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College football rankings, Heisman watch following Week 3

The Post’s college football rankings following Week 3:

1. Georgia (3-0) (Last week: 1) 

South Carolina didn’t belong on the same field as Georgia — in its own stadium. Somehow, the Bulldogs seem to be getting better weekly. 

2. Alabama (3-0) (2) 

The schedule gets real after another glorified scrimmage Saturday, with the punching bag known as Vanderbilt coming to Tuscaloosa. Games against Arkansas, Texas A&M and improved Tennessee will be revealing tests the following three weeks. 

3. Ohio State (3-0) (3) 

Forget the 77-21 final score. The most important aspect of Ohio State’s bludgeoning of Toledo was the return of standout receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming. 

4. Clemson (3-0) (4) 

It’s hard to take much from the Tigers’ three wins by lopsided results since the level of opposition was so poor. Saturday at Wake Forest will be much more revealing. 

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett
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5. Michigan (3-0) (5) 

After blowing out patsies Colorado State, Hawaii and Connecticut, Michigan’s Big Ten slate starts with three of the league’s worst teams in Maryland, Iowa and Indiana. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a softer 6-0. 

6. USC (3-0) (6) 

It’s still too early to anoint USC as a legit playoff contender, when its three opponents are a combined 4-6. The offense appears electric, but the defense has been soft against the run, allowing 177 yards per game. 

7. Oklahoma (3-0) (7) 

You knew the Sooners’ defense would improve under new coach Brent Venables, but the offense and Dillon Gabriel piling up 127 points has to be somewhat of a surprise. 

8. Arkansas (3-0) (8) 

The best thing about Saturday’s ugly win over Missouri State is it ended without disaster after Arkansas dug itself an early 17-point hole. This was no way to prepare for the coming crucible of Texas A&M and Alabama in consecutive weeks. 

9. Oklahoma State (3-0) (9) 

It’s revenge week for the Cowboys as they visit Baylor in a rematch of last year’s Big 12 title game. Oklahoma State was 1 yard shy of pulling it out, which will no doubt be topic of discussion in Stillwater leading up to Saturday. 

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud
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10. Kentucky (3-0) (NR) 

The Wildcats own one of the better wins of the season, a victory at Florida, and could find themselves 7-0 if they can survive an Oct. 1 visit to Ole Miss. 

Dropped out: Miami (2-1) 

Heisman Watch (in alphabetical order) 

QB Stetson Bennett IV, Georgia 

Bennett doesn’t just have a five-game streak without an interception. He’s also thrown 10 touchdowns in that span and has run for three more. 

QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington 

Two years ago at Indiana, he was a Heisman candidate before a torn ACL ended those hopes prematurely. Now healthy again, Penix is regaining his mojo in the Pacific Northwest, racking up 10 touchdown passes and 1,079 yards through the air in Washington’s 3-0 start. 

Michael Penix Jr
Michael Penix Jr
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QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State 

There is no sophomore jinx for Stroud so far, well ahead of the pace he set as a freshman in touchdown passes (11) and completion percentage (72.9) 

QB Caleb Williams, USC 

Forget his numbers that jump off the page. What really stands out is how smoothly Williams has run the USC offense with so many new pieces around him. 

QB Bryce Young, Alabama 

Two interceptions against Louisiana at Monroe was not part of the handbook for repeating as the Heisman winner. Fortunately for Young, very few voters were watching this made-to-order blowout. 

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