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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 3

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 14, 2013

RANK TEAM RECORD
1 Oregon 3-0
2 Clemson 2-0
3 Alabama 2-0
4 Ohio State 3-0
5 Louisville 3-0
6 Stanford 2-0
7 Michigan 3-0
8 LSU 3-0
9 UCLA 2-0
10 Florida State 2-0
11 Texas A&M 2-1
12 Georgia 1-1
13 Baylor 2-0
14 Oklahoma State 3-0
15 Washington 2-0
16 Oklahoma 3-0
17 Northwestern 3-0
18 Mississippi 3-0
19 Georgia Tech 2-0
20 Miami 2-0
21 Arizona State 2-0
22 South Carolina 2-1
23 Arizona 3-0
24 Fresno State 2-0
25 Wisconsin 2-1

--- Week 3 Notes below ---


Week 3 Notes:

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Week three was rather fluid for Downtown Magazine's Top 25 Rankings as five ranked teams (Texas A&M, Wisconsin, TCU, Nebraska, and Illinois) suffered defeat, the most prominent being #6 Texas A&M, falling, at home, to #3 Alabama, 49-42, in a thrilling contest. The 42 points scored by the Aggies was the most against an Alabama team since 2007. Aggie QB, Johnny Manziel, set a new record for total offense with 562 yards (464 passing, 98 rushing), which has to concern Crimson Tide head coach, Nick Saban.

However badly the Alabama defense was torched by Johnny Football, they still won the game and are on a path to the SEC title, though tough games - particularly against LSU, November 9 and Ole Miss, September 28 - remain. A&M fell from #6 to #11 in the rankings, right behind Florida State, a 62-7 runaway winner over Nevada and just ahead of 1-1 Georgia, which was idle.

The worst fall of the week was by Wisconsin, playing in the final game of the weekend, a late night contest at Arizona State, falling from #14 to #25 after the Sun Devils handed them a 32-30 defeat. The Sun Devils enter this week's rankings at #21.

Elsewhere in the Top five, Oregon absolutely confirmed their status at the #1 team, completely overwhelming Tennessee, 59-14, scoring 49 points in the second and third quarters while holding the Volunteers scoreless.

Second-ranked Clemson was idle; #4 Ohio State hammered Cal, 52-34, without the services of QB Braxton Miller, who should return in time for the Big Ten opener with Wisconsin in two weeks.

Louisville remained at #5, staving off an upset bid in the Governor's Cup game by Kentucky, a 27-13 winner on the road.

By virtue of Texas A&M's loss to Alabama, Stanford, Michigan, LSU, UCLA and Florida State all moved up a notch, the Seminoles rounding out the Top Ten. Michigan struggled against Akron, having to stave off a potential winning TD by the Zips in the waning seconds of the game, but coming away with a 28-24 victory, showing some resolve after a huge win over Notre Dame last week.

Speaking of the Irish, they were unconvincing winners over Purdue, 31-24, and considering Michigan's close call and the Irish's upcoming schedule (their next four games are all at home, but against Michigan State, Oklahoma, Arizona State and USC), they don't deserve to be ranked until they prove themselves at least against the Spartans, though even then, they could easily be bounced back out again if they suffer a second loss.

UCLA is looking like one of the class teams in a crowded PAC-12, knocking off Nebraska, 41-21, scoring 28 third quarter points to turn a close contest into no contest. Also in the PAC-12, #15 Washington took the measure of Illinois, 34-24, to go to 2-0. #6 Stanford had few problems defeating Army, 34-20, though the defense looked uninspired at times.

Texas Tech took out TCU in an unusually low-scoring affair, handing the Horned Frogs their second loss of the season, 20-10, on Thursday. Despite their 3-0 record, the Red Raiders still aren't in the Top 25, but are knocking on the door along with the likes of Maryland, Arkansas, Boise State, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and UCF.

Copyright 2013, 2014, Rick Gagliano, Downtown Magazine. All rights reserved. Downtown Magazine is located in the Uinted States of America and is not affiliated with the National Football League or the NCAA. For more information, contact us here. Use of this site is for entertainment purposes only.

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