College Football offered fans a smorgasbord in week 3 given the wide range of points, results and highlights that were featured in Saturday’s games. While this week has reminded fans why they love the sport, it’s also one that gives the 25 AP Top 25 voters headaches as they try to fill in the newest college football rankings to be released on Sunday.
What boost should Oregon get after a dominant win over the highly ranked BYU team? Should Michigan go down from 11th out of the rankings after losing against Washington? Arkansas avoided losing to Missouri State, but did the Razorbacks look like a top 10 team when Bobby Petrino’s team pushed them to the brink when he returned to campus? Should Florida fall out of the rankings after the South Florida team, which has been one of the worst in the country for the past two-plus seasons, is trapped? Perhaps most interesting: which unranked teams should be among the top 25, and should absolutely incredible Hail Mary finishes be a bonus point when it comes to ranking the best teams in the country?
Luckily, there are some challenges that will be easy, and we predict them with confidence here in our weekly College Football Updated Rankings Prediction. Penn State will be one of the most notable players after the Auburn victory, not only because of one of the program’s biggest non-conference wins since joining the Big Ten, but also because of the form it has shown in the win. Considering Saturday’s events, it looks like the Nittany Lions are a lot closer to Ohio State and Michigan, still in the top four after dominating wins, and then the rest of the Big Ten.
Oregon and Washington also provided some positive headlines for the Pac-12 with non-conference wins as they bolstered the league’s profile with victories against last week’s top 12 teams. The Ducks will be somewhat limited by their single loss (despite coming out on top in Georgia), while the Huskies’ ceiling is only limited by the fact that they weren’t included in any tour as the top 25. teams before the weekend.