After each week of the college football season, a fresh set of rankings drop, highlighting the Top 25 teams in the nation. There are two major polls used in the college football, the AP Poll voted on by members of the media, and the Coaches Poll voted on by, well you can probably figure that one out. In October, the College Football Playoff rankings join the other two and take over as the base rankings for the rest of the season.
With fall setting in around the country, college football is kicking into high gear as teams kick off the second half of their seasons. We are still two weeks away from the first College Football Playoff rankings being released, but the AP Poll and Coaches Poll help paint of picture of what to expect when the rankings do release in the first week of November.
Others receiving votes: Memphis 87, Virginia 29, San Diego State 17, Pittsburgh 17, Washington 15, Navy 9, Texas A&M 6, Missouri 4, USC 3, UCF 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Tulane 1
Dropped from rankings: Missouri 22, Washington 25
Six undefeated teams make up the top six spots of this week’s AP Poll, with Alabama leading the way but Louisiana State closing on the top spot at a rapid pace. The Crimson tide and the Tigers will meet on November 9th in Tuscaloosa.
Despite thumping Louisville over the weekend, Clemson continues to fall in the AP Poll, sliding down to fourth behind Ohio State. This is no cause for concern for Clemson, if they continue to win and finish the season as ACC champions, the Tigers should have no problem qualifying for the playoffs once again.
Penn State continues its rise up the rankings, sliding in at No. 6 after defeating Michigan at home on Saturday night. They are followed by Florida at No. 7 who rebounded from its to jump two spots after defeating South Carolina.
A trio of teams took a loss on Saturday and paid for it dearly in the AP rankings. Wisconsin fell from the ranks of the unbeatens after a shock upset at the hands of Big Ten foe Illinois and fell seven spots, outside of the Top 10 with a trip to Columbus looming.
Boise State joined the Badgers in the loss column, seeing themselves upset by Brigham Young in Salt Lake City. As a result, the Broncos suffer this week’s biggest drop, falling eight spots and giving up the Group of 5 driver’s seat for the time being. Arizona State suffered its second loss of the season and dropped seven spots to the outskirts of the Top 25.
With the Boise State loss, Southern Methodist now takes over as the highest ranked Group of 5 side, sitting at No. 16 after pummeling Temple. This is the Mustangs highest AP Poll ranking since the mid 1980’s.
For a closer look on how media members voted individually, check the image below.
Others receiving votes: Iowa State 83, Virginia 61, San Diego State 45, Navy 24, Pittsburgh 18, Washington 16, Tulane 8, Texas A&M 8, Louisiana Tech 7, UCF 6, Temple 3, Virginia Tech 2, UAB 1, Indiana 1, Utah State 1
Dropped from rankings: Washington 23, Temple 25
Unlike the AP Poll, Clemson remains firmly entrenched at the No. 2 spot according to the Coaches. In fact, the entire Top 5 remained the same from the previous week, with the first change coming at the No. 6 spot with Wisconsin falling and Penn State jumping up to replace them.
With the Badgers dropping seven spots, a host of teams benefitted and moved up in the latest rankings. Oregon and Utah sit at No. 11 and No. 12 respectively, both representing the PAC 12 best hopes of making this year’s College Football Playoff.
Like the AP Poll, Boise State and Arizona State joined the Badgers as this week’s biggest losers, tumbling eight spots and seven spots respectively to the bottom third of the Coaches rankings. Southern Methodist leads all Group of 5 teams at No. 17.
Washington and Temple both took losses this week and fell from the rankings, replaced by Wake Forest and Memphis.
Top 25 Schedule: Week 9
Let’s take a quick peek at who the Top 25 teams will be playing in Week 9
Three Top 25 matchups highlight this week’s schedule, with an SEC West showdown in Baton Rouge taking top billing. Before they can take on No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Louisiana State will first have to take care of business against No. 9 Auburn in Death Valley. Should they prevail, the Tigers will head to Tuscaloosa for a No. 1 v. No. 2 showdown.
In what should have been a heavyweight match before last week’s results, No. 3 Ohio State welcomes No. 13 Wisconsin to Columbus for what could very well be a Big Ten Championship preview. The Buckeyes are still playing like the best team in college football while the Badgers will be coming off their first loss of the season.
Longtime rivals Notre Dame and Michigan meet in Ann Arbor in a matchup loaded with potential playoff implications. Michigan has likely seen its slim playoff hopes die, but the FIghting Irish still have a shot if they can win out.
Glancing over the other games on the schedule, No. 6 Penn State heads to East Lansing for a rivalry showdown with Michigan State. Alabama, Clemson, and Oklahoma will all look to remain unbeaten against unranked sides. No. 16 Southern Methodist looks to remain in control of its own destiny in a Thursday night showdown with Houston.
Each and every week throughout the college football season we will be checking in with the latest rankings and Top 25 schedule so make sure you are checking back to keep up to date on the latest from the college football world.