FBS Top 50: Week 3 Preview

THE TOP 50 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS FOR WEEK 3

The Top 50 Football Bowls Subdivision teams and their upcoming schedules. The Top 50 is based on rankings (Associated Press media/USA Today-American Football Coaches Association/National Football Foundation-Football Writers Association of America) and other independent criteria:

1. Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC West) (1/1/1) at No. 19 Mississippi (1-1, 0-0 SEC West) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (CBS). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Kent State (0-2, 0-0 Mid-American East), 12 p.m. (SEC Network).

2. Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC Atlantic) (2/2/2) at No. 10 Louisville (2-0, 0-0 ACC Atlantic) Saturday, 12 p.m. (ABC). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 39 South Florida (2-0, 0-0 American East), 12 p.m. (ABC).

3. Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten East) (3/4/3) at No. 15 Oklahoma (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (FOX). Next: Saturday, Oct. 1 vs. Rutgers (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten East), TBA.

4. Clemson (2-0, 0-0 ACC Atlantic) (5/3/4) vs. South Carolina State (0-2, 0-0 MEAC) Saturday, 12 p.m. (ACC Network). Next: Thursday, Sept. 22 at Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC Coastal), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).

5. Michigan (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten East) (4/5/5) vs. No. 37 Colorado (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 South) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Penn State (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten East), TBA.

6. Houston (2-0, 0-0 American West) (6/7/6) at No. 42 Cincinnati (2-0, 0-0 American East) Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Texas State (1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt), 7 p.m.

7. Stanford (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North) (7/6/7) vs. No. 43 Southern California (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South) Saturday, 8 p.m. (ABC). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 28 UCLA (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South), 8 p.m. (ABC).

8. Washington (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North) (8/9/8) vs. Portland State (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) Saturday, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Arizona (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South), 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

9. Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten West) (9/12/10) vs. Georgia State (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Saturday, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 11 Michigan State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten East), TBA.

10. Louisville (2-0, 1-0 ACC Atlantic) (10/10/11) vs. No. 2 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC Atlantic) Saturday, 12 p.m. (ABC). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 48 Marshall (1-0, 0-0 C-USA East), 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

11. Michigan State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten East) (12/8/13) at No. 17 Notre Dame (1-1 Independent) Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (NBC). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 9 Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten West), TBA.

12. Texas (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) (11/16/9) at California (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 North) Saturday, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Oct. 1 at No. 30 Oklahoma State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12), TBA.

13. Iowa (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten West) (13/11/14) vs. North Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley) Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN2). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Rutgers (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten East), 12 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2).

14. Tennessee (2-0, 0-0 SEC East) (15/15/12) vs. Ohio (1-1, 0-0 Mid-American East) Saturday, 12 p.m. (SEC Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 21 Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC East), 3:30 p.m. (CBS).

15. Oklahoma (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) (14/14/16) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten East) Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (FOX). Next: Saturday, Oct. 1 at No. 26 Texas Christian (1-1, 0-0 Big 12), TBA.

16. Georgia (2-0, 0-0 SEC East) (16/13/15) at Missouri (1-1, 0-0 SEC East) Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 19 Mississippi (1-1, 0-0 SEC West), 12 p.m. (ESPN).

17. Notre Dame (1-1 Independent) (18/18/17t) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten East) Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (NBC). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Duke (1-1, 0-1 ACC Coastal), 3:30 p.m. (NBC).

18. Texas A&M (2-0, 0-0 SEC West) (17/20/17t) at No. 36 Auburn (1-1, 0-0 SEC West) Saturday, 7 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 23 Arkansas (2-0, 0-0 SEC West), 9 p.m. (ESPN).

19. Mississippi (1-1, 0-0 SEC West) (19/17/19) vs. No. 1 Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC West) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (CBS). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 16 Georgia (2-0, 0-0 SEC East), 12 p.m. (ESPN).

20. Louisiana State (1-1, 0-0 SEC West) (20/22/23) vs. Mississippi State (1-1, 1-0 SEC West) Saturday, 7 p.m. (ESPN2). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 36 Auburn (1-1, 0-0 SEC West), 6 p.m. (ESPN).

21. Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC East) (23/23/20) vs. North Texas (1-1, 0-0 C-USA West) Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 14 Tennessee (2-0, 0-0 SEC East), 3:30 p.m. (CBS).

22. Baylor (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) (21/19/27t) at Rice (0-2, 0-1 C-USA West) Friday, 8 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 30 Oklahoma State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12), 7:30 p.m. (FOX).

23. Arkansas (2-0, 0-0 SEC West) (24/24/22) vs. Texas State (1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 18 Texas A&M (2-0, 0-0 SEC West), 9 p.m. (ESPN).

24. Miami, Fla. (2-0, 0-0 ACC Coastal) (25/25/21) at No. 50 Appalachian State (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC Coastal), TBA.

25. Oregon (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North) (22/21/30t) at No. 34 Nebraska (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten West) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ABC). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 37 Colorado (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 South), 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

26. Texas Christian (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) (26t/26/24) vs. Iowa State (0-2, 0-0 Big 12) Saturday, 12 p.m. (FOX Sports 1). Next: Friday, Sept.23 at Southern Methodist (1-1, 0-0 American West), 8 p.m. (ESPN).

