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Mississippi State blew out LSU in Starkville to improve to 3-0. Expect the Bulldogs to crack the Top 25 on Sunday afternoon.

College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Poll Top 25 after Week 3

Alex Martin Smith

While the top of the college football rankings were unaffected Saturday, the SEC saw its share of chaos. No. 24 Florida beat No. 23 Tennessee on a last-second Hail Mary, while unranked Mississippi State beat No. 12 LSU by 30 points to potentially drop the Tigers out of the Top 25.

Here’s our best guess at how the AP Top 25 will look on Sunday:

College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Poll Top 25 after Week 3

Dropped out: LSU (previously No. 12), Kansas State (No. 18), Tennessee (No. 23) and UCLA (No. 25)

25. West Virginia
24. Oregon
23. Utah
22. Florida

The Gators beat the Vols with a completely unexpected 63-yard touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland. The Gators offense had been borderline lifeless through the first 59 minutes of the game and appeared to be content with overtime until Franks launched his winning throw.

21. USF
20. Louisville
19. Washington State
18. TCU
17. Auburn

Jarrett Stidham (32-of-37 on the day) appeared to find his form, but the Tigers were disappointing in a 24-10 win over FCS Mercer. Fortunately, they have a date with hapless Missouri next weekend in Columbia.

16. Stanford [projected win at San Diego State]
15. Miami
[game at Florida State postponed]
14. Virginia Tech
13. Mississippi State

How high will Mississippi State climb after a 37-7 win over No. 12 LSU? The Bulldogs look like a completely different team from last season, when the defense failed to hold up against quality opponents. Oh, and Nick Fitzgerald might have usurped Derrius Guice as the SEC’s Heisman favorite. MSU travels to Athens next weekend for marquee matchup against Georgia.

12. Georgia
11. Florida State [game vs. Miami postponed]
10. Wisconsin
9. Oklahoma State
8. Ohio State
7. Michigan
6. Washington
5. USC

Southern Cal appeared as if it would fall to unranked Texas, 17-14, but managed to tie the game as time ran out. In double overtime, the Trojans stripped Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger of the football and then knocked home a 43-yard field goal to extend its winning streak to 12 games.

4. Penn State
3. Clemson
2. Oklahoma
1. Alabama

What’s your Top 25? Let us know in the comments section below.