The AP Top 25 has a new look after a wave of upsets shuffled both the top and bottom of the poll. After easily dismantling Wisconsin in a 38-17 decision, No. 9 Michigan jumped into the top 10 for the first time since November 2019. No. 10 BYU also entered the top group thanks to a 34-20 win over Utah State to reach the 5-0 plateau for a second year in a row.
At the top, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia once again captured every first-place vote to maintain their stranglehold with Georgia adding a handful of first-place votes. No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Penn State took advantage of Oregon's loss to Stanford to jump into the College Football Playoff picture. No. 5 Cincinnati jumped No. 6 Oklahoma after a marquee victory over Notre Dame on the road. No. 8 Oregon and No. 7 Ohio State both remain in the top 10 as the highest-ranked one-loss teams in the country.
Thanks to nine top 25 upsets, the bottom looks much different than last week. No. 21 Texas and No. 22 Arizona State reentered the poll after wins over TCU and UCLA, respectively. Undefeated Kentucky jumped up to No. 16 after beating Florida in Lexington for the first time since 1986. No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 19 Wake Forest took advantage of the chaos to rise.
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Other new additions to the poll include Group of Five programs No. 24 SMU, and No. 25 San Diego State. Despite beating Boston College, Clemson fell out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since November 2014.
Check out the full AP Top 25 below:
- Alabama (53)
- Georgia (9)
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- Notre Dame
- Coastal Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Wake Forest
- Arizona State
- NC State
- San Diego State
Others receiving votes: Clemson 96, Texas A&M 41, Oregon State 27, Baylor 24, Mississippi State 18, Virginia Tech 13, Stanford 11, UTSA 10, Pittsburgh 6, Fresno State 5, Texas Tech 4, Western Michigan 3, Appalachian State 2, Kansas State 2, Boston College 1, UCLA 1
Schools dropped out: No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 18 Fresno State, No. 20 UCLA, No. 21 Baylor, No. 25 Clemson