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Welcome to the College Football Top 10 Power Rankings Week 3 as it should be. Huge commotion in the rankings. We witnessed a heavyweight title fight in Columbus, a defeat in Ames and a rock fight in Boulder that all impacted the rankings. Damn, I love college football because every weekend we are reminded that results on paper results on the field. For those of you new here, I’ve created this ranking to give fans a true Top 10, free of media and conference bias. I’ll tell you the rules of the rankings now, but first we have to celebrate the great week 3 in college football. I pray that everyone reading this stay healthy and enjoy this season. Now about the rules.
The Rules: No Bias, No Bull College Football Rankings Week 3
There is no more unbiased ranking than Unafraid Show’s College Football Top 10 Rankings Week 3. I am criticized from time to time by people who only want to see the college football world through the lens of the AP Poll. These rankings will not look like the AP Poll. Open your eyes to see a different take on evaluating the top 10. Most polls, including the College Football Playoff Committee, give college blueblood teams a huge “benefit of the doubt.” I don’t believe in that. Teams are ranked based on the appropriate criteria: quality gains, played schedule, and dominance. After the preseason rankings, only the games mattered. Future games are not taken into account.
I rank the top 10 from scratch every Sunday. The ranking from the previous week does not count towards the following week. So the ranking will change, sometimes drastically every week as we will have new information. So be sure to come back every Sunday. For reference, you can check out College Football Top 10 Power Rankings Week 2.
Rankings should be fair and unbiased, but that’s not the world we live in when polls for the season ultimately influence the final rankings.
Top 10 College Football Rankings Week 3:
Next: Penn State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Florida
10. Notre Dame (2-0)
Last week: 32-29 (W) vs Toledo
This Notre Dame team is very similar to the 2012-13 team that played against Alabama in the National Championship. They won so many competitions by the hair on their chin chin chin. At the end of the season, they were 12-0, but everyone knew Oregon was a better team with 1 loss. But the BCS computers chose the undefeated team. People better hope they lose or we’ll see them in the top 4 again.
9. Clemson (1-1)
Last week: 49-3 (W) vs South Carolina State
Dabo Swinney got his team to rebound after Georgia’s loss. We still have questions about DJ Uiagalelei’s development at quarterback. If he can be a premiere QB, the sky is the limit for the Clemson team. However, they have to root for UNC, Virginia Tech and Miami to win until they play.
8. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-1)
Last week: 28-35 (W) vs Oregon
The Buckeyes need to fathom their defenses. The bad news is that Oregon has exposed a flaw in their red zone defense. The good news is that few teams can score with CJ Stroud, Chris Olave and his company. They still have a chance to compete for the B1G championship and compete in the college football playoffs.
7. Cincinnati (2-0)
Last week: 42-7 (W) vs Murray State
The Bearcats defeated their opponents 91-21 in two games. I spent most of my time figuring out where to arrange them. Their dominance is obvious, but their schedule is unimpressive. As more teams start sticking to their schedule, it will be extremely difficult for Cinci to stay above them unless they blow everyone away and beat Notre Dame.
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Last Week: 76-0 (W) vs West Carolina
The Sooners recovered nicely after a scare against Tulane. I still give some grace in that game because everything was thrown away. Tulane had to travel to Norman to play a game that had been moved because of Hurricane Ida. There were so many emotions and inspired play by the Green Wave that Oklahoma just had to weather the storm and they did.
5. Iowa (2-0)
Last Week: 27-17 (W) vs Iowa State
This would be the year Iowa State took power from Iowa, but the Hawkeyes had other plans. They dominated and ran a very well coached football team. I’m not sure if Iowa has the horses to be a legitimate contender, but we can’t discount their great play and quality gains through 2 games.
4. Georgia Bulldogs (2-0)
Last week: 56-7 (W) vs UAB
Georgia took UAB behind the woodshed without JT Daniels. It’s pretty easy for Kirby Smart to play the kind of football he likes against a lesser competition. He went all conservative against Clemson. The Bulldogs came away with the win, but until he fills up Bruce Arians “no risk, no cookie” there will be no championship banners hanging in Athens.
3. UCLA (2-0)
Last week: IDLE
A week off nothing changed. They already have 2 dominating gigs this year. Can’t wait to see how they handle Fresno State this weekend. If they dominate, it won’t be hard for the Bruins to move up the rankings.
2. Oregon Ducks (2-0)
Last Week: 35-28 (W) @ Ohio State
Oregon has notified the nation. They are back in the national championship talk after a 5 year absence. Many people outside of Oregon call their win over Ohio a disappointment. They were the better team and dominated the game. But… Ohio State is legit.
1. Alabama (2-0)
Last week: 48-14 (W) vs Mercer
Where is Mercer located? I googled it so you don’t have to. It’s in Macon, Georgia. I had a harder task locating Mercer than Bryce Young, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide had on the field this weekend. No schedule or quality gains points, but the Miami game’s domination continued through Week 2.
Check back next Sunday morning for the College Football Top 10 Power Rankings Week 3.
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