Week 3 brought us a lot of headlines – from the return of reigning Heisman winner Mark Ingram, to a trick play by Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio in overtime, to a late night battle of ranked teams (where Arizona knocked off Iowa after blowing a 20-point lead).  How does each result impact this week’s College Football rankings?

Now that the dust has all settled and Week 3 is completed, where would YOU rank the teams in college football heading into next weekend?

Well, you have your two cents, they have the AP Poll and I’ve got “The KP Poll” – and here are my College Football power rankings heading into Week 4:

The KP Poll (College Football Rankings – Week 3)

1. ALABAMA (3-0)

Last Week: 1                        Result: Defeated Duke 62-13

In his return, Mark Ingram didn’t even need ten carries to reach 150+ rushing yards, while also scoring 2 TD’s.

2. OHIO STATE (3-0)

Last Week: 2                        Result: Defeated Ohio 43-7

What’s the difference between this year’s Buckeyes team and last year’s group?  They are posting commanding victories against the teams they should beat.

3. OREGON (3-0)


LaMichael James and the Ducks have been explosive on offense

Last Week: 3                        Result: Defeated Portland St. 69-0

The Ducks continue to steamroll opponents, this time knocking off cupcake Portland St. 69-0.  That’s 189 points in 3 weeks, including outscoring opponents 72-0 in the 2nd half.

4. TEXAS (3-0)

Last Week: 4                        Result: Defeated Texas Tech 24-14

Sophomore QB Garrett Gilbert struggled at times on Saturday, throwing 3 interceptions in the Longhorns’ 24-14 win over Texas Tech.

5. BOISE STATE (2-0)

Last Week: 5                         Result: Defeated Wyoming 51-6

It was another solid performance by QB Kellen Moore, who threw for 370 yards.  If anyone deserves to be included in this year’s Heisman chase, it’s him.

6. TCU (3-0)

Last Week: 6                        Result: Defeated Baylor 45-10

In its win over Baylor, the Horned Frogs had 28 total first downs and nearly 300 yards on the ground.

7. NEBRASKA (3-0)

Last Week: 9                        Result: Defeated Washington 56-21

The stout Nebraska defense held highly-regarded NFL QB prospect Jake Locker to an ugly statline: 4-for-20 and 71 yards.  Yikes.

8. OKLAHOMA (3-0)

Last Week: 7                        Result: Defeated Air Force 27-24

The Sooners allowed Air Force to amass over 450 total yards of offense, including more than 350 yards on the ground.

9. FLORIDA (3-0)

Last Week: 10                        Result: Defeated Tennessee 31-17

During Saturday’s win, the Gators held Tennessee to just two successful third-down conversions over 13 attempts.

10. WISCONSIN (3-0)


Wisconsin RB John Clay already has 3 100-yard games this season

Last Week: 11                        Result: Defeated Arizona St. 20-19

RB John Clay continues to be a model of consistency, posting three straight 100-yard games.  So far in 2010, Clay has 383 rushing yards and 5 TD’s.

11. LSU (3-0)

Last Week: 12                        Result: Defeated Mississippi St. 29-7

The Tigers forced five Mississippi State turnovers and only needed 264 total yards (including 97 yds passing) in a commanding win over the Bulldogs.

12. UTAH (3-0)

Last Week: 13                        Result: Defeated New Mexico 56-14

Utes QB Terrance Cain may have had the most efficient passing day in college football last week, completing 20-of-23 passes, 3 for touchdowns.


Last Week: 14                        Result: Defeated Furman 38-19

In three games this season, the Gamecocks have the 6th best run defense, only allowing teams to rush for just under 60 yards per game.

14. STANFORD (3-0)

Last Week: 15                        Result: Defeated Wake Forest 68-24

While many are noticing Stanford’s potent offense this season, it’s important to note that the Cardinal have the nation’s top pass defense – allowing only 90 yds/game.

15. ARKANSAS (3-0)


Ryan Mallett was outstanding against Georgia last weekend

Last Week: 16                        Result: Defeated Georgia 31-24

In the win over Georgia, QB Ryan Mallett posted a statline that NFL scouts would drool over (21/33, 380 yards, 3 TD’s).

16. ARIZONA (3-0)

Last Week: 17                        Result: Defeated Iowa 34-27

QB Nick Foles and the Wildcats didn’t panic after squandering a 27-7 halftime lead to Iowa on Saturday night.

17. IOWA (2-1)

Last Week: 8                        Result: Lost to Arizona 34-27

During the loss to Arizona on Saturday night, the Hawkeyes managed just 29 rushing yards over 26 carries.

18. AUBURN (3-0)

Last Week: 18                        Result: Defeated Clemson 27-24 (OT)

Both Auburn and Clemson chose to focus on the running game last weekend, as each team ran 47 times during their classic overtime matchup.


Last Week: 20                        Result: Defeated Maryland 31-17

The Mountaineers dominated the Terps, holding Maryland to just 9 first downs, while also owning time of possession (37 plus minutes with the ball).

20. PENN STATE (2-1)

Last Week: 21                        Result: Defeated Kent State 24-0

The Penn State offense still struggled at times, committing three turnovers, including two interceptions by true freshman Rob Bolden.

21. NEVADA (3-0)

Last Week: NR                        Result: Defeated Cal 52-31

For those that love Denard Robinson: You would love QB Colin Kaepernick, too.  Nevada’s QB managed 5 TD’s and nearly 330 total yards against Cal.

22. MIAMI, FL (1-1)

Last Week: 23                        Result: Bye

The Hurricanes – coming off a bye week – face another tough test, as they hit the road Thursday night to take on the Pitt Panthers.

23. MICHIGAN (3-0)


Denard Robinson got offensive help last weekend vs. UMass

Last Week: 24                        Result: Defeated Massachusetts 42-37

Denard Robinson got some help on offense, as junior RB Michael Shaw ran for 126 yards over 12 carries.

24. CLEMSON (2-1)

Last Week: 22                        Result: Lost to Auburn 27-24 (OT)

Auburn’s 2 turnovers and 9 penalties gave Clemson every chance to win, but even with a 17-3 halftime lead, Clemson still fell in overtime.


Last Week: NR                        Result: Defeated BYU 34-10

The Seminoles’ big win over BYU was a nice rebound after getting trounced by Oklahoma during the previous week.




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