoke the flames. Texas Tech has four more “should win” games looming, before they travel to Norman to take on the Sooners, October 26th.
25 Notre Dame 2-1 25 22 There’s the Notre Dame I know and love! Play like crap for the majority of the game, but somehow, someway, find a way to win the ballgame. That’s precisely what happened in the Irish’s 31-24 win over Purdue Saturday night. Next up: the Notre Dame welcomes Oklahoma to South Bend this Saturday.

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The Dirty Poll! Week Two edition
Not much change from the opening top 25 of the season – though two teams were bounced from the rankings, and both may have new head coaches in the near future. USC was embarrassed down in the Coliseum by the pirate Mike Leach & his Washington State Cougars. The thrilling, offensive slugfest, ended in a 10-7 Coug win – and I would be shocked if Lane Kiffin makes it to the end of the season as the head coach in LA.

Meanwhile, Oregon Duck fans everywhere should be thanking the BYU Cougars – after they dominated Mack Brown and Texas 40 – 21 Provo. BYU opened the season in Virginia (who Oregon beat this weekend) and lost 19 – 17, which results in a nice little boost of the old “strength of schedule” for Oregon. As for Texas… Yikes. Much like Lane Kiffin, not quite sure how Mack Brown still has a job.

One final housekeeping note – the new name of this prestigious poll is “The Dirty Poll” as voted on by the mighty Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight listeners. Now, here are your College Football Power Rankings following week two of the saeson --> 

Rk Team Record LW AP Analysis
1 Alabama 1-0 (0-0) 1 1 It was an off week for Nick Saban and Alabama – now time for what I’m sure will be referred to as “The Game of the Century” at least a dozen times during the Musberger/ Herbstreit broadcast – Bama versus Texas A+M. We’ve all had this game circled on the calendar since the off-season, and it should be can’t miss TV. That being said – you give Saban a week off to prepare for Manziel? I could care less how shaky Alabama looked against Virginia Tech; I would be shocked if the Crimson Tide didn’t cover the 7.5 point spread.
2 Clemson 2-0 (0-0) 2 3 Clemson had a cup-cake this weekend facing South Carolina State – and deservingly so after opening with Georgia (which already looks like a better win). Tahj Boyd and Co. only had to play the first half in the 52-13 romping. Next up – they Tigers have this Saturday off – before heading to NC State next Thursday to open their ACC schedule.
3 Oregon 2-0 (0-0) 3 2 Another impressive win for the Ducks, who didn’t play up to their standards (11 penalties, drops, lack of execution) yet still came away with a 59-10 rout at Virginia. Oregon should have a tougher test this weekend – with Tennessee coming to Autzen Stadium. I still have one major concern about this team – and it’s their inability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. If they can’t push around D-lineman from Virginia, it will be tough to do so against an SEC opponent, or Stanford. Should learn a lot more about the Ducks this Saturday.
4 Ohio State 2-0 (1-0) 4 4 Ohio State rolled a terrible San Diego State team in the horseshoe. But Buckeye fans everywhere are shaking in their boots – Heisman hopeful QB Braxton Miller left the game after injuring his knee in the first quarter. No word on his availability for this weekend, when they travel to Berkley to take on Cal. The Bears kept this game close last year in Columbus – and their chances at an upset just got slightly better if Miller isn’t 100%.
5 Florida State 1-0 (1-0) 6 10 It was a bye week for Jameis Winston and the Seminoles, who moved up a slot in the poll by default. Florida State welcomes Nevada to Tallahassee this weekend, a team that UCLA blew out in LA to open the season. Should be an easy win – and another chance for Winston to build on his Heisman campaign.
6 LSU 2-0 (0-0) 8 8 LSU steamrolled UAB this weekend, by a final score of 56-17. Two more cupcakes on the schedule for Les Miles before the SEC slate heats up – they face Kent State this weekend in Baton Rouge, before (another) home test against Auburn the following weekend.
