Notre Dame Football: Johnathan Franklin

My power rankings, Heisman watch

September, 19, 2012
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Notre Dame checks in at No. 11 this week in ESPN.com's power rankings, up eight spots from No. 19. And yours truly agrees. Michigan comes in at No. 19. (Yes, I had the Wolverines in that spot as well.)

Here are my rankings following the Week 3 slate:
  • 1. Alabama
  • 2. LSU
  • 3. Oregon
  • 4. Florida State
  • 5. West Virginia
  • 6. Georgia
  • 7. South Carolina
  • 8. Stanford
  • 9. Florida
  • 10. Oklahoma
  • 11. Notre Dame
  • 12. Clemson
  • 13. Texas
  • 14. USC
  • 15. Kansas State
  • 16. Ohio State
  • 17. UCLA
  • 18. Louisville
  • 19. Michigan
  • 20. TCU
  • 21. Arizona
  • 22. Michigan State
  • 23. Northwestern
  • 24. Rutgers
  • 25. Mississippi State

Colleagues Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards both moved Notre Dame into the Fiesta Bowl in their bowl projections following the team's 20-3 victory at Michigan State, with West Virginia and Texas, respectively, as the Irish's opponents.

If the early season is any indication, then the Irish may be facing the Heisman Trophy winner, as Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith leads our Heisman Watch after Week 3, despite playing in just two games.

Here's my Heisman Watch. As always, these are extremely fluid, especially so early in the season, as I go based only off what has happened this season and do not take potential into account.

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