College Football Rankings: Oklahoma Still No. 1, But Alabama Climbs Past LSU

Idle Oklahoma remained at No. 1 in the Week 3 college football rankings. But Alabama jumped LSU in the AP Poll after beating Penn State.

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College Football Rankings: Alabama Rises To No. 1 In Week 3 BlogPoll

The Crimson Tide ride a win over Penn State back to the top spot in the Week 3 BlogPoll.


College Football Rankings: SEC Teams Dot Week 3 AP, USA Today Polls

The SEC places four teams in the top 14 of both the Week 3 AP Poll and Week 3 USA Today coaches poll, and leads the nation in the Week 3 college football rankings with seven teams ranked.

Alabama and LSU are the two SEC standard-bearers so far in 2011: the Tide and Tigers are second and third in both polls, with Alabama jumping past LSU in the Week 3 AP Poll after dispatching Penn State in Happy Valley.

South Carolina is also in the top 10 of both polls, but just barely — the Gamecocks are No. 10 in both the AP and USA Today polls for Week 3 after surviving on the road at Georgia in Week 2.

The rest of the SEC isn't exactly slacking. Unbeaten Arkansas and Florida both check in in the teens, with the Gators (No. 16 AP/No. 17 USA Today) poised to join the Razorbacks (No. 14 AP/No. 13 USA Today) in the top 15 with a win in their Week 3 clash with Tennessee.

Auburn and Mississippi State played a great game on Saturday, and each ends up in the Week 3 rankings as a result: the Tigers are No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the USA Today poll, while the Bulldogs are No. 25 in both polls.

For more on the SEC, visit Team Speed Kills.


College Football Rankings: Big Ten Looks Strong In Week 3 Polls

The new-look Big Ten has four teams in the top 20 of both the Week 3 polls in the college football rankings. That makes up for losing Penn State's ranking, right?

The highest-ranked Big Ten team in either poll is Wisconsin, which checks in at No. 7 in the AP Poll. The Badgers are No. 8 in the USA Today poll, though, and one of just two Big Ten teams in the top ten — Nebraska, No. 10 in both polls, is the other.

Michigan State and Ohio State bring up the rear of the Big Ten contingent. The Spartans are No. 15 in both polls, while the Buckeyes take the No. 16 spot in the coaches poll and the No. 17 slot in the AP Poll. The Spartans shut out Florida Atlantic on Saturday, while Ohio State struggled with Toledo.

Michigan, which prevailed in dramatic fashion against Notre Dame, didn't crack the top 25 in either poll. Penn State fell out of both polls after a 27-11 loss to Alabama.

For more on the Big Ten, visit Off Tackle Empire.


College Football Rankings: Week 3 USA Today Poll Enthrones Oklahoma

Oklahoma is on top of both parts of the Week 3 college football rankings. The Sooners matched their performance in the Week 3 AP Poll with a No. 1 ranking in the Week 3 USA Today coaches poll.

Oklahoma, idle in Week 2, is followed by Alabama, LSU, Boise State, and Florida State in the top five. The only alteration in that top five from Week 2 is Boise State jumping Florida State for No. 4, despite not playing in Week 2.

Elsewhere, South Florida and Baylor joined the poll's final five teams after losses by Missouri and Penn State opened up two spots in the top 25, and Auburn moved up to the top 20 after defeating Mississippi State in a wild game on Saturday.

The will follow this afternoon.

Full Week 3 USA Today coaches poll rankings are as follows:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Alabama
  3. LSU
  4. Boise State
  5. Florida State
  6. Stanford
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Nebraska
  11. South Carolina
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Arkansas
  14. Oregon
  15. Michigan State
  16. Ohio State
  17. Florida
  18. Arizona State
  19. Auburn
  20. West Virginia
  21. Texas
  22. South Florida
  23. TCU
  24. Baylor
  25. Mississippi State

College Football Rankings: Oklahoma Leads Week 3 AP Poll Top 25

Idle Oklahoma remained at No. 1 in the Week 3 college football rankings. But Alabama jumped LSU after beating Penn State.

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