College Football Power Rankings – Week 3

Al Dannity | Updated Sep 17, 2012

There’s a lot of movement in the Power Rankings this week as old powers made their presence felt and upsets knocked teams down the charts. Al Dannity breaks it down.

1. Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC, 2-1 ATS) With every Bama blowout, the fact that Michigan got on the scoreboard looks all the more impressive. Last week: W 52-0 at Arkansas. Next up: Saturday vs. Florida Atlantic.

2. LSU (3-0, 0-0 SEC, 2-1 ATS) LSU begins SEC play this week but don’t expect much of a challenge at an Auburn team that barely beat Louisiana-Monroe. Last week: W 63-14 vs. Idaho. Next up: Saturday at Auburn.

3. Oregon (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12, 0-3 ATS) After feasting on lightweight opposition, the Ducks open Pac-12 play against the Wildcats. Last week: W 63-14 vs. Tennessee Tech. Next up: Saturday vs. Arizona.

4. Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 1-2 ATS) The Dawgs remain perfect but the challenges are only going to get tougher from here on out. Last week: W 56-20 vs. Florida Atlantic. Next up: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt.

5. South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 2-1 ATS) The SEC East is looking really hot right now. The Gamecocks know it’s a three-horse race. Last week: W 49-6 vs. UAB. Next up: Saturday vs. Missouri.

6. Clemson (3-0, 0-0 ACC, 1-2 ATS) The cupcakes are out of the way, now it’s time for real business with the Seminoles. Last week: W 41-7 vs. Furman. Next up: Saturday at Florida State.

7. West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big 12, 1-1 ATS) No surprises as the Mountaineers dispatched JMU. A similar result should be expected this week. Last week: W 42-12 vs. James Madison. Next up: Saturday vs. Maryland.

8. TCU (2-0, 1-0 Big 12, 2-0 ATS) A comfortable but hardly electrifying start to life in the Big 12. TCU remain high because of their pre-season rank, in danger in the coming weeks. Last week: W 20-6 at Kansas. Next up: Saturday vs. Virginia.

9. Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0 Big 12, 1-1 ATS) No game last week but a huge one ahead this Saturday against the Wildcats. Last week: Idle. Next up: Saturday vs. Kansas State.

10. Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12, 2-1 ATS) How about them apples? The Cardinal showed there is life after Andrew Luck as they beat USC for the fourth year running. Last week: W 21-14 vs. USC. Next up: September 27 at Washington.

11. Texas (3-0, 0-0 Big 12, 2-1 ATS) David Ash is looking more and more like a starter with every passing week. Week off before the first big test, at Oklahoma State. Last week: W 66-31 at Ole Miss. Next up: September 29 at Oklahoma State.

12. Notre Dame (3-0, 2-1 ATS) The Fighting Irish recorded a huge win in East Lansing because of their D. They’ll need to be even sharper against Denard Robinson this week. Last week: W 20-3 at Michigan State. Next up: Saturday vs. Michigan.

13. Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12, 2-1 ATS) Make or break game coming up in Norman. The Wildcats can’t afford a repeat of last year’s beatdown. Last week: W 35-21 vs. North Texas. Next up: Saturday at Oklahoma.

14. Ohio State (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 2-1 ATS) Big plays saved the Buckeyes but they couldn’t move the ball consistently against Cal. Last week: W 35-28 vs. Cal. Next up: Saturday vs. UAB.

15. Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC, 2-1 ATS) The Noles made amends for their recent poor record against the Demon Deacons with a big time win. This week they have a huge home game with the Tigers. Last week: W 52-0 vs. Wake Forest. Next up: Saturday vs. Clemson.

16. Ohio (3-0, 0-0 MAC, 2-1 ATS) The climb continues as the Bobcats attempt to be the most unlikely BCS buster in history. Last week: W 27-24 at Marshall. Next up: Saturday vs. Norfolk State.

17. UCLA (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12, 3-0 ATS) The revolution in Pasadena is gaining momentum. The Bruins rank above their cross-town rivals for now. Last week: W 37-6 vs. Houston. Next up: Saturday vs. Oregon State.

18. Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 2-1 ATS) The Bulldogs entered the official polls this week, naturally they get a boost in our rankings as well. Last week: W 30-34 vs. Troy. Next up: Saturday vs. South Alabama.

19. Louisville (3-0, 0-0 Big East, 2-1 ATS) The Cardinals rode a big first half to hold off the Tar Heels. Last week: W 39-34 vs. North Carolina. Next up: Saturday at Florida International.

20. USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12, 0-3 ATS) Huge drop for the Trojans after that defeat at Stanford. The only upside is that losing early gives USC plenty of time to climb back up the polls. Last week: L 21-14 at Stanford. Next up: Saturday vs. Cal.

21. Northwestern (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 3-0 ATS) They never make it easy but three wins against BCS conference opposition is enough for the Wildcats to crack the Power Rankings. Last week: W 22-13 vs. Boston College. Next up: Saturday vs. South Dakota.

22. Oregon State (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12, 1-0 ATS) No game last week for the Beavers and they face a huge road test this weekend. Last week: Idle. Next up: Saturday at UCLA.

23. Arizona (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12, 2-1 ATS) A cupcake win last Saturday won’t prepare the Wildcats for the storm brewing in Eugene this weekend. Last week: W 56-0 vs. South Carolina State. Next up: Saturday at Oregon.

24. Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 2-1 ATS) The Gators rallied big to win at Neyland Stadium. They should move to 2-0 in SEC play this weekend. Last week: W 37-20 at Tennessee. Next up: Saturday vs. Kentucky.

25. Rutgers (3-0, 1-0 Big East, 2-1 ATS) The Scarlet Knights needed a spin move to brush aside South Florida but they remain undefeated so far in 2012. Last week: W 23-13 at South Florida. Next up: Saturday at Arkansas.

Next Five Out: Baylor, Iowa State, Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia Tech.

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