College Football Schedule: Latest AP Rankings, How to Watch Week 3 Games

The combination of empty stands and two major conferences opting to cancel the season because of the coronavirus outbreak made for a surreal start to the college football season. Some semblance of normality was restored over the weekend, with Clemson, Oklahoma and Notre Dame all opening their campaigns with a win.

The pre-season No.1-ranked team and the bookmakers' favorite to win the College Football Playoff, Clemson won 37-13 on the road against Wake Forest with Trevor Lawrence throwing for 351 yards and one touchdown pass, while Travis Etienne rushed for 102 yards and one score.

In his first start as Oklahoma quarterback, Spencer Rattler completed 14 of 17 passes, throwing for 290 yards and four touchdown passes as the Sooners trounced Missouri State 48-0, while Notre Dame began life as an Atlantic Coast Conference team with a 27-13 win at home against Duke.

Elsewhere, fellow AP Top 25-ranked programs Texas and North Carolina also got off to winning starts, with the Longhorns dispatching UTEP 59-3 and the Tar Heels winning 31-6 against Syracuse.

There was a less positive start for pre-season No. 23 Iowa State, which lost at home against Louisiana. The win means the Cajuns broke into the AP Top 25 for the first time in 1,109 polls on Sunday night—the longest drought among programs that have been previously ranked—and will begin with three as the No. 19-ranked team in the polls.

Clemson retained top spot in the latest AP rankings released on Sunday night, while Oklahoma moved up one spot to third and Notre Dame climbed up from tenth to seventh.

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The Pac-12 and the Big Ten canceling the season—albeit the latter could be in the process of overturning the decision—meant Ohio State, Penn State and Oregon all fell out of the rankings after beginning the season in the top-25, while SEC teams were the big winners, even though the conference won't kickoff until September 26.

Alabama and Georgia both moved up one spot to second and fourth respectively, while Florida climbed from eighth to fifth and LSU remained in sixth place. Fellow SEC powerhouses Auburn and Texas moved up three and five spots respectively and will head into next week as the No. 8 and No. 9 seed respectively.

Eleven top-25 ranked programs are in action in Week 3, with Clemson playing its only non-conference game of the season, while Oklahoma has a bye and Notre Dame hosts Florida.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Week 3.

AP Top 10 rankings

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Georgia
  5. Florida
  6. LSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Auburn
  9. Texas
  10. Texas A&M

The full AP Top 25 can be found here.

Week 3 TV schedule for Top-25 ranked programs (All times ET)

Saturday, September 19

Tulsa @ (No.11) Oklahoma State—12 p.m., ESPN
Austin Peay @ (No. 13) Cincinnati—12 p.m., ESPN+
(No. 19) Louisiana @ Georgia State—12 p.m., ESPN2
Syracuse @ (No. 25) Pittsburgh—12 p.m., ACCN
(No. 23 )Appalachian State @ Marshall—1:30 p.m., CBSSN
South Florida @ (No. 7) Notre Dame—2:30 p.m., USA
Charlotte @ (No. 12) North Carolina—3:30 p.m., ESPN3
(No. 14) UCF @ Georgia Tech—3:30 p.m., ABC
The Citadel @ (No. 1) Clemson—4 p.m., ACCN
(No. 17) Miami @ (No. 18) Louisville—7:30 p.m., ABC

A complete list of all the matchups on TV this week can be found here.

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Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler #7 hands off to Seth McGowan #1 who takes the ball in for a touchdown in the first half the Sooners' win against Missouri State on September 12, in Norman, Oklahoma. Sue Ogrocki-Pool/Getty
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