7 Stanford 1-0 (0-0) 7 5 Tickle me disappointed in the Cardinal – I wasn’t a believer coming into the season, and their 34-13 win over San Jose State did nothing to convince me they’re a national title contender. It was a 17-6 game at the half, but the Spartans had two chances inside the 10-yard line they weren’t able to convert into touchdowns. Stanford has one more tune up – at Army this weekend – before their first true test against Arizona State, September 21st.
8 Louisville 2-0 (0-0) 9 7 Another cupcake, and another blowout for Louisville this weekend. The Cardinal rolled Eastern Kentucky 44-7, which provided another chance for Teddy Bridgewater to pad his stats – 397 yards and 4 TD’s. If Louisville wants a shot at the title game, they need to continue their dominance against an actual FBS team this weekend in Kentucky.
9 Texas A+M 2-0 (0-0) 10 6 It’s finally time for the rematch – Texas A+M was the only team to defeat last year’s National Champion Alabama – and they get the Crimson Tide Saturday in College Station. I’m a firm believer in motivation (which should be on the Bama sideline this weekend) but also in preparation. Nick Saban had the week off to game plan how to stop Johnny Manziel, and as I mentioned earlier – I would be shocked if the Crimson Tide don’t cover the 7.5 point spread.
10 Oklahoma St. 2-0 (0-0) 11 12 Oklahoma State is a team that appears to be flying under the radar – and should be considered the early front runner in the Big 12. Another walloping this weekend for the Cowboys, they rolled UTSA 56-35 (their benchwarmers gave up 28 points in the 4th quarter). Next up is Lamar… Wait, who?
11 Georgia 1-1 (1-0) 16 9 What a difference a seven days can make. After opening with a loss on the road to Clemson – it was “Fire Mike Richt” week in Athens. Which lasted until the Bulldogs knocked off a top-10 ranked South Carolina team – now all is right, and Georgia has cleared one of the biggest hurdles on their SEC schedule. The Bulldogs finally get a breather this weekend, in North Texas, before LSU comes to town.
12 Michigan 2-0 (0-0) 13 11 Feeling pretty damn good about my Michigan sleeper call, after the Wolverines put an end to Notre Dames regular season winning streak in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Devin Gardner tossed 4 TD’s, and they beat a top-25 opponent by two scores. Meanwhile, Brady Hoake remained undefeated in his career at the Big House (where they play Ohio State later this season). It’s all downhill from here for the Maize and Blue, their next three opponents: Akron, Connecticut and Minnesota – or better known as, a 5-0 start to the season.
13 South Carolina 1-1 (0-1) 5 13 Oh the perils of playing in the SEC… South Carolina goes on the road in week two to face a tough Georgia team, and it now appears all hopes of contending for a title have gone out the window. Crazier things have happened, but the Gamecocks can’t afford another loss. The good news, they have Vanderbilt this weekend, followed by UCF and Kentucky. Barring an upset – South Carolina should end up back in the top 10.
14 Miami (FL) 2-0 (0-0) 20 15 Miami made me look like a smart man, going two for two on my sleeper picks this weekend, with a HUGE win over Florida. They may have been dominated statistically, but all that matters is the scoreboard at the end of the game. More importantly for Miami – they cleared one of the two hurdles that loomed on their schedule. Realistically, this team could be 7-0 heading into their game at Florida State November 2nd. They’ll go for win #3 this weekend against Savannah State.
15 Washington 1-0 (0-0) 14 19 It was an off weekend for the Huskies, which caused them to drop a spot in the poll. If Washington wants to continue to be taken seriously (as a top 15 team) they need another convincing win this weekend when they travel to take on Illinois.
16 UCLA 1-0 (0-0) 17 16 Another ranked Pac-12 team, another bye week. The Bruins had all week to game plan and prepare, which should come in handy when they travel to take on 18th ranked Nebraska this weekend. It’s one of the toughest places to play in the country – and provides two key opportunities. First up – Brett Hundley finally gets a shot to display his talents in front of a national television audience. Also – a win for the Bruins would go a long way in helping the perception of the Pac-12 as a whole.
