A week after placing 10 teams in the top 25 for the first time ever, the Southeastern Conference took a step backwards. 

Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Arkansas all dropped out of the poll following losses in week two. Auburn, which pulled out an overtime win over FCS Jacksonville State, dropped 12 spots to No. 18.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 12, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Ohio St. (59) 2-0 1,523 1
2. Alabama 2-0 1,423 2
3. TCU 2-0 1,366 3
4. Michigan St. (2) 2-0 1,354 5
5. Baylor 2-0 1,240 4
6. Southern Cal 2-0 1,146 8
7. Georgia 2-0 1,031 10
8. Notre Dame 2-0 1,012 9
9. Florida St. 2-0 973 11
10. UCLA 2-0 928 13
11. Clemson 2-0 926 12
12. Oregon 1-1 833 7
13. LSU 1-0 787 14
14. Georgia Tech 2-0 716 15
15. Mississippi 2-0 713 17
16. Oklahoma 2-0 705 19
17. Texas A&M 2-0 703 16
18. Auburn 2-0 519 6
19. BYU 2-0 349 NR
20. Arizona 2-0 342 22
21. Utah 2-0 290 24
22. Missouri 2-0 264 21
23. Northwestern 2-0 170 NR
24. Wisconsin 1-1 158 NR
25. Oklahoma St. 2-0 48 NR

Others receiving votes: Temple 38, West Virginia 37, Mississippi St. 32, Tennessee 30, Toledo 29, Kansas St. 26, Arizona St. 20, Boise St. 16, Houston 16, NC State 14, Florida 12, Minnesota 9, Arkansas 6, California 5, Iowa 5, Miami 3, Stanford 3, Virginia Tech 2, W. Kentucky 2, Duke 1.