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College Football Power Rankings: Post Week Three

Georgia Bulldogs (3-0)- No surprise here, the Bulldogs thrashed South Carolina in Williams-Brice stadium over the weekend and looked dominant. Stetson Bennett’s confidence has taken this offense to new heights, and the defense has held two solid power five offenses to minimal points.

Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0)- Nick Saban avenged his loss from 2007 and the Tide beat UL Monroe by seven touchdowns. The performance against Texas is still concerning, but I have faith the coaching staff will emphasize attention to detail, leading to less penalties.

Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)- Ohio State has two wide receivers who are currently ranked in the top ten in yards per route run, and neither of them are named Jaxson Smith-Njigba. Tyleik Williams has been elite from the defensive tackle position and this Ohio State team is extremely well rounded.

Clemson Tigers (3-0)- The Tigers take on Wake Forest next weekend, and that game will tell us a lot about them, as Wake sports one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. Clemson’s defense is the definition of elite, and they have enough playmakers on offense to make life easy for DJ Uiagalalei.

Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)- I touched on Brent Venables’ tactics briefly last week, and the Sooners performance against Nebraska proved that he knows exactly what he is doing. The Sooners' linebacking corps was flying all over the field, and the defense looked very fundamentally sound. While Nebraska is 4-12 in their last 16 games, the Sooners win on Saturday is the only loss out of those twelve that came by double digits. Oklahoma looks like the best team in the BIG 12 by a wide margin, and their matchup against a run heavy Kansas State team this weekend will tell us just how good their front seven is.

Michigan Wolverines (3-0)- Michigan has played no one good thus far and has unsurprisingly thrashed all their nonconference opponents. They face an explosive Maryland team this week, and if the Terps can utilize their elite receiving corps, Michigan could be on upset alert.

Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0)- The Razorbacks struggled early against FCS Missouri State but battled back and won the game by multiple possessions. While many are questioning how legit the Hogs are after this performance, I believe they are still a great squad, as they beat a solid Cincinnati team and looked dominant against South Carolina. They head down to JerryWorld this weekend to take on Texas A&M, and the Aggies are thirsty for blood after losing to Arkansas last year.

Florida State Seminoles (3-0)- Unbeaten with two wins away from home against solid power five opponents? Put some respect on Florida State. A linebacker room that goes four deep, a running back room that goes three deep, one of the best defensive tackle duos in the nation, one of the best safety duos in the nation, an experienced quarterback and a 6’7 true wide receiver one. There is so much to like about this team and Mike Norvell has them firing on all cylinders.

Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0)- James Franklin’s team has played in two extremely hostile environments and picked up wins in both. The emergence of Nicholas Singleton was something the college football world expected, but not to this extent. Singleton has looked like one of the best backs in the nation, and with Parker Washington and Mitch Tinsley leading the receiving corps, the Nittany Lions have a well-rounded, explosive offense. With that and an elite secondary, the Lions are looking more like a BIG 10 contender week by week.

Kentucky Wildcats (3-0)- Like Arkansas, Kentucky did not look great last week. Like Arkansas, I still like the Wildcats. Will Levis has not reached his full potential, which he eventually will, and the Wildcats have a very good defense and a coaching staff that excels at doing more with less.

Tennessee Volunteers (3-0)- Everyone knew the offense would be electrifying. With Hendon Hooker and Cedric Tillman leading the way, and Jaylin Hyatt and Bru McCoy providing complementary support, it is almost impossible to stop the Vols passing attack. What has really stuck to me though is their tenacity to get after opposing quarterbacks. My breakout candidate, defensive end Tyler Baron has looked amazing, and in total, the Vols have recorded 72 pressures. This week, they face a great Florida offensive line, and that will tell us just how real the Vols pass rush is.

USC Trojans (3-0)- Fresno State is a quality opponent, and USC took them to school, winning 42-17. While they won by 25, their front seven did not look that great, which means trouble for next week's matchup against Oregon State, who sports an elite offensive line.

