Outkick's Top 10 For Week 3 2017

It was a fairly quiet week in college football for the Outkick top ten with Clemson dominating Louisville as the only top ten team with a big game.

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Remember that at Outkick we only rank teams based on what they’ve actually done on the field. That is, we don’t rate based on what we expect to see, we rate based on what we’ve actually seen.

With that in mind, here we go

1. Clemson

Props to Dabo Swinney's team for totally dominating Louisville and Lamar Jackson, ending all chances that Jackson will repeat as a Heisman winner. (Jackson is now 2-4 in his last six games.) Given the fact that Clemson has now beaten Auburn and Louisville, I think it's fair to say that Clemson now has two better wins than any other top team in college football right now.

So I've got Clemson as the new number one in the Outkick top ten.

2. Alabama

The Crimson Tide have effectively had two straight exhibitions, but they have been fairly mediocre in both of these games, which is why I'm dropping them out of the top spot.

As bad as LSU and Auburn have looked so far this season, could Bama's toughest competition in the SEC West this year actually be Mississippi State in Starkville.

3. Oklahoma

It was a workmanlike performance for the Sooners coming off a huge win over Ohio State.

Ho hum, they only won by 42.

4. Penn State

The Nittany Lions have crushed every team they've played so far this year and look like the class of the Big Ten right now.

Expect the Nittany Lions to be 6-0 when Michigan comes to town, but does it seem like good, or fair, scheduling to have Penn State play Michigan and Ohio State in back-to-back weekends?

5. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys have won every game by 35 or more so far this season and it is looking increasingly likely that the game against Oklahoma could be a match up of two undefeated teams.

How big would Bedlam be then?

Mason Rudolph against Baker Mayfield might be for the Big 12 title, a playoff spot, and the Heisman trophy.

6. Mississippi State


Just wow.

This is an impressive of a non-Nick Saban SEC win as I have seen in a very long time and it catapulted State all the way to number six.

Is Mississippi State actually a top ten team? I have no idea. But I know it doesn't feel like anyone has beaten LSU like that since Gerry Dinardo was the coach.

7. Maryland

The Terrapins are still hanging in our top ten by virtue of their win over Texas, which looks even better in the wake of Texas's trip to USC and the Longhorns competed there.

We still don't know how good Maryland is, however, by virtue of the fact that they have only played one FBS team so far.

8. Michigan

The Wolverines just don't look very good, do they?

And now that we've finally seen the Gators play again, does Florida even look like a very good win?

I don't think so.

Even still, the Wolverines are going to be 6-0 when they roll into Happy Valley. I think their issues at quarterback are going to eventually catch up with them, but we'll see.

9. Georgia

The Bulldogs may be the only decent team in the SEC East.

Of course it's also possible that there are no good teams in the entire division. We'll get an early read on that with a game that suddenly looks pretty big, doesn't it -- Mississippi State in Athens.

10. USC

Yes, the Trojans won, but they were incredibly fortunate to do so and I'm dropping them to the bottom of the top ten as a result.

This now makes two of the first three weeks of the season when USC has underwhelmed.

That's certainly starting to look like a trend.

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