17 Oklahoma 2-0 (1-0) 19 14 Oklahoma improved to 2-0, and 1-0 in the Big 12 with a win over West Virginia in Norman this weekend. It was a rare defensive slugfest for a conference (and two teams) known for their offense – with a final score of 16-7. The Sooners have Tulsa this weekend, before back-to-back ranked opponents in Notre Dame and TCU.
18 Nebraska 2-0 (0-0) 21 23 Nebraska needed a big win, after barely edging out Wyoming to open the season – and they got it, in the form of a 56-13 win over Southern Mississippi. Now, their first real test of the season. The Huskers were shocked last season in LA, but an upstart UCLA team. Safe to say, they won’t be overlooking the Bruins when they invade a sea of red this weekend.
19 Northwestern 2-0 (0-0) 22 17 How bout’ those Northwestern Wildcats! They rolled Syracuse 48-27 this weekend in their home opener, after struggling with Cal to start the season. Western Michigan and Maine loom on the schedule, before their home date with Ohio State on October 5th.
20 Florida 1-1 (0-0) 12 18 My question last week: was Florida the real deal last year? Because they sure didn’t look like it in a 24-6 opening win over Toledo. The Gators took another step in making me think “pretender” when they fell to Miami this weekend – despite outgaining the Hurricanes 413-212 in total yards. Why’d they lose? Well, tough to beat anybody when you turn the ball over 5 times. Florida has a week off to sort things out, before Tennessee comes to the Swamp September 21st.
21 Baylor 2-0 (0-0) 23 22 The Heisman candidacy of Lache Seastrunk took another step in the right direction, as the former Oregon running back carried the ball 17 times for 150 yards and 3 scores in THE FIRST HALF of Baylor’s 70-13 win over Buffalo (a team Ohio State only beat 40-21). Seastrunk should top 150 yards again this weekend, when the Bears take on UL Monroe.
22 Wisconsin 2-0 (0-0) 24 20 They may play the most boring brand of football in the country, but the Badgers improved to 2-0 under new head coach Gary Anderson after their 48-0 win over Tennessee Tech Saturday. This weekend they play one of the most intriguing games on the slate: in Tempe against Arizona State.
23 Ole Miss 2-0 (1-0) NA 25 So far, the Rebels have played like a team who had a top-5 recruiting class this offseason (which they did) and in result have debuted in the Dirty Poll at the #23 spot. After opening with an SEC win over Vanderbilt on the road, Ole Miss knocked off mighty SE Missouri State 31-13 this weekend. The Rebels offense should be licking their chops; after watching Texas’ defense get shredded by BYU Saturday. That being said, a trip to Austin is never an easy one (and Texas has a new D-coordinator!)… Especially with Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, looming next weekend. Basically what I’m trying to say – Ole Miss’ run in the top 25 could be short lived.
24 Arizona State 1-0 (0-0) NA NA Pretty erroneous to put Arizona State in the top 25 after a romping of Sacramento State this past Thursday, I know. I did so thinking forward, as the Sun Devils welcome Wisconsin to the desert this weekend (a game I expect them to dominate). A win, and they’re for real. A loss, and, well, there’s things to work on for Todd Graham.
25 Notre Dame 1-1 18 21 Notre Dame lost a regular season game for the first time in two years this Saturday night in the Big House, 41-30. One of college football’s toughest schedules doesn’t get any easier, their next four games: a road trip to Purdue, followed by home dates against Michigan State, Oklahoma and Arizona State.

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Dirts College Football Power Rankings
You already have the AP and Coaches Polls to gander at each week, so why not add one more? This is the first, in what will be a weekly installement, of my College Football Power Rankings. Feel free to comment below if you disagree, which I'm sure you will. Don't forget to check back each Monday (as soon as the AP poll comes out) for my revised rankings. 

