Michigan State claims the top spot in SI.com's college football Power Rankings after beating Air Force in Week 3.

By Colin Becht
September 22, 2015

Week 3 was equal parts wonderful and perplexing. Ohio State nearly lost to Northern Illinois? Alabama did lose to Ole Miss? Stanford beat USC? These were all incredibly exciting games to watch, but they provided little clarity for how the rest of the season will play out. As Andy Staples noted in Punt, Pass & Pork, we may actually know less now about this year’s College Football Playoff race than we thought we did before the season began.

But as the season currently stands, one thing seems clear: the Buckeyes have not validated their status as the top team in country. No team seemed particularly keen on claiming the top spot Saturday—the Crimson Tide certainly would have moved to No. 1 had they beaten the Rebels—but three weeks in, it’s hard to make an argument that Ohio State has outplayed its Big Ten rivals, Michigan State. So congratulations, Sparty, don’t blow it.

1
Michigan State Spartans
3
3–0
Next week: Saturday vs. Central Michigan
2
Ohio State Buckeyes
1
3–0
Last week: Beat Northern Illinois 20–13 Next week: Saturday vs. Western Michigan
3
UCLA Bruins
4
3–0
Last week: Beat BYU 24–23 Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona
4
Ole Miss Rebels
8
3–0
Last week: Beat Alabama 43–37 Next week: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
5
Baylor Bears
5
2–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Rice • BECHT: Biggest takeaways from Week 3
6
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
11
3–0
Last week: Beat Georgia Tech 30–22 Next week: Saturday vs. UMass
7
TCU Horned Frogs
6
3–0
Last week: Beat SMU 56–37 Next week: Saturday at Texas Tech
8
LSU Tigers
16
2–0
Last week: Beat Auburn 45–21 Next week: Saturday at Syracuse
9
Georgia Bulldogs
14
3–0
Last week: Beat South Carolina 52–20 Next week: Saturday vs. Southern
10
Florida State Seminoles
10
3–0
Last week: Beat Boston College 14–0 Next week: Bye week • STAPLES: What do we know after Week 3?
11
Oklahoma Sooners
13
3–0
Last week: Beat Tulsa 52–38 Next week: Bye week
12
Clemson Tigers
9
3–0
Last week: Beat Louisville 20–17 Next week: Bye week
13
Alabama Crimson Tide
2
2–1
Last week: Lost to Ole Miss 43–37 Next week: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe
14
Oregon Ducks
15
2–1
Last week: Beat Georgia State 61–28 Next week: Saturday vs. Utah
15
Texas A&M Aggies
18
3–0
Last week: Beat Nevada 44–27 Next week: Saturday vs. Arkansas (in Arlington, Texas) • GLICKSMAN: Mayhem reigns in SEC West
16
Arizona Wildcats
21
3–0
Last week: Beat Northern Arizona 77–13 Next week: Saturday vs. UCLA
17
Northwestern Wildcats
22
3–0
Last week: Beat Duke 19–10 Next week: Saturday vs. Ball State
18
Utah Utes
20
3–0
Last week: Beat Fresno State 45–24 Next week: Saturday at Oregon
19
Wisconsin Badgers
25
2–1
Last week: Beat Troy 28–3 Next week: Saturday vs. Hawaii
20
Stanford Cardinal
2–1
Last week: Beat USC 41–31 Next week: Friday at Oregon State • JOHNSON: Hogan shines in upset of USC
21
USC Trojans
7
2–1
Last week: Lost to Stanford 41–31 Next week: Saturday at Arizona State
22
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
12
2–1
Last week: Lost to Notre Dame 30–22 Next week: Saturday at Duke
23
Oklahoma State Cowboys
23
3–0
Last week: Beat UTSA 69–14 Next week: Saturday at Texas
24
BYU Cougars
17
2–1
Last week: Lost to UCLA 24–23 Next week: Saturday at Michigan
25
West Virginia Mountaineers
2–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland

Dropped out: Auburn, Missouri
Next five: Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Cal, Houston

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