The Week 3 NCAA college football rankings are out and there were some expected movers and surprising changes. At the top of the poll, the usual suspects took care of business with the exception of the Oklahoma Sooners (1) who had a bye week. The Alabama (2) Crimson Tide rolled over Penn St. while LSU (3) took care of their patsy, Northwestern St. At home, Arizona State University earned national acclaim by defeating the higher-ranked Missouri Tigers. Mizzou fell out of the top 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll while the ASU Sun Devils jumped to 18 (23 last week).
Arizona State did not look like a top class team in their win over Mizzou but at the end of the day, they got the win. The offense put up nearly 500 yards and Brock Osweiler garnered some national attention for his play. Unfortunately, the defense allowed 500 yards and were completely befuddled by the Tigers spread offence.
Beating a higher ranked team, however, is always enough to earn a climb and it's not like ASU was the only college football team this week who struggled on defense.
The Sun Devils will try and keep their place in the top 20 next Saturday when they take on unranked Illinois on the road. ASU will be favorites in this game but will need to clean up a few things if they hope to win on the road and impress the voters.
Pac-12 school Oregon and Stanford were also ranked in the top 25. The Ducks stay at 14 and the Cardinal hold firm at the six spot according the the Coaches Poll. The University of Arizona Wildcats who were smothered by Oklahoma State is not ranked and likely won't be all season.