Week 3 Scout College Football Power Rankings

Here are the Scout power rankings in college football after the second weekend of action. There was some movement after two big games in East Lansing and Knoxville. There were also some upsets and a handful of teams that got a huge scare. Who moved up? Who fell? Check it out here on Scout.

1) Ohio State (2-0)

The Buckeyes shut out Hawaii 38-0. It was their first game back in Columbus since Thanksgiving weekend.  Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 101 yards and three scores. They also returned defensive end Joey Bosa and receivers Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson. It was a short week for Ohio State and it showed against a scrappy Hawaii team.

Last week's rank: 1

Next week: Northern Illinois

 

2) Alabama (2-0)

The Crimson Tide beat Middle Tennessee State 37-10. Quarterback Jake Coker passed for 214 yards and one touchdown while running back Derrick Henry rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns to lead Alabama.

Last week's rank: 1

Next week: Ole Miss

 

3) Michigan State (2-0)

In the big game of the day, Michigan State beat Oregon 31-28. The Spartans defense gave up 14 fourth quarter points to the high flying Ducks but held on late. In fact, the Spartans stopped Oregon four times on fourth down, including one key stand in the second quarter at the Michigan State goal line. All-American QB Connor Cook added 192 passing yards and two scores and freshman L.J. Scott found the end zone twice for the Spartans.

Last week's rank: 6

Next week: Air Force

 

4) TCU (2-0)

TCU destroyed outmanned Stephen F. Austin 70-7. Quarterback Trevone Boykin passed for 285 yards and four scores. Missing a few key players on defense the Horned Frogs only allowed 167 yards to SFA and 75 of those came on a single play in last quarter.

Last week's rank: 5

Next week: SMU

 

5) Baylor (2-0)

The Bears beat up on Lamar, 66-31. Quarterback Seth Russell tossed four touchdown passes and threw for 342 yards. Corey Coleman caught all four of those scores on six receptions for 182 yards. Shock Linwood added 130 rushing and three touchdowns on the ground. Offensive coordinator and play-caller Kendal Briles and receivers coach Tate Wallis were both suspended for the game for recruiting violations.

Last week's rank: 7

Next week: bye

 

6) Notre Dame (2-0)

Notre Dame escaped Virginia 34-27 but along the way the Irish suffered a huge loss. Quarterback Malik Zaire will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle he suffered in this game. He was replaced by DeShone Kizer. Kizer hit Will Fuller on a beautiful 40 yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left to get by the Cavaliers. I really liked this team to nab a possible playoff spot but the loss of Zaire could be too much. It’s the only reason why Notre Dame dropped a few spots.

Last week's rank: 4

Next week: Georgia Tech

 

7) Ole Miss (2-0)

For the second straight week the Rebels lit up the scoreboard with 70-plus points. This time Ole Miss pasted Fresno State 73-21. Chad Kelly passed for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo caught five passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Kelly played for seven offensive possessions and led Ole Miss to seven touchdowns. The Rebels racked up 607 yards of offense.

Last week's rank: 11

Next week: at Alabama

 

8) UCLA (2-0)

The Bruins knocked off UNLV 37-3. Freshman signal caller Josh Rosen threw for 223 yards and a touchdown while UCLA star running back Paul Perkins racked up 151 yards and two touchdowns. The Bruins also got a defensive score from Kenny Young.

Last week's rank: 8

Next week: BYU

 

9) USC (2-0)

The Trojans once again caught fire offensively. This time USC torched Idaho 59-9. QB Cody Kessler is off to a hit start. He finished with 410 yards passing and three scores. Wide receiver Juju Smith caught 10 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. USC scored TDs on five of its first six drives.

Last week's rank: 10

Next week: Stanford

 

10) Oregon (1-1)

The Ducks fell short in East Lansing, losing to Michigan State by three, 31-28. They can only blame themselves, as their offense failed to convert on four fourth down conversions. That included one late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Vernon Adams passed for 309 yards and a score and almost rallied the Ducks. Credit the Michigan State defense, especially in controlling the line of scrimmage against the run.

