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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

Weekly Rankings

P.S.R. 1-120: Week 3 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, particularly with only one week in the books, so you may seen one team ranked below a team it has beat on the field — see T.C.U. and Baylor, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

The Top 25

1. Alabama (2-0, 0-0)
Another year, another physically imposing win over Penn State.
2. Boise State (1-0, 0-0)
Based on Saturday, Boise can’t afford to underestimate Toledo.
3. L.S.U. (2-0, 0-0)
Zach Mettenberger played; the crowd went wild.
4. Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0)
The Sooners get Florida State in Tallahassee.
5. Florida State (2-0, 0-0)
The Seminoles have yet to break a sweat — they will on Saturday.
6. Stanford (2-0, 0-0)
Duke hung around for a bit, but the Cardinal were too good.
7. Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0)
Yeah, this Russell Wilson transfer is going to work just fine.
8. Texas A&M (1-0, 0-0)
The Aggies will be watching O.U.-F.S.U. very closely.
9. Virginia Tech (2-0, 0-0)
The defense stepped up, one week after an offensive explosion.
10. Oklahoma State (2-0, 0-0)
From start to finish, a strong showing on national television.
11. South Carolina (2-0, 1-0)
U.S.C. survives another nail biter against Georgia.
12. Nebraska (2-0, 0-0)
Fresno State gave the Big Ten a blueprint on beating Nebraska.
13. Arkansas (2-0, 0-0)
The Razorbacks will play a real team soon, I promise.
14. Oregon (1-1, 0-0)
These were some angry Ducks against Nevada, and it showed.
15. Ohio State (2-0, 0-0)
Sneaking past the MAC, though let’s give Toledo some credit.
16. Texas (2-0, 0-0)
Not a pretty win, not a nice win, but a solid win.
17. West Virginia (2-0, 0-0)
Norfolk State — yes, Norfolk State — had a halftime lead.
18. Auburn (2-0, 1-0)
Make it 17 straight wins for the Tigers and Gene Chizik.
19. Michigan (2-0, 0-0)
Under the lights, Michigan had a magical moment.
20. Houston (2-0, 0-0)
Let’s remember: Houston could run the table.
21. Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1)
About a yard short, if not a bit less, in loss at Auburn.
22. U.S.C. (2-0, 1-0)
The Trojans don’t win pretty, but they’re winning.
23. South Florida (2-0, 0-0)
Ball State’s not quite Notre Dame, but the Bulls are 2-0.
24. B.Y.U. (1-1, 0-0)
The Cougars should still plan on going 3-1 in September.
25. Penn State (1-1, 0-0)
What are the Nittany Lions going to do at quarterback?

The Rest

26. U.C.F. (2-0, 0-0)
27. T.C.U. (1-1, 1-0)
28. Florida (2-0, 0-0)
29. Northwestern (2-0, 0-0)
30. Air Force (1-1, 0-1)
31. Arizona State (2-0, 0-0)
32. North Carolina (2-0, 0-0)
33. Tennessee (2-0, 0-0)
34. Missouri (1-1, 0-0)
35. Utah (1-1, 0-1)
36. Baylor (1-0, 0-0)
37. Washington (2-0, 0-0)
38. Michigan State (2-0, 0-0)
39. Pittsburgh (2-0, 0-0)
40. Georgia Tech (2-0, 0-0)
41. Clemson (2-0, 0-0)
42. San Diego State (2-0, 0-0)
43. California (2-0, 0-0)
44. Texas Tech (1-0, 0-0)
45. Georgia (0-2, 0-1)
46. Notre Dame (0-2, 0-0)
47. Ohio (2-0, 0-0)
48. Toledo (1-1, 0-0)
49. Hawaii (1-1, 0-0)
50. Miami (Fla.) (0-1, 0-1)
51. Florida International (2-0, 1-0)
52. Maryland (1-0, 1-0)
53. Iowa (1-1, 0-0)
54. Navy (2-0, 0-0)
55. Iowa State (2-0, 0-0)
56. Illinois (2-0, 0-0)
57. Tulsa (1-1, 1-0)
58. Cincinnati (1-1, 0-0)
59. Mississippi (1-1, 0-0)
60. Arizona (1-1, 0-0)
61. N.C. State (1-1, 0-1)
62. Kansas State (1-0, 0-0)
63. S.M.U. (1-1, 1-0)
64. Kentucky (2-0, 0-0)
65. Utah State (1-1, 0-0)
66. Fresno State (0-2, 0-0)
67. Nevada (0-1, 0-0)
68. Troy (0-1, 0-0)
69. Syracuse (2-0, 0-0)
70. Temple (2-0, 1-0)
71. Virginia (2-0, 0-0)
72. Southern Mississippi (1-1, 0-1)
73. Kansas (2-0, 0-0)
74. Wake Forest (1-1, 1-0)
75. Northern Illinois (1-1, 0-0)
76. Western Michigan (1-1, 0-0)
77. Boston College (0-2, 0-0)
78. Washington State (2-0, 0-0)
79. Rutgers (1-1, 0-0)
80. Wyoming (2-0, 0-0)
81. Marshall (1-1, 1-0)
82. East Carolina (0-2, 0-0)
83. U.C.L.A. (1-1, 0-0)
84. Vanderbilt (2-0, 0-0)
85. Louisville (1-1, 0-0)
86. Connecticut (1-1, 0-0)
87. Miami (Ohio) (0-1, 0-0)
88. Colorado (0-2, 0-0)
89. Colorado State (2-0, 1-0)
90. Purdue (1-1, 0-0)
91. Arkansas State (1-1, 0-0)
92. Rice (1-1, 0-0)
93. Louisiana Tech (1-1, 0-0)
94. Bowling Green (2-0, 0-0)
95. Army (0-2, 0-0)
96. Ball State (1-1, 0-0)
97. La.-Monroe (1-1, 0-0)
98. Middle Tennessee (0-2, 0-0)
99. Oregon State (0-2, 0-0)
100. U.A.B. (0-1, 0-0)
101. UTEP (1-1, 0-1)
102. Eastern Michigan (2-0, 0-0)
103. Idaho (1-1, 0-0)
104. New Mexico State (1-1, 0-0)
105. Minnesota (0-2, 0-0)
106. Tulane (1-1, 0-1)
107. North Texas (0-2, 0-1)
108. Central Michigan (1-1, 0-0)
109. Duke (0-2, 0-0)
110. Buffalo (1-1, 0-0)
111. Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1, 0-0)
112. Western Kentucky (0-2, 0-0)
113. Indiana (0-2, 0-0)
114. San Jose State (0-2, 0-0)
115. Florida Atlantic (0-2, 0-0)
116. New Mexico (0-2, 0-0)
117. U.N.L.V. (0-2, 0-0)
118. Kent State (0-2, 0-0)
119. Akron (0-2, 0-0)
120. Memphis (0-2, 0-0)

