College Football Top 25 Rankings (Updated)

Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 7.

Weekly rankings are a big part of every college football season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The third weekend in October featured a handful of interesting conference matchups. Alabama cruised to an easy win over Tennessee, Ohio State survived a tough road trip to Wisconsin in overtime, Clemson avoided an upset loss to NC State, while West Virginia and Baylor remained unbeaten in the Big 12. Arkansas and Colorado join the rankings after victories in Week 7.


College Football Post-Week 7 Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (7-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat Tennessee 49-10

Last Week: 1

Week 8 Opponent: Texas A&M


Another week, another dominant performance from the Crimson Tide. Alabama now has a 10-game winning streak over the Volunteers.


2. Ohio State (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat Wisconsin 30-23

Last Week: 2

Week 8 Opponent: at Penn State


Goal-line stand in overtime preserves Ohio State’s unbeaten record and place as the Big Ten’s frontrunner at the midway point of the season.


3. Clemson (7-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat NC State 24-17

Last Week: 3

Week 8 Opponent: Bye Week


Tigers barely survive NC State’s upset bid to remain unbeaten. Will the bye week help this offense get back on track?


4. Michigan (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 4

Week 8 Opponent: Illinois


Wolverines have one more contest (Illinois) before a game against rival Michigan State.


5. Louisville (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Beat Duke 24-14

Last Week: 5

Week 8 Opponent: NC State


Cardinals overcome sluggish performance and utilize a late penalty against Duke to seal the 24-14 victory over the Blue Devils.


6. Washington (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 6

Week 8 Opponent: Oregon State


Huskies hope to keep their momentum rolling against Oregon State in Week 8, while a tough road trip to Utah looms in Week 9.


7. Texas A&M (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 7

Week 8 Opponent: at Alabama


Timely bye week should help Aggies return to full strength after key injuries hit this team over its last two games.


8. Wisconsin (4-2)

Week 7 Result: Lost to Ohio State 30-23

Last Week: 8

Week 8 Opponent: at Iowa


No shame in an overtime loss against Ohio State.


9. Baylor (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat Kansas 49-7

Last Week: 11

Week 8 Opponent: Bye Week


As expected, Baylor has no trouble in Saturday’s easy win over Kansas.


10. Nebraska (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat Indiana 27-22

Last Week: 12

Week 8 Opponent: Purdue


It wasn’t pretty, but the Cornhuskers are 6-0 for the first time since 2001.


11. Tennessee (5-2)

Week 7 Result: Lost to Alabama 49-10

Last Week: 9

Week 8 Opponent: Bye Week


No second-half rally was in the cards for Tennessee this week, as Alabama dominated from the opening snap and never took its foot off the pedal.


12. Houston (6-1)

Week 7 Result: Beat Tulsa 38-31

Last Week: 13

Week 8 Opponent: at SMU


Goal-line stand on final play against Tulsa saves Houston’s New Year’s Six bowl hopes.


13. Oklahoma (4-2)

Week 7 Result: Beat Kansas State 38-17

Last Week: 14

Week 8 Opponent: at Texas Tech


The Baker Mayfield to Dede Westbrook connection stays hot in 38-17 win over Kansas State.


14. Florida (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Beat Missouri 40-14

Last Week: 15

Week 8 Opponent: Bye Week


Gators averaged 6.8 yards per play against Missouri, but quarterback Luke Del Rio wasn’t sharp (three interceptions and 18 of 38) in his return to the starting lineup.


15. North Carolina (5-2)
Week 7 Result: Beat Miami 20-13

Last Week: 17

Week 8 Opponent: at Virginia


Tar Heels quickly erase last week’s disappointment with a crucial win at Miami.


16. Florida State (5-2)

Week 7 Result: Beat Wake Forest 17-6

Last Week: 18

Week 8 Opponent: Bye Week


Demon Deacons gave Florida State all it could handle, but Seminoles hold on to keep slim ACC Atlantic title hopes alive. Next up? A bye week before a date against Clemson on Oct. 29.


17. West Virginia (5-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat Texas Tech 48-17

Last Week: 21

Week 8 Opponent: TCU


The Mountaineers held Texas Tech’s high-powered offense to just 17 points in an easy 48-17 victory in Lubbock.


18. Boise State (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat Colorado State 28-23

Last Week: 19

Week 8 Opponent: BYU (Thursday night)


Broncos hold off late rally by Colorado State to improve to 6-0 overall. Boise State faces a short week and a tough opponent (BYU) for Week 8.


19. Arkansas (5-2)

Week 7 Result: Beat Ole Miss 34-30

Last Week: NR

Week 8 Opponent: at Auburn


Quarterback Austin Allen and a few timely stops on defense help Hogs rebound from 49-30 loss to Alabama.


20. Ole Miss (3-3)

Week 7 Result: Lost to Arkansas 34-30

Last Week: 10

Week 8 Opponent: at LSU


Rebels fall in heartbreaker at Arkansas. All three of Ole Miss’ losses came by seven points or less this season.


