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College football rankings reactions heading into Week 3

Plenty of teams who did not even see the field this weekend soared in the rankings, while the Big 12 struggled as a whole on Saturday.

NCAA Football: UL Lafayette at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The AP and Coaches polls released their first set of college football rankings since the season began. Both polls published their initial results to include all FBS teams for consideration including the Big Ten and Pac-12, which are not scheduled to return to the field as of now. In its rankings heading into the third weekend of college football, the polls included only those who are competing this fall.

Who went up?

Ten new teams entered the AP and Coaches polls in their latest updates. Among teams already ranked previously, the Tennessee Volunteers made the largest jump in the AP Poll moving 10 spots from No. 25 to No. 15 despite being scheduled to play for another two weeks. In the Coaches Poll, three teams moved up eight slots including the North Carolina Tar Heels, UCF Golden Knights and Cincinnati Bearcats. Of those three, only North Carolina played with a 31-6 home win over Syracuse.

Who went down?

Only one team ranked in the preseason polls lost so far, and that is the Iowa State Cyclones. After being ranked No. 23 by the AP and No. 25 by the coaches, Iowa State lost 31-14 to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns despite coming in as double-digit favorites. The Cyclones were not ranked in either poll on Sunday.

Big 12 disappoints

In addition to Iowa State, it was a bad Saturday for the Big 12. Seven teams from the conference opened their season, and it was certainly not a solid showing for the conference as a whole. As the Cyclones were losing to Louisiana, you could’ve switched channels to watch the Kansas State Wildcats lose to the Arkansas State Red Wolves 35-31. Kansas State was also favored by double digits.

If you decided to stay up late, you could’ve seen the Kansas Jayhawks fall behind 28-0 in the first half to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in an eventual loss. The Texas Tech Red Raiders survived 35-33 despite allowing 600 yards to the Houston Baptist offense.

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Oklahoma Sooners took care of their FCS opponents, and the Texas Longhorns blew out the Utep Miners, which could be the worst FBS team in 2020.

What’s up next?

The college football season is slowly but surely rolling out more and more games each weekend. Twenty-four games are in store for Week 3 with 11 games involving a team ranked in the top 25.

We are scheduled to see the first college football game among ranked teams this season when the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes travel to play the 18th-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Ranked teams seeing their first action of 2020 include No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Cincinnati and No. 14 UCF.

The first game of the weekend will be played Friday night at 7 p.m. ET between Coastal Carolina and Campbell.

AP Poll

2020 AP Poll, Week 6

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points
Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points
1 Clemson(52) 3-0 1536
2 Alabama(8) 2-0 1488
3 Georgia 2-0 1380
4 Florida 2-0 1340
5 Notre Dame 2-0 1239
6 Ohio State(2) 0-0 1165
7 Miami 3-0 1148
8 North Carolina 2-0 944
9 Penn State 0-0 935
10 Oklahoma State 3-0 919
11 Cincinnati 3-0 895
12 Oregon 0-0 786
13 Auburn 1-1 731
14 Tennessee 2-0 717
15 BYU 3-0 661
16 Wisconsin 0-0 619
17 LSU 1-1 478
18 SMU 4-0 393
19 Virginia Tech 2-0 391
20 Michigan 0-0 350
21 Texas A&M 1-1 330
22 Texas 2-1 228
23 Louisiana 3-0 216
24 Iowa State 2-1 215
25 Minnesota 0-0 145

Coaches Poll

2020 Coaches Poll, Week 6

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points
Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points
1 Clemson(46) 3-0 1533
2 Alabama(14) 2-0 1496
3 Florida 2-0 1372
Georgia 2-0 1372
5 Notre Dame 2-0 1256
6 Ohio State(2) 0-0 1192
7 Miami 3-0 1149
8 Penn State 0-0 983
9 North Carolina 2-0 982
10 Oklahoma State 3-0 818
11 Cincinnati 3-0 807
12 Tennessee 2-0 744
13 Auburn 1-1 701
14 Wisconsin 0-0 668
15 BYU 3-0 646
16 LSU 1-1 616
17 Oregon 0-0 494
18 Virginia Tech 2-0 423
19 Michigan 0-0 409
20 Texas A&M 1-1 339
21 SMU 4-0 304
22 Texas 2-1 295
23 Louisiana 3-0 207
24 Iowa State 2-1 137
25 UCF 2-1 127