College football rankings: Week 3, 2022

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 3 of the 2022 season have been released, which features a change at the top of the AP Poll.

The Georgia Bulldogs, who defeated the Samford Bulldogs 33-0 on Saturday, jumped over the Alabama Crimson Tide for the top spot in the AP Poll. Georgia’s shutout win along with Alabama’s close victory over unranked Texas, 20-19, lifted the Bulldogs to the top.

The third through fifth positions remained the same as last week. Ohio State is third, and they are followed by Michigan in fourth and Clemson in fifth.

The Kentucky Wildcats made the biggest jump in the polls following their 26-16 road victory over then No. 12 Florida. The Wildcats moved up 11 spots in the AP Poll to No. 9 and 10 spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 10. BYU and Tennessee both moved up nine spots in the AP Poll to No. 12 and No. 15, respectively, following wins over ranked teams on Saturday.

Notre Dame and Wisconsin dropped out of both polls, while Houston fell from the AP Poll following losses on Saturday.

Below are the full AP and FBS Coaches polls for Week 3 of the 2022 season (first-place votes in parentheses):

AP Poll – Week 3

1. Georgia (53)
2. Alabama (9)
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Michigan
5. Clemson
6. Oklahoma
7. USC
8. Oklahoma State
9. Kentucky
10. Arkansas
11. Michigan State
12. BYU
13. Miami FL
14. Utah
15. Tennessee
16. NC State
17. Baylor
18. Florida
19. Wake Forest
20. Ole Miss
21. Texas
22. Penn State
23. Pitt
24. Texas A&M
25. Oregon

Others receiving votes: Marshall 85, Cincinnati 80, Appalachian State 80, Kansas State 77, North Carolina 71, Mississippi State 43, Florida State 42, Oregon State 42, Minnesota 37, Washington State 30, Notre Dame 23, Air Force 19, Texas Tech 17, Wisconsin 7, Auburn 4, Iowa State 4, Purdue 1

Dropped from rankings: Notre Dame 8, Wisconsin 19, Houston 25

FBS COACHES POLL – WEEK 3

1. Alabama (39)
2. Georgia (25)
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Clemson
5. Michigan
6. Oklahoma
7. Oklahoma State
8. USC
9. Michigan State
10. Kentucky
11. Arkansas
12. NC State
13. Miami
14. BYU
15. Utah
16. Tennessee
17. Ole Miss
18. Wake Forest
19. Baylor
20. Texas
21. Florida
22. Texas A&M
23. Penn State
24. Oregon
25. Pitt

Others receiving votes: Florida State 85, Cincinnati 80, Appalachian State 50, Air Force 48, Kansas State 46, Wisconsin 43, Marshall 40, Notre Dame 35, Mississippi State 31, Washington State 29, Houston 25, Texas Tech 24, Oregon State 24, Minnesota 23, TCU 18, Auburn 16, North Carolina 10, Syracuse 7, Washington 6, Iowa State 4, UCLA 4

Dropped from rankings: Notre Dame 9, Wisconsin 18

Stats Perform FCS Top 25 – Week 3

1. North Dakota State (52)
2. South Dakota State (2)
3. Montana
4. Montana State
5. Missouri State
6. UIW
7. Villanova
8. Sacramento State
9. Delaware
10. Chattanooga
11. Jackson State
12. Weber State
13. Holy Cross
14. Eastern Washington
15. William & Mary
16. UT Martin
17. Rhode Island
18. ETSU
19. Eastern Kentucky
20. Mercer
21. Stephen F. Austin
22. North Dakota
23. Kennesaw State
24. Samford
25. New Hampshire

Others receiving votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): Richmond 137, Southeastern Louisiana 120, UC Davis 97, Austin Peay 53, Southern Illinois 47, Southeast Missouri 40, The Citadel 33, Northern Arizona 29, Elon 28, Dartmouth 27, North Carolina Central 20, Furman 19, Northern Iowa 17, South Dakota 15, Fordham 13, Youngstown State 10: Abilene Christian 7, Idaho 6, South Carolina State 4

Dropped from rankings: Southern Illinois (17), Southeastern Louisiana (21), Northern Iowa (24)

FCS Coaches Poll – Week 3

1. North Dakota State (26)
2. Montana (1)
3. South Dakota State
4. Montana State
5. Villanova
6. Missouri State
7. Sacramento State
8. UIW
9. Chattanooga
10. Delaware
11. Jackson State
12. Holy Cross
13. Weber State
14. Rhode Island
15. Eastern Washington
16. Stephen F. Austin
17. William & Mary
18. UT Martin
19. ETSU
20. Mercer
21. Fordham
22. Kennesaw State
23. Youngstown State
24. Eastern Kentucky
25. Samford

Dropped from rankings: Southern Illinois (19) Southeastern Louisiana (20t) Northern Iowa (24) UC Davis (25)

Others receiving votes: UC Davis 44, Southeastern Louisiana 43, Austin Peay 39, Harvard 34, Southern Illinois 33, Richmond 33, Furman 29, North Carolina Central 24, North Dakota 23, Abilene Christian 15, New Hampshire 13, Dartmouth 12, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10, Princeton 10, Gardner-Webb 8, Butler 7, Towson 6, Elon 5, Stetson 4, Florida A&M 3, Idaho 2, South Carolina St. 2, Illinois St. 1, Nicholls 1

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Comments (6)

At 36th Notre Dame is still ridiculously overated.
Also …Ohio State was underwhelming in beating two terrible teams at home. Not sure they’ve done anything to justify what seems to be just an assumption that they belong in the same conversation with Georgia and Alabama.

Why Texas A&M ranked in both polls and not App St? I am fine with leaving both off the rankings since they both lost a home game, but App St won and controlled the line of scrimmage at Kyle Field.

I agree,

Notice how there’s only 1 Non Trust Five Conference Team in the top 25?

Appalachian State U. is worthy to be ranked in the Top 25.

Trust Five Conference biased Narrative is evident in past Years as well as 2022.

Leaving out One of the Five dependent Conference Teams is the implicit segregation of MW, SBC, MAC, C-CUSA.

Appalachian State lost at home to North Carolina. At this point in the season their victory at College Station on Saturday spoke more about A&M rather than App. State. So no, they aren’t worthy of #25… near the top of others receiving votes for sure but have not earned a number in front of their name.