Week 3 2016 NCAA College Football Power Rankings

By Derek Ferreira
Sep. 19, 2016

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Alabama is still the No. 1 team in the country after holding on in a tough contest against Ole Miss, whereas Florida State was destroyed by Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals. Ohio State is still a top 5 after defeating Oklahoma, and Michigan State taught us that they could be top contenders after their win against Notre Dame. Here are my CFB power rankings for this week.

10. Tennessee: Tennessee makes my top-10 this week. After defeating Virginia Tech last week, the Vols had a battle with Ohio, a team that made their matchup against Tennessee a trap game. Butch Jones needs to get better with his coaching, especially playing a rival team like Florida this weekend. Not to mention, a date with Georgia next weekend.

9. Michigan State: I'm going to be honest with all the readers out there. I had Notre Dame winning against the Spartans. But Mark Dantonio did what he had to do, as the Spartans destroyed the Irish on defense by scoring 36 unanswered points late in the first half and the start of the second half. I'm going to say it; Michigan State is a dark horse College Football Playoff team.

8. Washington: Washington has had an easy schedule. However, Chris Petersen has the Huskies scoring 40-plus points per game, but they've been playing non-conference teams. Their real test will start in Week 4 by playing Arizona on the road in what could be a trap game, in which I expect a lot of drama in that match. Win or lose; they have to play Stanford the following week in what I call a Pac-12 North elimination game.

7. Stanford: Stanford has had an easy schedule. No matter who the QB is for the Cardinals, Christian McCaffrey is a top Heisman contender. McCaffrey had a huge day against the USC Trojan with 260 total yards.

6. Clemson: Alright, I may have created controversy. Why do I have Clemson at 6? 5 other teams are better in this week's rankings. Yes, I understand they beat SCSU with a 59-0 score. But something isn't right with the Tigers, and they don't have that aura they had last season. Now, maybe they can regain that aura this week against Georgia Tech.

5. Houston: Tom Herman will be a coach that every major school wants to hire. But he is coaching the Cougars right now, and they are one spot away from making a College Football Playoff ranking. They will be a huge favorite for the next several weeks, but the matchup I want to see is against Louisville on November 17th, and that is if both teams remain undefeated until then.

4. Michigan: The Wolverines were down 21-7 to Colorado. However, they had a 38-7 run to finish the football game, and Michigan got their first real test. This was the first they were pushed this season, and they enter Big Ten play this weekend. The first matchup will be against Penn State, and the Lions need a despite win, so I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a trap game.

3. Louisville: Is it time to take Louisville seriously? I say yes. It's one thing to see Lamar Jackson destroy Syracuse, but to see Jackson do the same thing against Florida State. That puts him into Heisman contendership. The two games I'm looking forward is October 1st against Clemson, and the game against Houston in November. If they win those games, put this team in playoff contention.

2. Ohio State: The Ohio State defense made Baker Mayfield's life a living hell throughout the game. The OU defense was even bad as well. Need I say more.

1. Alabama: Nick Saban wasn't going to lose a third straight game against Ole Miss. The man was a genius. After trailing 24-3 against the Rebels, Alabama got their groove back. Alabama does this every week and has done this repeatedly. They find ways to win football games. Jalen Hurts continues to be a work in progress. Hurts rushed for over 100 yards in this game. The defense came back alive in the second half with pressure and turnovers, and it's going to be awhile until some team in the SEC or any other non-SEC teams to beat this Crismon Tide defense. Once again, Alabama is the best team in college football.