College football rankings: Resilient Colorado moves up after miracle finish


Following Colorado’s 43-35 double overtime win against Colorado State, Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders, summed up his team’s performance in one word: Resilience.

They had to have it. The Buffs, who entered the game as 22-point favorites, were down 11 points in the fourth and Travis Hunter was injured and forced to leave. Shedeur Sander took to the field at 2:06 with his team behind by eight. He started a drive on his own 2-yardline. And then Sanders did what winners do in winning time.He drove the Buffs 98 yards in seven plays and stood up against immense pressure on a two-point conversion attempt to tie the game and force OT — where he did it again.Sanders finished the day 38-for-47 passing for 348 yards with four TDs and an interception. Here are my top 25 rankings for Week 3.

[Travis Hunter taken to hospital after roughness penalty knocks him out of the game]





South Carolina

, 24-14 The Bulldogs looked vulnerable for the first time this season and needed to overcome a 14-3 deficit in the second half at home to knock off the Gamecocks.

Daijun Edwards rushed for 120 yards on 18 carries in his season debut.A massive wakeup call for No. 1 Georgia2. Michigan



Bowling Green

A massive wakeup call for No. 1 Georgia

, 31-6Despite three interceptions thrown by Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy, the Wolverines completed their nonconference slate 3-0 without head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline.

3. Ohio State (3-0)

Defeated Western Kentucky

, 63-10The Buckeye defense rock-bottomed the Hilltoppers with seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two INTs and two defensive TDs in the win.

Does Ohio State have a LEGIT defense under Jim Knowles?4. USC (3-0)


Caleb William and the Trojans face Arizona State on September 23.

Does Ohio State have a LEGIT defense under Jim Knowles?

5. Texas (3-0)



, 31-10Texas RB Jonathon Brooks rushed for 164 yards in the win against the Cowboys.

6. Penn State (3-0)Defeated


, 30-13The Nittany Lion defense forced five turnovers, including four INTs in their win in Champaign.

Here’s what we learned from Penn State’s win over Illinois7. Florida State

(3-0) Defeated

Boston College

Here's what we learned from Penn State's win over Illinois

, 31-29The Seminoles held a 31-10 lead until the fourth quarter, but barely escaped with the win despite BC committing a school

record 18 penalties for 131 yards.8. Washington

(3-0)Defeated Michigan State

, 41-7Michael Penix Jr. threw for 473 yards with four TDs in the Huskies’ win against the Spartans.

9. Utah (3-0) Defeated

Weber State

, 31-7The Utes rushed for 231 yards and moved to 3-0 despite playing without the services of QB Cam Rising for a third straight game.

10. Oregon(3-0) Defeated


, 55-10 The Ducks averaged 58 points in their first three games. What’s next? Deion Sands and Colorado are coming to Eugene.

, 11. LSU (2-1)

Defeated Mississippi State

, 41-14Wideout Malik Nabers had 13 catches for 239 yards with two TDs.

12. Notre Dame (4-0)Defeated

Central Michigan

, 41-17ND QB Sam Hartman threw for 330 yards and RB Audric Estime rushed for 176 yards in the win.

13. Alabama (2-1)Defeated

South Florida

, 17-3Alabama quarterbacks Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson combined to complete 10 of 23 passes for 107 yards and were sacked five times in an ugly win in Tampa.

Is Ty Simpson or Jalen Milroe the answer for Alabama’s QB woes?14. Colorado(3-0)


Colorado State

Is Ty Simpson or Jalen Milroe the answer for Alabama's QB woes?

, 43-35, 2OT Playing without injured star Travis Hunter, the Buffs erase a 28-17 deficit in the fourth quarter, winning in overtime to remain unbeaten heading into next week’s matchup at Oregon.

Watch all the big plays from Colorado’s thrilling victory15. UCLA(3-0)


North Carolina Central

Watch all the big plays from Colorado's thrilling victory

, 59-7 The Bruins led the Eagles 35-0 at the end of the first half.

16. Oklahoma (3-0)Defeated


, 66-17Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel passed for 421 yards and five TDs with an INT in the win.

17. Ole Miss (3-0) Defeated

Georgia Tech

, 48-23Rebels QB Jaxson Dart accounts for 387 total yards and three TDs in the win.

18. Oregon State (3-0) Defeated

San Diego State

, 26-9The Beavers have allowed an average of 11 points a game with a matchup with undefeated No. Dj Uiagalelei connects to Anthony Gould on a 75-yard touchdown

19. Duke (3-0)Defeated



DJ Uiagalelei connects with Anthony Gould for 75-yard TD

38-14Duke QB Riley Leonard completed 15 of 20 passes and accounted for 316 total yards with two rushing TDs.20.

Iowa (3-0)Defeated Western Michigan


41-10The Hawkeyes scored the most points in a game since defeating Maryland 55-14 in 2021.21.

North Carolina (3-0)Defeated Minnesota


31-13UNC QB Drake Maye completed 29 of 40 passes for 414 yards with two TDs and two INTs in the win.22.

Miami (3-0)Defeated Bethune-Cookman


48-7The Hurricanes put up 569 yards of offense and held the Wildcats to just 165 on Thursday night.23.

Washington State (3-0)Defeated Northern Colorado


64-21Wazzu QB Cam Ward completed 20 of 26 passes for 327 yards with four TDs in the win.24.

Clemson (2-1)Defeated Florida Atlantic


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48-14The Tigers created four turnovers in the win and held a 34-0 lead at halftime.25.

Tennessee (2-1)Lost to Florida


29-16The Vols haven’t won in Gainesville since 2003.RJ Young is a national college football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “

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