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College Football Poll Watch: Voters Propping Up Oklahoma, Miami Keeps Climbing

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After another crazy weekend of college football, we knew there would be some shakeup in the AP Top 25 Poll. Louisville rocketed to No. 3, and deservedly so. The Cardinals' blowout win over Florida State was nothing short of impressive, boosting the Cardinals into the national title conversation and quarterback Lamar Jackson to the front of the Heisman race.

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Additionally, we saw Michigan State and Texas A&M get well-deserved bumps in the rankings on the backs of quality road wins.

There were three schools, however, who either rose or remained in the Top 25 without much rhyme or reason. They are the subjects of this week's College Football Poll Watch.

Can we put a fork in Oklahoma?

Yes, both Sooner losses came to teams currently in the top 10. As we peel back the layers, however, one of those teams only broke into the top 10 on the back of its win over Oklahoma. The other team just beat the Sooners by 21 points in Norman. Those two losses have not only essentially eliminated the Sooners from College Football Playoff contention, but their double-digit nature has made it difficult to justify keeping the Sooners ranked this early in the season. Don't look now, but after a week off, Oklahoma will travel to TCU and prepare for the Red River Showdown with Texas in back-to-back weeks. Things could be about to get uglier in Norman than they've been in quite some time.

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Miami inexplicably keeps climbing

Will someone please hit me up on Twitter and explain to me how the Miami Hurricanes have climbed from being unranked to No. 15 just three weeks into the season? Sure, the way they beat Appalachian State on the road was impressive, but if you really peel back the layers, Miami's body of work is anything but. Mark Richt's team is now 3-0 with none of those coming against a Power Five school. One of the three victories came against one of the absolute worst FCS teams in the country. The combined record of their opponents so far in 2016 is 2-7. That's what it takes to be the No. 15 team in the country? Nebraska is 3-0 with blowout wins over two Mountain West opponents and a win over what was then a ranked Oregon. The Cornhuskers currently sit five spots below the Hurricanes in the poll.

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College Football Top 25: Miami

Lie of the Tiger

Has their been a more unimpressive 2-1 team in the Power Five ranks so far than LSU? After laying an egg against Wisconsin in Week 1, Les Miles' Tigers stumbled through a sloppy win at home against FCS foe Jacksonville State. They followed that up this past weekend with a squeaker at home over Mississippi State — arguably the worst team in the SEC West. Despite that, the voters felt it necessary to collectively boost LSU two spots in the polls. There are currently three unbeaten Power Five teams between LSU and the group of "others receiving votes" - Florida, Nebraska and Utah.

College Football Top 25: LSU

Strange Notre Dame-Texas Math

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After losing its second game of the young season, Notre Dame is now gone from the Top 25. If the Irish are no longer deemed fit for inclusion, then I question what it is that is keeping the Texas ranked. The Longhorns jumped up into the the Top 25 last week on the back of the win over the Irish. They then lose to Cal this past weekend and are still hanging around, even though Cal now has the same record (it's lone loss coming against No. 22 San Diego State) and yet remains unranked.

Come back every week as I take a closer look at some questionable outcomes in the polls.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.