The college football AP Poll released their updated rankings on Sunday afternoon, and it disagrees with the coaches poll. After watching Florida State drop in one of the major polls, one could not fathom the Seminoles staying atop the AP rankings. After all, the Seminoles haven’t won impressively enough all season. However, the Seminoles avoided the dreaded drop, and remained the No.1 team in the country.
With the rest of the top four staying in concert, the media did have one change within the top five. The No.5 Baylor Bears finally jumped over the once beaten TCU Horned Frogs. They can only hope that the selection committee comes to the same conclusion on Tuesday night.
The No.7 Ohio State Buckeyes remained in the same position, but their position was unlikely to change this week. The Buckeyes clinched the Big 10 East, and they have one regular season game left before playing in the conference championship game.
Due to Ole Miss losing in shutout fashion, the No.8 Georgia Bulldogs moved up one spot to bring three SEC teams in the top eight of the AP Poll. Georgia still has a shot at the SEC championship game, but they need help in a major way.
The No.9 UCLA Bruins are the only new team in the top 10 and they jumped over No.10 Michigan State. The Bruins dominated USC in a PAC-12 South battle. Therefore, UCLA is one win away from earning a rematch with the Oregon Ducks in the PAC-12 championship game. If both teams win the final regulars season game, the winner of the PAC-12 could be assured a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The No.11 Kansas State Wildcats might have the most important game left on the schedule. With the Big 12 sitting in a three-way tie for first place, the Wildcats still have to play Baylor for conference supremacy.
Florida State isn’t the only undefeated team left in college football. The No.19 Marshall Thundering Herd dropped a spot after struggling to beat UAB by five points. It’s apparent that Marshall hit a ceiling long ago, but it doesn’t make the games any easier when you’re vying for an undefeated season.
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The aforementioned Ole Miss Rebels dropped 10 spots to No.18, but they still have a chance to play spoiler in the Egg Bowl. A promising season has turned quickly for the former top five team, and only a win over No.4 Mississippi State could make them feel better.
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Four new teams jumped into the poll this week. The No.22 Minnesota Golden Gophers moved up nine spots, while No.23 Clemson Tigers moved up four spots. The ACC got another team in the rankings with No.24 Louisville moving up four spots. Louisville knocked off Notre Dame in South Bend. The No.25 Boise State Broncos finally moved into the Top 25 after a long process back to respectability.
Here is the AP Top 25 Poll. You can compare it to the Top 25 coaches poll.
1. Florida State (11-0, 37 first-place votes)
2. Alabama (10-1, 21)
3. Oregon (10-1, 2)
4. Mississippi State (10-1)
5. Baylor (9-1)
6. TCU (9-1)
7. Ohio State (10-1)
8. Georgia (9-2)
9. UCLA (9-2)
10. Michigan State (9-2)
11. Kansas State (8-2)
12. Arizona (9-2)
13. Arizona State (9-2)
14. Wisconsin (9-2)
15. Auburn (8-3)
16. Georgia Tech (9-2)
17. Missouri (9-2)
18. Ole Miss (8-3)
19. Marshall (11-0)
20. Oklahoma (8-3)
21. Colorado State (10-1)
22. Minnesota (8-3)
23. Clemson (8-3)
24. Louisville (8-3)
25. Boise State (9-2)