Last week's rank: 9

Next week: Georgia State

 

11) Clemson (2-0)

After a slow start Clemson came on in the second quarter to roll past Appalachian State 41-10. Deshaun Watson passed for 248 yards and three touchdown passes.

Last week's rank: 15

Next week: at Louisville (Thursday)

 

12) LSU (2-0)

LSU held on in Starkville to beat the Bulldogs 21-19. The Tigers had a 21-6 fourth quarter lead. But Mississippi State woke up offensively and scored two times. On the second, they went for two but failed to convert. LSU was led by super sophomore running back Leonard Fournette, as he rushed for a career high 159 yards and three touchdowns. In his first career road start quarterback Brandon Harris was 9/14 for 71 yards.

Last week's rank: 18

Next week: Auburn

 

13) Georgia (2-0)

For some reason Georgia always struggles in Nashville and Saturday was no different. But all that matters for the Bulldogs is the 31-14 win. Running back Nick Chubb led the way with 189 rushing yards. Georgia couldn’t generate much in the passing game. The defense made some big plays at big times and Isaiah McKenzie had a big punt return for a score.

Last week's rank: 16

Next week: South Carolina

 

14) FSU (2-0)

It’s a good thing Florida State has Dalvin Cook, as he single handedly carried Florida State on this day, rushing for 266 yards and three scores in their lack luster 34-14 win over a feisty USF team (defensively). New starting quarterback Everett Golson was shaky at best for most of this game. After two games, Cook has rushed for 422 yards, five touchdowns while averaging 8.6 yards per carry. He should be on Heisman watch.

Last week's rank: 12

Next week: at Boston College (Friday)

 

15) Texas A&M (2-0)

Texas A&M beat Ball State 56-23. Quarterback Kyle Allen passed for 126 yard and three scores. The Aggies cruised to a 49-3 halftime lead. Freshman quarterback Kyler Murray tossed his first touchdown pass for A&M. Kwame Etwi, Brice Dolezal, and Tra Carson accounted for 258 rushing yards.

Last week's rank: 13

Next week: Nevada

 

16) Oklahoma (2-0)

What a great win for the Sooners and Bob Stoops, as they gutted out a double overtime win on the road in Knoxville against a good Tennessee team. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the OU offense came alive in crunch time, erasing a 17 point deficit and scoring two touchdowns in the final quarter to tie the game and force overtime. He hit Sterling Shepard in double OT to win it. The Sooners defense did a nice job of shutting the Vols down to keep them in the game.

Last week's rank: 20

Next week: Tulsa

 

17) Georgia Tech (2-0)

Georgia Tech whipped Tulane 65-10. It was another 60-point plus outburst for the Yellow Jackets and Paul Johnson. Their triple option attack generated 439 rushing yards on Saturday. That offense looks cranked up as they get ready to hit the road for a big one in week three.

Last week's rank: 19

Next week: at Notre Dame

 

18) Auburn (2-0)

Auburn had a huge scare on Saturday and it took a come from behind overtime win for the Tigers against FCS Jacksonville State 27-20. Jeremy Johnson hit Melvin Ray for the tying score. In the first overtime running back Peyton Barber scored from four yards out. He finished with 125 rushing yards while Johnson threw two more interceptions. The Tigers have to figure things out quickly as they head to Baton Rouge next.

Last week's rank: 3

Next week: at LSU

 

 19) Tennessee (1-1)

Oklahoma upended Tennessee in Knoxville 31-24. The Vols blew a 17-0 lead, letting the Sooners back in the game in the second half to force overtime.  OU scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Volunteers have lost 28 of their past 29 games against ranked teams and are 2-34 versus the top 25 since 2008.

Last week's rank: 17

Next week: Western Carolina

 

20) Utah (2-0)

Utah beat Utah State 24-14 on Friday night. The Utes star running back Devontae Booker rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown but Utah lost their starting quarterback, as Travis Wilson went down and out with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. He was replaced with Kendell Thompson, who accounted for 79 yards of offense through the air and on the ground.