21. Western Michigan (7-0)

Week 7 Result: Beat Akron 41-0

Last Week: 22

Week 8 Opponent: Eastern Michigan


The Broncos have scored at least 41 points in each of their last four games. With games remaining against Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Kent State, Buffalo and Toledo, Western Michigan is on track for a perfect regular season record (12-0) before the MAC title game.


22. Utah (6-1)

Week 7 Result: Beat Oregon State 19-14

Last Week: 23

Week 8 Opponent: at UCLA


Weather conditions and injuries took a toll on Utah in Saturday’s 19-14 win over Oregon State.


23. Auburn (4-2)

Week 7 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 24

Week 8 Opponent: Arkansas


Tough two-game stretch – Arkansas and at Ole Miss – coming up for the Tigers.


24. USF (6-1)

Week 7 Result: Beat UConn 42-27

Last Week: 25

Week 8 Opponent: at Temple (Friday)


Strong performance from quarterback Quinton Flowers (5 overall TDs) helps Bulls pull away from UConn 42-27. Win over Temple on Friday night would give coach Willie Taggart’s team a commanding lead in the American Athletic Conference’s East Division.


25. Colorado (5-2)

Week 7 Result: Beat Arizona State 40-16

Last Week: NR

Week 8 Opponent: at Stanford


Buffaloes already have three Pac-12 victories after having just one from 2014-15.


College Football Post-Week 6 Top 25 Rankings


1. Alabama (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat Arkansas 49-30

Last Week: 1

Week 7 Opponent: at Tennessee


The Crimson Tide quickly ended any hopes Arkansas had of an upset win in Fayetteville.


2. Ohio State (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat Indiana 38-17

Last Week: 2

Week 7 Opponent: at Wisconsin


Indiana’s defense contained the Buckeye passing attack, but J.T. Barrett, Curtis Samuel and Mike Weber were too tough to stop on the ground.


3. Clemson (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat Boston College 56-10

Last Week: 3

Week 7 Opponent: NC State


No letdown for coach Dabo Swinney’s team after last week’s win at Louisville, as Clemson cruised to easy 56-10 win over Boston College on Friday night.


4. Michigan (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat Rutgers 78-0

Last Week: 4

Week 7 Opponent: Bye Week


Michigan’s statistical domination against Rutgers is one of the most staggering box scores to read in recent memory.


5. Louisville (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 6

Week 7 Opponent: Duke


Lamar Jackson’s Heisman campaign resumes with a Friday night matchup against Duke.


6. Washington (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat Oregon 70-21

Last Week: 7

Week 7 Opponent: Bye Week


A changing of the guard is underway in the Pac-12 North. The Huskies dominated Oregon to end a 12-game losing streak in this rivalry.


7. Texas A&M (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat Tennessee 45-38

Last Week: 8
Week 7 Opponent: Bye Week


Win over Tennessee sets up huge showdown against Alabama in two weeks. And the upcoming bye week is good news for coach Kevin Sumlin’s team after a physical battle against the Volunteers, as well as to heal injuries to a couple of key players.


8. Wisconsin (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 10

Week 7 Opponent: Ohio State


Wisconsin’s brutal schedule resumes after week off with No. 2 Ohio State visiting Madison.


9. Tennessee (5-1)

Week 6 Result: Lost to Texas A&M 45-38

Last Week: 9

Week 7 Opponent: Alabama


Volunteers nearly pulled off another second-half rally but ran out of magic in overtime against Texas A&M. 


10. Ole Miss (3-2)

Week 6 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 13

Week 7 Opponent: at Arkansas


Rebels return from bye week looking to end two-game losing streak to Arkansas.


11. Baylor (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 14

Week 7 Opponent: Kansas


The Bears have one more tune up (Kansas) before hitting the toughest portion of their 2016 slate.


12. Nebraska (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 15

Week 6 Opponent: at Indiana


The Week 6 bye came at a good time for the Cornhuskers. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong, tight end Cethan Carter and receiver Jordan Westerkamp are just a few key Cornhuskers nursing injuries from the first month of the season.


13. Houston (5-1)

Week 6 Result: Lost to Navy 46-40

Last Week: 5

Week 7 Opponent: Tulsa


Houston’s playoff hopes sink after loss to Navy. Coach Tom Herman’s team now needs a little help to win the American Athletic Conference’s West Division.


14. Oklahoma (3-2)

Week 6 Result: Beat Texas 45-40

Last Week: 21

Week 7 Opponent: Kansas State


Sooners use big performances by quarterback Baker Mayfield (390 passing yards), running back Samaje Perine (214 yards) and receiver Dede Westbrook (232 receiving yards) to hold off Texas 45-40 in the Red River Rivalry.


15. Florida (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Game Against LSU Postponed

Last Week: 20

Week 7 Opponent: Missouri


After Saturday’s game against LSU was postponed, Florida turns its attention to Missouri and an upcoming showdown against Georgia on Oct. 29. The additional time to heal should help quarterback Luke Del Rio and a couple of key defenders return to full strength for coach Jim McElwain.


