Louisville surged to No. 3 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, matching the best ranking in school history, as Ohio State moved up to No. 2 behind top-ranked Alabama.
Out with the old, in with the new CFP contenders
Thanks for stopping by Oklahoma, FSU and Notre Dame, but a brand new batch of playoff contenders emerged after Week 3 of the college football season.
Week 3 Power Rankings: Welcome to the party, Louisville
Sure, Week 3 didn’t end up rebooting our top 25 very much. But look closely and you’ll see the Power Rankings ripple effects of Saturday’s most shocking result: Louisville 63, Florida State 20.
Drawing conclusions: Week 3’s playoff impact
Our artist looks back at a fun Week 3, which featured an eye-opening Louisville rout of Florida State, Alabama vanquishing an old foe and more.
The Crimson Tide received 50 first-place votes after coming from 21 points down to win 48-43 at Ole Miss on Saturday. The Buckeyes moved up one spot after an emphatic 45-24 victory at Oklahoma.
No team made a bigger move than Louisville, which jumped seven spots and received six-first place votes after Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals beat Florida State 63-20. The Seminoles slid 10 spots to No. 13.
The Cardinals were No. 3 on Nov. 5, 2006, during coach Bobby Petrino’s first stint with Louisville.
Ohio State picked up four first-place votes, and No. 4 Michigan received one.
North Dakota State didn’t make the rankings but received 74 points after upsetting Iowa, setting a record for point received by an FCS team.
No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 25 Oklahoma both managed to stay in the rankings after dropping to 1-2 on the season. The Rebels, who opened the season with a loss to Florida State, dropped four spots. The Sooners, who lost their opener to No. 6 Houston, fell 11 spots.
No. 20 Nebraska is back in the rankings for the first time since Dec. 7, 2014, after beating Oregon 35-32, No. 22 San Diego State is ranked for the first time since 1995, and No. 24 Utah moved to 3-0 after beating San Jose State 34-17 on the road.
Iowa, Notre Dame and Oregon dropped out of the poll.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.