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  • Associated Press Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush, left, drops off the ball to running back Tony Jones Jr., during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt in South Bend on Saturday.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 6:20 pm

Sinn's AP Poll: Week 3

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Week 3 featured several games between Top 25 teams, including a top-tier matchup in Auburn-LSU that lived up to the billing and then some. There was a shakeup in the Top 10 after Wisconsin lost to BYU and LSU came back to win on the road. Here is my AP Poll following Week 3.

1. Alabama (3-0)

2. Ohio State (3-0)

3. Oklahoma (3-0)

4. LSU (3-0)

5. Clemson (3-0)

6. Georgia (3-0)

7. Notre Dame (3-0) 

8. Stanford (3-0)

9. Auburn (2-1)

10. Washington (2-1)

11. West Virginia (2-0)

12. Virginia Tech (2-0)

13. Penn State (3-0)

14. Oklahoma State (3-0)

15. Mississippi State (3-0)

16. Central Florida (3-0)

17. TCU (2-1)

18. Michigan (2-1)

19. Miami (2-1)

20. Wisconsin (2-1)

21. Oregon (3-0)

22. Boston College (3-0)

23. Iowa (3-0)

24. South Florida (3-0)

25. Boise State (2-1)

I moved Notre Dame up one spot after the Irish beat Vanderbilt 22-17. It wasn't an overly impressive victory and Notre Dame had to hold on at the end, but it was a win over an SEC team. That, combined with losses by two teams in front of them, essentially guaranteed the Irish would move up a spot in my poll. Notre Dame is No. 8 in the overall poll, the same as last week. I'm a little surprised by that, because it means the voters don't put much stock in a victory over another 2-0 team from a Power Five conference. I do.

The biggest mover in my poll this week is LSU, which overcame a 21-10 second-half deficit on the road. Joe Burrow looks like he could be more than a game-manager for the Tigers and right now no team has a better resume than wins over Miami and Auburn within three weeks. I still won't put them above what to me seems like a pretty clear Top 3 in Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma, but LSU seems to be for real.

The two new entrants to my poll this week are Boston College and Iowa, two teams with 3-0 records who have already beaten at least one Power Five team. In Week 2, the Hawkeyes physically dominated an Iowa State team that gave Oklahoma all it could handle Saturday, while Boston College has shown off a surprisingly potent offense and won a 41-34 shootout over Wake Forest on Thursday. The Eagles take on Purdue in West Lafayette in Week 4, a matchup featuring two teams going in seemingly opposite directions. Boston College and Iowa leapfrogged South Florida in my poll after the Bulls struggled to beat Illinois on Saturday. I don't generally penalize wins, no matter who they are against, but Illinois is ... not good.

dsinn@jg.net