16. Virginia Tech (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Beat North Carolina 34-3

Last Week: NR

Week 7 Opponent: at Syracuse


New coach Justin Fuente clearly has the Hokies trending in the right direction.


17. North Carolina (4-2)

Week 6 Result: Lost to Virginia Tech 34-3

Last Week: 17

Week 7 Opponent: at Miami


Loss to Virginia Tech hurts in Coastal race, but Tar Heels can quickly rebound with a trip to Miami ahead next Saturday.


18. Florida State (4-2)

Week 6 Result: Beat Miami 20-19

Last Week: 24

Week 7 Opponent: Wake Forest


Seminoles use blocked extra point to extend winning streak over Miami to seven.


19. Boise State (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat New Mexico 49-21

Last Week: 22

Week 7 Opponent: Colorado State


Quarterback Brett Rypien’s five first-half touchdown passes were more than enough for Boise State in Friday night’s 49-21 win over New Mexico.


20. Miami (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Lost to Florida State 20-19

Last Week: 11

Week 7 Opponent: North Carolina


Hurricanes lose in heartbreaking fashion to Florida State but need to quickly refocus with North Carolina visiting in Week 7.


21. West Virginia (4-0)

Week 6 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 23

Week 7 Opponent: at Texas Tech


Mountaineers use bye week to prepare for tough upcoming stretch: at Texas Tech, TCU and at Oklahoma State


22. Western Michigan (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Beat Northern Illinois 45-30

Last Week: 25

Week 7 Opponent: at Akron


Loss by Houston certainly helps Western Michigan’s case to be the top Group of 5 program this year.


23. Utah (5-1)

Week 6 Result: Beat Arizona 36-23

Last Week: NR

Week 7 Opponent: at Oregon State


Utes knock off Arizona, but injuries taking a toll on coach Kyle Whittingham’s offense.


24. Auburn (4-2)

Week 6 Result: Beat Mississippi State 38-14

Last Week: NR

Week 7 Opponent: Bye Week


Tigers quietly on the right track after 1-2 start.


25. USF (5-1)

Week 6 Result: Beat East Carolina 38-22

Last Week: NR

Week 7 Opponent: UConn


Bulls have scored at least 35 points in every game this season.


College Football Post-Week 5 Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Kentucky 34-6

Last Week: 1

Week 6 Opponent: at Arkansas


Crimson Tide started slow but easily pulled away from Kentucky after the first quarter. Tough back-to-back road trips (Arkansas and Tennessee) are up next.


2. Ohio State (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Rutgers 58-0

Last Week: 2

Week 6 Opponent: Indiana


Quarterback J.T. Barrett throws four touchdowns for the second week in a row, as Ohio State easily defeats Rutgers 58-0.


3. Clemson (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Louisville 42-36

Last Week: 6

Week 6 Opponent: at Boston College


Tigers edge Louisville to emerge as the top team from the ACC in one of the best games so far in the 2016 college football season.


4. Michigan (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Wisconsin 14-7

Last Week: 4

Week 6 Opponent: at Rutgers


Cornerback Jourdan Lewis’ nifty one-handed interception was just one highlight from a standout defensive effort in Saturday’s 14-7 win over Wisconsin.


5. Houston (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat UConn 42-14

Last Week: 5

Week 6 Opponent: at Navy


Big night from quarterback Greg Ward helps Houston cruise to easy win and get revenge against UConn from last season’s loss.


6. Louisville (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Lost to Clemson 42-36

Last Week: 3

Week 6 Opponent: Bye Week


Another huge effort from Lamar Jackson, but Cardinals fall short of win at Clemson. Despite the loss, Louisville is still one of the nation’s top teams and a threat to make the College Football Playoff (if the Cardinals win out).


7. Washington (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Stanford 44-6

Last Week: 9

Week 6 Opponent: at Oregon


Convincing victory over Stanford should end any doubts on whether or not the Huskies were worthy of their preseason hype.


8. Texas A&M (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat South Carolina 24-13

Last Week: 10

Week 6 Opponent: Tennessee


Aggies were missing three key players but avoided post-Arkansas hangover with 24-13 win over South Carolina.


9. Tennessee (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Georgia 34-31

Last Week: 11

Week 6 Opponent: at Texas A&M


More second-half heroics from quarterback Joshua Dobbs (this time on a Hail Mary completion as time expired) gives Tennessee a commanding lead in the SEC East.


10. Wisconsin (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Lost to Michigan 14-7

Last Week: 8

Week 6 Opponent: Bye Week


No shame in Wisconsin’s defensive effort against Michigan in Saturday’s 14-7 loss. Schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Badgers with Ohio State visiting Madison on Oct. 15.


11. Miami (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Georgia Tech 35-21

Last Week: 17

Week 6 Opponent: Florida State


Steady play of quarterback Brad Kaaya and an opportunistic defense (three turnovers) led guided the Hurricanes to a 35-21 win over Georgia Tech. Miami will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak to Florida State in Week 6.


12. Stanford (3-1)

Week 5 Result: Lost to Washington 44-6

Last Week: 7

Week 6 Opponent: Washington State


Cardinal simply overwhelmed in Friday night loss at Washington.


