AP Top 25 Poll, Week 3: Texas Leaps Into Top 5; Georgia & Michigan Remain 1-2

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The 2023 college football season is officially in full swing following an eventful Week 2, and the Associated Press is giving us a look at how the competition stacks up with one game in the books.

On Sunday, September 10, the Week 3 AP Top 25 poll was officially announced.

Entering Week 3, the top two teams remain the same with the Georgia Bulldogs at No. 1 and Michigan Wolverines at No. 2. Florida State, meanwhile, checks in at No. 3.

The biggest mover in the latest rankings was the weekend’s big winner: the Texas Longhorns. Texas scored a dominant win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, giving Nick Saban’s squad its worst home loss since 2004. The Longhorns jumped seven spots to No. 4, while USC rounds out the top five.

The Crimson Tide fell seven spots following their loss and now sit at No. 10.

Other notable movers in the poll are the Clemson Tigers who have fallen out of the top 25 and Deion Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes who continue to clumb the poll and now sit at No. 18.

Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming weekend in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?

The latest AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.

  1. Georgia (55)
  2. Michigan (2)
  3. Florida State (3)
  4. Texas (2)
  5. USC
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Washington
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Alabama
  11. Tennessee
  12. Utah
  13. Oregon
  14. LSU
  15. Kansas State
  16. Oregon State
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Colorado
  19. Oklahoma
  20. North Carolina
  21. Duke
  22. Miami
  23. Washington State
  24. UCLA
  25. Iowa

Others receiving votes: Clemson 86, Arkansas 33, TCU 19, Kansas 19, Tulane 17, Wisconsin 10, Kentucky 5, Mississippi St. 5, Minnesota 3, Cincinnati 3, Fresno St. 2, Wyoming 1, Oklahoma St. 1, Maryland 1, James Madison 1.

The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.

Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.

The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.

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