CFA FBS Top 30: Oregon Ducks Soar to No. 3 after Win

Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s big win over CFA No. 3 Ohio State in Columbus was the biggest story of the weekend, and it vaults the Ducks from No. 10 in our rankings to take the Buckeyes’ former position in that No. 3 spot.

Plus, as luck would have it, College Football America Yearbook editor Chuck Cox was THERE for what should end up being one of the best games of the season. Incredible timing.

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It’s the Ducks’ highest position ever in our rankings since we moved to a week-to-week format in 2017, and they get a bit of a breather back home at Autzen Stadium this weekend against FCS foe Stony Brook. That should give the Ducks a chance to recover from the emotional trip to Columbus and refocus for the start of the Pac-12 grind the following week.

The College Football America Top 30

Alabama and Georgia both won in routs against overmatched opponents to hang onto the top two spots ahead of Oregon. No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Clemson also cruised in big wins over FCS opponents, but No. 6 Texas A&M needed a late touchdown to stave off an upset on the road at Colorado. Their young quarterback, Haynes King, will be out multiple weeks.

No. 7 Notre Dame also struggled, as the Fighting Irish scored with just over a minute left to win at home against upset-minded Toledo to maintain their ranking. No. 8 Florida won big at South Florida to hang onto their ranking for another week as well.

No. 9 Iowa State came up short in a 27-17 loss to No. 12 Iowa. Iowa State joins Ohio State in tumbling out of the Top 10, settling at No. 18 while the Buckeyes fall to No. 11. Iowa takes over Iowa State’s position at No. 9, while Penn State moves up a notch from No. 11 to No. 10 to round out the Top 10.

Arkansas joins the Top 30 vaulting from No. 44 to No. 26 after knocking off previous No. 18 Texas in a 40-21 rout in Fayetteville. The win marked the Hogs’ first win over Texas at home on campus since 1981, and served notice that the Longhorns have a lot of work to do to get ready for their pending move to the SEC. No. 28 Mississippi State joins the party after beating previous No. 30 NC State, 24-10, in Starkville. No. 29 Stanford jumps into the rankings after shocking previous No. 15 USC, 42-28, on the road (a loss that led to USC head coach Clay Helton’s firing). No. 30 BYU also breaks into the Top 30 after upsetting previous No. 17 Utah, 26-17, in Provo.

  1. Alabama (2-0)
  2. Georgia (2-0)
  3. Oregon (2-0)
  4. Oklahoma (2-0)
  5. Clemson (1-1)
  6. Texas A&M (2-0)
  7. Notre Dame (2-0)
  8. Florida (2-0)
  9. Iowa (2-0)
  10. Penn State (2-0)
  11. Ohio State (1-1)
  12. Michigan (2-0)
  13. Miami [FL] (1-1)
  14. Cincinnati (2-0)
  15. Wisconsin (1-1)
  16. Auburn (2-0)
  17. Kentucky (2-0)
  18. Iowa State (1-1)
  19. Oklahoma State (2-0)
  20. Indiana (1-1)
  21. UCF (2-0)
  22. TCU (2-0)
  23. Virginia Tech (2-0)
  24. Boise State (2-0)
  25. Missouri (1-1)
  26. Arkansas (2-0)
  27. Ole Miss (2-0)
  28. Mississippi St. (2-0)
  29. Stanford (1-1)
  30. BYU (2-0)

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