Three noteworthy jumps

Auburn 17 spots (No. 35 to No. 18)
Iowa State 27 spots (No. 82 to No. 55)
New Mexico State 14 spots (No. 118 to No. 104)

Three noteworthy tumbles

Notre Dame 21 spots (No. 25 to No. 46)
Connecticut 21 spots (No. 65 to No. 86)
B.Y.U. 13 spots (No. 11 to No. 24)

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Comments

  1. schedule nit says:

    Why the big tumble for BYU? They lost close to a team ranked closely to them playing on the road. Did you just not like the way they looked or decided the offense is not as advertized?

    Cal is on the rise, baby!!!

  2. Uberd says:

    will the vols challenge for the sec east this year? they have easily passed the eye test through 2 wks. gators saturday on the road will determine seriousness. dooley will be all over the young ones this week.

  3. Misthaufen says:

    Lots of questions still for a lot of teams.

    BYU’s offense still has not shown up — and cost them the win at Texas with ultra-conservative play. Heaps may not be good enough to win big games…..

  4. DMK says:

    “Norfolk State — yes, Norfolk State — had a halftime lead.”

    Anyone can bumble though a first half. But how many teams could put up 45 in the second?

    Totally weird.

  5. Burnt Orange says:

    If FIU beats UCF, FIU could run the table.

  6. Dave says:

    Why even post this before October? Holding off on rankings for a few weeks is one of the few things the BCS has gotten right.

    Unless you want to spark a debate as to whether UGA or ND is the best 2-loss team in the country…

  7. Lee says:

    HAHAHA nice Dave. At least UGA lost by playing 2 quality opponents where as the Golden Domers lost to a bad Michigan Squad(by UM standards) and freaking South Florida. This pole is a joke. UF at 28!!! Really dude?

    Truth is the polls shouldn’t come out until mid October. UF beats UT by two scores in the swamp this Saturday. UT has no defense….kinda like Auburn.

  8. Zack says:

    As a Nebraska fan I’m glad to see you knock us down a few spots. I was pretty astonished to see us ranked as highly as we were in most of the pre-season polls given our finish last year. That being said, the team did play much better in the 2nd half when the offense started playing at the high tempo they’ve been talking about all season, and hopefully the defense will shore up once Dennard is back. A fair ammount of Fresno’s offensive success came from picking on an overmatched Ciante Evans at corner and running at a front 7 that was too concerned about making up for the lackluster play in the secondary.

  9. BobJ says:

    Only six more weeks until The Bob Rankings come out!

  10. michael says:

    A few humble thoughts:

    • FIU moved from 66 to 51. May not be high enough if they can pull it off at home against your no.26 (up from no.31) U.C.F. Knights.

    • Fresno State still lost ugly and played sluggish in a game that their fans cared a whole lot about – a lot more than the team they played in their neighborhood. Playing well at UNL is great, but they should really have shown up in the stick. Don’t move ‘em up until they prove it, and this comes from a fan.

    • Arizona wanted Oklahoma State bad and couldn’t do it. The House That Oil Built isn’t an easy place to play, but they didn’t look good. 60 might be a bit too kind for them.

    • Arizona State beat the team you picked preseason 28 and only moved from 42 to 31. Not sure who you are shorting there, Mizzou or Sun Devil?

    • Michigan went from 29 to 23 to 19, but I’m not sold just yet. Notre Dame was probably overrated by most- even by you at 15.

    • Of the 20 teams you have ranked below Oregon State, I’m not sure i’d bet against half of them if the line was -3 for beaver on a neutral field.

    • Turns out you were completely right about the entire WAC. Top to bottom let me down; even still, New Mexico State had a big win and even SJSU looked good Week 1 bad, week 2 good.

    • That said, Washington is as even better than you (at the time) seemingly overranked them. Hawai’i is a big win, and I predict will look bigger in November than it does now.

    • Non-AQ, non-Boise State contenders remaining for an undefeated season: 1. Ohio 2. UCF. 3. Houston 4. San Diego State

    • Best winless team: Georgia? Notre Dame? Miami (FL)? Fresno State?

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