See how they stack up: Week 3 college football top 25 rankings

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See how they stack up: Week 3 college football top 25 rankings

With Week 3 in the books, here’s my top 25.

1. Clemson (3-0)

The defending champs are looking like repeat candidates in the season’s early going, following up a lockdown of Auburn with a throttling of a Louisville team that boasts the reigning Heisman winner.

2. Oklahoma (3-0)

Baker Mayfield and the boys didn’t slow down the Sooner Schooner one bit after the win at Ohio State. Mayfield added 331 yards and four touchdown passes to his Heisman resume in a win over Tulane.

3. Alabama (3-0)

The Tide keep rolling, even if Clemson and Oklahoma have turned in more impressive wins. Bama blew out Colorado State this weekend and gets a surprisingly undefeated Vandy team in its SEC opener.

4. Oklahoma State (3-0)

The competition has been anything but fierce, but Okie State looks unstoppable. Mason Rudolph added nearly 500 yards and five more touchdowns to his Heisman resume this weekend. Bring on Bedlam.

5. Penn State (3-0)

The Lions have two Heisman candidates in their backfield, and they keep turning in monster days. Things could finally get tricky for Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley with Iowa in the Big Ten opener.

6. USC (3-0)

The double-OT win over Texas was one of the best games of the young season. You might have seen shaky play against a bad team. I saw the clutch-est of strips from Christian Rector, a season-saver.

7. Wisconsin (3-0)

The Badgers are absolutely blasting every team they come into contact with these days, the highest-scoring offense in the Big Ten. And now they have a passing attack? Look out.

8. Virginia Tech (3-0)

Things didn’t start so hot for the Hokies against East Carolina, but they ended up dropping 64 points on the Pirates. Josh Jackson has nine total touchdowns and zero interceptions this season.

9. Georgia (3-0)

A 3-0 record and a true freshman at quarterback? Impressive. If the Dawgs can beat their fellow canines in Saturday’s matchup against Mississippi State, then they’ve got something special going on.

10. Michigan (3-0)

The Wolverines’ offense is making folks nervous, and rightfully so with Wilton Speight’s unit not doing much impressing. But the defense continues to look awesome, so stay away from the panic button.

11. West Virginia (2-1)

Since looking good in a one-possession loss to Virginia Tech, the Mountaineers have scored 115 points in their last two games. Will Grier is already over 1,000 yards on the season. In three games!

12. Mississippi State (3-0)

This was supposed to be LSU’s breakout game, but it was Mississippi State’s instead. A jaw-dropping pounding by the Bulldogs, who held the Bayou Bengals to 270 yards.

13. Ohio State (2-1)

If only the Buckeyes could play Army every week, right? The offensive problems have not been exorcised, one must imagine, but Ohio State has a star in running back J.K. Dobbins. Feed him the ball.

14. TCU (3-0)

So much for TCU’s defensive dominance, giving up 36 points to SMU. But the Frogs’ have an offense, too, scoring 56 points on 619 yards. TCU’s outscored opponents 147-43 in three games.

15. Oregon (3-0)

It’s becoming obvious that Josh Allen just isn’t very good when he plays good teams, but still give the Ducks credit for thumping Wyoming. This is really looking like the Oregon teams of old.

16. Vanderbilt (3-0)

Is it up to the Dores to stand in the way of Bama’s annual conquest of the SEC? Vandy's been a feel-good story so far and beat a very good Kansas State team to stay perfect.

17. Duke (3-0)

The Devils can’t stop scoring, and it appears they won’t stop scoring. Three games in and Duke has scored 135 points. Oh, and the Duke defense forced four turnovers in the win over Baylor.

18. Maryland (2-0)

An off week for the Turtles, but Maryland still has the No. 2 scoring offense in college football, averaging 57 points a game!

19. Louisville (2-1)

I don’t blame the Cards for losing to Clemson, but there’s clearly something up with the Louisville defense. It’s allowed 28, 35 and 47 points in three games against Purdue, North Carolina and Clemson.

20. Miami (1-0)
21. Florida State (0-1)

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma postponed what would’ve been a much-anticipated matchup between these two rivals. They’ve still only played one game apiece.

22. Washington State (3-0)

Mike Leach’s team has been predictably good at scoring points. In three games, it has put up 130 of them. A USC-Oregon-Cal stretch, however, lies on the other side of Saturday’s game against Nevada.