Last week's rank: 21

Next week: Fresno State

 

21) Wisconsin (1-1)

The Badgers bounced back in a big way after a week one loss to Alabama. They beat Miami (Ohio) 58-0 in Paul Chryst’s home coaching debut. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave threw for 236 yards and three scores. Running back Corey Clement did get injured. His replacement, Dare Ogunbowale ran for 112 yards and a score.

Last week's rank: 25

Next week: Troy

 

22) BYU (2-0)

Are the Cougars really a top 30 team? It’s looking that way after two big win. First it was at Nebraska. On Saturday it was an upset against Boise State. This team has had some magic about them and is making plays when they have too. BYU beat Boise 35-24 in their home opener. QB Tanner Mangum passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 35-yard touchdown to Mitchell Juergens with 45 seconds left to give BYU its second last-minute.

Last week's rank: not ranked

New week: at UCLA

 

23) Missouri (2-0)

It took a second half comeback for the Tigers to edge Arkansas State 27-20. Missouri found itself down 17-10 at halftime. Quarterback Maty Mauck had an off day but still finished with 148 yards and three scores. He also rushed 75 yards in the win. Credit the Mizzou defense, as they completely shut down Arkansas State in the second half, limiting that offense to only 37 yards. It was the 11th road victory in a row for the Tigers.

Last week's rank: 24

Next week: UConn

 

24) Arizona (2-0)

The Wildcats beat Nevada 44-20 behind the play of their big three. Quarterback Anu Solomon passed for 264 yards and two touchdown passes. Nick Wilson rushed for 194 yards and three scores while wide receiver Cayleb Jones caught six passes for 103 yards.

Last week's rank: 26

Next week: Northern Arizona

 

25) Mississippi State (1-1)

LSU earned a hard fought road victory in Starkville 21-19. The Tigers looked like they were going to run away with the game, leading by 15 in the final quarter. But Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott rallied the Bulldogs. They scored late to trail by two but failed on their two-point conversion. Prescott passed for 335 yards and a touchdown. He attempted 52 passes.

Last week's rank: 23

Next week: Northwestern State

 

26) Arizona State (1-1)

Arizona State beat Cal-Poly 35-21. The Sun Devils won and rebounded from their week one loss to Texas A&M but it certainly wasn’t pretty for Todd Graham. Quarterback Mike Bercovici threw for 283 yards and three scores and running back Demario Richards rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona State. The Mustangs rushed for 284 yards against the Sun Devil defense.

Last week's rank: 27

Next week: New Mexico

 

 27) Arkansas (1-1)

In the biggest upset in college football over the first two weeks of the season, Toledo beat Arkansas 16-12. The Razorbacks had a chance to win it at the end but quarterback Brandon Allen missed on two passes from the Toledo six yard line in the last few seconds. Arkansas didn’t help their cause with some bad penalties and sluggish play.

Last week's rank: 14

Next week: Texas Tech

 

28) Boise State (1-1)

The Broncos lost to BYU 35-24 on the road. Boise State didn’t have an answer for Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum, who got hot late and passed for 300 yards and two scores. The Broncos led 24-14 going into the fourth quarter before the Cougars scored the game’s final 21 points. Boise State quarterback Ryan Finley threw for 297 yards, one touchdown and three picks.   

Last week's rank: 22

Next week: at BYU

 

29) Minnesota (1-1)

The Gophers earned a nice road win out West, beating Colorado State 23-20 in overtime. Minnesota forced a fumble on the first play of overtime and then kicked the game winning field goal for the win. They struggled offensively but did enough. QB Mitch Leidner passed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and Rodney Smith rushed for 108 yards.

Last week's rank: 29

Next week: Kent State

 

30) Oklahoma State (2-0)

The Cowboys beat Central Arkansas 32-8. Quarterback Mason Rudolph passed for 401 yards and two scores. Oklahoma State added another 164 yards on the ground. The Cowboys defense played well again, allowing only one score and 220 yards of offense.

Last week's rank: 30

Next week: Texas San Antonio


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