The AP Top 25 American Football poll comes out after another crazy gaming weekend.

Alabama Heisman Trophy contender Will Anderson, Jr. scored his first career touchdown by picking a six. His teammate defending Heisman winner Bryce Young scored three points (and added another on the ground). Meanwhile, Georgia’s Stetson Bennett threw two touchdowns for tight end Brock Bowers, running back Michigan Blake Corum to run five touchdowns on the ground, and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud to throw five touchdowns in the air.

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Appalachian State, with a victory over Texas A&M, needed a 53-yard Hail Mary to defeat Troy. Indiana scored the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime to improve the score to 3-0. UCLA also scored a field goal, albeit from only 24 yards away. And for the first time in college basketball blue blood history, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina are all 3-0.

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But what happens from here? We analyze what will happen next for each ranked team.

1. Georgia Bulldogs (3-0)

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Previous rating: one

Result 3 weeks: 48-7 victory over South Carolina

What’s next: v. Kent State (Saturday Noon ET)

Bulldogs have earned ranked No. 1. Their defense, despite losing five first-round picks last season, is incredibly talented. Although star lineman Jalen Carter was limited by injury, he was troubled by South Carolina all day Saturday. And the offense, backed by quarterback Stetson Bennett and tight end Brock Bowers, is incredibly effective. But if we’re picking on the minutiae, there’s one area worth looking into: a running game that didn’t hit its stride within three games. — Alex Scarborough


2. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0)

Previous rating: 2

Result 3 weeks: 63-7 victory over UL Monroe

What’s next: vs. Vanderbilt (Saturday, 7:30 pm ET)

Not everything was decided in the Louisiana-Monroe 63-7 rout. But then again, what can Tide really prove by playing against cupcakes at home? The checklist remains the same as it was after Texas: fix the offensive line, find receiver playmakers, and cut down on mental errors. With a home game against Vanderbilt next week, Alabama has another week to make corrections before heading to Arkansas. — Alex Scarborough


3. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)

Previous rating: 3

Result 3 weeks: 77-21 victory over Toledo

What’s next: vs. Wisconsin (Saturday, 7:30 pm ET)

The Buckeyes’ offense is getting healthier and starting to gain momentum, but Wisconsin’s stingy and solid defense always provides an accurate measure of progress. Will Ryan Day take a more conservative and stubborn approach, as he did against Notre Dame, or let quarterback C.J. Stroud and wide receivers break out of the fight with coordinator Jim Leonhard’s team? Ohio State has won eight in a row against Wisconsin, but the Buckeyes learn more about themselves, especially during the showdown, from the first Big Ten game. — Adam Rittenberg


4. Michigan Wolverines (3-0)

Previous rating: four

Result 3 weeks: 59-0 victory over UConn

What’s next: v. Maryland (Saturday Noon ET)

After a crushing win over UConn, Michigan scored 50 or more points in the first three games of the season for the first time in program history. Running back Blake Corum and quarterback J.J. McCarthy have had huge success entering Big Ten games early, including in Maryland and Iowa. The Terps have been able to score points this season, so Michigan’s defense will be tested against veteran quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. Iowa, on the other hand, only scored 14 points in their first two games, so they’ll need to score on offense if they want to keep up with Michigan O. — Tom Van Haaren


5. Clemson Tigers (3-0)

Previous rating: 5

Result 3 weeks: 48-20 win over Louisiana Tech

What’s next: at Wake Forest (Saturday noon ET)

Coach Dabo Sweeney knows his team hasn’t finished a full game yet, and now there’s a big road game coming up at Wake Forest, the team that won the Atlantic Division a year ago. Clemson handled Wake Forest pretty handily in 2021 in one of DJ Uiagalelei’s finest performances. The Tigers have been able to build up their running game in the last two games, and have also been handing out the ball in a passing game to various receivers against Louisiana Tech. — Andrea Adelson


6. Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)

Previous rating: 6

Result 3 weeks: 49-14 victory over Nebraska

What’s next: vs. Kansas State (Saturday, 8:00 pm ET)

The Sooners played complementary football against Nebraska and this balance will make it hard for them to defend moving forward with Kansas State next. Oklahoma rushed for 327 yards in the Cornhuskers win, and a lot of that was due to the game getting out of control. But being able to achieve that kind of offensive dominance and good running back rotation with Eric Grey, Marcus Major and Giovante Barnes should be the building blocks for the coaching staff. — Andrea Adelson


7. USC Trojans (3-0)

Previous rating: 7

Result 3 weeks: 45-17 victory over Fresno State

What’s next: in Oregon (Saturday, 9:30 pm ET)

