Alabama remains the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 , but Clemson has overtaken the No. 2 spot from Oklahoma and picked up more than a dozen first-place votes after beating Louisville and Lamar Jackson on Saturday night.
The AP Top 25 voters has not given up on LSU. The Tigers fell 13 spots from the No. 12 ranking from a week ago but held on in the new poll at No. 25, while Mississippi State showed up in the rankings for the first time this season at No. 17.
Ranked teams losing on the road was a theme this week, and it's possible that LSU's standing in the poll was helped by other results that changed up the order in spots 15-25, like Kansas State losing at Vanderbilt, Stanford losing at San Diego State, and Tennessee losing at Florida on Feleipe Franks' absurd Hail Mary.
Those upset wins were impressive enough to not only put the Bulldogs in the top 25 but also San Diego State, making its 2017 poll debut at No. 22. Utah and Oregon also broke into the rankings this week.
The first updated college football rankings after the action from Week 3 still pegs Alabama as the No. 1 team in the country, followed by Clemson and Oklahoma to round out the top three. USC and Michigan each moved down just one spot, to No. 5 and No. 8 respectively, after close wins but for the most part, the top of the poll featured no major changes.
LSU took a dive in the rankings from No. 11 to No. 23 after losing at Mississippi State, and the upset win has propelled the Bulldogs into the top 25 at No. 19. Oregon and San Diego State also moved up into the top 25 at No. 24 and No. 25, replacing Kansas State, Stanford and Tennessee.