23. Iowa (3-0)

The Hawkeyes have been mighty impressive through three games. New quarterback Nathan Stanley leads the Big Ten with 10 touchdown passes, and Iowa has 99 points in three wins.

24. Cal (3-0)

It wasn’t the prettiest game between Cal and Ole Miss, with a bunch of turnovers. But the Golden Bears won the second half 20-0 and came back to move to 3-0.

25. Auburn (2-1)

Auburn’s lack of offense against Clemson is looking more and more understandable. But only beating Mercer 24-10 is going to take some explaining.

Others receiving votes:

San Diego State (3-0)

CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes will appreciate the Aztecs love. They’ve got two wins over Pac-12 teams already this season, including a takedown of Stanford — Stanford! —this weekend.

Washington (3-0)

You’re almost there, Huskies. Win at Colorado like you won easy home games against Montana and Fresno State and you’ll be ranked.

Texas Tech (2-0)

The Red Raiders will never not score a million points. The strength of schedule has actually been decent, too, 108 points in two wins over strong FCS program Eastern Washington and Pac-12 foe Arizona State.

Memphis (2-0)

Through three weeks, the Game of the Year award goes to Memphis’ win over UCLA. The highly entertaining four hours featured a billion points — and some key defensive plays by Memphis.

Kansas State (2-1)

Narrowly missing out on a big road win at Vandy. K-State is still a good team and held a 3-0 SEC team to 270 total yards.

South Florida (3-0)

You don’t get too much love for beating up on the Illini, but USF’s offense has been very good so far in 2017 — despite the slow starts. Nearly 700 yards in Friday night’s win.

See how they stack up: Week 2 college football top 25 rankings

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See how they stack up: Week 2 college football top 25 rankings

With Week 2 in the books, here’s my top 25.

1. Oklahoma (2-0)

Sorry, Bama, but right this second there’s no one playing better than the Sooners. Baker Mayfield has been near perfect and he just turned in a Heisman-caliber performance on the road at Ohio State.

2. Alabama (2-0)

Of course, the Tide rolled again, smoking Fresno State. This Jalen Hurts guy is pretty good. He totaled 282 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Clemson (2-0)

All hail the Clemson defense, which shone in keeping Auburn out of the end zone and holding them to a jaw-droppingly low 117 total yards.

4. Penn State (2-0)

Penn State’s defense helped mitigate a not-so-smooth day for Trace McSorley. Unlike last year, this was an easy win over Pitt and featured two touchdown drives under 10 seconds in length.

5. USC (2-0)

Redemption came quick for a USC team that looked shaky against Western Michigan as the Trojans turned in a dominating win over Stanford. But Sam Darnold’s thrown four picks in two games.

6. Michigan (2-0)

The Wolverines weren’t the dominating force I expected in a win over Cincinnati. But the numbers turned out fine, with Michigan’s defense creating two takeaways and holding Cincy to just 200 yards.

7. Wisconsin (2-0)

Jonathan Taylor Touchdowns. Surprise, surprise, the Badgers have another star running back. Taylor, a freshman, rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Florida Atlantic.

8. Oklahoma State (2-0)

Another weak opponent, another crushing from the Cowboys. Okie State out-gained South Alabama 505-175 as Mason Rudolph brought his season totals to 638 yards, six touchdowns and zero picks.

9. Louisville (2-0)

In a shocker, your new Heisman frontrunner is the defending Heisman winner. Lamar Jackson looked superhuman against North Carolina, totaling 525 yards and six touchdowns.

10. Georgia (2-0)

The Dawgs brought a true freshman quarterback to South Bend and walked out with a win, thanks to a defense that clamped down, holding the Irish to 55 rushing yards after they ran for 422 a week earlier.

11. Auburn (1-1)

There was no Auburn offense Saturday night in Death Valley, but that was the national champs on the other side of the line. The Auburn D did fine work against a very, very good football team.

12. Ohio State (1-1)

There are big problems in Columbus, from an offense completely stuck in the mud to the worst pass defense in the country. The Buckeyes are long from dead, but they’re ailing badly.

13. LSU (2-0)

The Bayou Bengals’ strength of schedule is nothing but a bad BYU team and FCS foe Chattanooga. But the LSU defense has only allowed 10 points and 63 rushing yards in eight quarters of football.