13. Ole Miss (3-2)

Week 5 Result: Beat Memphis 48-28

Last Week: 14

Week 6 Opponent: Bye Week


Rebels head into bye week with momentum after getting revenge from last year’s loss against Memphis.


14. Baylor (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Iowa State 45-42

Last Week: 15

Week 6 Opponent: Kansas


Bears pound away for 469 yards on the ground to escape Ames with a 45-42 victory over Iowa State. 


15. Nebraska (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Illinois 31-16

Last Week: 16

Week 6 Opponent: Bye Week


Cornhuskers are the lone remaining unbeaten in the Big Ten’s West Division.


16. Colorado (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Beat Oregon State 47-6

Last Week: 21

Week 6 Opponent: at USC


Buffaloes get another strong start from redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Montez in relief of an injured Sefo Liufau in Saturday’s 47-6 win over Oregon State.


17. North Carolina (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Beat Florida State 37-35

Last Week: NR

Week 6 Opponent: Virginia Tech


Tar Heels rejoin Athlon’s top 25 rankings after last-second win over Florida State.


18. UCLA (3-2)

Week 5 Result: Beat Arizona 45-24

Last Week: 18

Week 6 Opponent: at Arizona State


Bruins showed no hangover effect from last week’s crushing loss to Stanford. Quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 350 yards and three scores in Saturday night’s 45-24 over Arizona.


19. Arkansas (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Beat Alcorn State

Last Week: Beat Alcorn State 52-10

Week 6 Opponent: Alabama


Razorbacks able to empty the bench and rest starters in easy win over Alcorn State. Next up? A home date against Alabama.


20. Florida (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Beat Vanderbilt 13-6

Last Week: 20

Week 6 Opponent: LSU


Win over Vanderbilt wasn’t pretty, but Gators leave Nashville with a victory. Will quarterback Luke Del Rio be healthy enough to return to the lineup for next week’s game against LSU?


21. Oklahoma (2-2)

Week 5 Result: Beat TCU 52-46

Last Week: NR

Week 6 Opponent: Texas


Sooners use 28-point second quarter and late stop on defense to defeat TCU 52-46 in Fort Worth. Despite early losses to Houston and Ohio State, Oklahoma is still alive in the Big 12 title picture.


22. Boise State (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Utah State 21-10

Last Week: 24

Week 6 Opponent: at New Mexico


San Diego State’s loss to South Alabama moves Boise State into the No. 2 spot behind Houston for the top Group of 5 team in 2016.  


23. West Virginia (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Kansas State 17-16

Last Week: 25

Week 6 Opponent: Bye Week


Narrow victory (17-16) over Kansas State in Week 5 was West Virginia’s first win over the Wildcats since joining the Big 12.


24. Florida State (3-2)

Week 5 Result: Lost to North Carolina 37-35

Last Week: 12

Week 6 Opponent: at Miami


Late pass interference penalty and three missed field goals loom large in Florida State’s two-point loss to North Carolina. The Seminoles were a popular pick to play for the national title this preseason.


25. Western Michigan (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Beat Central Michigan 49-10

Last Week: NR

Week 6 Opponent: Northern Illinois


Broncos crush rival Central Michigan  49-10 to join top 25 rankings for first time this year.


College Football Post-Week 4 Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Kent State 48-0

Last Week: 1

Week 5 Opponent: Kentucky


As expected, Crimson Tide posted a dominant 48-0 victory over Kent State. Injuries to receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Damien Harris and cornerback Marlon Humphrey from the win over Kent State don’t appear to be serious.


2. Ohio State (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 2

Week 5 Opponent: Rutgers


Buckeyes will be heavy favorites in their next two games (Rutgers and Indiana). The Oct. 15 road date at Wisconsin looks a lot tougher than it did in the preseason.


3. Louisville (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Marshall 59-28

Last Week: 3

Week 5 Opponent: at Clemson


Another huge performance from Lamar Jackson leads the Cardinals to easy road win over Marshall. Next up? A showdown against Clemson.


4. Michigan (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Penn State 49-10

Last Week: 4

Week 5 Opponent: Wisconsin


Wolverines dominated the line of scrimmage (and the scoreboard) in Saturday’s 49-10 victory over Penn State.


5. Houston (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Houston 64-3

Last Week: 5

Week 5 Opponent: UConn (Thursday)


Revenge is on Houston’s mind with UConn – the only team to beat the Cougars last year – visiting TDECU Stadium on Thursday night.


6. Clemson (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Georgia Tech 26-7

Last Week: 6

Week 5 Opponent: Louisville


Clemson’s defense dominated the line of scrimmage and never allowed Georgia Tech’s option offense to get on track.


7. Stanford (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat UCLA 22-13

Last Week: 7

Week 5 Opponent: at Washington (Friday)


Last-minute heroics by quarterback Ryan Burns and receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside lift Stanford to its ninth consecutive win over UCLA.


