Despite taking care of business with a 42-point win over Tulane, Oklahoma football slipped back one spot in the national rankings.
Clemson, No. 3 in last week’s Associated Press Top 25, switched places with the Sooners as a result of the Tigers’ impressive 47-21 road win over No. 14 Louisville. Alabama retained the top spot, with 45 of the 61 first-place votes. Clemson received 15 first-place votes, with the Sooners receiving the remaining vote.
Oklahoma commands the No. 3 spot in both of the major polls (AP and Coaches Poll) this week. The Sooners stayed at No. 3 in the Coaches Poll.
The Sooners weren’t the only Week 3 winners to lose ground in the rankings. USC’s close encounter with Texas, out of the Big 12, allowed Penn State to jump over the Trojans into the fourth spot in both major polls. USC had to go into overtime to pull out a 27-24 win over the visiting Longhorns.
Rounding out the top 10 in this week’s AP Top 25 are No. 6 Oklahoma State, which gained the most movement on any team in the top 10, jumping three positions from No. 9 a week ago, Washington, followed by three Big 10 teams: Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Ohio State also took another tumble, going from No. 8 to No. 10 in the AP poll despite following up its disappointing loss to Oklahoma with a fairly comfortable 38-7 victory over Army.
TCU is the only other team out of the Big 12 among the nation’s top 25 teams. The Horned Frogs moved into the No. 16 spot, up four places from No. 20 last week, as a result of a dominant 56-36 victory over SMU.
Kansas State, which held down the No. 18 spot in the AP poll last week, lost their first game in the season, falling at Vanderbilt 14-7. That loss was costly to the Wildcats, who dropped out of the top-25.