AP Football Poll Week 3: State, Duke Receive Votes


The AP Football Poll for Week 3 is out today, and there is not a lot of good news for the programs of North Carolina. For the second straight week, there are no teams in the poll. However there was new action going on at the back end of the poll where the Duke Blue Devils gained some votes for the first time and the NC State Wolfpack added some more votes as well.

The main poll pushed out some of the SEC teams who were dwelling in the bottom third of the poll, but their preference for the Power 5 as a whole remains. This weak BYU became the token member of the non Power 5 teams after a victory against Boise State, which exited the poll.

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The poll also points out at interesting trends. Northwestern will probably be ranked when Duke plays them, which means they are a chance for Duke to show it is a bigger time team than their current schedule will allow.

The Temple Owls are sitting on the cusp of the poll after a victory against Cincinnati. Temple now looks to be a big threat in the American Athletic Conference, where UCF and Cincy have taken a step back early in the year. That could be very important for now 1-1 ECU heading into the conference season.

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  • Week 3 AP Football Poll

    1. Ohio State Buckeyes
    2. Alabama Crimson Tide
    3. TCU Horned Frogs
    4. Michigan State Spartans
    5. Baylor Bears
    6. USC Trojans
    7. Georgia Bulldogs
    8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    9. Florida State Seminoles
    10. UCLA Bruins
    11. Clemson Tigers
    12. Oregon Ducks
    13. LSU Tigers
    14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
    15. Ole Miss Rebels
    16. Oklahoma Sooners
    17. Texas A&M Aggies
    18. Auburn Tigers
    19. BYU Cougars
    20. Arizona Wildcats
    21. Utah Utes
    22. Missouri Tigers
    23. Northwestern Wildcats
    24. Wisconsin Badgers
    25. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Others Receiving Votes:
    Temple 38, West Virginia 37, Mississippi State 32, Tennessee 30, Toledo 29, Kansas State 26, Arizona State 20, Boise State 16, Houston 16, NC State Wolfpack 14, Florida 12, Minnesota 9, Arkansas 6, California 5, Iowa 5, Miami (FL) 3, Stanford 3, Western Kentucky 2, Virginia Tech 2, Duke Blue Devils 1

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