The Trojans will face their toughest test of the season when they make a treacherous trip to Corvallis to face an Oregon State team that certainly won’t flip. The Beavers may have faced Montana State last week, but scoring 68 points against either opponent is impressive. Saturday will be a battle of contrasts as a team that has proven itself through continuity and continuous improvement faces a team that has had as much turnover and change as any other team in the country. The Trojans will look to continue the offensive practice they’ve shown in the majority of their three wins, while Jordan Addison is close to USC’s record 24 touchdowns this season. — Paolo Uggetti


8. Kentucky Wildcats (3-0)

Previous rating: 9

Result 3 weeks: 31-0 win against Youngstown State

What’s next: vs. Northern Illinois (Saturday, 4:00 pm ET)

The Wildcats are leading 3-0 with three straight double-figure wins after a 31-0 strikeout against FCS rival Youngstown State and will face another team they will have a strong lead against, Northern Illinois this Saturday. Then it’s time for the SEC schedule, starting with a trip to Ole Miss on October 1, by which time the Wildcats will be at full strength when running back star Chris Rodriguez Jr. returns from missing the first four games due to the NCAA. problem. — Chris Lowe


9. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0)

Previous rating: eight

Result 3 weeks: 63-7 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

What’s next: at Baylor (October 1)

Three games out of the conference, and then a break. Oklahoma State’s schedule was well structured, and after an easy 63-7 game over UAPB on Saturday, the Cowboys get a week off before kicking off the Big 12 game with a huge trip to Baylor. Trials await, but the Cowboys should be happy with what they got from veteran quarterback Spencer Sanders. In games with CMU, Arizona State and UAPB, he threw for 916 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception. The Big 12 became more defensively oriented over the years, but the Cowboys’ offense became rampant. — Bill Connelly


10. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0)

Previous rating: ten

Result 3 weeks: 38-27 victory over Missouri State

What’s next: at Texas A&M (Saturday, 7:00 pm ET)

With Texas A&M, Alabama, and a three-game trip on deck, it probably goes without saying that Arkansas can’t afford another dismal start like the one that surrounded the Hoggs on Saturday against Missouri State. The Bears Bobby Petrino took a 17-0 lead and were still leading 10 in the fourth quarter before the Boars retook the win. They proved their mettle, the offense ended up with 600 yards, and coaches have a lot to shout about in practice. But now the tests are getting much, much harder. — Bill Connelly


11. Tennessee Volunteers (3-0)

Previous rating: fifteen

Result 3 weeks: 63-6 victory over Akron

What’s next: vs. Florida (Saturday, 3:30 pm ET)

One game never makes a season, but Tennessee could be gearing up for one of its best seasons in recent memory this Saturday when Florida comes to town. Bullocks have steadily improved under Josh Hupel, but the yardstick for any Tennessee coach will always be how he plays against Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Even some of Tennessee’s top teams have faced the Gators over the years, but the Vols have a chance to break that curse at home. — Chris Lowe


12. North Carolina State Wolfpack (3-0)

Previous rating: 16

Result 3 weeks: 27-14 win vs. Texas Tech

What’s next: vs. UConn (Saturday, 7:30 pm ET)

North Carolina State will soon need quarterback Devin Leary to face strong competition. He didn’t look like the NFL’s top prospect in wins over East Carolina and Texas Tech. A home date with UConn gives Leary an opportunity to build confidence before the state of North Carolina visits Clemson on Oct. 1. Linebacker Payton Wilson, cornerback Aidan White and point guard are given the chance to continue training for an ACC schedule that includes some tough road games. . — Adam Rittenberg


13. Utah Yutes (2-1)

Previous rating: fourteen

Result 3 weeks: 35-7 victory over San Diego State

What’s next: in Arizona (Saturday, 10:30 pm ET)

The Cliffs will have a good chance to continue their impressive rematch after losing Florida when they travel to Tempe to face the state of Arizona, which is, to put it mildly, in total disarray after being defeated by… *checks notes* Eastern Michigan. . Don’t be surprised if Utah’s defense keeps offense under 10 points and under 200 yards for the third week in a row. — Paolo Uggetti


14. Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0)

Previous rating: 22

Result 3 weeks: 41-12 victory over Auburn

What’s next: vs. Central Michigan (Saturday Noon ET)

The Nittany Lions endured two extremely difficult situations to go 3-0, their last 41-12 victory over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, which rocked through much of the first half. Penn State also won at Purdue on Thursday night, opening the season. Freshman running back Nicholas Singleton has rushed over 100 yards in each of the last two weeks, and the Nittany Lions have balanced on offense. They receive…