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2018 College Football Polls: Week 3

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Week 3 Polls

The Associated Press Top 25

The historical gold standard of human polls.

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Stanford
  10. Washington
  11. Penn State
  12. LSU
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. West Virginia
  15. TCU
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Boise State
  18. UCF
  19. Michigan
  20. Oregon
  21. Miami
  22. USC
  23. Arizona State
  24. Oklahoma State
  25. Michigan State

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The Massey composite

Every poll and rating smashed into one continually updating ranking, more or less. We’ll update this one a couple times throughout Sunday as rankings come out.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Georgia
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. Penn State
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Mississippi State
  11. TCU
  12. Washington
  13. Stanford
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. LSU
  17. USC
  18. Michigan State
  19. Iowa
  20. Boise State
  21. Michigan
  22. UCF
  23. Miami
  24. Northwestern
  25. Boston College

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Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings

SB Nation’s favored college football advanced stat, which tends to perform well against the Vegas spread, along with offering much deeper evaluations of teams.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Boise State
  6. Mississippi State
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Clemson
  9. Michigan
  10. Washington
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. LSU
  13. Boston College
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Penn State
  16. Missouri
  17. Notre Dame
  18. Auburn
  19. Toledo
  20. Memphis
  21. West Virginia
  22. TCU
  23. Vanderbilt
  24. Utah
  25. UCF

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The Sagarin ratings

A long-running computer that also includes FCS teams.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Clemson
  5. Penn State
  6. Georgia
  7. Auburn
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Washington
  10. Mississippi State
  11. Stanford
  12. Michigan
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. IOWA!
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. LSU
  17. Boise State
  18. TCU
  19. Texas A&M
  20. DUKE!
  21. Michigan State
  22. West Virginia
  23. Notre Dame
  24. Utah
  25. Miami

The USA Today Coaches Poll

Doesn’t matter much, and often is more a poll of PR directors than actual coaches.

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Stanford
  10. Penn State
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. Washington
  13. LSU
  14. TCU
  15. West Virginia
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Boise State
  18. UCF
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. Miami
  21. USC
  22. Michigan
  23. Oregon
  24. Michigan State
  25. Arizona State

Georgia Overview

South Carolina did a lot of talking before the game. Georgia did all of their talking on the field with their play. The Dawg took the disrespect Deebo Samuel, Tori Gurley, and others showed and it used it to fuel them to a 41-17 victory in Columbia that saw the home fans exit Williams-Brice en masse.

Jake Fromm went 15 for 18 for 194 yards and a touchdown, and running backs D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, and Brian Herrien all found the endzone as well. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman continued to show how dangerous of a weapon he is by snagging six catches for 103 yards and a TD while also adding 30 yards on the ground.

Cornerback Deandre Baker made damn sure Deebo Samuel knew who he was by the end of the game. Baker held Samuel to 33 receiving yards and added an interception that should have been a TD had he not dropped it right before crossing the plane.

The Dawgs take on Middle Tennessee State this coming weekend in Sanford Stadium.

Movers

Fell Out: #24 South Carolina, #25 Florida

Newcomers: #23 Arizona State, #24 Oklahoma State

Overrated

#25 Michigan State

There is no reason the Michigan State should still be ranked. The Spartans narrowly escaped with a win at home vs. Utah State in week one before losing to Arizona State this past Saturday. They are an incomplete football team that will be exposed even further in the Big Ten East.

Underrated

#16 Mississippi State

Welcome to the national stage, Kylin Hill. The Mississippi State running back announced himself with a 211 yard rushing day against Kansas State. With quarterback Nick Fitzgerald at the helm, the Bulldogs will make some noise in the toughest division in college football.

This Week’s Top 25 Matchups

#12 LSU at #7 Auburn

#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State

#4 Ohio State vs. #15 TCU

Upset Alert

Last week, I botched the Stanford vs. USC upset prediction. This week, I’m taking two separate field goal underdogs to win outright: Syracuse over Florida State as well as Boise State over Oklahoma State.