8. Wisconsin (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Michigan State 30-6

Last Week: 11

Week 5 Opponent: at Michigan


Badgers score another impressive win after a dominant 30-6 victory in East Lansing over Michigan State. However, the schedule doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Michigan next Saturday.


9. Washington (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Arizona 35-28

Last Week: 8

Week 5 Opponent: Stanford (Friday)


Were the Huskies caught looking ahead to Stanford? Washington needed overtime to knock off Arizona on Saturday night.


10. Texas A&M (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Arkansas 45-24

Last Week: 14

Week 5 Opponent: at South Carolina


Aggies had a complete team performance in the 45-24 win over Arkansas. End Myles Garrett and safety Armani Watts led the effort on defense, while quarterback Trevor Knight guided the offense to an average of 10 yards per play.


11. Tennessee (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Florida 38-28

Last Week: 11

Week 5 Opponent: at Georgia


The streak is over. Tennessee uses strong second-half performance to end 11-game losing streak to Florida.


12. Florida State (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Beat USF 55-35

Last Week: 10

Week 5 Opponent: North Carolina


Dalvin Cook finally looked like the player we expected to see in 2016. However, Florida State still has a lot of question marks to address on defense.


13. Michigan State (2-1)

Week 4 Result: Loss to Wisconsin 30-6

Last Week: 9

Week 5 Opponent: at Indiana


Turnovers and a sputtering offense too much for Michigan State to overcome in 30-6 loss against Wisconsin.


14. Ole Miss (2-2)

Week 4 Result: Beat Georgia 45-14

Last Week: 18

Week 5 Opponent: Memphis


Dominant. That’s the easiest way to describe Ole Miss’ 45-14 victory on Saturday.


15. Baylor (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Oklahoma State 35-24

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: at Iowa State


Quarterback Seth Russell throws for 387 yards and four scores to lead 35-24 win over Oklahoma State in Baylor’s Big 12 opener.


16. Nebraska (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Northwestern

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: Illinois


After tossing 16 interceptions last season, quarterback Tommy Armstrong has only one interception through the first four games of 2016.


17. Miami (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 24

Week 5 Opponent: at Georgia Tech


Timely bye week helps Miami prepare for Georgia Tech’s option attack.


18. UCLA (2-2)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Stanford 22-13

Last Week: 16

Week 5 Opponent: Arizona


Bruins couldn’t hold onto late lead in 22-13 loss to Stanford. However, there’s no shame in losses to Stanford and Texas A&M.


19. Arkansas (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Texas A&M 45-24

Last Week: 15

Week 5 Opponent: Alcorn State


Missed opportunities in the red zone and turnovers marred Arkansas’ loss to Texas A&M.


20. Florida (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Loss to Tennessee 38-28

Last Week: 17

Week 5 Opponent: at Vanderbilt


The second half wasn’t kind to Florida in the 38-28 loss to Tennessee. The Gators couldn’t get anything going on offense, while the defense allowed the Volunteers to score touchdowns on five of the first seven drives in the final two quarters.


21. Colorado (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Beat Oregon 41-38

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: Oregon State


If there was any doubt regarding Mike MacIntyre’s coaching ability, Colorado’s start to the 2016 season should put those to rest.


22. San Diego State (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 20

Week 5 Opponent: at South Alabama


Aztecs have one more non-conference trip remaining before opening Mountain West play on Oct. 8 against UNLV.


23. Utah (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat USC 31-27

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: at California


Quarterback Troy Williams delivered in the clutch in Friday night’s win over USC.


24. Boise State (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat Oregon State 38-24

Last Week: 25

Week 5 Opponent: Utah State


Broncos go 2-0 against Pac-12 teams after 38-24 win over Oregon State.


25. West Virginia (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Beat BYU 35-32

Last Week: NR

Week 5 Opponent: Kansas State


Mountaineers quietly off to a solid 3-0 start after beating BYU at FedEx Field in Week 4.


College Football Post-Week 3 Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Ole Miss 48-43

Last Week: 1

Week 4 Opponent: Kent State


Crimson Tide rushing attack comes alive, while defense scores twice to avoid a third consecutive loss to Ole Miss.


2. Ohio State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Oklahoma 45-24

Last Week: 4

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week


The Buckeyes returned only six starters this season. However, after Saturday night’s dominant 45-24 victory over Oklahoma, Urban Meyer’s team looks better team than the one that went 12-1 last season.


3. Louisville (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Florida State 63-20

Last Week: 13

Week 4 Opponent: at Marshall


Quarterback Lamar Jackson was terrific once again, but the Louisville defense was also instrumental in the blowout victory over Florida State.


4. Michigan (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Colorado 45-28

Last Week: 5

Week 4 Opponent: Penn State


Michigan’s defense held Colorado to just 18 total yards over the last seven drives in Saturday’s 45-28 victory.


5. Houston (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Cincinnati 40-16

Last Week: 5

Week 4 Opponent: at Texas State


Two interceptions returned for touchdowns and timely plays by quarterback Greg Ward propelled Houston to a big fourth quarter and a 40-16 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.


