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Top 25: Week Ten

With another college football weekend in the books, let’s check in on the AP Top 25.

Syndication: Detroit Free Press Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

There weren’t a ton of massive upsets over the weekend in college football, but there were still some fairly notable results.

In a rivalry battle of top ten teams, Michigan State picked up a late win over Michigan, cementing themselves as a potential Big Ten and College Football Playoff contender. Their likely main competition in the conference, Ohio State, played a close game against Penn State before pulling away towards the end. Another sterling performance from Georgia further established them as the team to beat.

Beyond that, there also were a handful of upsets. Nine unranked teams lost, with six coming against unranked teams, the highest of which was #9 Iowa. North Carolina had a chance to get in on the action against Notre Dame, but they came up short after playing the Irish close for a while.

Now that the dust has settled on another weekend, let’s take a look at where things stand in the top 25.

AP Top 25

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (63 first place votes)
  2. Cincinnati Bearcats
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. Michigan State Spartans
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Oregon Ducks
  8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  9. Michigan Wolverines
  10. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  11. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  12. Auburn Tigers
  13. Texas A&M Aggies
  14. Baylor Bears
  15. Ole Miss Rebels
  16. UTSA Roadrunners
  17. BYU Cougars
  18. Kentucky Wildcats
  19. Iowa Hawkeyes
  20. Houston Cougars
  21. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
  22. Penn State Nittany Lions
  23. SMU Mustangs
  24. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
  25. Fresno State Bulldogs

Where is UNC?

Despite playing now #8 Notre Dame decently well, UNC is still well off receiving any votes, never mind cracking the rankings. A win over undefeated #10 Wake Forest could garner them a place on a couple voters rankings, but even that wouldn’t get them into the top 25.

Biggest Winners

BYU played in the craziest game of the weekend with their 66-49 late night win over Virginia. (Non-zero chance that would be a higher score than if their basketball teams met this season.) As a result of the win, the Cougars moved up eight spots. One spot ahead of them is UTSA, who moved up seven spots in a historic season for their program.

Biggest Losers

The biggest drop of the week belongs to Iowa, who fell ten spots after losing at home to Wisconsin. As good as the Hawkeyes’ defense is, it appears you also need somewhat of an offense. Meanwhile, Pitt went from #17 to the first team out of the poll thanks to a home loss to Miami.

Conference Breakdown

  • SEC: 6
  • Big Ten: 5
  • AAC: 3
  • Big 12: 3
  • Independent: 2
  • Sun Belt: 2
  • ACC: 1
  • Conference USA: 1
  • Mountain West: 1
  • Pac-12: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #12 Auburn (6-2, 3-1 SEC) at #13 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC) - Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS
  • Boise State (4-4, 2-2 MWC) at #25 Fresno State (7-2, 4-1 MWC) - Saturday at 7 PM ET on CBSSN
  • #16 UTSA (8-0, 4-0 C-USA) at UTEP (6-2, 3-1 C-USA) - Saturday at 10: 15 PM ET on ESPN2

Coaches Poll

  1. Georgia (64 first place votes)
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Alabama
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan State
  7. Oregon
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Wake Forest
  10. Michigan
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Texas A&M
  13. Baylor
  14. Auburn
  15. Ole Miss
  16. Iowa
  17. Kentucky
  18. UTSA
  19. Houston
  20. BYU
  21. Coastal Carolina
  22. NC State
  23. Penn State
  24. SMU
  25. Pitt