College football rankings: Week 3, 2018

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 3 have been released. Alabama remains the top-ranked team, while Oklahoma State and Arizona State made the biggest jumps in both polls.

Oklahoma State, which defeated South Alabama 55-13, moved into the AP Poll at No. 24 and moved up four spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 19. Arizona State upset Michigan State 16-13, vaulting the Sun Devils into the AP Poll at No. 23 and into the Coaches Poll at No. 25.

The top nine teams are the same in both Week 3 polls: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Auburn, Notre Dame, and Stanford.

In the FCS Coaches Poll, North Dakota State remained in first place. The Bison are followed by James Madison, South Dakota State, Sam Houston State, and Eastern Washington.

Below are the full AP, FBS Coaches, and FCS Coaches polls for Week 3 of the 2018 season:

AP Poll – Week 3

1. Alabama (54)
2. Clemson (6)
3. Georgia
4. Ohio State
5. Oklahoma
6. Wisconsin (1)
7. Auburn
8. Notre Dame
9. Stanford
10. Washington
11. Penn State
12. LSU
13. Virginia Tech
14. West Virginia
15. TCU
16. Mississippi State
17. Boise State
18. UCF
19. Michigan
20. Oregon
21. Miami, FL
22. USC
23. Arizona State
24. Oklahoma State
25. Michigan State

Others receiving votes: Utah 92, Texas A&M 90, Boston College 45, Houston 32, Maryland 30, Colorado 25, Iowa 23, Kentucky 19, Duke 10, NC State 9, Mississippi 5, Hawaii 5, Washington St. 4, South Florida 3, South Carolina 2, Florida St. 1.

FBS Coaches Poll – Week 3

1. Alabama (59)
2. Clemson (3)
3. Georgia
4. Ohio State (1)
5. Oklahoma
6. Wisconsin
7. Auburn
8. Notre Dame
9. Stanford
10. Penn State
11. Virginia Tech
12. Washington
13. LSU
14. TCU
15. West Virginia
16. Mississippi State
17. Boise State
18. UCF
19. Oklahoma State
20. Miami, FL
21. USC
22. Michigan
23. Oregon
24. Michigan State
25. Arizona State

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 87; Utah 86; Houston 46; South Carolina 43; Boston College 37; Kentucky 34; South Florida 27; Washington State 21; Colorado 20; Florida State 17; NC State 16; Iowa 15; Duke 13; Appalachian State 12; Cincinnati 11; Hawaii 10; Maryland 9; Missouri 8; Vanderbilt 3; Memphis 3; Arkansas State 1; Texas 1.

FCS Coaches Poll – Week 3

1. North Dakota State (25)
2. James Madison (1)
3. South Dakota State
4. Sam Houston State
5. Eastern Washington
6. North Carolina A&T
7. Wofford
8. Kennesaw State
9. Samford
10. Villanova
11. Jacksonville State
12. Nicholls
13. Weber State
14. Elon
15. McNeese
16. Montana
17. Central Arkansas
18t. Northern Iowa
18t. Illinois State
20. Maine
21. Stony Brook
22. Northern Arizona
23. Austin Peay
24. South Dakota
25. Colgate

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Question for the Coaches Poll voters

Having Michigan ST #24 Arizona ST #25 and Texas AM the highest voted team out of the poll makes no sense at all. Arizona St just beat Michigan St last week and both teams were otherwise undefeated against Group of 5 competition. Texas A&M just lost by 2 points to the team you had #2 and played a really close game. So how about 24 Texas A&M 25 Arizona ST and Michigan St outside the Top 25.

If the only reason they are still ranked is you thought they were good before the season started, then think again and watch the games. At least the AP poll had Arizona St ranked higher than the team they just beat.