The AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and after a wild weekend of games, there’s some movement high in the rankings. Here’s what’s next for each ranked team:

Previous ranking: 1

Through 10 quarters this season, Alabama looked borderline invincible, dominating Miami, Mercer and Florida for a half. But then the Gators came to life in the second half on Saturday and put the scare of a lifetime into the Crimson Tide. Suddenly, the offensive line wasn’t great, the defense couldn’t stop the run and a normally disciplined team committed a slew of penalties. The offensive line just couldn’t handle the noise inside the Swamp, and that could be an issue moving forward with trips to Texas A&M and Auburn in the future. — Alex Scarborough


Previous ranking: 2

Through three games, good luck in finding a better defense than Georgia’s. The Dawgs will surely face more explosive offenses, but they’ve given up just two touchdowns to this point — both coming during garbage time — capped by a 40-13 beatdown of South Carolina on Saturday. Georgia’s front seven has smothered opponents’ running games and forced them to pass, which will be the Dawgs’ approach going forward. Georgia next travels to Vanderbilt before getting surprising Arkansas at home and then going back on the road against Auburn. If the Dawgs continue to grow on offense, their defense has championship material written all over it. — Chris Low


Previous ranking: 4

The Ducks are still riding high after their win two weeks ago against Ohio State and head into the Pac-12 opener against Arizona as the only undefeated team in the conference. If the Ducks have trouble with the Wildcats, then the first few weeks of the season will have been a mirage. They’re the clear favorite in Pac-12, and preseason talk of a potential College Football Playoff run has been validated, so far. — Kyle Bonagura


Previous ranking: 3

After OU held off an upset-minded Nebraska team seeking to revive its glory years when the Sooners and Huskers battled for national titles, the Sooners get West Virginia at home on Saturday. The Sooners are 8-0 against the Mountaineers since they joined the Big 12, including a 52-14 win in Norman the last time they played in 2019. Riley promised after the Nebraska game that the OU offense is close to returning to the dynamic attack he has delivered in the past. The Mountaineers might just offer a cure: The Sooners have averaged 52 points per game in their past five meetings. — Dave Wilson


Previous ranking: 5

One more potential tuneup, and then the real work begins. Iowa moved to 3-0 — and stretched its winning streak to nine games — with an easy 30-7 win over Kent State on Saturday. It now prepares to face Colorado State. The physical Rams are coming off of their most impressive performance of the season (a 22-6 win over the Toledo team that nearly beat Notre Dame), but few teams out-physical Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes. After CSU comes a trip to 3-0 Maryland, followed by a visit to Penn State. Iowa is rolling, but there are plenty of tests on the horizon. — Bill Connelly


Previous ranking: 10

After a taxing stretch to open the season, Penn State must avoid a letdown against a solid FCS opponent in Villanova, which is 3-0 and already has 11 takeaways. Quarterback Sean Clifford has clearly improved in coordinator Mike Yurcich’s offense and must continue to look downfield for wide receivers Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington, as well as a talented collection of tight ends whom coach James Franklin wants to feature every week. A veteran defense hasn’t always been dominant in the red zone, but it has been strong and must continue to grow as Big Ten play resumes the following week with Indiana visiting Beaver Stadium. — Adam Rittenberg

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Noah Cain reaches the end zone to score a 3-yard touchdown to push the Penn State lead to 28-20 over Auburn.


Previous ranking: 7

The Aggies stumbled against Colorado in its second game, down late in the fourth quarter, but eventually scored the go-ahead touchdown for the 10-7 win. The team bounced back convincingly against New Mexico. Texas A&M needed a strong win before taking on an Arkansas team that just beat Texas 40-21 in Week 2. That game will start a tough stretch of conference games with Alabama two weeks later, so any bit of confidence will help. The Aggies are trying to push forward to another level, and these next few games will gauge where they currently stand. — Tom VanHaaren


Previous ranking: 8

Cincinnati made plenty of mistakes in its win against Indiana and it was the second game in a row in which it started slow in the first half. The Bearcats came back in the second half to beat the Hoosiers and stay undefeated. This was a good test for Cincinnati before the bye week to help prepare for Notre Dame the following week. As a top-10 team, Cincinnati is going to be scrutinized heavier than normal, so a win against Notre Dame will either provide some breathing room and momentum going forward, or bring on criticism. — Tom VanHaaren