14. TCU (2-0)

While the Frogs’ defense kept the Hogs to just seven points, the TCU offense was 10-for-14 on third down. TCU has outscored its first two opponents 91-7.

15. Maryland (2-0)

The Terps simply cannot be stopped, following up a 51-point performance in the opener — in which their starting quarterback was lost for the season — with 63 points in Week 2.

16. UCLA (2-0)

After the comeback to end all comebacks in Week 1, Josh Rosen was pitching it all over the yard again, throwing five touchdown passes in a blowout win over Hawaii.

17. Virginia Tech (2-0)

The Hokies’ offense only reached the end zone twice against FCS opponent Delaware, which is a tad concerning. But since when is a 27-0 win a bad thing?

18. Duke (2-0)

After dropping 60 points in the season-opener, the Dukies dominated Northwestern, with quarterback Daniel Jones cutting up the Cats’ defense for 413 total yards and four total touchdowns.

19. West Virginia (1-1)

After that narrow loss to Virginia Tech, West Virginia dropped 56 points on East Carolina. Will Grier is a-slingin’ and is up to 723 yards and eight touchdowns through two games.

20. Stanford (1-1)

The Cardinal got run over by the truck that is the USC offense, nearly getting doubled up by their in-state rivals. You can’t fault the offense too much, as it didn’t turn the ball over and Bryce Love ran for 160 yards.

21. Oregon (2-0)

The Ducks continued their torrid offensive start, demolishing the awful Nebraska defense to the tune of 42 points — in the first half! Oregon didn’t score after halftime but finished with 566 yards.

22. Florida State (0-1), 23. Miami (1-0)

The Noles and the Canes had their games canceled this weekend because of Hurricane Irma. Wishing the very best to everyone in the Sunshine State.

24. Kansas State (2-0)

The Wildcats took two turnovers back for touchdowns and had five rushing scores. K-State keeps a -rollin’ and has scored 55 points in back-to-back games.

25. Washington State (2-0)

Wazzu had a thrilling comeback, triple-overtime win against Boise State to move to 2-0. All that late-night fun counts for something, right?

Other receiving votes:

Iowa (2-0)

The Hawkeyes have wildly exceeded my expectations, following up a shutdown of Josh Allen and Wyoming with an overtime win over Iowa State. Iowa’s looking great with a new quarterback.

Tennessee (2-0)

Another day of big numbers from the Vols’ offense. But it came against Indiana State, which seems less impressive than that opening-week win over Georgia Tech.

Washington (2-0)

I understand the AP voters think the Huskies are a top-10 team, and maybe they are. But a very mediocre win over Rutgers and a throttling of Montana do not, to me, a top-10 team make.

Georgia Tech (1-1)

Four more touchdowns from TaQuon Marshall in this week’s blowout win over Jacksonville State. He’s got nine total scores on the season.

South Carolina (2-0)

Two weeks and two Power Five wins for the Gamecocks, a rarity in the SEC at this time of year. This time it was holding Mizzou to 13 points after the Tigers scored 72 the week before.

Vanderbilt (2-0)

The Vandy defense has allowed six points through two weeks. The Dores have only played Middle Tennessee State and Alabama A&M, though, so yeah.

See how they stack up: Week 1 college football top 25 rankings

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See how they stack up: Week 1 college football top 25 rankings

With a wonderful Week 1 in the books, here's my top 25.

1. Alabama (1-0)

The Tide looked otherworldly against another real good team in Florida State. Going to take one heck of a performance to do much of anything against that defense.

2. Clemson (1-0)

Deshaun who? No, the champs aren’t ready to forget Deshaun Watson yet, but his replacement Kelly Bryant led a 56-3 crushing.

3. Michigan (1-0)

In a great weekend for the Big Ten, no one looked better than the Wolverines. The defense looked incredible with 10 new starters. Ten!

4. Oklahoma (1-0)

Baker Mayfield is so good he was almost perfect in Oklahoma’s blowout win, completing 19 of his 20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

5. Penn State (1-0)

Saquon Barkley was expectedly terrific in a blowout win. He might be the Heisman frontrunner already with a couple other preseason faves struggling.

6. Ohio State (1-0)

The Buckeyes had a tougher test than most with a conference game in the season-opener. Their early struggles were erased by a runaway second half.