6. Clemson (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat South Carolina State 59-0

Last Week: 6

Week 4 Opponent: at Georgia Tech (Thursday)


Tigers cruised to an easy win over South Carolina State and may have worked out some of the kinks on offense (7.1 ypp).


7. Stanford (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat USC 27-10

Last Week: 8

Week 4 Opponent: at UCLA


Running back Christian McCaffrey delivers another big performance against USC to lead the Cardinal to their third win in a row over the Trojans.


8. Washington (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Portland State 41-3

Last Week: 7

Week 4 Opponent: at Arizona


As expected, the Huskies dominated their non-conference slate. There’s a looming showdown against Stanford on Sept. 30.


9. Michigan State (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Notre Dame 36-28

Last Week: 12

Week 4 Opponent: Wisconsin


Spartans take advantage of three Notre Dame turnovers and use 21-point effort in third quarter to earn a 36-28 victory over the Fighting Irish.


10. Florida State (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Lost to Louisville 63-20

Last Week: 2

Week 4 Opponent: at USF


The Seminoles have a lot of issues to address, but coach Jimbo Fisher’s team has plenty of time to play their way back into the playoff picture.


11. Wisconsin (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Georgia State 23-17

Last Week: 10

Week 4 Opponent at Michigan State


It wasn’t pretty, but the Badgers held off upset-minded Georgia State on Saturday. The focus shifts to conference play with a trip to Michigan State next week, but who takes the majority of snaps at quarterback after Alex Hornibrook replaced Bart Houston late in the win on Saturday?


12. Tennessee (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Ohio 28-19

Last Week: 14

Week 4 Opponent: Florida


Once again, the Volunteers weren’t impressive in a victory. However, the Volunteers are 3-0 and still in good shape to win the SEC East.


13. Georgia (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Missouri 28-27

Last Week: 15

Week 4 Opponent: at Ole Miss


Jacob Eason’s clutch touchdown toss to Isaiah McKenzie with less than two minutes remaining propels Georgia to win over Missouri. Bulldogs have won last two games by a combined three points.


14. Texas A&M (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Auburn 29-16

Last Week: 17

Week 4 Opponent: Arkansas (Arlington)


Balanced attack on offense (247 passing yards to 231 rushing) and stingy defense (4.5 yards per play allowed) guides Texas A&M to road win at Auburn.


15. Arkansas (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Texas State 42-3

Last Week: 20

Week 4 Opponent: Texas A&M (Arlington)


Hogs cruised to easy win over Texas State to move to 3-0, but the focus shifts to SEC play and the neutral site matchup against Texas A&M next Saturday. Arkansas has lost by seven points in each of the last two years against the Aggies. 


16. UCLA (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Beat BYU 17-14

Last Week: 21

Week 4 Opponent: Stanford


Bruins will be looking to end eight-game losing streak against Stanford in Week 4.


17. Florida (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat North Texas 32-0

Last Week: 22

Week 4 Opponent: at Tennessee


Injury to quarterback Luke Del Rio puts a damper on Florida’s win over North Texas (and 3-0 start).


18. Ole Miss (1-2)

Week 3 Result: Lost to Alabama 48-43

Last Week: 16

Week 4 Opponent: Georgia


Rebels gave No. 1 Alabama all it could handle (and nearly made it three in a row over the Crimson Tide).


19. LSU (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Beat Mississippi State 23-20

Last Week: 23

Week 4 Opponent: at Auburn


Mississippi State made it interesting late, but quarterback Danny Etling (19 of 30 for 215 yards) was solid in his first start and running back Leonard Fournette (147 yards) was in midseason form.


20. San Diego State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat NIU 42-28

Last Week: NR

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week


Aztecs make their first appearance of the season in Athlon’s top 25.


21. California (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Beat Texas 50-43

Last Week: NR

Week 4 Opponent: at Arizona State


Davis Webb to Chad Hansen is becoming one of the nation’s top pass-catch combinations for 2016.


22. Texas (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Lost to California 50-43

Last Week: 9

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week


Longhorns unable to contain California’s offense in a 50-43 loss at Berkeley.


23. Notre Dame (1-2)

Week 3 Result: Lost to Michigan State 36-28

Last Week: 11

Week 4 Opponent: Duke


Defense woes showed up once again in loss to Michigan State.  


24. Miami (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Beat Appalachian State 45-10

Last Week: NR

Week 4 Opponent: Bye Week


Hurricanes easily avoided Appalachian State’s upset bid with 45-10 victory in Boone.


25. Boise State (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 25

Week 4 Opponent: at Oregon State


Broncos look to go 2-0 against Pac-12 teams with a matchup against Oregon State this Saturday.



College Football Post-Week 2 Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat WKU 38-10

Last Week: 1

Week 3 Opponent: at Ole Miss


Nick Saban may not be happy, but the Crimson Tide still looks like the best team in the nation.


2. Florida State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Charleston Southern 52-8

Last Week: 2

Week 3 Opponent: at Louisville


Injury to safety Derwin James is something to monitor with huge matchup at Louisville ahead in Week 3.


