Week 2 may not have provided as much craziness as the opening weekend, but an interesting slate of games was on the docket nonetheless. Georgia won big on the road at South Carolina. Clemson came down to the wire in Aggie Land. Arizona State took down Sparty in the desert, and Stanford won the rivalry game with USC. Below are our Week 3 power rankings.

Rank: Team (Previous)

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide (2)
No. 2: Clemson Tigers (1)
No. 3: Georgia Bulldogs (4)
No. 4: Ohio State Buckeyes (3)
No. 5: Oklahoma Sooners (7)

No. 6: Auburn Tigers (6)
No. 7: Wisconsin Badgers (8)
No. 8: Stanford Cardinal (10)
No. 9: Penn State Nittany Lions (9)
No. 10: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5)

No. 11: LSU Tigers (12)
No. 12: Washington Huskies (11)
No. 13: West Virginia Mountaineers (14)
No. 14: Virginia Tech Hokies (13)
No. 15: Mississippi State Bulldogs (18)

No. 16: Michigan Wolverines (16)
No. 17: TCU Horned Frogs (19)
No. 18: Boise State Broncos (21)
No. 19: UCF Golden Knights (22)
No. 20: Colorado Buffaloes (NR)

No. 21: Arizona State Sun Devils (NR)
No. 22: Miami Hurricanes (17)
No. 23: Houston Cougars (NR)
No. 24: Duke Blue Devils (NR)
No. 25: Texas A&M Aggies (NR)

Dropped out: Michigan State (15), USC (20), South Carolina (23), Northwestern (24), Oregon (25).

Top contenders

With the Tide settling in with a “permanent” quarterback, their dominance is unquestioned. I moved them ahead of Clemson because the Tigers offense has looked shaky and undecisive at times. The win on the road against Texas A&M is impressive, however the Tide appear to be the better team at the moment.

A blowout win over South Carolina moves the Dawgs ahead of Ohio State. The Buckeyes have the chance to top that win this coming weekend on the road against TCU.

Oklahoma has not seemed to miss a beat since losing Heisman quarterback Baker Mayfield to the Browns. FAU and a less than mediocre UCLA play a part in this, but the Sooners are in the thick of the College Football Playoff race.

Notre Dame’s performance against Ball State was abysmal, so they were docked for it. Stanford had an impressive win against rival USC.

Dark horses

The next five stay fairly constant, with a jump from Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were solid in their road game against Kansas State, and they benefit in the rankings from a Michigan State loss.

Boise State has a very real potential to go undefeated. With their name recognition, it could be enough to push them closer to the CFP talk than UCF ever was. Not to mention, the Broncos play Oklahoma State this Saturday. Speaking of Oklahoma State, conference foe TCU surely will jump into the top 15 if they can pull off the upset of Ohio State.

Colorado started the season with two of their most hated rivals: Colorado State and Nebraska. The Buffs blew out Colorado State and handled the Huskers on the road.

Arizona State, Houston and Duke all had huge wins this weekend over Michigan State, Arizona and Northwestern respectively. The Blue Devils take the Wildcats’ place in the standings, while Texas A&M makes an appearance after looking great against Clemson.

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My name is Collin Ginnan and I am majoring in Journalism and Spanish at The Ohio State University. I grew up playing baseball year-round from t-ball through high school and am a diehard Cincinnati Reds fan. Coming from a family of Buckeyes, I was raised living and breathing Ohio State football. To the best of my memory, I have not missed a single game to date. Ohio State vs. Penn State during Homecoming? That’s what the Watch ESPN app is for. Besides the Buckeyes and Reds, I follow the Blue Jackets, Browns, Cavaliers, FC Cincinnati, and Liverpool FC.
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My name is Collin Ginnan and I am majoring in Journalism and Spanish at The Ohio State University. I grew up playing baseball year-round from t-ball through high school and am a diehard Cincinnati Reds fan. Coming from a family of Buckeyes, I was raised living and breathing Ohio State football. To the best of my memory, I have not missed a single game to date. Ohio State vs. Penn State during Homecoming? That’s what the Watch ESPN app is for. Besides the Buckeyes and Reds, I follow the Blue Jackets, Browns, Cavaliers, FC Cincinnati, and Liverpool FC.

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