1) Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)
Ohio State held on to beat Northern Illinois 20-13. It was supposed to be a Buckeye blowout but it didn’t work out that way. Both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones were lack luster as was the offense in general. Linebacker Darron Lee returned an interception for a score which was the difference. Ohio State had five turnovers.
Last week: 1
Next week vs Western Michigan
2) Michigan State Spartans (3-0)
The Spartans beat Air Force 35-21. Quarterback Connor Cook threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns to lead Michigan State. Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge caught eight passes for 156 yards and three scores including a spectacular touchdown grab.
Last week: 3
Next week vs Central Michigan
3) Ole Miss Rebels (3-0)
The Rebels knocked off the Crimson Tide on the road at Alabama 43-37. It was a game of big plays for Hugh Freeze and his Ole Miss team. Quarterback Chad Kelly finished 18/33 for 341 yards and three touchdown passes. He also rushed for a touchdown. Kelly had scoring throws of 66, 73 and 24 yards. The Rebels also won the turnover battle 5-0.
Last week: 7
Next week vs Vanderbilt
4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0)
Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 30-22. Running back C.J. Prosise rushed for 198 yards and three scores, including a Notre Dame stadium record 91-yard score. New starting signal caller Deshone Kizer passed for 21/30 for 242 yards and a score. He threw one interception. He hit Will Fuller on a 46-yard scoring strike. The Fighting Irish defense defended the triple option well for most of the game. They held Tech to 216 rushing yards, well below their average.
Last week: 6
Next week vs UMass
5) LSU Tigers (3-0)
LSU powered past Auburn 45-21 Saturday in Baton Rouge. The Bayou Bengals were lead by super sophomore running back Leonard Fournette. He was a man running on a mission on this Saturday, finishing with 228 yards and three touchdowns. Fournette was simply unstoppable for LSU, averaging 12 yards per carry. Quarterback Brandon Harris finished 12/17 for 74 yards and a touchdown against Auburn.
Last week: 12
Next week at Syracuse
6) TCU Horned Frogs (3-0)
The Horned Frogs beat SMU 56-37. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin passed for 454 yards and five touchdowns. Aaron Green rushed for 164 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Josh Doctson had a huge game, catching five passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
Last week: 4
Next week at Texas Tech
7) Baylor Bears (2-0)
Baylor did not play.
Last week 5
Next week vs Rice
8) UCLA Bruins (3-0)
The Bruins edged the Cougars 24-23 on Saturday night. It was the ground attack that won it for UCLA. Running back Paul Perkins rushed for 219 yards and a touchdown. Nate Starks put the Bruins up for good with a three-yard score with just over three minutes left in the game. He added 81 yards on the ground. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen made some mistakes and threw three interceptions. Myles Jack sealed the win with a late interception of Tanner Mangum.
Last week: 8
Next week at Arizona
9) Alabama Crimson Tide (2-1)
Ole Miss upset Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night 43-37. Cooper Bateman got the start for the Crimson Tide at quarterback but eventually gave way to Jake Coker. Coker finished 21/45 passing for 201 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Derrick Henry ran for 127 yards and a touchdown. The defense gave up far too many big plays and a total of 433 yards, including 341 through the air. The Crimson Tide also lost the turnover battle 5-0. Alabama had previously won 17 home games in a row.
Last week: 2
Next week vs Louisiana-Monroe
10) Oregon Ducks (2-1)
Oregon beat Georgia State 61-28. Jeff Lockie made his first start, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Lockie replaced Vernon Adams, who broke his index finger on his throwing hand last weekend at Michigan State. Royce Freeman rushed for 101 yards and a score. The Ducks also got a pick-six by Tyree Robinson.
Last week: 10
Next week vs Utah
11) Georgia Bulldogs (3-0)
Georgia did a number on South Carolina, pulling away to a big 52-20 win over the Gamecocks. Bulldogs quarterback Greyson Lambert passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He set an NCAA record completing 24/25 passes. Georgia super sophomore running back Nick Chubb chipped in 159 yards and two scores of his own for UGA.
Last week: 13
Next week vs Southern
12) Clemson Tigers (3-0)
Clemson survived a difficult road game to Louisville 20-17 on Thursday. Quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for two scores and running back Wayne Gallman rushed for 139 yards in the win. The Tigers defense played really well when they needed it the most. This unit also sacks Cardinals quarterback Kyle Bolin five times.
Last week: 11
Next week: Bye
13) Florida State Seminoles (3-0)
Florida State beat Boston College on the road 14-0 on Friday night. This was a defensive struggle. Even the Seminole secondary helped put points on the board, as Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble for a score. New FSU quarterback still struggled to find a rhythm. He finished 15/24 for 119 yards and one score. Dalvin Cook rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries. The Seminoles allowed 195 yards of total offense to the Eagles.
Last week: 14
Next week: Bye
14) Texas A&M Aggies (3-0)
Texas A&M rolled past Nevada 44-27. Quarterback Kyle Allen passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Aggies. Running back Tra Carson rushed for 137 yards. The Texas A&M defense racked up five sacks and 16 tackles for a loss in this win.
Last week: 15
Next week at Arkansas
15) Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)
Oklahoma got by Tulsa 52-38. Quarterback Bayer Mayfield set a school record with 572 total yards, threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more. He completed 32/38 passes for 487 yards and carrying 13 times for 85 yards against Tulsa. Samaje Perine ran for 152 yards and a touchdown. There was 1,376 combined total yards in this game.
