FanIQ College Football Power Rankings: Week 3
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 2-0 (no change)
"We're going to freaking win the game," said WKU sophomore T.J. Smith. Bama won 35-0, but at least the Hilltoppers beat the spread.
2. LSU Tigers: 2-0 (previously No. 4)
Washington is a sleeper in the Pac-12 North and the Tigers made them look like an FCS team.
3. USC Trojans: 2-0 (previously No. 2)
Barkley was impressive, but the defense was not in a 42-29 closer-than-expected win over Syracuse.
4. West Virginia Mountaineers: 1-0 (previously No. 3)
Geno Smith will continue his Heisman bid this Saturday against James Madison.
5. Oregon Ducks: 2-0 (previously No. 6)
The Ducks are averaging 42.5 points in the first half so far this season, but are allowing 21.5 second-half points. Even if it's the second-team squad, that needs to be cleaned up a bit.
6. Clemson Tigers: 2-0 (previously No. 7)
Clemson scored 42 points in the first half (32 in the second quarter) en route to a 52-27 win over Ball State last weekend. Now it gets All-American wide receiver Sammy Watkins back from suspension.
7. Oklahoma Sooners: 2-0 (previously No. 8)
The offense clicked right away for the Sooners in a 69-13 win over FCS Florida A&M.
8. Georgia Bulldogs: 2-0 (previously No. 9)
Quarterback Aaron Murray and the Dawgs' defense was very impressive in their comeback win over SEC opponent Missouri.
9. Virginia Tech Hokies: 2-0 (previously No. 10)
10. Florida State Seminoles: 2-0 (previously No. 11)
Savannah State allowed the Seminoles to score 28 points in the first seven minutes of regulation. There was a running clock in the second quarter and the game was called in the third due to "weather." Florida State won 55-0.
11. Ohio State Buckeyes: 2-0 (previously No. 12)
Urban Meyer avoided an upset by forcing three turnovers in a 31-16 victory over a good UCF squad.
12. Michigan State Spartans: 2-0 (previously No. 16)
Central Michigan is no powerhouse by any means, but was held to just 173 yards of total offense by a Spartans defensive unit that looks to be one of the best in the nation.
13. Kansas State Wildcats: 2-0 (previously unranked)
K-State explodes into the scene after dominating its first two opponents 103-21, including a 51-13 dismantlement of Miami (Fla.).
14. South Carolina Gamecocks: 2-0 (previously No. 21)
Connor Shaw who? Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout over ECU.
Frog QBs combined for 17-of-17 passing for 276 yards and four touchdowns, the defense held Grambling State to 70 yards of offense and Gary Patterson became the school's winningest coach.
16. Texas Longhorns: 2-0 (previously unranked)
The Longhorns dominated in their 45-0 win over New Mexico State.
17. BYU Cougars: 2-0 (previously No. 22)
Riley Nelson started off 10-of-10 for 174 yards and a touchdown and the Cougars rolled over Weber State, 45-13.
18. Louisville Cardinals: 2-0 (previously No. 20)
Teddy Bridgewater didn't miss a beat against Missouri State, passing for a career-high 344 yards as the Cardinals won 35-7.
19. Michigan Wolverines: 1-1 (previously No. 17)
Michigan struggled—with the exception of Denard Robinson—against an Air Force team that wasprojected to finish 5-7 this season.
20. Florida Gators: 2-0 (previously unranked)
The Gators came back from a 10-point deficit on the road against a feisty Texas A&M team that was hungry for its first SEC win.
21. Missouri Tigers: 1-1 (previously No. 13)
Missouri battled with Georgia shot for shot before falling apart in the fourth quarter. Expect the Tigers to bounce back at home vs. Arizona State in a big way.
22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 2-0 (previously No. 24)
A three-point win over Purdue at home isn't considered a marquee win at this point, but it's good enough to help the Irish jump two spots after multiple upsets within the top 25.
23. Ohio Bobcats: 2-0 (no change)
OU followed up its best win in school history (Penn State) with a 51-24 win over New Mexico State.
24. Tennessee Volunteers: 2-0 (previously unranked)
Future first-round draft selection Tyler Bray currently has 643 yards through the air, six touchdowns and a 194.8 passer rating.
25. UCLA Bruins: 2-0 (previously unranked)
UCLA is 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
Other receiving votes (in order): Stanford, Arizona, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Boise State, Baylor, Cincinnati, Virginia, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
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