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LVSC Rankings - Week 4

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Las Vegas Sports Consultants, the company that provides the majority of lines to casinos in Nevada, listed Southern California as the top team at the end of the 2007 season. Some may have questioned the positioning, considering LSU dominated Ohio State 38-24 en route to the BCS Championship.

At the start of the 2008 campaign, LVSC backed the Trojans again and listed them No. 1 in their preseason rankings. After three weeks of the college football regular season, USC and head coach Pete Carroll have lived up to the oddsmakers poll and put a stamp on the top spot with a 35-3 wire-to-wire victory over Ohio State last Saturday.

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LVSC dropped the Buckeyes from fifth to seventh in the rankings. Despite the loss, they’re still considered the best team in the Big Ten. Penn State (8) and Wisconsin (16) are closing the gap and will have a chance to leap OSU come October. While the Big Ten continues to receive criticism from pundits across the nation, it isn’t the only group that is down this year.

USC may be the best team in the LVSC Top 30 and the nation but the Pac 10 was embarrassed as a whole over the weekend. California was surprised 35-27 by Maryland, Arizona State was shocked 23-20 in overtime to UNLV and BYU completely outclassed UCLA in a 59-0 victory. And if it wasn’t for a collapse by Purdue, Oregon would’ve joined the above trio as well.

The Trojans’ schedule on paper looks very doable for an undefeated season. While I might be a tad premature to call for the 12-0 run, it’s probably not a stretch to say that USC will be a double-digit favorite in every game for the rest of the year.

It wouldn’t be fair to exclude the ACC as a weak conference too, with Clemson (18) and Virginia Tech (26) listed as the only schools in the Top 30.

For the second straight week, the SEC has seven schools listed in the Top 30, tied with the Big 12. The AP Poll has five SEC schools listed at No. 10 ore better while LVSC only has three teams in the first 12 spots.

One team that appears to be overrated – at least to the oddsmakers – is Alabama. Nick Saban’s team is perfect after three games but back-to-back road trips against Arkansas and Georgia will give gamblers a better barometer.

Below is a breakdown of this week's Top 30 along with notes from LVSC's Chief Operating Officer Kenny White.

2008 Las Vegas Sports Consultants Top 30
LVSC Rank Team Rating Previous Rank Notes
1 Southern Cal 115.2 1 WOW!!!!!!!!!!
2 Oklahoma 110.5 3 Walloped Washington…Talented with plenty of depth.
3 Florida 110.0 2 SEC play begins this week at Tennessee.
4 Missouri 109.9 4 Offensive juggernaut. D' will have to tighten up.
5 Georgia 109.2 6 Dodged a bullet at South Carolina.
6 Texas 107.8 7 Ike stopped Texas this week. Host Rice this week.
7 Ohio State 107.7 5 Still has a chance to win a bowl game...Just not the big one…
8 Penn State 107.5 9 Big Ten door could be wide open. Title shot????
9 Texas Tech 107.1 8 Red Raiders dominate a lame bunch of Mustangs.
10 Oregon 105.5 10 Purdue had Ducks on the ropes. Loss of Roper devastating.
10 Brigham Young 105.5 14 Cougars roared early and often-in demolition.
12 West Virginia 105.1 12 Head to Colorado off a bye week.
12 LSU 105.1 14 Unimpressive win versus North Texas...
14 California 104.8 11 The Bears were the turtles against the Terrapins.
15 Kansas 104.5 13 Reesing was solid, but late pick did Jayhawks in.
16 Wisconsin 104.2 20 Fresno State's kicking woes helped Badgers escape win.
17 South Florida 104.0 17 Bulls showing knack for heart stopping wins.
18 Clemson 103.8 18 Get by Wolfpack… Cupcake on deck.
18 Texas Christian 103.8 18 Frogs still under the radar, but playing well.
20 Auburn 103.5 14 3-2 winner at Mississippi State…Yikes.
21 Oklahoma State 102.9 21 Cowboys are no slouch.
21 Tennessee 102.9 27 UCLA blowout at BYU doesn't flatter Vols.
23 Utah 102.8 25 Easily handled in-state rival Utah State.
24 South Carolina 102.3 21 Gamecocks self-destruct once again.
25 Alabama 102.0 25 Head to Arkansas this week.
26 East Carolina 101.1 28 Tulane was tough, which appears to be the norm.
27 Cincinnati 101.0 29 Face Mid-American foes next two weeks.
28 Virginia Tech 100.5 29 Hokies rally past Jackets. ACC Title still alive.
29 Nebraska 100.1 NR Huskers off to a 3-0 start.
30 Fresno State 100.0 NR Even off a loss Bulldogs deserved to be ranked.
The Next Ten: Arizona State, Arizona, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Florida State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Tulsa, North Carolina, Connecticut.
Dropped out: Arizona (23), Arizona State (23)

Chris David can be reached at cdavid@vegasinsider.com

  
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