Alabama has only just surpassed Cincinnati for 2nd place in the AP Top 25. That comes after the College Football Playoff Rankings revealed the Crimson Tide in the same spot behind No. 1 Georgia. But the gains in last week’s AP Top 25 polling were close enough to think the decision was unpopular with 62 voters because it involved Alabama and Cincinnati, so the debate remains an intriguing one. as we enter the final week of the regular season.
The issue for voters: Alabama and Cincinnati both won, albeit by a margin, and those two have another challenger in the debate. Welcome to the top 4 consensus, Ohio State.
What We’ve Seen From Buckeyes when they made seven touchdowns in seven possessions in the first half to take a 49-0 lead after two quarters against a Michigan State top 10 team was remarkable. It will have some voters see Ohio State as the best losing team in the country, and that dynamic will create some legitimate uncertainty in the top five. The biggest problem with Ohio State’s potential ascent is any residual damage from Oregon’s loss to Utah, which took a toll on some of the “good losses” that made the claim a loser. the best in the country.
Ducks and Sparta will drop after defeat, and Utah is destined for promotion, but for the most part, the top 25 teams in last week’s poll held were all as expected. There were a few scary and controversial matches in the rankings, but the big change was minimal after only four ranked teams lost in Week 12 and only one of them (Wake Forest) went to a single player. The team is not ranked.
Here’s how we think the new Top 25 AP will look like Sunday.
1. Georgia (Last week – 1): Jordan Davis’ encounter proved to be one of the lasting highlights of the senior day as Georgia won 56-7 over Charleston Southern.
2. Alabama (2): For all notes after Saturday’s win over Arkansas involving the Crimson Tide’s defense, Bama remains the beneficiary of a all-time performance from Bryce Young. I think offensive production helps Alabama stay second keep a close eye on SEC West.
3. Cincinnati (3): Rising competitive quality brings out only the best in Bearcats. AP voters rated Cincinnati more highly than the CFP Selection Committee, and I think that confidence was attested in the 48-14 win over eight-winner SMU.
4. Ohio State (5): Ryan Day probably wants it to happen in College football Playoffs, but Ohio State may have played its best half of a football season in 2021. High-level events of the day, Chris Olave’s record touchdowns and ruthless efficiency seemed in sync as the Buckeyes flew. arrive there Win 56-7 against the State of Michigan.
5. Notre Dame Cathedral (6): The CFP candidate everyone seems to be ignoring just got a 55-0 ho-hum win over Georgia Tech and is one win away from being at the club 11-1 because of the chaos at the congress championship on Saturday.
6. Michigan (8): Confidence had to grow going into the game at Ohio State after scoring 59 points on the scoreboard at Maryland in a 41-point win.
7. Oklahoma State (9): The cowboys beat Texas Tech 23-0. It’s impressive enough to continue to slide into the top 10, but it won’t prompt voters to take the State of Oklahoma much higher.
8. Ole Miss (10): The rebels handle their business, defeating Vanderbilt 31-17. It was good enough to raise a few spots in the AP Top 25 ahead of the Egg Bowl with Mississippi State.
9. Baylor (11): Going into the game as the underdog, according to bookmakers, Baylor put on an impressive display in a 20-10 win over Kansas State. That result combined with last week’s Oklahoma win creates some real momentum for the Bears as one of the best two-loss teams in the country.
10. Michigan State (7): I think the loss was so severe that the Spartans dropping points would reflect an immediate reaction to the outcome, not the strength of the team. Michigan State has a great win that others don’t and will be among the biggest losers in the nation. It’s just 56-7 on the scoreboard that makes it harder to be a team that loses all two games.
11. Oklahoma (12): A more split win over Iowa State could put the Sooners one or two places higher, but a 28-21 win only preserves Oklahoma’s place in the Big 12 title picture.
12. Oregon (4): Ducks will probably win another crack at Utah for the Pac-12 championship, but CFP damage is done in the loss will linger for a long time.
13. BYU (14): After an early flirtation with a nasty warning whistle, the Cougars took control with a 34-17 win over Georgia Southern to improve to 9-2.
14. UTSA (15): Landing hits at the end of an epic match to preserve the undefeated record is as good as you can ask from a college football on a Saturday in late November.
15. Texas A&M (16): No change of order after a 49-point win over Prairie View A&M.
16. Utah (24): The biggest risk in the top 25 will be the Utes on the cusp of a dominant win over Oregon on a big stage for Kyle Whittingham’s show. I think voters will argue Texas A&M against Utah as the best three-game loser in the country, but the Aggies have a win in Alabama.
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17. Houston (17): You could argue the Cougars may have deserved a boost after improving their record with a 31-13 win over Memphis, but the Tigers have only five wins this year at the moment and it will. does not meet the criteria to win worthy of ranking adjustment. .
18. Iowa (18): The match was a bit late, but I don’t think the voters will care too much about the specifics. A 33-23 win over Illinois helps mark what they expect to see from the 18th-placed team in the nation.
19. Wisconsin (19): The Badgers Big Ten West hoped to narrowly succeed but Nebraska’s trend of playing all top teams continued in a one-point win over Wisconsin.
20. Pittsburgh (20): An absolutely massive ACC win for the Panthers would resonate on the show more than the AP voters. Virginia delivers a fight with Pitt, and the Panthers have the answer at every turn as they hit ACC Coastal in a 48-38 victory.
21. Louisiana (22): Quiet a statement game for Louisiana and Billy Napier, hit the road for the tough Week 12 non-participation test at Liberty and win 42-14. The Ragin’ Cajuns were the underdogs going into the game and never gave in after it started, recording their 10th straight win. It’s been a great performance with the next ULM and Sun Belt Championship Match on December 4th.
22. San Diego State (23): The poor UNLV made San Diego State sweat in a 28-20 win, but the win by any margin kept the Aztec 10-1 in their place in the polls.
23. Wake Forest (13): It’s important to note that AP voters rated Wake Forest lower than the CFP committee’s involvement in the game, and I expect a more rapid correction later. 48-27 lose to Clemson. In this case, a head-to-head victory over NC State is the best marker for expectations.
24. NC Status (25): The committee is still higher on Wolfpack than AP voters, but it’s possible a 41-17 win over Syracuse will have them questioning their ranking against Wake Forest regardless of head-to-head results.
25. Arkansas (21): While four losses is a lot for a top 25 team, it will be difficult for voters to knock out Arkansas comprehensively before the test it provides on the way to the team they also place in 2nd place. domestic. .
Expected dropout: None
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