27. Utah (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 South) (26t/28/25t) at San Jose State (1-1, 0-0 MWC West) Saturday, 10:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network). Next: Friday, Sept. 23 vs. No. 43 Southern California (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South), 9 p.m. (FOX Sports 1).

28. UCLA (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South) (29/30/27t) at No. 44 Brigham Young (1-1 Independent) Saturday, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 7 Stanford (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North), 8 p.m. (ABC).

29. Boise State (2-0, 0-0 MWC Mountain) (30/31/27t) is idle this week. Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Oregon State (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12 North), 3:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1).

30. Oklahoma State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) (32/32/25t) vs. No. 35 Pittsburgh (2-0, 0-0 ACC Coastal) Saturday, 3:30 p.m.(ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 22 Baylor (2-0, 0-0 Big 12), 7:30 p.m. (FOX).

31. Arizona State (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 South) (38t/39/30t) at Texas-San Antonio (1-1, 0-0 C-USA West) Friday, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. California (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 North), 10 p.m. (ESPN2).

32. San Diego State (2-0, 0-0 Mountain West West) (28/33/nr) at Northern Illinois (0-2, 0-0 MAC West) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network). Next: Saturday, Oct. 1 at South Alabama (1-1, 0-1 Sun Belt), TBA.

33. North Carolina (1-1, 0-0 ACC Coastal) (34/27/nr) vs. James Madison (2-0, 0-0 Colonial) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ACC Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 35 Pittsburgh (2-0, 0-0 Coastal), 3:30 p.m.(ESPN2/ESPNU).

34. Nebraska (2-0, Big Ten West) (33/29/nr) vs. No. 25 Oregon (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ABC). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Northwestern (0-2, 0-0 Big Ten West), 7:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network).

35. Pittsburgh (2-0, 0-0 ACC Coastal) (31/34/nr) at No. 30 Oklahoma State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 33 North Carolina (1-1, 0-0 ACC Coastal), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU).

36. Auburn (1-1, 0-0 SEC West) (35/35/nr) vs. No. 18 Texas A&M (2-0, 0-0 SEC West) Saturday, 7 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 20 Louisiana State (1-1, 0-0 SEC West), 6 p.m. (ESPN).

37. Colorado (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 South) (37/41t/nr) at No. 5 Michigan (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten East) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at No. 25 Oregon (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North), 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

38. Central Michigan (2-0, 0-0 Mid-American West) (36/43.2/nr) vs. UNLV (1-1, 0-0 MWC West), 3 p.m. (ESPN3). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Virginia (0-2, 0-0 ACC Coastal), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN3).

39. South Florida (2-0, 0-0 American East) (nr/36/nr) at Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 ACC Atlantic) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ACC Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 2 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC Atlantic), 12 p.m. (ABC).

40. West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) (nr/37/nr) is idle this week. Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 44 Brigham Young (1-1 Independent), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2).

41. Navy (2-0, 1-0 American West) (nr/38/nr) at Tulane (1-1, 0-0 American West) Saturday, 7 p.m. (NESN/ASN). Next: Saturday, Oct. 1 at Air Force (2-0, 0-0 MWC Mountain), 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

42. Cincinnati (2-0, 0-0 American East) (38t/nr/nr) vs. No. 6 Houston (2-0, 0-0 American West) Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Miami, Ohio (0-2, 0-0 MAC East), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNews).

43. Southern California (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South) (nr/nr/nr) at No. 7 Stanford (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North) Saturday, 8 p.m. (ABC). Next: Friday, Sept. 23 at No. 27 Utah (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 South), 9 p.m. (FOX Sports 1).

44. Brigham Young (1-1 Independent) (nr/nr/nr) vs. No. 28 UCLA (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South) Saturday, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 40 West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) at Landover, Md. (FedEx Field), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2).

45. Toledo (2-0, 0-0 Mid-American West) (nr/43t/nr) vs. Fresno State (1-1, 0-0 MWC West) Saturday, 3 p.m. (WTOL/ESPN3). Next: Friday, Sept. 30 at No. 44 Brigham Young (1-1 Independent), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2).

46. Indiana (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten East) (nr/nr/nr) is idle this week. Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Wake Forest (2-0, 1-0 ACC Atlantic), 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network).

47. Southern Mississippi (2-0, 0-0 C-USA West) (nr/nr/nr) vs. Troy (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Saturday, 7 p.m. (belN Sports). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Texas-El Paso (1-1, 0-0 C-USA West), 8 p.m.

48. Marshall (1-0, 0-0 C-USA East) (nr/43t/nr) vs. Akron (1-1, 0-0 MAC East), 12 p.m. (CBS Sports Network). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. No. 10 Louisville (2-0, 1-0 ACC Atlantic), 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

49. Georgia Southern (2-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) (nr/41t/nr) vs. Louisiana Monroe (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt), 6 p.m. (ESPN3). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Western Michigan (2-0, 0-0 MAC West), 7 p.m. (ESPN3).

50. Appalachian State (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) (nr/40/nr) vs. No. 24 Miami, Fla. (2-0, 0-0 ACC Coastal) Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN). Next: Saturday, Sept. 24 at Akron (1-1, 0-0 MAC East), 3:30 p.m. (ASN/ESPN3).

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