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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