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New Week Three Top 25 Polls Released

Week three of college football is over, and so it appears are the Big Ten's chances of getting a team in the College Football Playoff. The Associated Press and coaches filled out their ballots for their Top 25 teams in the nation this morning; who's number one?

The Oregon Duck has plenty of reasons to be celebrating
The Oregon Duck has plenty of reasons to be celebrating
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Remember last week when I said that the Big Ten didn't exactly have a banner showing? Well it only got worse for them after another disappointing Saturday in Week Three. Only Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, and Penn State actually won, and it's not shocking that several teams dropped in this weeks' polls. Four other ranked teams lost this weekend (Georgia, USC, Virginia Tech, and Louisville), so there was certainly some shaking-up compared to Week Two's rankings. And though these polls are often subject to much debate and controversy, they're an interesting thing to keep track of throughout the college football season, especially now that we've got the College Football Playoff to look forward to. The human element will be felt more than ever this postseason, as a panel of "esteemed football experts" will be the ones choosing the final four teams, humans much like those that fill out these weekly Top 25 polls. Here's how they shook out after a dismal week three of the Big Ten college football season went final:

AP Top 25

Team

Pts (Votes Received for #1)
1. Florida State 1,466 (37)
2. Oregon 1,424 (17)
3. Alabama 1,346 (1)
4. Oklahoma 1,325 (2)
5. Auburn 1,252
6. Texas A&M 1,195 (3)
7. Baylor 1,134
8. LSU 1,114
9. Notre Dame 917
10. Ole Miss 840
11. Michigan State 832
12. UCLA 807
13. Georgia 729
14. South Carolina 718
15. Arizona State 680
16. Stanford 560
17. USC 459
18. Missouri 446
19. Wisconsin 414
20. Kansas State 326
21. BYU 246
22. Clemson 209
23. Ohio State 204
24. Nebraska 172
25. Oklahoma State 126
Others receiving votes: North Carolina (82), Duke (55), Mississippi State (55), Virginia Tech (54), Penn State (51)

Coaches Top 25

Team

Pts (Votes Received for #1)
1. Florida State 1,502 (50)
2. Alabama 1,408 (1)
3. Oregon 1,399 (6)
4. Oklahoma 1,390 (4)
5. Auburn 1,297
6. Baylor 1,179
7. Texas A&M 1,159
8. LSU 1,107
9. Notre Dame 966
10. UCLA 861
11. Michigan State 776
12. Ole Miss 769
13. Arizona State 732
14. Georgia 693
15. Stanford 561
16. South Carolina 529
17. Wisconsin 436
18. Ohio State 402
19. Missouri 382
20. Kansas State 381
21. USC 338
22. Nebraska 325
23. BYU 222
24. Clemson 207
25. North Carolina 128
Others receiving votes: Duke (100), Mississippi State (92), Oklahoma State (83), Florida (72), TCU (50)

Quick Thoughts

Again, I don't like to get too wrapped up over these polls, but we're headed towards the conference season and a couple of things jump out at me:

  • Michigan State moved up three spots and Wisconsin moved up one spot in the Coaches Poll despite not playing this weekend. Wisconsin dropped a spot in the AP Poll.
  • Georgia is ranked ahead of South Carolina in both polls despite losing to them on the road.
  • Ohio State dropped several spots in the AP Poll despite winning 66-0.
  • Ole Miss is the #10 team in the country? Wow. Where did they come from?
  • Though they are not ranked in either poll this week, Penn State is now eligible to be a Top 25 team because their sanctions have been lifted by the NCAA. They beat Rutgers in a thriller this week, 13-10.