3. Ohio State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Tulsa 48-3

Last Week: 4

Week 3 Opponent: at Oklahoma


The Buckeyes’ defense has yet to allow a touchdown through the first two games of the season. A better test awaits this unit on Saturday at Oklahoma.


4. Michigan (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat UCF 51-14

Last Week: 5

Week 3 Opponent: Colorado


Wolverines have dominated on defense through the first two games of 2016, but the pieces are also starting to fall into place on offense.


5. Houston (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Lamar 42-0

Last Week: 6

Week 3 Opponent: at Cincinnati


No Greg Ward? No problem against Lamar. All signs point to Ward returning for Week 3.


6. Clemson (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Troy 30-24

Last Week: 3

Week 3 Opponent: South Carolina State


The Tigers have not looked sharp through the first two games. Will Dabo Swinney’s team get on track against South Carolina State next week?


7. Washington (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Idaho 59-14

Last Week: 7

Week 3 Opponent: Portland State


Huskies have one more tune-up opportunity in Week 3 (Portland State) before Pac-12 play opens on Sept. 24 at Arizona.


8. Stanford (1-0)

Week 2 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 8

Week 3 Opponent: USC


The Cardinal opens Pac-12 play next week with USC coming to town, with road dates also looming against UCLA (Sept. 24) and Washington (Sept. 30).


9. Texas (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat UTEP 41-7

Last Week: 9

Week 3 Opponent: at California


Are the Longhorns the Big 12’s best team and hope for a playoff contender?


10. Wisconsin (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Akron 54-10

Last Week: 10

Week 3 Opponent: Georgia State


There was no hangover from the upset win over LSU for the Badgers in an easy win against Akron on Saturday. 


11. Notre Dame (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat Nevada 39-10

Last Week: 11

Week 3 Opponent: Michigan State


Fighting Irish cruised in win over Nevada but need a win over Michigan State to keep playoff hopes alive next week.


12. Michigan State (1-0)

Week 2 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 13

Week 3 Opponent: at Notre Dame


Spartans use bye week to prep for road trip to Notre Dame.


13. Louisville (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Syracuse 62-28

Last Week: 16

Week 3 Opponent: Florida State


Cardinals are averaging 66 points a game through the first two weeks of the season. Can that hold in Week 3 against Florida State?


14. Tennessee (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Virginia Tech 45-24

Last Week: 14

Week 3 Opponent: Ohio


The Battle of Bristol was close for a half, but the Volunteers eventually played like a team that was picked as the SEC East favorite in 2016.


15. Georgia (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Nicholls 26-24

Last Week: 14

Week 3 Opponent: at Missouri


Bulldogs were not impressive against Nicholls in Kirby Smart’s home opener.


16. Ole Miss (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat Wofford 38-13

Last Week: 15

Week 3 Opponent: Alabama


Can the Rebels make it three in a row over the Crimson Tide?


17. Texas A&M (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Prairie View 67-0

Last Week: 17

Week 3 Opponent: at Auburn


No trouble in Week 2 for the Aggies with easy win over Prairie View.


18. Oklahoma (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat ULM 59-17

Last Week: 18

Week 3 Opponent: Ohio State


Next week’s matchup against Ohio State will make-or-break Oklahoma’s playoff hopes.


19. Iowa (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Iowa State 42-3

Last Week: 19

Week 3 Opponent: North Dakota State


Hawkeyes’ 39-point win over in-state rival Iowa State is biggest over Cyclones since 1997.


20. Arkansas (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat TCU 41-38

Last Week: NR

Week 3 Opponent: Texas State


New quarterback Austin Allen and senior linebacker Brooks Ellis delivered clutch plays to beat TCU.


21. UCLA (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat UNLV 42-21

Last Week: 21

Week 3 Opponent: at BYU


UCLA’s defense is banged up headed into Week 3 showdown against BYU.


22. Florida (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Kentucky 45-7

Last Week: 23

Week 3 Opponent: North Texas


Domination over Kentucky continued with 45-7 dismantling over Wildcats in Week 2.


23. LSU (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Beat Jacksonville State 34-13

Last Week: 20

Week 3 Opponent: Mississippi State


Is Danny Etling the spark LSU needs at quarterback?


24. Oregon (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Virginia 44-26

Last Week: 25

Week 3 Opponent: at Nebraska


Dakota Prukop (21 of 31 for 331 yards and three scores) was impressive in win over Virginia.


25. Boise State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Beat Washington State 31-28

Last Week: NR

Week 3 Opponent: at Oregon State (Sept. 24)


Broncos should be 2-0 over Pac-12 opponents after a Sept. 24 trip to Oregon State.



College Football Post-Week 1 Top 25 Rankings


1. Alabama (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat USC 52-6

Last Week: 1

Week 2 Opponent: WKU


The Crimson Tide dominated USC and found their quarterback in freshman Jalen Hurts.


2. Florida State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Ole Miss 45-34

Last Week: 2

Week 2 Opponent: Charleston Southern


Redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois and senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker were instrumental in the second-half rally to beat the Rebels.


