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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 3

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 19, 2015

RANK TEAM RECORD
1. Ohio State 3-0
2. TCU 3-0
3. Michigan State 3-0
4. Baylor 2-0
5. Clemson 3-0
6. Georgia 3-0
7. UCLA 3-0
8. Ole Miss 3-0
9. Notre Dame 3-0
10. Florida State 3-0
11. Texas A&M 3-0
12. Oklahoma 3-0
13. Oregon 2-1
14. Alabama 2-1
15. LSU 2-0
16. Arizona 3-0
17. Missouri 3-0
18. Northwestern 3-0
19. Utah 3-0
20. Auburn 2-1
21. Florida 3-0
22. Georgia Tech 2-1
23. West Virginia 2-0
24. Oklahoma State 3-0
25. Miami (FL) 3-0

--- Week 3 Notes below ---


Week 3 Notes:

Auburn, Alabama Booted from Top 10

While LSU's 45-21 victory over Auburn may not have surprised many in the SEC, Alabama's 43-37 loss to Mississippi - for the second straight season - came as a shock to some voters in polls which had the Crimson Tide as high as #2, though Downtown Magazine's rankings may have been more realistic - at least in terms of Alabama - which had the Tide at #8 last week.

The result of the two blockbuster SEC clashes is that Auburn tumbles all the way from #4 to #20, while Alabama, playing a superior foe has the Tide dropping down to #14 with a 2-1 record.

That moves Ole Miss from #10 last week to #8, gets Notre Dame back into the Top 10, at #9, and Florida State sneaks into the #10 slot by virtue of their 14-0 win at Boston College, where the Eagles were previously undefeated and highly considered as an upset possibility for the Seminoles.

From the top down, Ohio State, TCU, Michigan State, Baylor, Clemson, Georgia and UCLA fill out the first seven spots in this week's rankings, all 3-0, and all winners in week three with the exception of 2-0 Baylor, which had the week off.

UCLA experienced the closest of shaves, edging BYU, 24-23, while #2 TCU had an easy time with SMU, running up a 56-37 score.

Top-ranked Ohio State had a tussle with the Huskies of Northern Illinois, as expected, and needed a superior defensive effort in the second half to pull off a 20-13 win after the two teams ended the first half knotted at 10. The Buckeyes are not punished for an effort which will surely be seen as sub-par by some critics, but the Northern Illinois squad is a powerhouse from the MAC which always shows up and plays hard.

Michigan State took care of business against a stout Air Force team, whipping the Falcons, 35-21, which is no knock on the military school, as they will continue some modicum of dominance in the Mountain West conference.

Similar to last week, four of the bottom five fell out of the rankings with losses. #21 USC was handled by Stanford in a mild upset, the aforementioned #22 BYU is removed by virtue of their one-point loss to the Bruins, but may get a reprieve if they get back on the winning track. #23 Duke lost at home to Northwestern, 19-10, the Wildcats getting some recognition, all the way up to #18 in this week's rankings. #24 was previously held by Air Force, now taken up by 3-0 Oklahoma State.

Also taking up residence in the rankings are Florida (21) and Miami, getting in at #25 with a 36-33 win over Nebraska.

Copyright 2015, 2016, 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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