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BRING ON THE CATS TOP 25 POLL: Week 3

This week's poll contains a pendulous fall, two sets of ties, some curious Big 12 biases and a new No. 1 team.

This week, it's Mississippi's world and we're all just living in it.
This week, it's Mississippi's world and we're all just living in it.
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State achieved a rare feat this week, blazing upward three spots to claim the throne despite being ranked first on only one of the Bring On The Cats Top 25 Poll's 10 ballots.

This phenomenon is due mainly to the fact that almost all of our voters agree that the Spartans are in the top three, while several of us penalized the Buckeyes heavily for a lackluster performance against Northern Illinois.

Predictably, Ole Miss and LSU were big upward movers after each posted an impressive conference win last week.

I have no explanation for how Oklahoma State was able to rise that high. It certainly wasn't because of my ballot.

Further down, a pair of Pac-12 teams are tied for 17th, although it will surprise nobody if both manage to lose tonight, and an ex-Big 12 team is tied for 21st with the team that replaced its traitorous self.

Alabama's precipitous fall is due mainly to the presence in the balloting of resume voters such as myself and Jon Morse, who do not rank teams with losses at this early interval. Two other voters agreed with our reasoning.

The newest poll appears below:

Bring On The Cats Top 25 Poll — Week 3

Rank AP Team Record Points Delta
1 2 Michigan State Spartans (1) 3-0 233 Arrow_up 3
2 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (6) 3-0 231 Arrow_down 1
3 3 TCU Horned Frogs (1) 3-0 226 Arrow_down 1
4 3 Ole Miss Rebels (1) 3-0 (1-0) 211 Arrow_up 10
5 5 Baylor Bears 2-0 205 --
6 7 Georgia Bulldogs (1) 3-0 (2-0) 200 --
7 8 LSU Tigers 2-0 (2-0) 177 Arrow_up 6
8 9 UCLA Bruins 3-0 176 Arrow_up 1
9 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-0 173 Arrow_up 3
10 11 Clemson Tigers 3-0 (1-0) 164 Arrow_down 2
11 10 Florida State Seminoles 3-0 (1-0) 145 --
12 15 Oklahoma Sooners 3-0 138 Arrow_up 3
13 14 Texas A&M Aggies 3-0 118 Arrow_up 3
14 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0 100 Arrow_up 7
15 18 Utah Utes 3-0 92 Arrow_up 4
16 17 Northwestern Wildcats 3-0 87 Arrow_up 8
17 16 Arizona Wildcats 3-0 71 Arrow_up 5
17 13 Oregon Ducks 2-1 71 Arrow_up 3
19 12 Alabama Crimson Tide 2-1 (0-1) 70 Arrow_down 16
20 39 Kansas State Wildcats 3-0 68 Arrow_down 2
21 25 Missouri Tigers 3-0 43 Arrow_up 2
21 27 West Virginia Mountaineers 2-0 43 Arrow_up 4
23 22 BYU Cougars 2-1 28 Arrow_down 6
24 19 USC Trojans 2-1 (0-1) 24 Arrow_down 17
25 32 Temple Owls 3-0 (1-0) 23 Arrow_up 3
Dropouts: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Others Receiving Votes: Toledo 22, Texas Tech 20, Memphis 18, Georgia Tech 15, Iowa 12, Stanford 10, California 8, Indiana 7, Mississippi State 6, Miami 4, Wisconsin 4, Houston 3, Boise State 2, Florida 2, Arizona State 1

As always, your voters are myself, EMAW 4 Ever, Jon Morse, JT VanGilder, Luke Thompson, nugget1224, PurpleBrunette, wildcat00 and KSUEMAW!