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Jeff Dantzler’s Top 15

Jeff Dantzler
Jeff Dantzler

Here we go into Week Four of the college football season, and the final weekend of September. This past weekend had some thrillers, including Penn State-Auburn and Alabama-Florida. Every week it shows, especially this season with all of those super seniors, that if you aren’t ready to play, the upset bug can bite.

1. Alabama – The Crimson Tide raced to a 21-3 first half lead, and then held off a furious Florida rally in The Swamp to prevail 31-29. Alabama is now 3-0. Southern Mississippi heads to the Capstone Saturday and then it’s back to the SEC with Ole Miss.





2. Georgia – Call it 3-0 for the Bulldogs, who took down South Carolina 40-13 Between the Hedges this past Saturday. Georgia plays its second of eight straight SEC games at Vanderbilt with the 11 a.m. Central kickoff.

3. Oregon – The Ducks went from playing Ohio State and winning in Columbus to playing Stony Brook. It was 17-7, but then the Ducks got rolling and pulled away 48-7. Next up is a trip from Arizona.

4. Penn State – The Nittany Lions got an enormous win for them and for the Big Ten, topping Auburn 28-20 in one of the best games of the day. Penn State has wins over Wisconsin and Auburn. Now the Nittany Lions host Villanova.





5. Oklahoma – It was an old classic rivalry renewed … for a couple of decades, it was THE rivalry, as the Sooners beat Nebraska 23-16 in Norman. That was not a conference game, but Saturday’s against West Virginia in Norman will be.

6. Iowa – Coming off two high profile wins against Indiana and Iowa State, the Hawkeyes were less than dominant, but still got the win over Kent State 30-7. Colorado State, which is down, heads to Iowa City Saturday.

7. Florida – It was a thriller in Gainesville, as the Gators fought back from a 21-3 deficit to get within two, but then fell to Alabama 31-29. Florida gets back at it with Tennessee coming to town on Saturday.

8. Clemson – It was a tough defensive game against Tech, with Clemson prevailing in the end 14-8. The Tigers offense is struggling, but the defense is one of the country’s best. It could be tough again Saturday at N.C. State.

9. Ohio State – The Buckeyes are in that midst of the schedule. After losing to Oregon, Ohio State took care of Tulsa 41-20. Now Akron comes to town, then the Buckeyes go to Rutgers. It’s fine-tuning time and then the teeth of Big Ten play.

10. Texas A&M – The Aggies offense had a tough go in a 10-7 win at Colorado, but got things clicking in a 34-0 mismatch of New Mexico. Now comes a huge battle, the undefeated Aggies and undefeated Razorbacks in a battle of old Southwest Conference foes.

11. Brigham Young – The Cougars would be leading the PAC-12 South. BYU has beaten Arizona, Utah and then this past week, downing Arizona State 27-17 in Provo. South Florida visits the Cougars Saturday.

12. Arkansas – There was no letdown from the monumental win over Texas, as the Razorbacks took down Georgia Southern 45-10. Now comes the big one in Dallas against the Aggies in a battle of unbeatens.

13. Ole Miss – The Rebels have one of college football’s most explosive offenses. It showed against Tulane, which wore awesome helmets, in a 61-21 rout. Ole Miss is off and then it’s on to Alabama.

14. Notre Dame – The Fighting Irish are 3-0 after a 27-13 win over old rival Purdue. It should be a great one on Saturday at high noon, as Notre Dame battles Wisconsin in Camp Randall Stadium.

15. Auburn – It was a tough night for the Tigers, who fell at Penn State 28-20. Auburn has a tuneup with Georgia State on Saturday and then it’s into the teeth of SEC play with LSU in Baton Rouge.





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