The Week 3 Coaches Poll was released by USA Today on Sunday. Six SEC teams were listed in the Top 25 after the third full weekend of the 2017 football season.
Alabama remained the SEC’s top team following a 41-23 win against Colorado State in Week 3. The Crimson Tide received 59 of a possible 65 first-place votes. Clemson received the remaining six, checking in at No. 2 in the rankings.
Florida shocked Tennessee with a touchdown on the final play of the game to claim a 26-20 victory in the SEC East clash. The Gators jumped from No. 25 to No. 22 as a result, and the Vols dropped out of the Top 25.
Meanwhile, Mississippi State put the hurt on LSU in Starkville, claiming a surprising 37-7 win in the conference opener for both teams. As a result, Mississippi State jumped from being unranked into the No. 19 spot in this week’s poll.
LSU dropped 12 spots from No. 11 to No. 23.
Auburn improved to 2-1 with a homecoming win against Mercer, though the Tigers didn’t seem to answer many of their offensive questions in the process. Georgia also cruised to an easy non-conference victory against Samford at Sanford Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers jumped from No. 17 to No. 16, and the Bulldogs moved from No. 13 to No. 12.
Vanderbilt was just outside the Top 25, receiving 92 points. Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas also received votes.
The Coaches Poll, which is comprised of the votes of 65 FBS head coaches, has been around since 1950. In the past, it served as a part of a formula to determine BCS rankings. But with the use of a College Football Playoff selection committee in place to determine the four teams that advance at the end of the season, it no longer plays a direct role in determining college football’s national champion.
The 2017 preseason Coaches Poll placed the Crimson Tide as the top SEC team at No. 1, LSU at No. 12, Auburn No. 13, Georgia at No. 15, Florida at No. 16 and Tennessee at No. 24.
Here’s a look at the complete 2017 Week 3 Coaches Poll:
Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 3
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||1ST PLACE VOTES||PREV||CHANGE||HI/LOW|
|25||San Diego State||3-0||141||0||34||9||–|
West Virginia 100; Vanderbilt 92; Colorado 84; Maryland 48; Kansas State 45; Memphis 36; Notre Dame 24; Kentucky 18; California 18; Minnesota 14; Stanford 11; North Carolina State 9; Houston 9; Duke 8; Navy 7; Iowa 6; Tennessee 3; Wake Forest 2; Boise State 2; Appalachian State 2; Michigan State 2; Arkansas 1.