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CBS Sports updates Top 25 college football power rankings ahead of Week 3

Steve Samra09/14/22
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It looks like any CFP expansion will come after the current contract runs out after the 2025 season. (Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CBS Sports has updated their Top 25 college football power rankings ahead of Week 3.

An upset-filled Week 2 sets the stage, as some of the top brands in all of the sport fell in shocking defeats. From Texas A&M to Notre Dame, College Football Playoff hopes were dashed across the board.

Additionally, all eyes were on a big-time contest in Austin on Saturday between Alabama and Texas. Alabama entered the week ranked No. 1, while Texas was just on the outside looking in. The Longhorns played a tough game, and even after losing starting quarterback Quinn Ewers to a shoulder injury in the first half, fought until the bitter end. Alabama ultimately kicked a late field goal to pick up a 20-19 victory.

Prior to releasing the rankings, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports highlighted how the aforementioned upsets will mean more in the future with the expansion of the College Football Playoff.

“In as little as two years, such upsets are going to mean more. (Sun Belt commissioner) [Keith] Gill is one of the FBS commissioners working on the logistics of a 12-team playoff. Whenever it is instituted, Sun Belt upsets could mean CFP inclusion,” wrote Dodd. “As modeled, the top six-ranked conference champions will make up half the bracket. The other six spots will go to at-large teams.

“Fast backward to this week’s Power Rankings. App State debuts at No. 18 after winning at Texas A&M 17-14. At this time, the Mountaineers (1-1) are the top-ranked Group of Five team, meaning they would be in line for a New Year’s Six bowl. But if the expanded playoff debuts as soon as 2024, that No. 17 ranking would put App State in contention for a playoff berth.”

Here’s who CBS Sports believes are the Top 25 teams in the nation ahead of Week 3, following some shocking upsets last weekend.

CBS Sports Top 25 ahead of Week 3:

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes
  4. Michigan Wolverines
  5. USC Trojans
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. Miami Hurricanes
  8. Kentucky Wildcats
  9. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  10. Utah Utes
  11. BYU Cougars
  12. Clemson Tigers
  13. Baylor Bears
  14. NC State Wolfpack
  15. Arkansas Razorbacks
  16. Ole Miss Rebels
  17. Michigan State Spartans
  18. Appalachian State Mountaineers
  19. Texas A&M Aggies
  20. Tennessee Volunteers
  21. Pittsburgh Panthers
  22. Florida Gators
  23. North Carolina Tar Heels
  24. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  25. Marshall Thundering Herd