College Football Power Rankings Week 3: Oregon Ducks Are Flying High

While Alabama remains No. 1, it's the Oregon Ducks who are making the most noise. Behind a huge rushing game from C.J. Verdell and strong QB play by Anthony Brown, they upset Ohio State in Week 2 and made the biggest jump in Andrew Caley's power rankings.

Posted: Aug 31, 2021 7:30 PM ET Updated: Sep 14, 2021 4:33 PM ET Est Time: 5 min
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Need some help with your college football bets? Well, our college football power rankings are here to help you make the tough decisions and find some added betting value — not to mention bragging rights for your favorite school.

Check back each week for Andrew Caley’s updated power rankings, where he lists his Top 25 teams in college football, highlighting the risers, fallers, and maybe identifying some betting value in the futures market. 

After another week of crazy results, one thing that's becoming clear is that No. 1 Alabama might be in a class of its own. Though Oregon made a big jump after upsetting Ohio State at the Horseshoe.

Andrew Caley's college football power rankings

Rank (Last Week) Team AP Rank National Title Odds
1 (1, -) Alabama 1 +180
2 (2, -) Georgia 2 +330
3 (3, -) Clemson 6 +800
4 (12, ↑ 8) Oregon 4 +2,500
5 (5, -) Oklahoma 4 +750
6 (6, -) Cincinnati 8 +7,500
7 (9, ↑ 2) Iowa 5 +6,000
8 (8, -) Penn State 10 +5,000
9 (4, ↓ 5) Ohio State 9 +900
10 (14, ↑ 4) UCLA 13 +8,000
11 (16, ↑ 5) Mississippi 17 +10,000
12 (7, ↓ 5) Texas A&M 7 +4,000
13 (17, ↑ 4) Arizona State 19 +10,000
14 (18, ↑ 4) Florida 11 +5,000
15 (11, ↓ 4) Notre Dame 12 +6,000
16 (24, ↑ 8) Virginia Tech 15 +13,000
17 (15, ↓ 2) Iowa State 14 +8,000
18 (19, ↑ 1) TCU NR +30,000
19 (21, ↑ 2) Wisconsin 18 +13,000
20 (NR) Arkansas 20 +20,000
21 (25, ↑ 4) UCF NR +30,000
22 (20, ↓ 2) Miami 24 +13,000
23 (23, -) LSU NR +10,000
24 (NR) Coastal Carolina 16 +40,000
25 (NR) North Carolina 21 +13,000

Dropped out: Texas, Utah, USC

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On the rise: Oregon (4)

The Oregon Ducks had a huge task ahead of them this past weekend. They traveled to Columbus for an early afternoon kickoff where they were 14.5-point underdogs against Ohio State and were without their top pass rusher, potential No. 1 overall draft pick Kayvon Thibodeaux.

And guess what? They overcame it all and upset the Buckeyes 35-28 behind a strong running game and efficient quarterback play from Anthony Brown.

The Ducks now appear to be the class of the Pac-12 and while there are some tough road stops on their schedule down the road (at UCLA, at Utah), their path to the College Football Playoff is clear. A conference title with one loss or fewer, with a win over Ohio State, could have the Pac-12 back in the CFP for the first time since 2016. 

Free falling: USC (NR)

I did this to myself. I believed this USC team might be different. I told myself maybe Clay Helton figured it out. That Kedon Slovis will take a step forward in his development, as has some great weapons to work with like Drake London, and a talented defense.

Well, what a swing and miss. USC went out and lost straight up to Stanford as 17-point home favorites. And not just lost, but it got crushed. Against a Stanford team that looked like it was already gearing toward 2022 after getting embarrassed in a 24-7 loss to Kansas State.

Now USC fans get their wish as Helton has been canned and the search begins to find the new man to lead the Trojans. But uncertainty surrounds this team for the remainder of the year.

Bet Bama now (1)

If one thing has become clear this season, it’s that while there have been a lot of crazy and unexpected scores through the first two weeks of the college football season, Alabama still looks a cut above the rest.

The Crimson Tide didn’t cover as 53.5-point mega-favorites this weekend against the Mercer Bears, only winning 48-14 and only winning the second half 17-14. But that’s all the fuel Nick Saban will need heading into this weekend’s matchup against Florida.

Bama is just a 15.5-point favorite for that matchup, but that number won’t last long as kickoff gets closer. Go bet them now and take a look at their odds to win the national championship while you’re at it. It’s hard to think this team drops more than a game on the way to another SEC title game, and then the CFP.

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