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2019 NCAAF Power Rankings – Week 3

Clemson Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies - NCAAF Logo

Two weeks into the NCAAF regular season, the top two teams heading into the year remain at the top of the charts. Barring massive upsets somewhere along the way, Clemson and Alabama appear destined to make it to the College Football Playoffs yet again.

Behind those two powerhouse programs, the race for the final two spots looks like it’s going to be pretty crowded. As it stands right now, it would be two out of Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, and Ohio State, but a lot can change between now and the end of the year.

Beyond the Top Six, it looks like there’s going to be a lot of jockeying for position. Several programs look like they could evolve into legitimate contenders this season, while other big time schools appear to have some things to sort out to remain in the chase.

Each week, we’ll gain an even better perspective on things. Heading into Week 3, here’s how we see the pecking order for the Top 25 teams in the land and don’t forget to check our NCAAF Picks for this week.

Clemson Tigers Logo1. Clemson Tigers

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 1
  • Standings: 1-ACC Coastal

The Tigers played host to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Aggies put up a fight, but Clemson proved to be too much as they walked away with a 24-10 home win. That came on the heels of the team thrashing Georgia Tech at home in the opener. A trip to Syracuse is on tap for Saturday night. It doesn’t look like there will be many tough tests for Clemson this year.

Alabama Crimson Tide Logo2. Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 2
  • Standings: 1-SEC West

The Crimson Tide have smoked their two opponents by a score of 104-13 thus far. Tua Tagovailoa and the offense are off to an excellent start thus far. The Heisman favorite has eight total TDs already. Jerry Jeudy found the end zone three times in Saturday’s home win over New Mexico State. Alabama heads to South Carolina this week for a Saturday afternoon tilt.

Georgia Bulldogs Logo3. Georgia Bulldogs, 1-0

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 3
  • Standings: 1-SEC East

The Bulldogs have easily handled business with their first two opponents. A 30-6 road victory over Vanderbilt was followed by a 63-17 home win over Murray State on Saturday. Another blowout should be up next as Arkansas State is coming to town, but Georgia has a date with Notre Dame after that.

LSU Tigers Logo4. LSU Tigers

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 4
  • Standings: 2-SEC West

It’s still very early, but LSU has been extremely impressive during its 2-0 start. After smacking Georgia Southern around on the road by a score of 55-3, the club went to Texas and pulled out a 45-38 victory over the Longhorns. Starter Joe Burrow has been stellar with nine TD passes versus just one pick.

Oklahoma Sooners Logo5. Oklahoma Sooners

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 5
  • Standings: 1-B12

The starting signal caller may change, but the Sooners keep cranking out points at an amazing rate. Through two games, Oklahoma has put 119 points on the board while allowing 45. Jalen Hurts has firmly inserted himself into the Heisman conversation with nine total TDs thus far.

Ohio State Buckeyes Logo6. Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 6
  • Standings: 1-B10 East

The Buckeyes are breaking in a new starter as well, but the team isn’t missing a beat. Justin Fields has completed 80 percent of his passes, thrown for six TDs, and run in another three. Ohio State dominated visiting Cincinnati on Saturday to the tune of 42-0.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Logo7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Record: 1-0
  • AP Rank: 7
  • Standings: Independent

The Fighting Irish opened up their year on the road in Week 1 with a 35-17 victory over Louisville. The game was tight for a half, but Notre Dame was able to control it for the rest of the way. The team was off this past weekend, but they’ll be home to take on New Mexico on Saturday.

Florida Gators Logo8. Florida Gators

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 9
  • Standings: 2-SEC East

The Gators pounded visiting UT Martin on Saturday behind an excellent day from starter Feleipe Franks, who completed 92.6 percent of his passes and threw for two scores. The team had a tougher time in its opener versus Miami, escaping with a 24-20 win. Next up is a road date with Kentucky.

Auburn Tigers Logo9. Auburn Tigers

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 8
  • Standings: 2-SEC West

After coming from behind to stun Oregon in a season-opening neutral site affair, the Tigers opened up their home season this weekend. The club handled business versus Tulane, walking away with a 24-6 win. This week, the team welcomes Kent State to town for an evening game.

Michigan Wolverines Logo10. Michigan Wolverines

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 10
  • Standings: 1-B10 East

The Wolverines needed two overtimes to escape with a 24-21 victory over visiting Army on Saturday. The team’s defense did its job, but the offense continues to look out of sync. Michigan has this week off before a big showdown with Wisconsin the following week.

Wisconsin Badgers Logo11. Wisconsin Badgers

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 14
  • Standings: 2-B10 West

The Badgers also get this week off before welcoming Michigan to town on September 21. The team has been absolutely dominant thus far, winning both of its games by a combined 110-0. Jonathan Taylor is off to a ridiculous start with eight total TDs and an average of 6.8 yards per carry.

Utah Utes Logo12. Utah Utes

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 11
  • Standings: 2-P12 South

After a season-opening 18-point road win over BYU, the Utes picked up an 18-point home win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. The team has a great shot at 3-0 with Idaho State up next, but conference play begins the following week. Utah will face ranked USC and Washington State in successive weeks.

Penn State Nittany Lions Logo13. Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 13
  • Standings: 1-B10 East

The Nittany Lions have obliterated their first two opponents by a combined score of 124-20. Pitt comes to town this week, followed by the opening of Big Ten play the week after. As it stands right now, Penn State will have stretch in which they face four Top 25 squads over five weeks.

Texas Longhorns Logo14. Texas Longhorns

  • Record: 1-1
  • AP Rank: 12
  • Standings: 3-B12

The Longhorns weren’t steamrolled by LSU at all on Saturday, but the bottom line is that they dropped a game at home to another ranked squad. The team faces off with Rice this week before a stretch in which they face some stiff tests. Texas should be a factor in how the Big 12 plays out.

Texas A&M Aggies Logo15. Texas A&M Aggies

  • Record: 1-1
  • AP Rank: 16
  • Standings: 2-SEC West

The Aggies are on the right track, but there still remains a gap between them and the nation’s elite programs. Saturday’s loss to Clemson illustrates that. While Texas A&M didn’t get hammered, they also couldn’t break through. The club welcomes Lamar to town this week in a get back on track game.

Oregon Ducks Logo16. Oregon Ducks

  • Record: 1-1
  • AP Rank: 15
  • Standings: 2-P12 North

The Ducks took the frustration of the devastating loss to Auburn out on visiting Nevada this weekend. When the final whistle blew, Oregon walked off the field with a 77-6 win. Montana comes to town on Saturday with Pac-12 play kicking off the following week with a road date at Stanford.

UCF Knights Logo17. UCF Knights

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 17
  • Standings: 1-AAC East

The Knights have not been challenged in their two victories to open the year. The team has smoked its opponents by a combined 110-14. The competition is tougher the next two weeks. Stanford visits on Saturday, followed by a road trip to Pittsburgh the week after.

Iowa Hawkeyes Logo18. Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 19
  • Standings: 1-B10 West

A 30-0 home victory over Rutgers gave Iowa a 2-0 start to the year. The sledding will be much tougher this week as the team travels to take on Iowa State. After that, it’s a home tilt with Middle Tennessee before Big Ten play begins in the first week of October.

Michigan State Spartans Logo19. Michigan State Spartans

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 18
  • Standings: 1-B10 East

The Spartans defense remains solid through two wins, and the offense came to life this past Saturday in a 51-17 home win over Western Michigan. Brian Lewerke threw for 314 yards, three scores and a pick in the victory. The team is home for a late afternoon tilt with Arizona State this week.

Washington State Cougars Logo20. Washington State Cougars

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 20
  • Standings: 2-P12 North

The offense of the Cougars is off to a fantastic start. Anthony Giordon has thrown for nine scores versus one pick as the team has opened up at 2-0 with a combined margin of victory of 117-24. The team is on the road on Friday night for a date with Houston.

Maryland Terrapins Logo21. Maryland Terrapins

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 21
  • Standings: 1-B10 East

Maryland has also shellacked its first two opponents by a combined total of 142-20. Week 1 was a home waltz over Howard, but this past Saturday was an impressive 63-20 victory over visiting Syracuse. The team will be on the road this week for a noon kickoff versus Temple.

Boise State Broncos Logo22. Boise State Broncos

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 22
  • Standings: 1-MW Mountain

The Broncos have won a pair of tough decisions to open up at 2-0. In the season opener, they were on the road for a come from behind 36-31 win over Florida State. Over the weekend, it was a 14-7 home decision over Marshall. Next up is a home date with Portland State.

USC Trojans Logo23. USC Trojans

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: 24
  • Standings: 1-P12 South

The Trojans may have lost starter JT Daniles to injury, but Kedon Slovis has stepped right up and answered the bell. He threw for 377 yards and three TDs in a 45-20 home win over Stanford on Saturday. The team hits the road to take on BYU this week.

Oklahoma State Cowboys Logo24. Oklahoma State Cowboys

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: NA
  • Standings: 1-B12

Pollsters continue to look past Oklahoma State, but that won’t continue if the team keeps playing as well as it has. Through two weeks, Oklahoma State has outscored opponents 108-50. The offense is clicking behind signal caller Spencer Sanders as the team gets set to travel to Tulsa.

Mississippi State Bulldogs Logo25. Mississippi State Bulldogs

  • Record: 2-0
  • AP Rank: NA
  • Standings: 2-SEC West

The Bulldogs have a pair of double-digit wins behind them. Starter Tommy Stevens went down to injury on Saturday, but the team was still able to pick up a 38-15 home win over Southern Mississippi. They’ll be home again this week as they get set to welcome Kansas State.

NCAAF Teams knocking on the Door

  • Washington Huskies
  • Virginia Cavaliers
  • Iowa State Cyclones
  • California Golden Bears
  • North Carolina Tar Heels

Washington was home on Saturday night for a visit from Cal. The game was impacted by weather with the Bears walking away with a 20-19 win. The Huskies are now 1-1, while the other four squads check in at 2-0.

Iowa State can make a big move this week with a victory as they get set to welcome Iowa on Saturday. The Tar Heels have been a big surprise thus far. We’ll see if they can keep the momentum going for Friday night’s road date with Wake Forest.

Virginia can make another statement with a home date versus Florida State on tap. Washington welcomes Hawaii to town this week, while Cal will be home to take on North Texas.

Chris Feery / author

Chris has been covering sports professionally since 2014. Initially focused on the NFL and College Football, he has branched out to cover all of the other major team sports such as MLB, NHL, NBA, and College Basketball. Chris also has extensive experience in the world of fantasy sports. His work has been recognized on two separate occasions by the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association. From parlays to power rankings and previews to picks, Chris prides himself on delivering exceptional content with actionable information.

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