BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 08: Desmond Trufant #6 of the Washington Huskies attempts to tackle Alfred Blue #4 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

College Football Rankings, Week 3: LSU Leaps USC; Alabama Still No. 1

Alabama retained the No. 1 spot in today's Top 25 polls, LSU leapfrogged USC in the Coaches Poll. Check the national college football scoreboard right here, and look through SB Nation's many excellent college football blogs to find your team's community.

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2012 BlogPoll, Week 3: Alabama Tightens Grip On No. 1, USC Slips

Alabama's impressive victories over Michigan and Western Kentucky have the Crimson Tide rolling in the BlogPoll. The next two flip, as usual, and big upsets mean big intros by newcomers.


Coaches Poll Top 25, Week 3: A Unique Vintage Of Terrible Guesswork

Hello, Coaches Poll Top 25 for Week 3. You make as little sense as you ever did.


College Football Rankings: Simulated BCS Standings Show USC Shouldn't Panic

Is USC going to have a hard time staying at the top of the college football rankings? Below, the simulated BCS standings for Week 3, based on what we know the computers and polls are thinking. Official BCS standings won't be released until October.


College Football Rankings, Week 3: LSU Moves To No. 2 In Coaches Poll

On the strength of their 41-3 victory over the Washington Huskies, the LSU Tigers have moved past the USC Trojans into the No. 2 spot in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll.

Despite a victory over the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, USC again sees its stock slip as the Trojans land in the No. 3 spot despite receiving 11 first-place votes.

Both USC and LSU continue to trail Alabama, which collected 42 of the 59 available first-place votes from the coaches. LSU grabbed five of their own, and the No. 4 Oregon Ducks were able to take the remaining vote.

After upset losses, the Wisconsin Badgers (No. 13 to No. 22) and Nebraska Cornhuskers (No. 14 to No. 24) see their stocks plummet. The Oklahoma State Cowboys fall completely out of the rankings after their own upset loss.

Here's the full top 25 of this week's coaches' poll:

Rank Team Points
1 Alabama (42) 1455
2 LSU (5) 1380
3 USC (11) 1363
4 Oregon (1) 1292
5 Oklahoma 1203
6 Florida State 1153
7 Georgia 1120
8 West Virginia 1024
9 South Carolina 1008
10 Michigan State 950
11 Clemson 904
12 Texas 730
13 Virginia Tech 704
14 Kansas State 696
15 TCU 649
16 Stanford 455
17 Florida 452
18 Michigan 440
19 Notre Dame 398
20 Louisville 280
21 Arkansas 246
22 Wisconsin 151
23 UCLA 147
24 Nebraska 135
25 Arizona 120

For more college football rankings, stick with this StoryStream. And make sure to check out SB Nation's college football hub.


College Football Rankings, Week 3: Arkansas Drops Out Of AP Top 25

A handful of upsets opened the door slightly for some teams to make moves in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, but the top of the rankings remained mostly intact.

As a result of their upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe, the Arkansas Razorbacks, No. 8 in last week's poll, drop completely out of the rankings. The Oklahoma State Cowboys, Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers are similarly absent following upset losses on Saturday.

The Alabama Crimson Tide continue to lead the rankings, pulling in 48 of the poll's 60 first-place votes. The USC Trojans remain at No. 2, pulling in eight first-place votes after their 42-29 victory over the Syracuse Orange. The LSU Tigers and Oregon Ducks round out a top four that has separated itself from the rest of the teams early in the college football season.

The Florida State Seminoles and Oklahoma Sooners tie for fifth in this week's ranking.

Here is this week's full top 25:

Rank Team Votes
1 Alabama (48) 1,486
2 USC (8) 1,414
3 LSU (4) 1,404
4 Oregon 1,299
5 Florida State 1,160
5 Oklahoma 1,160
7 Georgia 1,155
8 South Carolina 1,025
9 West Virginia 1,017
10 Michigan State 995
11 Clemson 868
12 Ohio State 772
13 Virginia Tech 734
14 Texas 716
15 Kansas State 714
16 TCU 542
17 Michigan 429
18 Florida 427
19 Louisville 316
20 Notre Dame 310
21 Stanford 260
22 UCLA 250
23 Tennessee 177
24 Arizona 149
25 Brigham Young 110

For more college football rankings, stick with this StoryStream, and check out SB Nation's college football hub for more coverage.


College Football Rankings, Week 3: BCS Computer Top 25 Likes Alabama, LSU

While official BCS standings won't come out until October, we still can see bits and pieces of it and those responsible for its components make their results public. One of the first, as usual, is Jeff Sagarin's at USA Today. The others will be out throughout the day, with the BCS' Coaches Poll also coming out soon.

As always, prepare your eyes for what's below. This is the ELO-CHESS formula, which discards margin of victory as a factor, according to BCS rules. Sagarin's true ranking formula is much less bizarre. However, what you're looking at is a portion of what would make up the formal BCS rankings if they were to come out this week.

The top two looks fine, but it all gets quite bizarre after that. South Carolina, the team that needed a bad call to beat Vanderbilt, at No. 3? It's not really worth picking apart, as it's a system the BCS has intentionally neutered, but it's important enough to pay attention to.

The Sagarin ELO-CHESS Top 25 for Week 3:

1 Alabama


3 South Carolina


5 South Florida

6 Florida

7 Iowa State

8 Michigan State

9 Kansas State

10 Oregon

11 Stanford

12 Arizona State

13 USC

14 Tennessee

15 Arizona

16 Notre Dame

17 Boise State

18 Oregon State

19 Georgia

20 Ohio State

21 Nebraska

22 BYU

23 Oklahoma

24 Clemson

25 Northwestern

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