The Associated Press has dropped its rankings in the AP Top 25 poll for Week 3 of the college football season. Entering the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, and Georgia Bulldogs held the top three spots in the nation. All of those teams delivered on opening weekend, while two top ten teams — the Washington Huskies and Miami Hurricanes — faltered to Auburn and LSU, respectively.
This week, the Alabama Crimson Tide strengthened their hold on the No. 1 ranking while also setting two AP Top 25 records — most wins as the No. 1 team with 76 and most No. 1 rankings with 106.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming weekend in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 3 can be seen below.
AP Top 25 College Football Poll — Week 3
- Alabama (54)
- Clemson (6)
- Ohio State
- Wisconsin (1)
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- Virginia Tech
- West Virginia
- Mississippi State
- Boise State
- Arizona State
- Oklahoma State
- Michigan State
Others receiving votes: Utah 92, Texas A&M 90, Boston College 45, Houston 32, Maryland 30, Colorado 25, Iowa 23, Kentucky 19, Duke 10, NC State 9, Mississippi 5, Hawaii 5, Washington St. 4, South Florida 3, South Carolina 2, Florida St. 1.
The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.
Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.