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College football Power Rankings: South Carolina rising, Georgia falling after Week 3.

By Martin Rickman
September 15, 2014

Anyone who has played sports at any level in the last 15 years has likely had a coach attempt some version of Al Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday. The scene from that film is iconic, a go-to clip for JumboTrons across the country.

At this point, Pacino's message might be overplayed. The inches are everywhere around us. But I'll be darned if it doesn't ring true. For example, just look at the Georgia-South Carolina game, in which one fraction of an inch allowed the Gamecocks to retain possession in the waning moments of the fourth quarter and close out a 38-35 win. “If we had a credit card we might have slipped it in there," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. It's too early to tell if that margin will keep the Dawgs from getting into the inaugural College Football Playoff, but it just might.

Georgia falls this week in the Power Rankings, while South Carolina rises. One play, one coaching decision, one tenth of a second (see: the play clock in the first overtime of Florida's 36-30 victory over Kentucky) is all it takes. As Pacino's character, Tony D'Amato, says: "That's football, guys. That's all it is."

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1Oregon Ducks
last week: 1
record: 3-0

Last game: Beat Wyoming, 48-14
Next game: Saturday at Washington State

2Florida State Seminoles
last week: 2
record: 2-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Clemson

3Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 3
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday at West Virginia

4Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 4
record: 3-0

Last game: Beat Southern Miss, 52-12
Next game: Saturday vs. Florida

5Auburn Tigers
last week: 6
record: 2-0

Last game: Beat San Jose State, 59-13
Next game: Thursday at Kansas State

6Baylor Bears
last week: 9
record: 3-0

Last game: Beat Buffalo, 63-21
Next game: Saturday at Iowa State

7Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 8
record: 3-0

Last game: Beat Rice, 38-10
Next game: Saturday at SMU

8Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 11
record: 3-0

Next game: Sept. 27 vs. Syracuse (in East Rutherford, N.J.)

9LSU Tigers
last week: 10
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Mississippi State

10Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 12
record: 3-0

Last game: Beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 56-15
Next game: Sept. 27 vs. Memphis

11Stanford Cardinal
last week: 14
record: 2-1

Last game: Beat Army, 35-0
Next game: Sept. 27 at Washington

12Michigan State Spartans
last week: 13
record: 1-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan

13Missouri Tigers
last week: 17
record: 3-0

Last game: Beat UCF, 38-10
Next game: Saturday vs. Indiana

14South Carolina Gamecocks
last week: 24
record: 2-1

Last game: Beat Georgia, 38-35
Next game: Saturday at Vanderbilt

15BYU Cougars
last week: 23
record: 3-0

BYU’s schedule is setting up for a dream season, and quarterback Taysom Hill is Little Nemo riding his bed into Slumberland. I’m a believer. This will not, under any circumstances, come back to haunt me.

Last game: Beat Houston, 33-23
Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia

16Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 5
record: 1-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Troy

17Arizona StATE Sun Devils
last week: 16
record: 3-0

Next game: Sept. 25 vs. UCLA

18UCLA Bruins
last week: 20
record: 3-0

Last game: Beat Texas, 20-17
Next game: Sept. 25 at Arizona State

19Kansas StATE Wildcats
last week: 19
record: 2-0

Last game: Beat Iowa State, 32-28
Next game: Thursday vs. Auburn

20USC Trojans
last week: 7
record: 2-1

Last game: Lost to Boston College, 37-31
Next game: Sept. 27 vs. Oregon State

21Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 18
record: 1-1

Last game: Beat Western Illinois, 37-3
Next game: Saturday vs. Bowling Green

22Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 21
record: 2-1

Last game: Beat Kent State, 66-0
Next game: Sept. 27 vs. Cincinnati

23Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: NR
record: 2-1

Last game: Beat UTSA, 43-13
Next game: Sept. 25 vs. Texas Tech

24Penn State Nittany Lions
last week: NR
record: 3-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Massachusetts

25East Carolina Pirates
last week: NR
record: 2-1

Next game: Saturday vs. North Carolina

Next five: Nebraska, Clemson, Mississippi State, Duke, Utah

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