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2017 College Football Polls: Week 3

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NCAA Football: Georgia at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 Polls

The Associated Press Top 25

The gold standard of human polls, until the Playoff committee starts releasing its top 25s later in the year.

  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Clemson
  4. USC
  5. Penn State
  6. Washington
  7. Michigan
  8. Ohio State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Florida State
  12. LSU
  13. Georgia
  14. Louisville
  15. Auburn
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Miami
  18. Kansas State
  19. Stanford
  20. TCU
  21. Washington State
  22. USF
  23. Tennessee
  24. Florida
  25. UCLA

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings

SB Nation’s favored college football advanced stat, which tends to perform very well against the Vegas spread. Usually releases by Monday afternoon.

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Clemson
  6. Oklahoma
  7. USC
  8. Penn State
  9. Michigan
  10. Auburn
  11. Stanford
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Washington
  14. Louisville
  15. Miami
  16. Florida
  17. Oklahoma State
  18. Notre Dame
  19. TCU
  20. Georgia
  21. Texas
  22. Ole Miss
  23. Mississippi State
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Tennessee

The Massey computer composite

Every poll and rating smashed into one continually updating ranking, basically. Early in the season, it still includes some preseason projections.

  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Clemson
  4. USC
  5. Penn State
  6. Ohio State
  7. LSU
  8. Michigan
  9. Washington
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Florida State
  13. Auburn
  14. Stanford
  15. Georgia
  16. Louisville
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Kansas State
  19. Miami
  20. Tennessee
  21. TCU
  22. Washington State
  23. Colorado
  24. Iowa
  25. Mississippi State

The USA Today Coaches Poll

The other human poll. It doesn’t matter much.

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. USC
  5. Penn State
  6. Washington
  7. Michigan
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Ohio State
  10. Florida State
  11. LSU
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Georgia
  14. Louisville
  15. Miami
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Auburn
  18. Kansas State
  19. Stanford
  20. TCU
  21. USF
  22. Washington State
  23. Tennessee
  24. Utah
  25. Florida

Georgia Overview

The Dawgs made South Bend their own on Saturday. Behind a stellar performance by the defense, the Bulldogs defeated Notre Dame 20-19 in a back-and-forth contest. Linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy were in the backfield all night, and Roquan Smith was a missile from sideline to sideline.

Freshman QB Jake Fromm looked like a true freshman making his first career start in one of the most historic stadiums in college football, but he did enough to get the W and that’s all that matters.

The Georgia fans traveled extremely well to South Bend and essentially turned it into a neutral field. The stadium was pretty much half red and black, and the Dawgs voices were heard loud and clear.

Georgia returns home to face FCS foe Samford this Saturday.


Fell Out: #24 Notre Dame

Newcomers: #25 UCLA


#18 Kansas State

As is tradition, Kansas State has scheduled two FCS opponents to open their season. While they have taken care of business, we don’t know much about the Wildcats.

This will change on Saturday, as they head to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. While Kansas State is deservedly favored, the Commodores will give the Wildcats all they can handle.


South Carolina

The Gamecocks look like serious challengers in the SEC East after they defeated Missouri 31-13. Sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley and junior wide receiver Deebo Samuel have what it takes to propel South Carolina in 2017 under Will Muschamp. They should be appearing in the polls soon.

This Week’s Top 25 Matchups

#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida

#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville

Upset Alert

Last week, I backed the Dawgs to win in South Bend. They didn’t let us down.

This week, I’m taking both Vanderbilt to upset Kansas State at home, as well as Cal to take out Ole Miss in a little #Pac12AfterDark.