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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 2020 season was headlined by Miami's big road win at Louisville, Oklahoma State's comeback over Tulsa, UCF's victory at Georgia Tech and Louisiana's rally in overtime to beat Georgia State. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma take the top four spots, with Florida at No. 5 and Georgia at No. 6 in the post-Week 3 top 25 rankings. With the third week of the 2020 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

 

College Football Top 25 Rankings

1. Clemson (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated The Citadel

 

As expected, the Tigers cruised to an easy victory over The Citadel.

 

2. Alabama (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Crimson Tide kick off their 2020 season at Missouri next Saturday

 

3. Ohio State (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Buckeyes are slated to return to the field on Oct. 24 against Nebraska.

 

4. Oklahoma (1-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Sooners were off in Week 3. Coach Lincoln Riley’s team is set to open Big 12 play on Sept. 26 versus Kansas State.

 

5. Florida (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Gators open their 2020 season at Ole Miss next Saturday.

 

6, Georgia (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Bulldogs begin defense of their SEC East title at Arkansas next Saturday.

 

7. Penn State (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Nittany Lions open the 2020 season at Indiana on Oct. 24.

 

8. LSU (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The college football world gets its first look at LSU’s revamped starting lineup in the opener against Mississippi State next Saturday.

 

9. Notre Dame (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated USF

 

The Fighting Irish beat USF 52-0 thanks to a suffocating defensive effort (allowed 3.7 yards per play), while quarterback Ian Book chipped in three rushing scores.

 

10. Texas A&M (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Keep an eye on the Texas A&M receiving corps early in the year after attrition and injuries took a toll on this group this offseason.

 

11. Wisconsin (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Badgers host Illinois on Oct. 24 to begin their 2020 schedule.

 

12. Texas (1-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Longhorns open Big 12 play with a matchup versus Texas Tech next Saturday.

 

13. Miami (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Louisville

 

D’Eriq King threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns and helped Miami’s offense average 8.1 yards per snap en route to a 47-34 win over Louisville.

 

14. UCF (1-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech

 

Quarterback Dillon Gabriel picked up where he left off in 2019 (417 passing yards and four TDs) in a 49-21 victory over Georgia Tech.

 

15. Auburn (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Bo Nix and the revamped offensive line will be under the spotlight against Kentucky on Sept. 26.

 

16. Cincinnati (1-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Austin Peay

 

Gerrid Doaks’ four touchdowns led the way in Cincinnati’s easy 55-20 win over Austin Peay.

 

17. North Carolina (1-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Tar Heels were slated to play Charlotte on Sept. 19, but the game was cancelled due to COVID concerns with the 49ers. North Carolina returns to action on Oct. 3 against Boston College.

 

18. Michigan (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Dylan McCaffrey’s decision to transfer leaves the starting quarterback job to Joe Milton.

 

19. Minnesota (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Getting Rashod Bateman back at receiver would be a huge boost for Minnesota in 2020.

 

20. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Tulsa

 

Wasn’t pretty, but the Cowboys held off upset-minded Tulsa for a 16-7 win. Will quarterback Spencer Sanders return in time to play next week?

 

21. Louisiana (2-0)

Week 3 Result: Defeated Georgia State

 

Elijah Mitchell’s touchdown run in overtime helps Ragin’ Cajuns avoid letdown loss at Georgia State.

 

22. Virginia Tech (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

The Hokies are slated to open the 2020 season against NC State next Saturday.

 

23. Tennessee (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Can the Volunteers get more consistency out of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano this fall?

 

24. Memphis (1-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Due to COVID-19, the Sept. 25 game scheduled at UTSA was cancelled. The Tigers will make up the lost contest against Stephen F. Austin later in the season.

 

25. Kentucky (0-0)

Week 3 Result: No Game

 

Kentucky’s road trip to Auburn is arguably the most intriguing matchup for the first weekend of games in the SEC.

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