Previous ranking: 6

Clemson’s offense has scored a combined 17 points against two FBS defenses this year. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has yet to generate a passer rating over 125, even including Week 2’s game against FCS foe South Carolina State. Now the Tigers have to visit an NC State team that has allowed just 31 total points in three games. Clemson’s own defense has yet to allow a touchdown and is the reason the Tigers remain the favorite to win the ACC. But following a narrow win over Georgia Tech, the tests will only get stiffer until Clemson’s offense finds its bearings. — Bill Connelly


Previous ranking: 9

The Buckeyes lost to Oregon in Week 2, then came out flat against Tulsa and ended up in a dog fight with a team that was 0-2 coming into the game. There were mistakes across the board for Ohio State with penalties and issues in coverage on defense, plus quarterback C.J. Stroud didn’t play his best. The team has Akron, Rutgers, Maryland and Indiana before facing Penn State in Columbus. This didn’t look like a top-10 team against Tulsa, and the staff has a lot to work on if they want to finish the season without any more losses. — Tom VanHaaren


Previous ranking: 11

The Gators face rival Tennessee at home, a game in which Florida hopes to build off the positives from its loss to Alabama. Emory Jones played a far more consistent game, and the ground game was powerful, with great play from the offensive line and tough running from backs Malik Davis, Nay’Quan Wright and Dameon Pierce. Florida also showed some toughness defensively, but the Gators have to clean up the penalties — particularly pass interference. Coach Dan Mullen also hopes Anthony Richardson will be available after missing the Alabama game with a hamstring injury. Florida knows how crucial each game is on the league schedule. To get a possible rematch with Alabama, the Gators need to win — starting Saturday. — Andrea Adelson


Previous ranking: 12

While the Irish offense continued to start and sputter against Purdue on Saturday, the defense was much better after giving up too many big plays in the first two games. The Boilermakers found the end zone only once and were limited to just 4-for-16 on third downs. The Irish had three sacks and intercepted two passes. Purdue averaged just 2.3 yards per carry and 5.4 yards per pass. It was a vast improvement compared to Notre Dame’s defensive performances against Florida State and Toledo. The Boilermakers aren’t exactly Alabama, but they averaged 39.5 points in their first two games. Clearly, the Irish are a work in progress and will have to get better on both sides of the ball. An upcoming four-game stretch against No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 8 Cincinnati, No. 15 Virginia Tech and rival USC will probably define the Irish’s season. — Mark Schlabach


Previous ranking: 17

It’s a game that can’t get here soon enough: Ole Miss vs. Alabama. Lane Kiffin vs. Nick Saban. The Rebels will get a week off after moving to 3-0 on Saturday night with a 61-21 thrashing of Tulane. The trip to Alabama the first weekend in October will provide a clearer picture of just how much Ole Miss has improved on defense. The Rebels have averaged 52.7 points in their first three games, but they’ve also looked significantly better on defense after finishing 117th nationally in scoring defense and 126th in total defense last season. Ole Miss rolled up 647 yards in total offense a year ago in the 63-48 loss to Alabama but also gave up 723 yards. Yes, those are video game numbers, which means we could be in for a lot of fun come Oct. 2. — Chris Low

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Matt Corral throws three touchdown passes and rushes in four times in a 61-21 Ole Miss win vs. Tulane.


Previous ranking: 14

The Cyclones begin Big 12 play on Saturday at Baylor with the same expectations they did when the season started: to be in the mix for the conference title. Last week’s loss to Iowa was disappointing, but this team is still talented enough to challenge Oklahoma. That said, there are few gimmes, either, and a loss in Waco is within reason. There wasn’t much to learn from the blowout loss against UNLV, but it was encouraging to see how easy quarterback Brock Purdy made things look. — Kyle Bonagura


Previous ranking: 23

The Cougars host South Florida next week, ending a three-game stretch of wins against Pac-12 teams to open the year. This is the time of year when BYU can really look forward to its Big 12 membership. As the rest of the country begins conference play, the stakes don’t elevate for BYU. Still, there is an intriguing slate of games approaching with games at Utah State, home against Boise State and at Baylor over the next three weeks. — Kyle Bonagura


Previous ranking: 20

The last time Arkansas was ranked and 3-0, the Razorbacks went to Jerry World and lost to a top-10 Texas A&M team, triggering a run of six losses in their final 10 games. That was five years ago. Now, they get a chance to right old wrongs….



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