Last week: 16
Next week Bye
16) Tennessee Volunteers (2-1)
The Vols bounced back and in a big way following last week’s home loss to Oklahoma by beating Western Carolina 55-10. Running back Alvin Kamara scored on a punt return and had a rushing touchdown, the first Tennessee player to do that since 1975. Quarterback Josh Dobbs finished with 144 passing yards and two scores.
Last week: 19
Next week at Florida
17) Utah Utes (3-0)
Utah beat Fresno State 45-24. The Utes star running back Devontae Booker rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns to lead a Utah offense who was breaking in a new starting quarterback in Kendal Thompson. Thompson is taking over for an injured Travis Wilson. He was 19/25 for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Utes also got a defensive score and punt return for a touchdown.
Last week: 20
Next week at Oregon
18) Wisconsin Badgers (2-1)
The Badgers beat Troy 28-3. Wisconsin got three touchdowns on the ground from quarterback Joel Stave, running back Dare Ogunbowale, and two way standout Tanner McEvoy. It was a balanced attack for the Badgers, as Stave passed for 202 and they rushed for 199.
Last week: 21
Next week vs Hawaii
19) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1)
It was too little too late for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets made a late fourth quarter run at the Irish but eventually fell to Notre Dame 30-22. Coming into South Bend, the Yellow Jackets were averaging 67 points and 457 rushing yards over the first two games of the season. They missed those marks but a good margin. Then again, this is a good Notre Dame team in South Bend.
Last week: 17
Next week at Duke
20) Northwestern Wildcats (3-0)
The Wildcats are now 3-0, beating Stanford and Duke along the way. This weekend Northwestern got by the Blue Devils 19-10 in Durham. Running back Justin Jackson was the workhorse, with 35 carries for 120 yards. The Wildcats were aided by big plays, including a 98-yard kickoff return and 55-yard TD run by Warren Long.
Last week: not ranked
New week at Michigan
21) Stanford Cardinal (2-1)
The Cardinal scored a big win on Saturday, up ending USC in Los Angeles 41-31. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan passed for 279 yards and two touchdown passes while Christian McCaffrey rushed for 115 yards and Remound Wright rushed for three touchdowns. The Cardinal racked up nearly 500 yards of offense against the Trojans.
Last week: not ranked
Next week at Oregon State (Friday)
22) USC Trojans (2-1)
The Trojans suffered a disappointing loss to the Cardinal, losing to Stanford 31-21. USC quarterback Cody Kessler threw for 272 yards and three scores. Tre Maden added 64 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Juju Smith caught eight passes for 153 yards and a score for Southern Cal.
Last week: 9
Next week at Arizona State
23) Arizona Wildcats (3-0)
The Wildcats pasted Northern Arizona 77-13 on Saturday night. Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon passed for 285 yards and four touchdowns. The Wildcats posted 792 total yards, including 499 on the ground. Nick Wilson rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns and David Richards caught eight passes for 120 yards and two scores.
Last week: 24
Next week vs UCLA
24) Missouri Tigers (3-0)
Missouri beat UConn by three on Saturday, 9-6. Tigers safety Anthony Sherrils intercepted a UConn fake field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Missouri could only muster a touchdown and safety against the Huskies. Maty Mauk completed 14 of 22 passes for 145 yards and an interception. He did score the lone touchdown for the Tigers.
Last week: 23
Next week at Kentucky
25) Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-1)
Mississippi State beat Nortwestern State 62-13. Quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 227 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Donald Gray had 140 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State set a school record 647 yards of offense.
Last week: 25
Next week at Auburn
26) BYU Cougars (2-1)
UCLA scored late on the ground to beat BYU by one, 24-23. The Cougars forced UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen into three interceptions but they couldn’t manage to slow down the Bruins rushing attack. UCLA put up nearly 300 yards on the ground. Still, BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum was looking for more late game heroics and was driving the Cougars only to throw a late fourth quarter interception. Mangum finished 30/47 for 244 yards and one touchdown pass.
Last week: 22
New week Ball State
27) Boise State Broncos (2-1)
Boise State shut out Idaho State 52-0. The Broncos suffered another tough loss when starting quarterback Ryan Finley left in the first quarter with a right ankle injury. His status is unknown for Boise State's game next Friday at Virginia. Thomas Stuart, who filled in for Finley in the first half, threw for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also had 46 yards rushing. In the second half freshman quarterback Brett Rypien made his debut and finished 8/9 for 126 yards.
Last week: 28
Next week at Virginia (Friday)
28) Arizona State Sun Devils (2-1)
Arizona State beat New Mexico 34-10 on Friday night. Quarterback Mike Bercovici accounted for four scores, three through the air, to lead the Sun Devils. He threw a 93-yard touchdown pass to running back Demario Richard. He also rushed for 104 yards.
Last week: 26
Next week vs USC
29) Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0)
Texas Tech got a huge road win on Saturday over Arkansas, 35-24. The Red Raiders star was quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another. He finsihed with 243 yards through the air.
Last week: not ranked
Next week vs TCU
30) Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0)
The Cowboys beat UTSA 69-14. Running back Chris Carson rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Oklahoma State forced seven turnovers. Quarterback Mason Rudolph passed for 280 yards and two scores as well for the Cowboys.
Last week: 30
Next week at Texas
DROPPED OUT: Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Minnesota Golden Gophers