Forecast Week 3 AP Top 25 after Alabama survives, Notre Dame and Texas A&M fall [Updated]

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Texas A&M Aggies. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Projected college football rankings for the AP Top 25 in Week 3 after an upset Saturday with Notre Dame, Texas A&M and more upset.

If there was one complaint about college football’s return last week, it was the general lack of surprises. Aside from Florida beating Utah, there was no commotion in the rankings in Week 1 in the country. So of course the universe had to make up for that with an absolutely absurd week 2 chart of ranked team after ranked team going under.

Notre Dame and Texas A&M, both in the top 10 of the latest AP Top 25 college football rankings, lost at home to Marshall and Appalachian State, respectively. Meanwhile, Wisconsin silently lost to Washington State within Camp Randall’s borders before Florida was also relegated to rank Kentucky late in the night.

And as if that weren’t enough, the day nearly started with the biggest upset of them all when Texas nearly beat No. 1 Alabama but the Crimson Tide threw up one last shot to score the game-winning field goal.

But will that be enough to keep the top spot in the rankings? Let’s see what the predicted AP Top 25 college football rankings have to say about it.

Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 2: #25-21

25th Air Force Falcons

Understanding that the Falcons haven’t exactly played elite competitions up to this point is the fact that the Air Force has been as dominant for two weeks as one would wish for a Group of 5 against Northern Iowa and Colorado and gets a 41-10 win over the Buffs on Saturday. This team will be a real problem and a contender to conquer Mountain West this season.

24. Oregon Ducks

To be honest, dropping Oregon from the rankings after the Ducks were beaten by Georgia in Week 1 was probably far too much of an overreaction. Bo Nix and this team rallied against the underdog competition as they defeated East Washington quite convincingly, jumping to a big early lead. There’s still a lot to prove now that the season has started, but Oregon certainly deserves a spot in the top 25.

23. Texas A&M Aggies

Simply put, it’s about time Jimbo Fisher gave up his crush on Haynes King. Texas A&M was beaten off by App State at Kyle Field. The Mountaineers are a good team but are nowhere near as talented as the Aggies. Still, the offensive looked completely anemic and hapless throughout the game. I keep her in the top 25, but only just.

22. Pittsburgh Panthers

There’s no real shame in what we saw of Pitt on Saturday. Even with quarterback Kedon Slovis eliminated early in the game, the team was still pushing a very good Tennessee side as the game went into overtime. They were eventually overwhelmed in the extra frame, but it was still a great overall performance that gave no reason to think they were going anywhere as a real factor in ACC.

21. Penn State Nittany Lions

After a thrilling win over Purdue last week, there haven’t been many questions at Penn State this season as the Nittany Lions got to a point where they have experience, they have a ton of talent and they just need to fix the ship by two down seasons. When they took care of the business against Ohio on Saturday, they showed that they are up to the task with a strong overall performance. Forecast Week 3 AP Top 25 after Alabama survives, Notre Dame and Texas A&M fall [Updated]

John Verrall

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