College football rankings: Penn State climbs into the top ten as notable teams hold steady in the new CBS Sports 131

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Georgia The team remains unanimous #1 on CBS Sports 131, our overall ranking for every FBS programme. While much of the top ten remains unchanged after the third week results in college football, there is plenty of movement elsewhere as the sports landscape begins to take shape heading into the heart of conference play.

Each of the top seven teams from last week’s rankings – Georgia, AlabamaAnd the Ohio StateAnd the MichiganAnd the OklahomaAnd the USC And the Clemson – They held their positions after victories confirmed their status. But while that higher level of the sport appears to be solidified at the moment, there are a few worthy contenders who are beginning to knock on the door to elite status.

Kentucky (No. 8) and Oklahoma (No. 9) both moved up two spots to the top ten while improving to 3-0 over the weekend. The wins, over both FCS teams, weren’t big moves, but with both teams having already won the Power Five in the books and been so impressive early in the season, it’s no surprise to see the Wildcats and Cowboys starting to make their cases as the elite teams in the 2022.

The strongest statement he made Pennsylvania statewho entered Auburn He dominated the Tigers with a 41-12 victory. The Nittany Lions were already a team that CBS Sports 131 voters favored over other top 25 polls — they sat 15th for the week — but after Saturday’s win, the ballot adjustments have been made and Penn State now sits as a top 10 team in our rankings, ahead of Tennessee And the Arkansas To claim position number 10.

Two of the most notable additions to the top of the rankings come from the Pac-12 where Oregon And the Washington The weekend started out of our top 30 just for every jump over a dozen spots after an impressive Week 3 win. The Ducks moved up 15 spots after winning BYU Easily, the Husky jumped 24 positions after they improved to 3-0 with a win against them Michigan State. For more information on the biggest adjustments from week to week on CBS Sports 131, check out the mover report below the Top 25 table.

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute their votes each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on our ranking page.

CBS Sports 131 College Football Rankings

Biggest movers

  • No. 30 KS (+26): Chalk rock! Lance Leibold put Kansas football in the top 30 after a 3-0 start including road wins in both West Virginia and Houston.
  • No. 38 Duke (+25): I don’t think our voters particularly react to the win over North Carolina A&T as much as they notice the 3-0 Duke team playing with great confidence in Mike Elko’s first season as head coach. Next, a 3-0 showdown against the aforementioned Jayhawks in Lawrence, KS.
  • No. 17 Washington (+24): The roof of the huskies may be USC’s number one contender in the Pac-12. Michael Bennix has been playing at a high level and the reunion with Kalen DeBoer continues as anyone could have expected. Even better, Washington found an offensive spark that was missing last year while maintaining the relentless defensive pressure that was the trademark of the program in the CFP era.
  • No. 16 Oregon (+15): Since the season-opening loss to Georgia, Oregon State has found its rhythm offensive with the Bo Nix and suddenly looks a lot closer to the pre-season expectation of introducing a title contender Pac-12 in 2022.
  • No. 39 LSU (+15): A drop occurred in the wake of the season-opening loss to Florida State, but our voters quickly began returning the Tigers some of that lost credit after a tough 31-16 win over Mississippi State.
  • No. 29 Miami (-16): Hurricanes played a difficult role at Texas A&M, but the Hurricanes’ higher rankings are more difficult to argue with with the only victories to come against Bethune-Cookman and the Southern Miss. This is still a quality team, with our voters holding the top 30, but there was an adjustment after the loss in College Station, Texas.
  • No. 43 Kansas State (-16): Kansas State’s growing confidence in 2022, which culminated last week with a four-goal win over Missouri, came to a stark halt with a home loss to Tulane.
  • No. 41 Mississippi (-18): After breaking the top 25 last week, the Bulldogs saw a pretty big adjustment after losing Route 31-16 at LSU. There are opportunities to bounce back in the rankings before Texas A&M and Arkansas visit Starkville, Mississippi, in early October.
  • #34 Michigan State (-20): While Washington saw a big jump in our rankings, there was an almost reciprocal drop for the Spartans after the defeat in Seattle. The coming weeks will do a better job of explaining if the result is more of a reflection on Washington or Michigan, but for now, Sparti is faltering in the rankings.

Check out the rest of CBS Sports 131: Team Ranking 26-131