Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 3: No. 4-3
4. Michigan Wolverines
While most of the fans in Ann Arbor are rightfully excited about what this season could look like with J.J. McCarthy helming the offense, the truth of the matter is that he didn’t even have to break a sweat on Saturday as Michigan just steamrolled over a downtrodden UConn team that looked like it didn’t belong on the same field as Jim Harbaugh’s team, particularly in the Big House.
McCarthy wasn’t needed all that much – though he had a fine day going 15-of-18 for 214 yards – because it was the Blake Corum show. He only had 12 carries for 71 yards on the day as a rusher but nearly half of those carries wound up with him in the end zone as he ended the game with five touchdowns. Suffice it to say, the Wolverines haven’t dropped off from last season quite as much as some people thought they might.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
There will be some questions about the Ohio State defense as the Jim Knowles-led unit that drew rave reviews through the first two weeks struggled at times in arguably its toughest test to date. With that said, the defense could’ve not even taken the field for the Buckeyes against Toledo on Saturday evening and it might not have mattered.
C.J. Stroud and Marvin Harrison Jr. have developed quite a rapport over the past couple of weeks and that didn’t stop on Saturday night as they connected for over 100 yards and two scores. Meanwhile, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming returned to the lineup and that was evident for an offense that was just absolutely humming throughout the game.
Again, questions will arise about the defense, but this was also the best we’ve see the offense look yet.