7. Auburn (1-0)

The Tigers outgained Georgia Southern 535-78 and had two running backs rack up 136 rushing yards apiece.

8. Wisconsin (1-0)

Another Big Ten contender with a sketchy first half showed why it could run the table with 59 unanswered points.

9. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Mason Rudolph passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. The rest of the Big 12 should #FearTheMullet.

10. Virginia Tech (1-0)

The Hokies have a real good young quarterback in Josh Jackson, who had an answer every time West Virginia punched back on Sunday night. Impressive win in a rivalry game at a rocking FedEx Field.

11. Stanford (1-0)

The Trees lit up Rice through the air in Australia, Keller Chryst just part of the 369-yard, three-touchdown air attack. Oh, and Bryce Love rushed for 180 yards.

12. LSU (1-0)

The Bayou Bengals’ defense held BYU to a negative rushing total while their running back, Derrius Guice, went for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

13. USC (1-0)

A huge game by Ronald Jones helped bail out Sam Darnold. There’s still plenty of reason to have faith in the Trojans, but that effort against a Fleck-less Western Michigan team was concerning.

14. West Virginia (0-1)

The Mountaineers had their issues Sunday night, but that was a very good Virginia Tech team they lost to. And boy can Will Grier air it out.

15. Maryland (1-0)

The Terps probably won’t stay here for long, but that 51-point performance in Austin deserves some love. And they did it while sustaining an injury to their starting quarterback.

16. California (1-0)

Bears quarterback Ross Bowers threw four touchdown passes to give Justin Wilcox a road win against a Power Five team in his first game as head coach.

17. Louisville (1-0)

Despite getting an unexpected challenge from Purdue and fumbling three times, the Cards got a Heisman-esque performance from Lamar Jackson: 485 total yards and two touchdown passes.

18. Florida State (0-1)

The defense managed to look pretty impressive in a losing effort against the best team in the country. Hard to see the Noles staying here for long, though, now that Deondre Francois is out for the season.

19. Notre Dame (1-0)

The Irish destroyed Temple while piling up 606 total yards, 422 of them coming on the ground.

20. UCLA (1-0)

Left for dead once they went down 44-10 late in the third quarter, the Bruins pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in college football history. Josh Rosen my goodness.

21. Duke (1-0)

The Devils piled 60 points on North Carolina Central and held a 524-158 total yardage advantage. Look out, Northwestern, who’s at Duke this weekend.

22. Miami (1-0)

An offensive clinic by the Canes. Malik Rosier threw for three touchdowns, and a pair of Miami backs combined for a monster day on the ground.

23. Tennessee (1-0)

While we were all busy raving about Georgia Tech’s offense, the Tennessee offense was working, too. John Kelly and Marquez Callaway had big nights, and the Vols had no turnovers in that double-OT win.

24. Kansas State (1-0)

Wildcats quarterback Jesse Ertz: 333 passing yards and four, count ‘em, four touchdown passes.

25. Georgia Tech (0-1)

TaQuon Marshall is about to be a star after that sensational night against Tennessee. The Jackets racked up 655 yards of offense and had the ball seemingly the whole game. But turnovers killed them.

Others receiving votes:

Washington (1-0)

Last year’s Playoff team was pretty well stopped by Rutgers’ defense. Rutgers. Still put up 30-plus and came away with a road win.

Georgia (1-0)

Nick Chubb didn’t get to 100 yards and the Bulldogs benefitted greatly from Appy State racking up more than 100 yards of penalties.

Texas Tech (1-0)

Eastern Washington isn’t the easiest FCS foe, but the Raiders smoked ‘em, throwing for 449 yards as a team, with Nic Shimonek throwing for 384 and three touchdowns.

South Carolina (1-0)

The quarterback-wideout combo of Jake Bentley and Deebo Samuel shone for the Gamecocks, who held on for a Power Five win.

North Carolina State (0-1)

Two NC State fumbles immediately led to South Carolina touchdowns, but the Wolfpack went over 500 yards of total offense on the road in the SEC.

Oregon (1-0)

Is that Chip Kelly in a Willie Taggert mask coaching these Ducks? The Quackers went for 77 points and 703 total yards in a rout of Southern Utah.

Washington State (1-0)

Luke Falk and James Williams teamed up in a 31-0 shutout of Montana State. Williams caught 13 passes for 163 yards and a pair of scores.