There were multiple upsets in college football this past weekend, as well as a couple of national title contenders who had close calls. Following Week 3 action, ESPN has updated its top 25 college football power rankings.
1. Georgia Bulldogs
It was an ugly first half for Georgia on both sides of the ball on Saturday. South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler had his way with the Bulldogs defense through the air for the first 30 minutes, while UGA QB Carson Beck struggled, and the Georgia offense managed only three points.
Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs turned things around in the second half as Georgia outscored the Gamecocks 21-0 after the break, on its way to a 24-14 victory. Still, there’s plenty of work to do in Athens if Georgia is going to win a third straight national title.
Michigan continues to win comfortably, although the Wolverines have yet to face a Power 5 opponent. Michigan opened the season with wins over East Carolina, UNLV and most recently Bowling Green — all by between 25 and 28 points.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh will be back on the sidelines this weekend after a three-game suspension to open the year. Harbaugh comes back as Big Ten play begins for Michigan with a home game against Rutgers.
Georgia wasn’t the only top 5 team that had its hands full over the weekend. Florida State had to hold on late to escape with a 31-29 win over Boston College.
The Seminoles took a 31-10 lead in the third quarter and appeared to be on their way to an easy win, before BC roared back with 19 unanswered points. Up next for the Seminoles is a showdown with Clemson in Death Valley.
4. USC Trojans
It was fair to expect that Texas might have a letdown after a huge win at Alabama, and the Longhorns certainly did. Wyoming and Texas were tied at 10 entering the fourth quarter, before the Longhorns pulled away for a 31-10 win.
Still, Texas has proven that at its best, it’s one of the best teams in the country. The Longhorns will be back on the road this weekend for a matchup at Baylor as Big 12 play gets underway.
Ohio State appears to be hitting its stride at just the right time. After lackluster performances against Indiana and Youngstown State to open the year, the Buckeyes blasted Western Kentucky 63-10 over the weekend.
Up next is a huge matchup with Notre Dame. There are certainly College Football Playoff implications on the line this weekend for the top 10 showdown. This will be a big test for Buckeyes first-year starting quarterback Kyle McCord.
Washington continued its dominant start to the season with an impressive 41-7 victory at Michigan State on Saturday. Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. continues to look like one of the best QBs in the country as he had 473 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Spartans.
Penn State got an outstanding performance from its defense on Saturday against Illinois, while earning a 30-13 road victory over the Illini. The Penn State offense wasn’t exactly explosive, but it didn’t need to be.
The Nittany Lions back seven was excellent as Illinois quarterback Luke Altmyer was picked off four times. Penn State faces a ranked Iowa team this weekend at home.
Notre Dame has scored 40-plus points in every game this season so far. It will get its biggest test to date on Saturday when the Irish host Ohio State in the biggest college football game of the weekend.
10. Utah Utes
The win over the Gators looks even more impressive now after what Florida did to Tennessee on Saturday. Up next, Utah faces back-to-back ranked opponents in UCLA and Oregon State.
ESPN power rankings 11-25
11. Oregon Ducks
12. Oregon State
13. LSU Tigers
14. Alabama Crimson Tide
15. Oklahoma Sooners
16. Ole Miss Rebels
17. North Carolina Tar Heels
18. Colorado Buffaloes
19. Duke Blue Devils
20. Miami Hurricanes
21. Tennessee Volunteers
22. Washington State Cougars
23. UCLA Bruins
24. Iowa Hawkeyes
25. Kansas State Wildcats
The updated power rankings from ESPN are in ahead of a loaded college football slate. With Clemson-Florida State, Notre Dame-Ohio State, Ole Miss-Alabama and plenty of other ranked matchups taking place this weekend, the power rankings are sure to have another shake up after Week 4.