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.

1Michigan State Spartans
last week:3

Next week: Saturday vs. Central Michigan

2Ohio State Buckeyes
last week:1

Last week: Beat Northern Illinois 20–13
Next week: Saturday vs. Western Michigan
3UCLA Bruins
last week:4

Last week: Beat BYU 24–23
Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona
4Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 8
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Alabama 43–37
Next week: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
5Baylor Bears
last week: 5
record: 2–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday vs. Rice
6Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 11
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Georgia Tech 30–22
Next week: Saturday vs. UMass
7TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 6
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat SMU 56–37
Next week: Saturday at Texas Tech
8LSU Tigers
last week: 16
record: 2–0

Last week: Beat Auburn 45–21
Next week: Saturday at Syracuse
9Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 14
record: 3–0


Last week: Beat South Carolina 52–20
Next week: Saturday vs. Southern
10Florida State Seminoles
last week: 10
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Boston College 14–0
Next week: Bye week
11Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 13
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Tulsa 52–38
Next week: Bye week
12Clemson Tigers
last week: 9
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Louisville 20–17
Next week: Bye week
13Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 2
record: 2–1

Last week: Lost to Ole Miss 43–37
Next week: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe
14Oregon Ducks
last week: 15
record: 2–1

Last week: Beat Georgia State 61–28
Next week: Saturday vs. Utah
15Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 18
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Nevada 44–27
Next week: Saturday vs. Arkansas (in Arlington, Texas)
16Arizona Wildcats
last week: 21
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Northern Arizona 77–13
Next week: Saturday vs. UCLA
17Northwestern Wildcats
last week: 22
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Duke 19–10
Next week: Saturday vs. Ball State
18Utah Utes
last week: 20
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat Fresno State 45–24
Next week: Saturday at Oregon
19Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 25
record: 2–1

Last week: Beat Troy 28–3
Next week: Saturday vs. Hawaii
20Stanford Cardinal
last week: NR
record: 2–1

Last week: Beat USC 41–31
Next week: Friday at Oregon State
21USC Trojans
last week: 7
record: 2–1

Last week: Lost to Stanford 41–31
Next week: Saturday at Arizona State
22Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
last week: 12
record: 2–1

Last week: Lost to Notre Dame 30–22
Next week: Saturday at Duke
23Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 23
record: 3–0

Last week: Beat UTSA 69–14
Next week: Saturday at Texas
24BYU Cougars
last week: 17
record: 2–1

Last week: Lost to UCLA 24–23
Next week: Saturday at Michigan
25West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: NR
record: 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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