Rk. Team Rec. AP Analysis
1 Alabama 1-0 (0-0) 1 The Crimson Tide are the default #1 ranked team, that’s what happens when you win back-to-back National Titles. That doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns; three non offensive TD’s helped in a rout of Virginia Tech. Questions surround a new offensive line, blocking for a unit that could barely amass 200 yards this weekend. Bama has a week to work on things before they travel to Kyle Field to take on Johhny Football and Texas A+M, Sep. 14th.
2 Clemson 1-0 (0-0) 4 When you beat a top 5, SEC opponent, to open the season – this is what happens. Clemson debuts as the #2 team, after a gritty win over Georgia this past Saturday night. Tahj Boyd and Sammy Watkins lived up to the hype – which should continue this Saturday versus lowly South Carolina State.
3 Oregon 1-0 (0-0) 2 Setting a school record for total yards in your coaching debut? Not too shabby, Mark Helfrich. Still – questions linger as the Ducks struggled, at times, to execute early – and were forced to play offensive starters late into the 3rd quarter. This weekend should be a blowout, but at least we’ll get to see the Ducks against a BCS conference team, in Virginia.
4 Ohio State 1-0 (0-0) 3 Up 23-0 in the 1st quarter, Ohio State appeared to be who we thought they were. Then, they were outscored 20-17 the rest of the game by a terrible Buffalo team, at home. The Buckeyes have San Diego State at home this weekend, before an intriguing trip to Cal on September 14th.
5 South Carolina 1-0 (0-0) 6 The Gamecocks beat North Carolina 27-10 in their opener, but something tells me the lightning delay had a little to do with only a 17 point win. Clowney looked gassed and out of shape, but who wouldn’t playing in that heat? We’ll find out if they’re for real this weekend – with a trip to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
6 Florida State 1-0 (1-0) 10 I’m a believer. 25 of 27 for 356 yards and 4 TD’s? Touché Jameis Winston, touché. Could the Seminoles finally have the dynamic QB they’ve been looking for? It appears so. It’s only going to get easier from here – Nevada and Bethune-Cookman travel to Tallahassee the next two weeks.
7 Stanford 0-0 (0-0) 5 Seriously, who gets an opening week bye? C’mon Stanford. 7th is the highest I could rank a team we’ve all yet to see in action. They open up down on the Farm with San Jose State this Saturday – a team they struggled with last year.
8 LSU 1-0 (0-0) 9 Les Miles sure does like the Cowboy Classic, now 2-0, after the Bayou Bengals beat a good, 20th ranked, TCU team 37-27 this Saturday. Questions still linger around the offense and youth on defense – but UAB & Kent State in the next two weeks should allow them to work out the kinks.
9 Louisville 1-0 (0-0) 8 Holy Bridgewater, this kid appears to be the real deal. 355 yards and 5 TD’s to open the year? Whoa. Hesitant to completely jump on board, though, because I heard the same things regarding Geno Smith last season. But Eastern Kentucky offers another chance for Teddy to pad his stats this weekend. By the way, is Michael Dyer the most unnoticed pick up of the off-season? The 2010 Title Game MVP rushed for 48 yards & a TD on 4 carries in his first game as a Cardinal.
10 Texas A+M 1-0 (0-0) 7 Johnny Football picked up right where he left off from his Heisman campaign a season ago, completing 6 passes (three of which went for TD’s) in the Aggies season opening win over Rice. However, only a 28-21 lead at the half, without Manziel – has to have some worried in College Station.
11 Oklahoma St. 1-0 (0-0) 13 The Cowboys opening weekend win seemed to go somewhat unnoticed, but they took down a decent SEC team in Mississippi State. Only 21 points, for a team known for their offense, has to be somewhat of a concern though.
12 Florida 1-0 (0-0) 12 Were the Gators the real deal, or a fluke last season? Only beating Toledo 24-6 in their home/season opener has me leaning towards the latter. Traveling to play a talented Miami (FL) team in Sun Life Stadium should answer some questions about Will Muschamp and co.
13 Michigan 1-0 (0-0) 17 I’m higher than some on Michigan this season, and a 59-9 throttling of Central Michigan at the Big House Saturday reaffirmed my beliefs. Brady Hoake finally has a QB who can throw the football, in Devin Gardner. Not a believer yet? Notre Dame comes to the Big House this weekend.
