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AP Top 25 Poll: Week Ten

Where are things at in the latest edition of the rankings?

Clemson v Notre Dame Photo by Matt Cashore-Pool/Getty Images

With the addition of the Pac-12 and the MAC to the weekends, we now have what appears to be a fairly normal college football schedule. They were the last two of the 10 FBS conference to take the field, and now we have the full set.

While our Saturdays look mostly normal now, the AP rankings that result out of them still look way different than what we normally see In basically no other season would you see seven non-power five teams ranked. You almost certainly wouldn’t see two in the top ten, especially not at this point. Indiana’s in the top 10? Things are weird.

Now that the dust has settled, including UNC’s crushing win over Duke, let’s see where everything landed in this week’s edition of the AP Poll.

AP Top 25

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (59 First Place Votes)
  2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2)
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes (1)
  4. Clemson Tigers
  5. Texas A&M Aggies
  6. Florida Gators
  7. Cincinnati Bearcats
  8. BYU Cougars
  9. Miami Hurricanes
  10. Indiana Hoosiers
  11. Oregon Ducks
  12. Georgia Bulldogs
  13. Wisconsin Badgers
  14. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  15. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
  16. Marshall Thundering Herd
  17. Iowa State Cyclones
  18. Oklahoma Sooners
  19. SMU Mustangs
  20. USC Trojans
  21. Texas Longhorns
  22. Liberty Flames
  23. Northwestern Wildcats
  24. Auburn Tigers
  25. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Where is UNC?

Last week after the Tar Heels dropped out, we said that based on the votes they got, a win over Duke may get them back into the top 25. It very nearly did, but not quite.

UNC has an unofficial ranking of #26, receiving the most votes of any team not ranked. Louisiana, who occupy the 25th spot, finished with 118 ranking points. The Heels are 33 behind them with 85. So they were close, but not close enough. Maybe next week.

Biggest Winners

They didn’t have the biggest jump by number of spots, but it’s hard to call anyone the biggest winner of the weekend other than Notre Dame. The Irish won a classic against a Trevor Lawrence-less Clemson, moving into second, and picking up some first place votes.

As far as teams who did make the biggest jump, Indiana and Liberty both moved up three spots, making the Hoosiers a top 10 team for the first time since 1969.

Biggest Losers

Boise State and Michigan left the poll this week after losses of varying embarrassing nature. However, the biggest fall belongs to Georgia. The Bulldogs’ loss to Florida sees them fall seven spots, the most of anyone this week.

In general, the poll was fairly stable this week. Over a third of the teams in it stayed exactly where they were last week.

Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 3
  • American: 2
  • Big 12: 4
  • Big Ten: 4
  • Conference USA: 1
  • Independent: 2
  • Pac-12: 2
  • SEC: 5
  • Sun Belt: 2

Next Week’s Marquee Top 25 Matchups

  • #2 Notre Dame (7-0) at Boston College (5-3) - Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC
  • #3 Ohio State (3-0) at Maryland (2-1) - Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on Big Ten Network
  • #1 Alabama (6-0) at LSU (2-3) - Saturday at 6 PM ET on CBS