AP College Football Poll 2016: Complete Week 3 Rankings Revealed

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AP College Football Poll 2016: Complete Week 3 Rankings Revealed
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After an exciting weekend of college football, the Week 3 Associated Press poll was released Sunday afternoon with some changes in the rankings. 

Below, we'll break down the latest poll and the Bleacher Report edition and then analyze the weekend that was.



Certainly, Alabama was never in danger of losing its top spot in the AP poll. A week after annihilating USC, the Crimson Tide calmly disposed of an overwhelmed Western Kentucky team, 38-10. 

Of course, that wasn't good enough for head coach Nick Saban. He ripped his team after the contest, per Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports:

We have lots of work to do. I didn't think we prepared very well for this game. I don't think we respected the team we played. Like I said before, when you're arrogant, it makes you complacent. It creates a blatant disregard for doing things right. If we don't start doing things right, we're not going to have the kind of success that we're capable of.

He wasn't done.

"I don't know that I've ever been this disappointed after winning a game, maybe ever," Saban added, before later saying: "I'm almost embarrassed that I didn't do a better job for my team."

The Crimson Tide are 2-0 and the defending national champions. But nothing is ever quite good enough for Saban. That, perhaps more than anything else, is why the Crimson Tide have created a dynasty under him.

The Clemson Tigers threatened that destiny last year and were one of the favorites to do so again this year, but they've limped out to an uninspiring 2-0 start that saw them barely beat Troy, 30-24, on Saturday.

That's left ESPN's Anthony McFarland wondering what is going on at Memorial Stadium:

A few teams were always likely to take a bit of a tumble in this week's rankings. Georgia held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback bid by Nicholls State, winning 26-24 in a contest it was expected to win by a far more convincing margin.

"We had a lot of guys today who didn't play the way they are capable, and I've got to figure out why that is," head coach Kirby Smart told the Associated Press, via ESPN.com.

While Georgia nonetheless secured the win, TCU and Oklahoma State weren't so lucky. The Horned Frogs lost a two-overtime thriller against visiting Arkansas, while Oklahoma State lost on a final-play Hail Mary to Central Michigan that never would have happened if the referees had interpreted the rules correctly one play earlier and ended the game. 

Don't expect Central Michigan to give the win back, of course.

“It feels great,” head coach John Bonamego told Brandon Folsom of the Detroit Free Press“Winning just feels great. To be able to get one like that on the road in that venue, it was pretty cool."

College football is wild like that. Give a team one more play, and it might just give you a miracle.

As for next week, there are some doozies on the schedule. 

Florida State will take on Louisville and early Heisman candidate Lamar Jackson, who has an incredible 13 total touchdowns after two games. Alabama will travel to Ole Miss for an SEC showdown, while Michigan State will take on Notre Dame in what has become a great rivalry. Oklahoma will try to avoid losing its second game of the season against Ohio State, while USC will look to re-enter the playoff picture with a win over Stanford.


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