Week 3: Games Played Through Sept. 18, 2021
|TEAM||POINTS||FIRST-PLACE VOTES||LAST WEEK’S RANK|
|6.||Penn State (3-0)||521||10|
|7.||Texas A&M (3-0)||486||7|
|10.||Ohio State (2-1)||337||9|
|12.||Notre Dame (3-0)||277||12|
|13.||Ole Miss (3-0)||214||15|
|14.||Iowa State (2-1)||119||14|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Arkansas (60), Coastal Carolina (54), Michigan State (45), Wisconsin (27), North Carolina (10), UCLA (5), Virginia Tech (4), USC (3), Fresno State (2), West Virginia (2), Maryland (2), Auburn (2), TCU (2), Oklahoma State (1), Kansas State (1), Liberty (1), Wake Forest (1).
The Top 10 teams in the poll each won Saturday, and all remained among the top teams again. Even No. 11 Florida didn’t budge after losing by two points to No. 1 Alabama.
The Crimson Tide led the poll (46 first-place votes), followed by No. 2 Georgia (six first-place votes). Oregon moved into the third slot, past this week’s No. 4 Oklahoma. Penn State jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 after beating previously unbeaten Auburn in a SEC-Big Ten prime-time Saturday matchup.
UCLA and Virginia Tech dropped out of the poll after losses and were replaced by Michigan and BYU at No.15 and No. 16, respectively. The Wolverines and Cougars are in the poll for the first time this season.
The SEC led all conferences with five teams, followed by the Big Ten with four, the Big 12 with two and Independents with two. The ACC, American and Pac-12 had one each.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
Southern Mississippi at No. 1 Alabama
No. 2 Georgia at Vanderbilt
Arizona at No. 3 Oregon
West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma
Colorado State at No. 5 Iowa
Villanova at No. 6 Penn State
No. 7 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (Arlington, TX)
No. 8 Clemson at North Carolina State
No. 9 Cincinnati is idle.
Akron at No. 10 Ohio State
Tennessee at No. 11 Florida
No. 12 Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin (Chicago)
No. 13 Mississippi is idle.
No. 14 Iowa State at Baylor
Rutgers at No. 15 Michigan
USF at No. 16 BYU
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