Oregon State Beavers (3-0)- Chance Nolan has taken the next step and has looked like one of, if not the best quarterback in the PAC-12. The secondary is loaded with talent and looks incredible, and that is without their best player, Alton Julian, who has been sidelined with an injury. The Beavers are physical on offense, and with that elite secondary I believe they will upset USC this Saturday and put the college football world on notice.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0)- The Pokes have not really been tested yet, but I love how their front seven looked against a nasty Arizona State rushing attack. Spencer Sanders looks extremely confident and appears to have matured a lot since last year. Oklahoma State has this week off, and heads down to Waco to face Dave Aranda’s Baylor Bears next week.

Washington Huskies (3-0)- Michael Penix Jr. put on an absolute show on Saturday, throwing for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns against eleventh ranked Michigan State. The Huskies have two great receivers in Ja’lynn Polk and Jalen McMillan, and what the Huskies have shown thus far proves that they were just a quarterback away from being a great team.

North Carolina State (3-0)- NC State has not looked great, but they are 3-0 and picked up a solid win over the weekend, knocking off Texas Tech. The defense looks as advertised, and I love how deep their secondary is. However, I would like to see more from Devin Leary. He only averaged 5.3 yards per attempt last week and that is not going to cut it in conference play against teams like Florida State and Clemson.

Utah Utes (2-1)- Utah avenged last season’s loss to San Diego State in dominating fashion, winning 35-7. The Utes offense is extremely versatile and deep, as they sport what has been the best tight end duo in the nation thus far with Brant Kuithe and Dalton Kincaid. While the offense has looked great, I am interested to see how the front seven will fare on the road against Arizona State this weekend. While the Sun Devils are 1-2 and just fired their head coach, they are as explosive as it gets on the ground, and if Utah can do well against them, I will be much more confident in Kyle Whittingham’s squad going forward.

Oregon Ducks (2-1)- Oregon gave BYU the business on Saturday, dominating them in the trenches, and going on to win 41-20. Bo Nix looked fantastic, taking what the defense gave him and completing throws to all three levels of the field, while rushing for three touchdowns. The Ducks have an elite offensive line, FIVE running backs who can all break one loose on any given carry, and a front seven that can hang with the best of them. Dan Lanning’s team looks to be heading in the right direction.

Maryland Terrapins (3-0)- In what was a look ahead spot and a sketchy game to begin with, the Terps battled and persevered, beating an explosive SMU team 34-27. I knew Maryland’s passing attack would be fantastic with Taulia Tagovailoa, Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus, but on Saturday, it was their rushing attack and specifically Roman Hemby that impressed. With an explosive offense and a matured defense that has some talented players, watch out for the Terps.

Florida Gators (2-1)- The Gators only beat USF by three this past weekend, but I’m not reading too much into that as they were fresh off a frustrating loss and must go up against a tough Tennessee team this weekend. The Gators offensive line is fantastic, and I love their three headed dragon that is their running back corps. The talent is there for this team to be successful; they just need Anthony Richardson to play better.

BYU Cougars (2-1)- Fresh off a huge win against Baylor, BYU looked atrocious against Oregon. Regardless of that result, the Cougars are still a good team, and when they get Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney back, the offense is going to be scary.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0)- Minnesota had a cake walk to 3-0, and they did what they needed to do. I love this team's secondary led by Justin Walley and Tyler Nubin, and the Gophers are always going to be physical on offense and explosive on the ground. They head to East Lansing to face a banged-up Michigan State team, and if they can pick up a win there, Minnesota will solidify themselves as a contender for the BIG 10 West.

Ole Miss Rebels (3-0)- I simply need to see more. Jaxson Dart has not impressed me thus far, and the Rebels have not faced a half decent opponent yet. The rushing attack looks as advertised, but in the SEC, you need to be well rounded to find success.

Pittsburgh Panthers (2-1)- Kedon Slovis was cleared to play last weekend, but Pat Narduzzi elected not to play him. It didn’t matter, as Pitt won by a solid margin, but Slovis being healthy is huge for this team going forward. The rushing attack is potent, they have some solid guys on the outside, and in the trenches, Pitt is as sound as it gets. I have them low for now but feel they will be in the top 15 by the end of the season.

Michigan State Spartans (2-1)- Last week was a recipe for disaster. Michigan State was missing their best player on both sides of the ball and had to travel west and face a team whose coach was eager to pick up a signature win. The Spartans got dominated, but when Jayden Reed and Jacob Slade come back, I expect them to be a more than solid team.




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