TSS Top 25 Poll After Week 3

At the conclusion of each week’s games, the staff at the Student Section will team with writers from other Bloguin sites to publish a Top 25 poll. Here’s what our poll looks like after an action-packed week three.

Rank Team Points
1 Ohio State (6) 192
2 Mississippi (2) 185
3 Michigan State 183
4 TCU 165
5 Notre Dame 154
6 Baylor 136
7 UCLA 132
8 Florida State 129
9 Georgia 125
10 LSU 123
11 Texas A&M 120
12 Clemson 101
13 Alabama 100
14 Oklahoma 93
15 Northwestern 79
16 Oregon 73
17 Utah 66
18 Arizona 51
19 Georgia Tech 42
20 Wisconsin 37
21 Toledo 34
22 Houston 29
Tie Missouri 29
24 USC 28
25 Oklahoma State 26
Others receiving votes: Brigham Young 22, West Virginia 21, Miami (FL) 19, Stanford 18, Texas Tech 17, Temple 16, Iowa 15, Florida 12, Arizona State 8, California 6, Kansas State 4, Mississippi State 3, Memphis 3, Boise State 3, Auburn 1
Voters: Bart Doan, Terry Johnson, Kevin Causey, Ryan Palencer, Joe Dexter, Scott King, Andy Coppens, Allen Kenney

Notes and Observations

  • Although Managing Editor Matt Zemek will vote in the poll, he will not cast a ballot until November.
  • For the second straight week, Ohio State was not the unanimous choice at No. 1. Based on its impressive victory over Alabama, Mississippi captured two first place votes.
  • Our voters were impressed with LSU’s throttling of Auburn, elevating the Bayou Bengals five spots into the top 10.
  • Surprisingly, Baylor jumped from 18 to 6. That certainly speaks volumes about the Bears’ strength of schedule since they get more votes when they don’t play rather than when they do.
  • Toledo made the biggest move among unranked teams, debuting at No. 21 after beating Iowa State in double OT.
  • Wisconsin and Oklahoma State re-entered the poll at No. 20 and No. 25, respectively.
  • The most polarizing team this week is Georgia. While a couple of voters listed the Dawgs in the top six, a few others have them outside of the top 15. That’ll likely remain the case until UGA hosts Alabama in week five.
  • USC suffered the steepest drop this week, falling 19 spots to No. 24 after losing to Stanford. This loss might not look so bad in the future, as the Cardinal are on the verge of breaking back into the rankings.

About Terry P. Johnson

Terry Johnson is the Associate Editor for The Student Section. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation.