With Week 3 now in the books, it’s time to release our staff rankings that now factor in the weekend that was in college football.
Each of the seven members of the NDT staff (Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Roger Dixon, Scott Bischoff, Jon Ledyard, Benjamin Solak and Jonah Tuls) submitted their individual top-15 rankings that factored into the composite list by averaging them together.
With only 3 team’s shifting more than one spot, this week held serve closely to how we stacked them up last week which is expected since we’ve learned more about these teams. This week does welcome two new additions to the poll which in turn means two dropped out. We also have a new team that enters the coveted top four.
*Last weeks rank in parenthesis
- Alabama 3-0 (1) – No change at the top with Alabama taking care of Colorado State like they should.
- Clemson 3-0 (3) – A convincing road win against Louisville puts the Tiger’s at the No. 2 slot behind Bama.
- Oklahoma 3-0 (2) – The Sooners were tied with Tulsa after the 1st quarter but Oklahoma went on to handle its business with a 56-14 win.
- Penn State 3-0 (5) – Welcome to the top 4, PSU! A close win for USC over Texas vaults the Nittany Lions who recorded its second shutout of the season on Saturday.
- Southern Cal 3-0 (4) – The Trojans are undefeated but they haven’t been dominant. Perhaps their close wins will prove helpful down the stretch but sneaking by Texas and Western Michigan puts USC on the outside looking in of our playoff picture.
- Oklahoma State 3-0 (7) – The Cowboy’s looked like they were playing against air on Saturday against Pitt. Lead by Mason Rudolph, the Pokes offense is among the best in the nation if not the best.
- Washington 3-0 (6) – The Huskies has rolled through a cupcake schedule but they are convincingly taking care of business. A road test against Colorado awaits them this week.
- Michigan 3-0 (9) – The Wolverines pulled away in the fourth quarter against Air Force and enter Big Ten play with an undefeated record. An improved Purdue squad plays host to Michigan on Saturday.
- Ohio State 2-1 (8) – The top ranked one-loss team in our poll, Ohio State handled Army on Saturday. The Buckeyes need to continue that trend and put the Oklahoma loss in the rear view mirror.
- Wisconsin 3-0 (10) – Three up, three down for the Badgers to start the season heading into Big Ten play this week. The West Division appears to be Wisconsin’s to lose.
- Georgia 3-0 (11) – The Bulldogs combination of stout defense and a dynamic rushing attack is a winning formula but we’ll learn more on Saturday when Georgia hosts Mississippi State.
- Florida State 0-1 (12) – After two weeks off on account of Hurricane Irma, the Seminoles get their first chance to avenge its Week 1 loss to Alabama when the host NC State on Saturday.
- Miami 1-0 (15) – Our staff is buying into some of the hype surrounding the Hurricanes but unfortunately they haven’t played since week one. Toledo awaits them on Saturday.
- Virginia Tech 3-0 (NR) – A week one win over West Virginia followed by dominant victories over Delaware and East Carolina lands the Hokies in our poll for the first time.
- Mississippi State 3-0 (NR) The Bulldogs grabbed everyone’s attention with a 37-7 win over LSU on Saturday. Road contests at Georgia followed by Auburn will tell us what we need to know about MSU’s staying power.
Others receiving votes: TCU, Louisville, Auburn, Oregon