With 6 of our top 25 teams from last week suffering defeat in Week 3, it resulted in a significant shakeup in our rankings. While the top four teams remain in the same order, only two teams ranked No. 5 – No. 25 remain in the same slot as they did a week ago. All the members of our staff had some order of Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State in their respective top four but after that there was a large degree of variance as we continue to learn who these teams truly are.
For the first time this season, only two different teams received first-place votes from our staff – Alabama and Georgia. Clemson received at least one first-place votes in previous weeks but The Tide’s dominance swayed those voters.
For the second time in three weeks, the biggest riser within the top 25 this was LSU who climbed five spots. With wins over Washington and Auburn already this year, LSU arguably has the best resume in the nation. Boston College jumped four spots after its first 3-0 start to a season since Matt Ryan was playing quarterback for the Eagles back in 2007.
The biggest faller this week is Wisconsin who dropped eight spots after a disappointing home loss to BYU. Auburn slid five slots on account of its narrow defeat at the hands of LSU.
Ole Miss, Utah and Boise State all suffered losses that pushed them out of our poll completely while Oklahoma State and Texas A&M debut at No. 24 and No. 25 respectively. After a one week absence, Texas is back in the poll after a dominating 37-14 win over Southern Cal.
As a reminder, our polls is the consensus of all members of the TDN staff’s individual rankings averaged out to build a composite poll.
Our top 25 after Week 3:
Others receiving votes: Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Boise State, Utah and South Carolina.