College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 3)

Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 3

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The third weekend of the 2019 season was headlined by road wins in conference play by Alabama and Clemson, Temple's upset over Maryland, BYU's overtime victory against USC, UCF's dominant win over Stanford and Arizona State's road upset at Michigan State. Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Georgia take the top four spots, with Ohio State at No. 5 and Oklahoma at No. 6 in the post-Week 3 top 25 rankings. With the third week of the 2019 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

 

College Football Top 25 Rankings

 

1. Alabama (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated South Carolina

 

Alabama’s passing game was sharp in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. But the Crimson Tide still have a few concerns up front and in pass coverage that need to be addressed.

 

2. Clemson (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Syracuse

 

Clemson quickly dispatched Syracuse’s upset bid with eight sacks on defense and 612 total yards on offense.

 

3. LSU (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Northwestern State

 

LSU’s defense allowed 14 points in the first half against Northwestern State but pitched a shutout over the final two quarters in a 65-14 victory. Quarterback Joe Burrow also chipped in 373 passing yards.

 

4. Georgia (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Arkansas State

 

The Bulldogs are ready for their primetime matchup against Notre Dame next Saturday.

 

5. Ohio State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Indiana

 

Justin Fields accumulated four total touchdowns in his first road start with the Buckeyes, while the defense held Indiana to just 3.8 yards per play and recorded 12 tackles for a loss.

 

6. Oklahoma (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated UCLA

 

Another game, another huge performance from quarterback Jalen Hurts.

 

7. Notre Dame (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated New Mexico

 

Ian Book had a sluggish debut against Louisville but torched New Mexico for 360 passing yards and six total touchdowns.

 

8. Texas (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Rice

 

Longhorns rebounded from last week’s loss to LSU with an easy 48-13 victory over Rice.

 

9. Utah (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Idaho State

 

Quarterback Tyler Huntley has completed 77.8 percent of his passes and tossed zero picks through Utah’s first three games.

 

10. Texas A&M (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Lamar

 

Jashaun Corbin’s season-ending injury was a setback for Texas A&M’s offense, but Isaiah Spiller has played well in limited action and rushed for over 100 yards against Lamar.

 

11. Florida (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Kentucky

 

Gators rally behind backup quarterback Kyle Trask to get revenge for last year’s loss to Kentucky. While Trask led the team to a win, redshirt freshman Emory Jones could also factor into the quarterback situation with Feleipe Franks out for the year.

 

12. Michigan (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Off

 

Michigan used its off week to prepare for a huge showdown next weekend at Wisconsin.

 

13. Penn State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Pitt

 

Penn State’s defense has allowed only 30 points through three games. The off week after a win over rival Pitt comes at a good time with Maryland, Purdue, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State up next.

 

14. Auburn (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Kent State

 

Auburn’s ground game has struggled at times, but finding running room against Kent State wasn’t a problem. The Tigers averaged 7.5 yards a carry and had three-100-yard rushers in the easy victory against the Golden Flashes in Week 3.

 

15. Oregon (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Portland State

 

Ducks begin a critical six-game stretch with a road trip to Stanford next week.

 

16. Wisconsin (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Off

 

Jonathan Taylor versus Michigan’s defense is easily one of the must-see matchups to watch next week.

 

17. Iowa (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Iowa State

 

The Cy-Hawk Trophy is headed back to Iowa City for the fifth consecutive year.

 

18. Boise State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Portland State

 

As expected, the Broncos cruised to an easy win over Portland State.

 

19. UCF (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Stanford

 

Stanford’s defense had no answers for UCF’s high-powered offense. The Knights averaged 7.4 yards per play, 15.8 yards a completion, converted 8 of 14 third-down attempts and scored on six of their first seven drives.

 

20. Virginia (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Florida State

 

Quarterback Bryce Perkins helped Virginia avoid an upset loss to Florida State by leading the offense on three consecutive scoring drives in the fourth quarter.

 

21. Oklahoma State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Tulsa

 

Running back Chuba Hubbard has rushed for more than 200 yards in two out of Oklahoma State’s first three games.

 

22. California (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated North Texas

 

Golden Bears managed only 278 yards against North Texas, but Justin Wilcox’s defense ensured Cal wouldn't lose in Week 3.

 

23. Washington (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Hawaii

 

Washington’s offense got back on track (7.9 yards a play) in Saturday’s win versus Hawaii.

 

24. Washington State (3-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Houston

 

All signs point to Anthony Gordon having a big season as Mike Leach’s next standout under center. The senior has connected on 78.7 percent of his throws and 12 touchdowns through the first three games of 2019.

 

25. BYU (2-1)

Week 3 Result: Defeated USC

 

The Cougars have seven wins over Power 5 teams since Kalani Sitake took over as head coach in 2016.

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