College football rankings: Resilient Colorado advances after miracle

After Colorado’s 43-35 double-overtime win over Colorado State, Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders summed up his team’s performance in one word: resilience.

They had to have it. After entering the game as 22-point favorites, the Buffs trailed 11 in the fourth quarter and without their best playmaker. on each side, another ball to Travis Hunter, who was forced to leave the game due to injury.

(Travis Hunter taken to hospital after roughness penalty knocks him out of the game)

With 2:06 left, Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders took the field with his team trailing by eight and began a drive from his own 2-yard line. And then Sanders did what winners do and buys time.

He led the Buffs 98 yards in seven plays and withstood immense pressure on a two-point conversion attempt to tie the game and force OT – where he did it again.

Sanders finished the day 38-of-47 passing for 348 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He is the most important player in Colorado, and that can be said definitively now because he wished the Buffs would return without Hunter.

The Buffaloes are 3-0 with everything left to play for in their season.

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1. Georgia (3-0)

Defeated Caroline from the south, 24-14

The Bulldogs looked vulnerable for the first time this season and had to overcome a 14-3 second-half deficit at home to eliminate the Gamecocks.

Daijun Edwards rushed for 120 yards on 18 carries in his season debut.

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A massive wake-up call for Georgia No. 1

2. Michigan (3-0)

Defeated Bowling green, 31-6

Despite three interceptions thrown by Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy, the Wolverines completed their non-conference slate 3-0 without head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline.

3. state of ohio (3-0)

Defeated Western Kentucky, 63-10

The Buckeye defense paced the Hilltoppers with seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two INTs and two defensive touchdowns in the win.

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Does Ohio State have a LEGIT defense under Jim Knowles?

4. U.S.C. (3-0)


Caleb Williams and the Trojans face Arizona State on September 23.

5. Texas (3-0)

Defeated Wyoming, 31-10

Texas RB Jonathon Brooks had 164 yards in the win over the Cowboys.

6. State of Pennsylvania (3-0)

Defeated Illinois, 30-13

The Nittany Lion defense forced five turnovers, including four INTs in their win in Champaign.

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Here's what we learned from Penn State's win over Illinois

7. State of Florida (3-0)

Defeated Boston College, 31-29

The Seminoles held a 31-10 lead into the fourth quarter, but barely managed to escape with the victory despite BC committing.record 18 penalties for 131 yards.

8. Washington (3-0)

Defeated Michigan State, 41-7

Michael Penix Jr. rushed for 473 yards with four touchdowns in the Huskies’ win over the Spartans.

9. Utah (3-0)

Defeated Weber State, 31-7

The Utes rushed for 231 yards and improved to 3-0 despite playing without the services of QB Cam Rising for a third straight game.

ten. Oregon (3-0)

Defeated Hawaii, 55-10

The Ducks averaged 58 points in their first three games. The next step ? Deion Sanders and Colorado come to Eugene.

11. LSU (2-1)

Defeated Mississippi State, 41-14

Wideout Malik Nabers had 13 catches for 239 yards with two touchdowns.

12. our Lady (4-0)

Defeated Central Michigan, 41-17

ND QB Sam Hartman threw for 330 yards and RB Audric Estime rushed for 176 yards in the victory.

13. Alabama (2-1)

Defeated South Florida, 17-3

Alabama quarterbacks Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson combined to complete 10 of 23 passes for 107 yards and were sacked five times in an ugly win at Tampa.

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Are Ty Simpson or Jalen Milroe the answer to Alabama's QB woes?

14. Colorado (3-0)

Defeated State of Colorado, 43-35, 2OT

Playing without injured star Travis Hunter, the Buffs erased a 28-17 fourth-quarter deficit, winning in overtime to remain undefeated heading into next week’s game against Oregon.

Watch all the big moments from Colorado’s thrilling victory

Watch all the big moments from Colorado's thrilling victory

15. UCLA (3-0)

Defeated Central North Carolina, 59-7

The Bruins led the Eagles 35-0 at the end of the first half.

16. Oklahoma (3-0)

Defeated Tulsa, 66-17

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel passed for 421 yards and five touchdowns with one INT in the win.

17. Ole Mademoiselle (3-0)

Defeated Georgia Tech, 48-23

Rebels quarterback Jaxson Dart totaled 387 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

18. Oregon State (3-0)

Defeated San Diego State, 26-9

The Beavers have allowed an average of 11 points per game with a matchup against undefeated No. 23 Wazzu next Saturday.

DJ Uiagalelei connects with Anthony Gould for a 75-yard TD

DJ Uiagalelei connects with Anthony Gould for a 75-yard TD

19. Duke (3-0)

Defeated North West, 38-14

Duke QB Riley Leonard completed 15 of 20 passes and totaled 316 yards with two rushing touchdowns.

20. Iowa (3-0)

Defeated Western Michigan, 41-10

The Hawkeyes have scored the most points in a game since beating Maryland 55-14 in 2021.

21. North Carolina (3-0)

Defeated Minnesota, 31-13

UNC quarterback Drake Maye completed 29 of 40 passes for 414 yards with two TDs and two INTs in the win.

22. Miami (3-0)

Defeated Béthune-Cookman, 48-7

The Hurricanes racked up 569 yards of offense and held the Wildcats to just 165 on Thursday night.

23. Washington State (3-0)

Defeated Northern Colorado, 64-21

Wazzu QB Cam Ward completed 20 of 26 passes for 327 yards with four touchdowns in the victory.

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24. Clemson (2-1)

Defeated Florida Atlantic, 48-14

The Tigers created four turnovers in the victory and held a 34-0 halftime lead.

25. Tennessee (2-1)

Lost to Florida, 29-16

The Vols haven’t won in Gainesville since 2003.

RJ Young is a national college football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “The number one show in college football.“Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young And subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.

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