College Football Week 3 Rankings


Three newcomers to the top 25, as Nebraska, San Diego State and Utah replace Iowa, Notre Dame and Oregon. Alabama maintain the top spot while Ohio State rise to number 2 and Louisville take over number 3. The rest of the top 7 remains unchanged, while Miami moving up 10 spots to number 15 is the biggest rise of the week. Both Oklahoma and Florida State dropped 11 spots.

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (50 first place votes), 3-0: Stayed put following a huge 48-43 win on the road against Ole Miss, despite a big early deficit.
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes (4), 3-0: After beating Oklahoma 45-24, the Buckeyes moved up one spot.
  3. Louisville Cardinals (6), 3-0: Skyrocketed up 7 spots, thanks to a now famous 63-20 win over Florida State, including five touchdowns by Lamar Jackson.
  4. Michigan Wolverines (1), 3-0: After trailing early against Colorado, the Wolverines came back to win 45-28, staying where they were the week before.
  5. Clemson Tigers, 3-0: Wins over South Carolina State, even if it’s 59-0, don’t impress anyone.
  6. Houston Cougars, 3-0: Overcame a tricky road game in Cincinnati, beating the Bearcats 40-16, not moving a spot.
  7. Stanford Cardinal, 2-0: Didn’t move, despite a 27-10 home win over USC.
  8. Michigan State Spartans, 2-0: A big 36-28 win on the road against Notre Dame was good enough for a four-spot move up the charts.
  9. Washington Huskies, 3-0: No problem whatsoever against Portland State, winning 41-3, and moving up one spot.
  10. Texas A&M Aggies, 3-0: The Aggies opened their SEC schedule with a 29-16 win at Auburn, moving up 7 spots.
  11. Wisconsin Badgers, 3-0: Won, but still fell two spots, punished for struggling against Georgia State, only winning 23-17.
  12. Georgia Bulldogs, 3-0: Didn’t really impress with their 28-27 win on the road against Missouri, but it did help them climb four spots.
  13. Florida State Seminoles, 2-1: Fell 11 spots due to the demolition at the hands of Louisville, losing 63-20.
  14. Tennessee Volunteers, 3-0: Once again found it difficult against an inferior opponent, but their 28-19 win moved them up a spot.
  15. Miami Hurricanes, 3-0: Their 45-10 win on the road against Appalachian State helped them climb 10 spots.
  16. Baylor Bears, 3-0: A 38-10 win over Rice on the road helped Baylor climb up five spots.
  17. Arkansas Razorbacks, 3-0: No problem for the hogs as they move up 7 spots, beating Texas State 42-3.
  18. LSU Tigers, 2-1: A two-spot climb for the Tigers, who had to go through a tough Mississippi State team, winning 23-20.
  19. Florida Gators, 3-0: Up four spots thanks to a shutout of North Texas, winning 32-0.
  20. Nebraska Cornhuskers, 3-0: In the rankings for the first time this season following their 35-32 win against Oregon, courtesy of a late Tommy Armstrong touchdown.
  21. Texas Longhorns, 2-1: Dropped 10 spots following a loss against California on the road, losing 50-43.
  22. San Diego State, 3-0: The Aztecs enter the polls for the first time this season following a 42-28 win over Northern Illinois.
  23. Ole Miss Rebels, 1-2: Fell four spots after losing at home 43-48 to Alabama.
  24. Utah Utes, 3-0: Another newcomer to the polls, heading in after winning 34-17 against San Jose State on the road.
  25. Oklahoma, 1-2: Dropped 11 spots after losing 45-24 at home to Ohio State.

Dropped from rankings: Iowa, Notre Dame, Oregon


Further information:

  • Louisville have matched their highest ever rankings on the polls. They were number 3 back in November of 2006, when Bobby Petrino was the head coach. Now he’s back
  • North Dakota State didn’t get in, but received 74 points for their win against Iowa, the most ever for an FCS team
  • For Nebraska, this is their first time in the rankings since September 2014. For San Diego State, it’s their first top 25 appearance since 1995
  • The SEC leads the conference count with 7 teams in the top 25, including two in the top 10. The Big Ten comes next with five teams, ACC with 4 teams, both the Big 12 and Pac-12 with 3 teams, and the American and Mountain West bringing one team each to the rankings
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