Official Rant Sports College Football Top 25 Rankings- Week Three

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Every week we bring you the Official Rant Sports College Football Top 25 Rankings based on the selections of each of our writers. There was some serious movement in our poll yesterday based on the crazy upsets– some of which were more predictable than others– and great performances from teams that appear to be hitting their stride.

Here’s the Official Rant Sports College Football Top 25 Rankings for Week 3 of the 2012 season:

TEAM RECORD    AVERAGE POSITION LAST WEEK MOVEMENT
1. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE 3-0 1 1 N/A
2. LSU TIGERS 3-0 2 3 +1
3. OREGON DUCKS 3-0 2.88 4 +1
4. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 3-0 4.11 7 +3
5. GEORGIA BULLDOGS 3-0 5 5 N/A
6. OKLAHOMA SOONERS 2-0 6.63 6 N/A
7. WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS 2-0 7.33 9 +2
8. SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS 3-0 8.11 8 N/A
9. CLEMSON TIGERS 3-0 9.33 10 +1
10. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES 3-0 11.11 12 +2
11. TEXAS LONGHORNS 3-0 11.78 13 +2
12. USC TROJANS 2-1 11.88 2 -10
13. STANFORD CARDINAL 3-0 12.89 23 +10
14. NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH 3-0 14.44 20 +6
15. KANSAS STATE WILDCATS 3-0 14.78 15 N/A
16. FLORIDA GATORS 3-0 15.11 22 +6
17. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES 2-1 15.13 17 N/A
18. TCU HORNED FROGS 2-0 16.75 16 -2
19. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 3-0 19.22 21 +2
20. UCLA BRUINS 3-0 19.56 NR +7
21. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS 2-1 19.87 11 -10
22. ARIZONA WILDCATS 3-0 21.33 NR +6
23. MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS 3-0 22 NR +3
24. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS 2-1 23.25 25 +1
25. BOISE STATE BRONCOS   1-1 23.67 NR +4
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:
OKLAHOMA STATE
GEORGIA TECH
NORTHWESTERN
OREGON STATE
IOWA STATE 
FIRST TIME ENTRANT:
UCLA
ARIZONA
MISSISSIPPI STATE
BOISE STATE 
DROPPED OUT:
ARKANSAS

Snap observations from the poll:

* The USC Trojans took a serious nosedive from No. 2 to No. 12 in the poll after a 21-14 loss to the Stanford Cardinal, which, surprisingly enough, has been the norm in this series over the past few years.

* Stanford stormed up our poll from No. 23 to No. 13 on the heels of this victory.

* The Notre Dame Fighting Irish moved up 6 spots to No. 14 from No. 2o after their 20-3 whipping of the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. The Spartans tumbled ten spots to No. 21 in our poll from No. 11 due to this loss.

* Several first-time entrants who have been on the verge in the poll’s first two iterations made their way in for Week 3. The UCLA Bruins, Arizona Wildcats, Mississippi State Bulldogs and Boise State Broncos are all teams our writers have their eyes on going into Week 4.

Make sure and visit us every Sunday for the next installment of the Rant Sports College Football Top 25 Rankings!!

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Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

Kris is also the host of the Rant Sports College Football Hour on the TSC Radio Network on Sunday evenings at 8 Central Time and Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.

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