A fun Week 3 of college football saw a relatively stagnant AP Poll from Week 2 to Week 3, as just four Top 25 teams lost -- and two of those to higher-ranked teams. Compare to the Coaches Poll, which will count toward the BCS in a few weeks.
|Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 59, Fresno State 27, UCF25, Northern Illinois 24, Georgia Tech 17, Nebraska 15, Arizona 11, Auburn 9, Boise State 4, Virginia Tech 3, TCU 3, Arkansas 2, Navy 1|
After a seven-point loss to Alabama, Texas A&M has slipped a bit, while the Tide hold on strong to their top spot, claiming all but one first-place vote. Both Nebraska and TCU are out of the poll thanks to losses to UCLA and Texas Tech, respectively.
One interesting story is Wisconsin, who dropped after being completely screwed out of a win in one of the strangest endings you'll ever see. The team that won that game, Arizona State, is now in.
The AP Poll is everyone's favorite pre-BCS ranking system, even though it does not matter. It does not count in the BCS standings, which come out later this year and actually affect bowl placement, but is considered more reliable than the Coaches' Poll or Harris Poll, which do count in the BCS standings, because college football.