Ranking every college football team after Week 3: Washington is back on the rise

What a distinction a yr makes in Seattle.

A yr in the past at the moment, Washington was 1-2 with losses to FCS Montana and Michigan wherein the Huskies scored 17 mixed factors. On Saturday, the Huskies scored 39 factors in a dominant win towards a Michigan State team that was ranked No. 11 in the AP ballot. And the recreation wasn’t almost as shut as the 39-28 last rating. Washington had 503 complete yards and averaged 9.9 yards per go. With the win to maneuver to 3-0, the Huskies have moved into the prime 25 on this week’s version of The Athletic 131.

Washington’s fall off a cliff beneath former head coach Jimmy Lake en path to a 4-8 report final season was beautiful as a result of it occurred so rapidly. This was a program that received 32 video games from 2016 to 2018 beneath Chris Petersen. Recruiting had gone comparatively nicely, and it is certainly one of the best-resourced applications in the West. But the offense had grow to be anemic.

Enter Kalen DeBoer and Michael Penix Jr. DeBoer has received principally in every single place he is been. He’s 82-9 as a head coach, together with a 67-3 stretch at NAIA Sioux Falls from 2005 to 2009. He helped flip round Indiana and Fresno State as the offensive coordinator, then went back to Fresno State and produced a 9-3 report in his second season as head coach.

Penix was electrical as Indiana’s quarterback when wholesome, however he handled a number of accidents. He’s reunited with DeBoer in Seattle, and Washington football is enjoyable once more. Through three video games, he is finishing 66 % of his passes for 359.7 yards per recreation with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

Everyone wrote off the Pac-12 after Week 1, however we might must reevaluate that. Washington is the greatest motive why.

Here is the newest version of The Athletic 131.

The solely change on this group is USC’s transfer as much as No. 8 after a 45-17 win towards Fresno State. The Trojans appear to be the best-case state of affairs beneath Lincoln Riley proper now. The offense is electrical. The protection has proven holes (81st in yards per play), however it’s fourth in the nation with 10 takeaways. The journey to Oregon State this week shall be an attention-grabbing take a look at.

Michigan is dominant 3-0 however has performed three of the worst groups in the nation. A house recreation towards Maryland this week shall be the first time we will really start to guage the Wolverines.

The polls have come round to place Georgia at No. 1, and its Week 1 win towards Oregon appears even higher now after the Ducks’ dominant win towards BYU.

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Rank Team Record Prev

11

3-0

13

12

3-0

25

13

2-1

21

14

3-0

20

15

2-1

15

16

2-1

16

17

2-1

18

18

2-1

11

19

2-1

19

20

3-0

49

21

3-0

22

22

2-1

26

23

2-1

24

24

3-0

27

25

3-0

29

Penn State’s 41-12 win at Auburn has rapidly modified the view on what is attainable for this team. Auburn might not be a superb team, however the Nittany Lions had been capable of run for 245 yards towards a superb entrance. The aforementioned 41-20 Oregon win at BYU all of a sudden makes the Pac-12 look a lot better now to go together with USC, Washington and Utah, which beat San Diego State 35-7.

Texas, Wake Forest and Ole Miss additionally moved into the prime 25. The Longhorns prevented an Alabama hangover and pulled away from UTSA in the second half, Wake Forest held off Liberty and Ole Miss pounded Georgia Tech 42-0.

The polls have Utah forward of Florida and Baylor forward of BYU, and the coaches ballot has Michigan State forward of Washington. Why? I don’t know. In these rankings, when two groups are shut, the head-to-head winner will get the benefit, particularly three weeks into the season.

I noticed numerous feedback about Minnesota’s rating final week. It’s barely moved in the rankings as a result of it is performed two of the worst groups in the nation and an FCS team. It’s the identical reasoning with Michigan and with Ole Miss. It’s not a unfavorable and never a constructive. Sometimes you get jumped if another person has a extra spectacular win. Minnesota was no. 39 in my preseason rating and nonetheless sits there now. Beat Michigan State, and it will more than likely be in the prime 25.

North Carolina’s win towards Appalachian State continues to look higher, and the Mountaineers’ Hail Mary win towards Troy coupled with Texas A&M’s win towards Miami was a lift as nicely. Maryland’s 34-27 win towards SMU was a stable efficiency.

Kansas and Syracuse! KU is in the prime 35 after a 3-0 begin with street wins towards West Virginia and Houston. Syracuse is 3-0 with wins towards Louisville and Purdue. It’s not onerous to see a 5-0 Orange begin going into the NC State recreation. Tulane makes the greatest bounce this week, from No. 110 into the prime 50 after a win towards Kansas State to maneuver to 3-0. Notre Dame’s shut escape from Cal coupled with Marshall’s loss to Bowling Green drops each groups. Arizona’s 31-28 win towards North Dakota State was spectacular as an underdog, and the Wildcats are formally a reasonably good team.

Several groups slipped into this group with losses — Purdue, Texas Tech, Houston, UTSA and Auburn — however there’s not a lot motion in any other case. Indiana barely escaped Western Kentucky and Rutgers barely escaped Temple, however each are 3-0. Wyoming’s 17-14 win towards Air Force moved the Cowboys to 3-1, with the loss to Illinois.

Vanderbilt’s comeback win at Northern Illinois to maneuver to 3-1 is an actual signal of progress for the program. Rice’s 33-21 win towards Louisiana was certainly one of the most stunning outcomes of the weekend. Eastern Michigan received at Arizona State, changing into the first MAC college to win a regular-season recreation towards the Pac-12. Northwestern adopted up its Ireland win towards Nebraska with losses to Duke and FCS Southern Illinois at house.

South Alabama let a win at UCLA slip away with a subject purpose as time expired, and Troy let App State win on a Hail Mary. Tough losses. San Diego State is now 1-2 with two blowout losses to Pac-12 groups. Very rapidly, this does not appear to be the Aztecs of previous.

(Top picture of Michael Penix and Kalen DeBoer: Joe Nicholson / USA Today)

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