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AP Top 25: Week Six

It’s was another pretty wild weekend in college football.

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A part from Alabama and Georgia holding strong at #1 and #2 in the AP Top 25 rankings, this season has been a fairly wild one. The current #3 and #4 started the season at #18 and #19 respectively. Four different preseason top 10 teams (including one we know well) have fallen out of the top 25 entirely. Wake Forest is now the highest ranked ACC team. Cincinnati might have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Things are weird.

This weekend kept up that trend as six teams ranking in last week’s top 15 lost, with three of those Ls come to unranked opponents. UNC didn’t have a ranking to lose, but they avoided the chaos and mostly handled business at home against Duke.

With the week now in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look at where things stand now.

AP Top 25

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (53 first place votes)
  2. Georgia Bulldogs (9)
  3. Iowa Hawkeyes
  4. Penn State Nittany Lions
  5. Cincinnati Bearcats
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. Ohio State Buckeyes
  8. Oregon Ducks
  9. Michigan Wolverines
  10. BYU Cougars
  11. Michigan State Spartans
  12. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  13. Arkansas Razorbacks
  14. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  15. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
  16. Kentucky Wildcats
  17. Ole Miss Rebels
  18. Auburn Tigers
  19. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  20. Florida Gators
  21. Texas Longhorns
  22. Arizona State Sun Devils
  23. NC State Wolfpack
  24. SMU Mustangs
  25. San Diego State Aztecs

Where is UNC?

After the loss to Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels were down to a single solitary #25 vote. Despite the win over Duke, Carolina actually lost that vote and now have zero rankings points in the AP Poll. Admittedly it was weird that anyone voted for them last week, so this is probably about right.

Biggest Winners

Five different teams entered the top 25 this week, headlined by Kentucky. The Wildcats are all the way up at #16 after they improved to 5-0 by beating previously #10 Florida. Michigan State and Oklahoma State were both ranking, but moved up six and seven spots respectively as they continued undefeated starts to the year.

Biggest Losers

Five new teams getting into the top 25 means five exited, with no one falling further than Texas A&M. The Aggies’ loss to Arkansas was somewhat understandable considering the Razorbacks’ start to the season. Their loss to Mississippi State is less so, and as a result A&M went from #15 to unranked. The flipside of the Kentucky win was Florida’s loss, which dropped the Gators ten spots to #20.

Conference Breakdown

  • SEC: 7
  • Big Ten: 5
  • Big 12: 3
  • AAC: 2
  • ACC: 2
  • Independent: 2
  • Pac-12: 2
  • Mountain West: 1
  • Sun Belt: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #6 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) vs. #21 Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) in Dallas - Saturday at 12 PM ET on ABC
  • #2 Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at #18 Auburn (4-1, 1-0 SEC) - Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS
  • #4 Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at #3 Iowa (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) - Saturday at 4 PM ET on FOX

Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama (63)
  2. Georgia (2)
  3. Iowa
  4. Penn State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Ohio State
  8. Michigan
  9. Oregon
  10. BYU
  11. Michigan State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Kentucky
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Arkansas
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Florida
  19. Auburn
  20. Wake Forest
  21. Clemson
  22. NC State
  23. Texas
  24. SMU
  25. Arizona State