No. 1-128 College Football Rankings – Week 3



Campus Insiders’ 1-128 college football rankings heading into Week 3 of the season. As the college football season starts settling into a rhythm, here’s how all 128 teams grade out.


The second week of the 2016 season  is in the books. Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State held serve at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions in the rankings, respectively. Michigan jumped Clemson for the No. 4 spot, while the Tigers slid to No. 5 after a way-too-close-for-comfort win over Troy.

Despite missing star quarterback Greg Ward Jr., Houston rolled to a 42-0 victory over Lamar.

Baylor jumped two spots this week, from No. 10 to No. 8. Texas A&M surged from No. 17 to No. 9 after cruising to a 67-0 win over Prairie View A&M. And Texas climbed one spot to round out the top 10.

Below are the college football rankings for every FBS team heading into Week 3.

No. 1-128 College Football Rankings

128. Charlotte

127. New Mexico State

126. Hawaii

125. North Texas

124. San Jose State

123. Massachusetts

122. Old Dominion
121. Miami (OH)
120. Kent State

119. Eastern Michigan

118. Idaho

117. Akron

116. Texas-San Antonio

115. Georgia State

114. Buffalo

113. Ball State

112. Tulane
111. Louisiana-Monroe

110. Kansas

109. Iowa State – The Cyclones

108. Fresno State

107. Bowling Green

106. Rice

105. Florida Atlantic

104. Virginia

103. Ohio

102. FIU

101. Troy

100. Texas-El Paso

99. SMU

98. Central Florida

97. UNLV

96. New Mexico

95. Rutgers

94. Arkansas State

93. Purdue

92. Louisiana-Lafayette

91. Northwestern – The Wildcats dropped to 0-2 one year after winning 10 games, as Pat Fitzgerald and Co. suffered a 9-7 loss to Illinois State one week after falling to Western Michigan. The Northwestern offense struggled, as quarterback Clayton Thorson had a rough outing.

90. Nevada

89. Northern Illinois

88. Wyoming

87. Illinois

86. Colorado State
85. Texas State
84. Kentucky

83. Utah State
82. Syracuse

81. Tulsa

80. South Alabama

79. Oregon State

78. Temple
77. Connecticut

76. Memphis

75. Duke

74. NC State

73. Boston College

72. East Carolina

71. Army

70. Vanderbilt

69. Indiana

68. Maryland

67. Central Michigan

66. California

65. Louisiana Tech
64. Colorado

63. Missouri

62. Navy

61. Washington State

60. Cincinnati – The Bearcats had a productive day on offense behind quarterback Hayden Moore, who passed for 250 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Purdue. Moore added 58 yards and two more scores on the ground, as UC rushed for 262 yards as a team.

59. South Carolina

58. Georgia Southern

57. Wake Forest

56. Mississippi State

55. Air Force

54. Georgia Tech

53. Toledo

52. Middle Tennessee

51. Virginia Tech

50. Western Kentucky

49. Minnesota

48. Arizona

47. Texas Tech

46. Penn State

45. Arizona State

44. West Virginia

43. Appalachian State
42. Pittsburgh

41. BYU

40. Auburn

39. Western Michigan

38. Kansas State

37. Oklahoma State

36. South Florida

35. Marshall

34. Utah

33. Southern Miss

32. San Diego State

31. USC – The Trojans bounced back from their disastrous season opener against Alabama by defeating Utah State 45-7. Max Browne and Sam Darnold passed for two touchdowns apiece.

30. Nebraska

29. Oregon

28. Oklahoma

27. TCU

26. UCLA

25. Arkansas

24. Miami (FL)

23. LSU
22. Boise State
21. North Carolina

20. Florida

19. Ole Miss

18. Notre Dame

17. Iowa

16. Wisconsin

15. Washington

14. Michigan State

13. Tennessee

12. Georgia

11. Louisville

10. Texas – The Longhorns survived a rough first half and eventually pulled away from UTEP. Charlie Strong’s squad is dealing with several injuries along the offensive line, so that could be an issue moving forward.

9. Texas A&M – The Aggies rolled to a 67-0 win over Prairie View A&M, as Trevor Knight threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and ran in another score.

8. Baylor – The Bears struggled early against SMU, but they eventually recorded a 40-13 win after being tied at 6 at the break. Orion Stewart had two interceptions for Jim Grobe’s squad.

7. Houston – No Greg Ward Jr.? No problem, as the Cougars shut out Lamar 42-0 in a game that was delayed for over three hours due to lightning. Backup quarterback Kyle Postma gained a career-high 106 yards on the ground and rushed for two scores.

6. Stanford – The Cardinal had the week off, so David Shaw’s squad has some extra time to prepare for a home game against USC.

5. Clemson – Are the Tigers experiencing a College Football Playoff hangover? A week after looking anything but sharp against Auburn, Dabo Swinney’s squad barely beat Troy, eeking out a 30-24 win.

4. Michigan – Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines took a 31-0 lead 19 minutes into the game, as Wilton Speight had another impressive effort at quarterback.

3. Ohio State – The Buckeyes’ defense scored two touchdowns, as the unit helped carry the team through a sloppy first half of play in a win over Tulsa. OSU had six takeaways on the day.

2. Florida State – The Seminoles rolled past a Charleston Southern squad that was missing several players due to a recent NCAA violation. FSU led 35-0 by the second quarter and was able to empty its bench.

1. Alabama – The Crimson Tide did not look past Western Kentucky, as Jalen Hurts completed 23 of 36 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-10 win. Next up is Ole Miss, which has beaten ‘Bama two straight years.

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