After another exciting week in college football, the Associated Press Top 25 ratings have been shaken up again. A majority of teams towards the top of the list stayed the same with a few exceptions. Texas (3) and Florida State (4) switched places as the Seminoles had to hold off a Boston College rally late in their game on Saturday. Meanwhile, a couple of SEC teams dropped as other programs are on the rise. Let’s take a look at the biggest movers coming out of Week Three.
Several College Football Programs Are Trending Downward
The Tennessee Volunteers (23) had the biggest drop-off this week as they nearly tumbled out of the rankings with their 29-16 loss against Florida (25) who was unranked going into the week. It was the 10th straight home win for the Gators in the series as they were six and a half point underdogs and were also outgained in yards. Tennessee did not look like themselves in the raucous road environment as they turned it over once and had the ball for 15 less minutes compared to Florida.
It was the second straight week that Alabama (13) dropped in the AP Poll. The Crimson Tide had an uninspiring 17-3 win against the University of South Florida, an American Athletic Conference program. Both teams were tied at three at halftime and it was a game that saw a weather delay and poor quarterback play throughout. Alabama’s Tyler Buchner (5-14 34 yards passing) got the start but was replaced by Ty Simpson (5/9 73 yards). There will be more questions than answers this week as the Tide try to figure out who leads the offense.
Teams On The Rise
+3 Oregon, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Duke
Several teams jumped a few spots as they inched closer to the top 10. After a tough test last week against Texas Tech, Oregon (10) took care of business against Hawaii. Oklahoma (16) blew out Tulsa to remain 3-0. Two North Carolina rivals, North Carolina (17) and Duke (18) also earned impressive wins over the weekend to stay neck and neck in the rankings. Both programs defeated Big-10 teams, (Minnesota and Northwestern), as they each remain 3-0.
+2 Oregon State, Ole Miss, Miami, Washington State, UCLA
Oregon State (14) moved up two spots following their 26-9 victory over San Diego State. Ole Miss (15) dominated Georgia Tech as they get ready to travel to Tuscaloosa next weekend for an SEC clash. Miami’s Thursday night victory puts them at 20th. Washington State and UCLA also moved up two spots each with non-conference victories.
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