3. Ohio State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Bowling Green 77-10

Last Week: 3

Week 2 Opponent: Tulsa


The Buckeyes have a wealth of promising playmakers, and J.T. Barrett looks a lot like the quarterback that accounted for 45 touchdowns in 2014.


4. Clemson (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Auburn 19-13

Last Week: 4

Week 2 Opponent: Troy


Auburn’s defense gave Clemson’s offense all it could handle. Tigers’ offense should bounce back against Troy this Saturday.


5. Michigan (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Hawaii 63-3

Last Week: 5

Week 2 Opponent: UCF


Easy win over Hawaii showcased Michigan’s dominant defense, while quarterback Wilton Speight (10 of 13) was steady in his debut.


6. Houston (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Oklahoma 33-23

Last Week: 15

Week 2 Opponent: Lamar


It’s a long ways off, but Houston’s win over Oklahoma certainly helps the playoff hopes of Tom Herman’s team.


7. Washington (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Rutgers 48-13

Last Week: 11

Week 2 Opponent: Idaho


Washington needed more from its passing game to win the Pac-12 this year. After one game, quarterback Jake Browning (287 yards against Rutgers) looks ready for a breakout year.


8. Stanford (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Kansas State 26-13

Last Week: 12

Week 2 Opponent: Bye Week


Christian McCaffrey was impressive once again, and quarterback Ryan Burns was steady in his first start in Friday’s win over Kansas State.


9. Texas (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Notre Dame 50-47

Last Week: 43

Week 2 Opponent: UTEP


New coordinator Sterlin Gilbert – along with the combination of Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes at quarterback – is the right mix for Texas’ offense.


10. Wisconsin (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat LSU 16-14

Last Week: 33

Week 2 Opponent: Akron


Wisconsin’s win over LSU was one of Week 1’s biggest surprises.


11. Notre Dame (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Texas 50-47

Last Week: 8

Week 2 Opponent: Nevada


Loss at Texas hurts, but Fighting Irish can still climb into playoff contention with an 11-1 record.


12. Georgia (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat North Carolina 33-24

Last Week: 16

Week 2 Opponent: Nicholls


The Bulldogs looked like the SEC East’s best team in Week 1 in win over North Carolina.


13. Michigan State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Furman 28-13

Last Week: 13

Week 2 Opponent: Bye Week


Spartans sluggish in win over Furman, but a bigger test for coach Mark Dantonio’s team awaits on Sept. 17 at Notre Dame.


14. Tennessee (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Appalachian State 20-13

Last Week: 7

Week 2 Opponent: Virginia Tech (Bristol)


Volunteers escaped on Thursday night with an overtime victory over Appalachian State. Butch Jones’ team has to play better to beat Virginia Tech.


15. Ole Miss (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Florida State 45-34

Last Week: 10

Week 2 Opponent: Wofford


Rebels were impressive for a half but were unable to hold on against Florida State. Monday night’s game showed this team still has plenty of returning talent to absorb the offseason losses at receiver and on the defensive line.


16. Louisville (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Charlotte 70-14

Last Week: 18

Week 2 Opponent: at Syracuse (Friday)


Cardinals and quarterback Lamar Jackson were impressive in rout over Charlotte. The schedule gets a little tougher with a trip to Syracuse this Friday.


17. Texas A&M (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat UCLA 31-24

Last Week: 28

Week 2 Opponent: Prairie View


Aggies’ defense continues to improve under coordinator John Chavis, while the offense has the right fit at quarterback in Trevor Knight.


18. Oklahoma (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Houston 33-23

Last Week: 6

Week 2 Opponent: ULM


Week 2 opponent (ULM) allows the Sooners to sort out the issues on both sides of the ball before the showdown against Ohio State on Sept. 17.


19. Iowa (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Miami, Ohio 45-21

Last Week: 19

Week 2 Opponent: Iowa State


Hawkeyes averaged 7.3 yards per rush in easy win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.


20. LSU (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Wisconsin 16-14

Last Week: 9

Week 2 Opponent: Jacksonville State


Offseason tweaks and improvement on offense? Still waiting.


21. UCLA (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Texas A&M 31-24

Last Week: 14

Week 2 Opponent: UNLV


Late rally came up short for the Bruins in College Station. Jim Mora’s team is still Athlon’s pick to win the South Division.


22. TCU (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat South Dakota State 59-41

Last Week: 17

Week 2 Opponent: Arkansas


Horned Frogs will have to play a lot better than they did against South Dakota State to beat Arkansas this Saturday.


23. Florida (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat UMass 24-7

Last Week: 20

Week 2 Opponent: Kentucky


New quarterback Luke Del Rio was steady, but Gators still have some issues to iron out on offense.


24. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat Southeastern Louisiana 61-7

Last Week: 24

Week 2 Opponent: Central Michigan


Cowboys cruised over Southeastern Louisiana, but the jury is out on whether or not the ground attack (3.8 yards per rush) is improved.


25. Oregon (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Beat UC Davis 53-28

Last Week: 23

Week 2 Opponent: Virginia


Dakota Prukop (21 of 30 for 271 yards and three scores) was steady in his first start for the Ducks.

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