College football rankings: Week 3, 2019

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 3 of the 2019 season have been released. Clemson remains on top, while LSU and Auburn moved up in both polls.

LSU, which defeated then ninth-ranked Texas 45-38 in Austin, moved up two spots in the AP Poll to No. 4 and one spot in the Coaches Poll to No. 5.

Auburn defeated Tulane at home 24-6. The Tigers moved up two spots in the AP Poll to No. 8 and up four spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 9.

The top three remain the same in both Week 3 polls. Clemson is number one, and they are followed by Alabama in second and Georgia in third.

Below are the full AP Poll and FBS Coaches polls for Week 3 of the 2019 season (first-place votes in parentheses):

AP POLL – WEEK 3

1. Clemson (56)
2. Alabama (6)
3. Georgia
4. LSU
5. Oklahoma
6. Ohio State
7. Notre Dame
8. Auburn
9. Florida
10. Michigan
11. Utah
12. Texas
13. Penn State
14. Wisconsin
15. Oregon
16. Texas A&M
17. UCF
18. Michigan State
19. Iowa
20. Washington State
21. Maryland
22. Boise State
23. Washington
24. USC
25. Virginia

Others receiving votes: Iowa State 96, California 95, Mississippi State 73, TCU 66, North Carolina 48, Army 42, Colorado 21, Oklahoma State 20, Memphis 12, Arizona State 4, Appalachian State 2, Syracuse 2, Kentucky 2, Boston College 2, Minnesota 1.

Dropped from rankings: Syracuse 21, Stanford 23, Iowa State 25, Nebraska 25.

FBS COACHES POLL – WEEK 3

1. Clemson (60)
2. Alabama (3)
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. LSU
6. Ohio State
7. Notre Dame
8. Florida
9. Auburn
10. Michigan
11. Penn State
12. Utah
13. Texas
14. Wisconsin
15. Texas A&M
16. UCF
17. Oregon
18. Iowa
19. Michigan State
20. Washington State
21. Washington
22. Boise State
23. Mississippi State
24. USC
25. Maryland

Others receiving votes: Virginia 64, Kentucky 62, California 51, Iowa State 48, Memphis 46, Oklahoma State 45, North Carolina 42, Army 31, Boston College 31, NC State 28, TCU 28, Colorado 16, Stanford 8, Hawai’i 7, Appalachian State 6, Minnesota 5, Wyoming 3, Troy 2, Arizona State 2, Wake Forest 2, Nebraska 1, Navy 1, Tulane 1.

Dropped from rankings: Syracuse 22, Stanford 23, Nebraska 25.

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Comments (3)

Cal beats Washington but Washington only loses a few places in the polls? Washington and Cal both beat Div II teams in week one ; Cal beats Washington but doesn’t gain entry to the top 25?

None of this makes sense. Can someone please explain?

You are correct. “None of this makes sense”.

Rankings at this time of year mean nothing, in fact the AP and the Coaches poll mean nothing all year long. That makes the fact the polls make no sense a whole lot easier to deal with.