Two weeks are in the books now for the 2019 college football season and we're slow -- very slowly -- starting to see a little separation between the polls. Here are the new polls for Week 3:
The Week 3 AP Poll:
LSU's win over Texas in Austin is unquestionably the biggest and best win of the season so far, so it's no surprise that they jumped from #6 to #4 in the rankings. That meant that Ohio State and Oklahoma moved down through no fault of their own, but they'll have other opportunities to claim big wins. It also means that the SEC has three of the top four teams in the AP rankings, with Alabama, Georgia, and LSU checking in at #2, #3, and #4 after Clemson at #1. In fact, the SEC now has five of the top nine spots in the AP rankings (Auburn at #8, Florida at #9), though that will sort itself out a bit as the season progresses and they play one another. Alabama still plays LSU and Auburn; Georgia still plays Auburn and Florida; LSU still plays Alabama, Auburn, and Florida; Auburn still plays Alabama, Georgia, and LSU; Florida still plays LSU and Georgia. But the early signs are certainly there for the SEC to have a shot at putting two teams in the College Football Playoff once again.
Washington was the big loser this week, dropping nine spots from #14 down to #23, after losing at home to Cal in the middle of the night. They're a bit lucky to still be ranked, frankly. Texas and Texas A&M each dropped a handful of spots after losing to LSU and Clemson, respectively. Michigan was the other notable dropper, falling from #7 to #10 after their fortunate 2OT escape against Army. Penn State and Wisconsin took advantage of losses from Texas A&M and Washington to move up; Wisconsin, in fact, was the biggest riser of the week with a 3-spot jump from #17 to #14. Hard to argue that's not deserved when they've yet to give up a single point all season.
Our beloved Hawkeyes moved up one spot, from #20 to #19 in these rankings. They're joined by a few other Big Ten teams in that range, with Michigan State sitting at #18 and Maryland barreling into the rankings at #21 after their eye-popping win over Syracuse. USC and Virginia were the other newcomers to the rankings; Syracuse, Stanford, Nebraska, and Iowa State all dropped out of the rankings this week. Syracuse, Stanford, and Nebraska all lost this week, while Iowa State was simply inactive. Their departure from the rankings does mean this week's Cy-Hawk battle won't feature two ranked teams for the first time ever.
The Week 3 Coaches Poll:
The Coaches Poll is broadly similar to the AP Poll. They moved LSU ahead of Ohio State -- but not Oklahoma. They have Florida ahead of Auburn (the AP has them reversed) and they're also more bullish on Penn State (up to #11) and less bullish on Oregon (#17 versus #15 in the AP). They have Maryland a bit lower than the AP and Mississippi State instead of Virginia. They do like Iowa a hair more than the AP, ranking them #18 and a spot ahead of Michigan State. So that's nice.
There are no match-ups pitting two ranked teams against one another on this week's schedule (the first time that's happened in almost two years), so the only way next week's rankings figure to look much different is if the upset bug hits the Top 25. Which is certainly very possible; we're just going to hope it stays away from the Hawkeyes.