OU rises to No. 3 in AP Poll

September 12, 2021
Western Carolina v Oklahoma
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All things considered, this looks about right so far.

Entering Week Three of the 2021 college football season, the Oklahoma Sooners have climbed up one spot to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 Poll after thoroughly dismantling the Western Carolina Catamounts, 76-0. Up next, OU should be in for a fun one against a classic and storied rival — the Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1).

Full AP Poll below:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Oregon
  5. Iowa
  6. Clemson
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Ohio State
  10. Penn State
  11. Florida
  12. Notre Dame
  13. UCLA
  14. Iowa State
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Coastal Carolina
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arizona State
  20. Arkansas
  21. North Carolina
  22. Auburn
  23. BYU
  24. Miami
  25. Michigan

News and Notes:

  • The Oregon Ducks rose eight spots after upsetting the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus — without the services of star DE Kayvon Thibodeaux. Meanwhile, OSU dropped six places and faces a ton of questions about its porous defense in back-to-back outings.
  • The Iowa Hawkeyes proved why they’re big brother to Iowa State’s little brother in a sound, country butt-whupping in Ames. Matt Campbell, for all the success he’s had at ISU, has yet to crack the code on how to defeat the premier program in the state.
  • Welcome back, Texas. Against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the burnt orange boys we all know and adore looked like a team that is still far from contending for anything nationally. In Steve Sarkisian’s first road game as UT’s head coach, nothing was working on either side of the ball, and that 19-point beatdown was actually worse than the 40-21 final score indicated. The Longhorns have dropped from No. 15 to out of the poll.
  • If Clay Helton’s days at USC weren’t numbered already, they definitely are now. How much longer will the Trojans accept mediocrity? After getting run out of the Coliseum against Stanford late last night, I can’t see their patience lasting much longer.
  • The BYU Cougars had themselves a heck of a week. First, the program was formally invited to join the Big 12 Conference. Then they went on to defeat their hated in-state rival — the Utah Utes. Now, they’re 2-0 and back inside the top 25.

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