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

What a difference a year makes in Seattle. A year ago at this time, Washington was 1-2 with losses to FCS Montana and Michigan in which the Huskies scored 17 combined points. On Saturday, the Huskies scored 39 points in a dominant win against a Michigan State team that was ranked No. 11 in the … Read more

College football picks against the spread: Stewart Mandel’s Week 3 picks

Week 2 proved harder to forecast than Week 1, as I put too much stock in Florida and too little in Texas, among others. Unfortunately, Week 3 may be even harder. I like way too many road underdogs. Fingers crossed. Last week: 6-5 straight up, 5-6 against the spread season: 14-8 straight up, 11-11 against … Read more

Penn State visits Auburn: Inside a college football team’s complicated road trip

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — It’s Monday afternoon and suddenly there’s an unwelcome surprise for the Penn State football team. The Nittany Lions have already practiced with a silent count, starting to do so last week to get a jumpstart on Auburn week. The thermostat in the team’s indoor practice facility was already cranked up and … Read more

Ranking every college football team after Week 2: Kentucky, Arkansas jump into top 10

There’s nothing wrong with overcorrections in college football rankings this early in the season. Through two-plus weeks of football, there have been numerous upsets and surprising results. Three top-10 teams lost this past Saturday to teams outside the Power 5 conferences. Alabama nearly lost to Texas and its backup quarterback. We don’t know what to … Read more

Ranking every college football team after Week 1, from No. 1 Georgia to No. 131 Charlotte

The first few weeks of college football rankings are always the toughest. I do not want to hold myself too closely to preseason rankings, which are just educated guesses. As more information comes in each week, the rankings generally become easier to sort out, at least in tiers. These rankings are meant to emphasize what … Read more