14 Washington 1-0 (0-0) 20 I can’t completely jump on the Husky train just yet, because I can’t get their 7-5 success out of my head. But anytime you dominate a ranked team to open the season, it’s hard to ignore. Handing Chris Peterson his worst loss at Boise State? That’s impressive. My question: was that game more about Boise State being overhyped, or Washington being for real? I’m afraid we’ll have to wait until October 5th, when the Huskies travel down to the Farm, to find out.
15 Texas 1-0 (0-0) 15 Talk about sleeping giants… Can Mack Brown finally take all the talent he recruits, and get Texas back to where they belong? A 56-7 win over New Mexico State is a good start. Two intriguing games coming for the Longhorns: @ BYU, followed by a home date with Ole Miss.
16 Georgia 0-1 (0-0) 11 Poor Georgia. Opening the season at Clemson, in that environment? That’s just downright brutal. Oh, and South Carolina comes between the hedges this weekend. Good luck, Bulldogs! With Aaron Murray’s track record against top 5 teams, hard to pick Georgia to pull it out.
17 UCLA 1-0 (0-0) 18 The most dynamic QB no one talks about? Easily UCLA’s Brett Hundley. The Bruins started slow against Nevada, but ended up with an impressive 58-20 win at the Rose Bowl. Are they the front runner in the Pac-12 South? We’ll find out this weekend, when the Bruins travel to Lincoln to take on Nebraska.
18 Notre Dame 1-0 14 Say what you want about the Irish, but they find a way to win ballgames and make it interesting under Brian Kelly. Nothing flashy about their 28-6 win over Temple, but they squeaked out a win the same way they did last season on their way to the Natty. Next up? A trip to the Big House to take on Michigan.
19 Oklahoma 1-0 (0-0) 16 Oklahoma went with the unproven, Freshman at QB, in Trevor Knight, instead of the experienced bruiser Blake Bell. Knight’s legs looked impressive in the Sooners 34-0 win over UL Monroe, rushing for over 100 yards… But he only managed 86 yards through the air. West Virginia is next on the slate for Boomer Sooner.
20 Miami (FL) 1-0 (0-0) NA Miami is one of my sleeper teams this season, playing in a weak ACC conference. And if you don’t know who Duke Johnson is yet, you will be seasons’ end. The Canes’ rolled Florida Atlantic in their opener, and will keep it in state again this week – when the Florida Gators come to Sun Life stadium.
21 Nebraska 1-0 (0-0) 22 A 3 point win, at home, over Wyoming to open the season? Bo Pelini was on the brink of putting his Lincoln house up for sale. The Huskers have a chance to bounce back, while getting revenge for last season, this Saturday when the UCLA Bruins come to town.
22 Northwestern 1-0 (0-0) 19 The Big 10 is terrible. There, I said it. Northwestern struggled on the road against a sub-par Cal team to open the year. In fact, without the help of a couple lucky interceptions, they easily could have lost to the Bears. Still, there’s not a real test on their schedule until October 5th, when Ohio State comes a knocking.
23 Baylor 1-0 (0-0) 23 Lache Seastrunk said he would win the Heisman trophy this season. 111 yards and 4 TD’s on only 11 carries is a good start. What else is bolstering his chances of posing in New York at season’s end? Baylor doesn’t have a test on their schedule until November.
24 Wisconsin 1-0 (0-0) 21 The Gary Anderson era began with the throttling of Umass in Madison this weekend. Still, lots of questions surround Wisconsin, especially on offense. Tennessee Tech this weekend for the Badgers, before they travel to Tempe to take on Arizona State September 14th.
25 USC 1-0 (0-0) 25 Who needs a stinking quarterback? Well, apparently USC does, because their offense was atrocious in an opening week win at Hawaii. Marquise Lee was unimpressive, and Silas Redd continues to battle injury concerns. Luckily for Kiffin and the Trojans, the schedule is full of cupcakes for the next month.

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