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The new college football rankings are set for a shake up at the top after formerly top-ranked Alabama's stunning last-second loss to Texas A&M on Saturday night in College Station, Texas. There won't be a ton of surprise when the new AP Top 25 is released on Sunday afternoon when Georgia takes over the No. 1 spot from Bama, but that thrilling SEC on CBS primetime special is not the only result that is going to lead to some changes in the rankings. 

Iowa will have its fair share of supporters following a win against Penn State in a top-five battle, but without the first-place votes that Georgia held going into the week, it's highly unlikely the Hawkeyes will have a claim to No. 1 in the eyes of the AP voters. Oklahoma will also see a slight move up from No. 6 after its historic comeback win against Texas in the Red River Showdown, but again, there's limited room when the Bulldogs -- winners by a 24-point margin at Auburn -- have done nothing to dissuade confidence in their status as one of the best teams in the country. 

Our biggest projected move following Week 6 action is from Kentucky, which improved to 6-0 following a dominant 42-21 win against LSU. The Wildcats should be up in the top 10 thanks not only to losses by BYU and Arkansas but narrow wins and near-upsets on the board for Michigan and Notre Dame. LSU may not be the ranked team it was to start the season, but the Wildcats did their part to put the distance between themselves and the Tigers on display in the runaway win. 

Here's how we think the new AP Top 25 will look after Week 6 action: 

1. Georgia (Last week -- 2): A methodical 34-10 win at Auburn allowed the Bulldogs to be tested, respond and come out of the game feeling even more confident in its position as arguably the best team in the country. 

2. Iowa (3): Voters will not punish Iowa for the fact that Penn State lost its starting quarterback in the first half of the 23-20 Hawkeyes win, at least not this week. But it's going to limit any challenge to jumping ahead of Georgia despite the "better" win against a top-five opponent.  

3. Cincinnati (5): No letdown or lookahead problems for Cincinnati between the win against Notre Dame and a huge conference matchup with UCF as the Bearcats rolled to a 52-3 victory over Temple on Friday night.  

4. Oklahoma (6): One of the best Red River games this century -- and the largest comeback in the rivalry ever -- ended with the Sooners remaining undefeated thanks to finding a spark on offense with freshman Caleb Williams.  

5. Ohio State (7): The Ohio State offense is rounding into midseason form and C.J. Stroud's stat-stuffing performance (406 yards, five touchdowns) should be noted as we seem to be resetting the Heisman Trophy conversation here after Week 6.  

6. Penn State (4): There are plenty more games in Penn State's future that will allow the Nittany Lions to battle their way back into the front of the line for Big Ten Championship Game and College Football Playoff contention. Saturday's three-point loss at Iowa won't be too much of a knock in the big picture, but there's going to be a slight dip rankings-wise after the first defeat of the season. 

7. Alabama (1): The biggest issue for the Crimson Tide is not making up the game they lost in the standings but addressing the issues that led to the result. Alabama's toughest remaining games on the schedule are more than a month away, but that doesn't change the level concern following the mistake-filled defeat in College Station, Texas.

8. Kentucky (16): We don't have to wait too long to see how close Kentucky is to challenging Georgia in the SEC East because the two teams will meet next week in Athens, both still undefeated, with first place in the division on the line.  

9. Oregon (8): The Ducks were off in Week 6 and will be back in action next Friday night (Oct. 15) against Cal. 

10. Michigan (9): A hard-fought win at Nebraska caps an impressive two weeks for Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines, following up his first-ever win at Wisconsin with a field-goal victory against the Cornhuskers. 

11. Michigan State (11): The matchup looked like it could have been a rock fight but Michigan State scored on multiple plays of 50 yards or more in a quality road win for Mel Tucker and the Spartans. 

12. Oklahoma State (12): The Cowboys were off in Week 6 and will be back in action next Saturday at Texas. 

13. Coastal Carolina (15): The Chanticleers continue to work their way through conference play with a vicious efficiency on offense, hanging a 50-burger on Arkansas State to improve to 6-0. 

14. Ole Miss (17): Even with injuries on the offensive line and at running back, the Rebels found success against a defense that stymied Matt Corral a year ago. The 52-51 win was not without flaws or complaints, but it keeps Ole Miss on pace as one of the highest-ranked one-loss teams in the country.  

15. Arkansas (13): A drop is expected for the loss, but the way that KJ Jefferson and the Razorbacks went blow-for-blow with a high-powered offense like Ole Miss will keep a high floor on where Arkansas lands in the new top 25.

16. Notre Dame (14): We're back to multiple quarterbacks making things happen for Notre Dame, but Jack Coan's ability to answer the call in the clutch on Saturday night in Blacksburg, Virginia, keeps the Fighting Irish right near the top 15. 

17. Wake Forest (19): Now 6-0 for the first time in decades, it's time to discuss Wake Forest as the best team in the ACC. The Demon Deacons were not perfect in the overtime win at Syracuse, but the unbeaten start to the season continues thanks to Sam Hartman's guidance of this offense. 

18. Texas A&M (NR): It's a complicated profile to rank with losses to both Arkansas and Mississippi State, but the win against Alabama is so rare that it's hard to know what the ceiling might be for the Aggies on Sunday. 

19. Florida (20): No major adjustments in the rankings after a 42-0 win vs. Vanderbilt. 

20. BYU (10): The floor for BYU after a 26-17 loss to Boise State is set by Arizona State, the team the Cougars beat just a couple weeks ago. 

21. Arizona State (22): Since both Arizona State and BYU have one loss, it's possible that the head-to-head defeat prevents a bigger move up after beating Stanford handily, but there are plenty of quality opponents ahead on the schedule for more jumps in the rankings.  

22. Auburn (18): It's possible that Auburn gets bounced from the rankings, but I don't see it as likely considering the competitiveness against top teams in high-profile games. That's not to say Auburn isn't vulnerable, but voters aren't going to find a lot of better options deeper on the ballot than the Tigers. 

23. NC State (23): The Wolfpack were off in Week 6 and will be back in action next Saturday at Boston College 

24. SMU (24): Could have moved up, but a 31-24 win vs. Navy isn't going to woo the voters after the Mustangs were a two-touchdown favorite in the game. 

25. San Diego State (25): The Aztecs celebrated their first full week of 2021 in the top 25 by dispatching New Mexico 31-7. That likely won't cause a big bump -- if any -- in the Sunday polls, but this team will carry a top-25 ranking to its next game at San Jose State.

Projected to drop out: Texas (21)