Tomorrow’s Top 25 Today: Georgia jumps Ohio State, Florida debuts in college football rankings – CBS Sports

Tomorrow's Top 25 Today: Georgia jumps Ohio State, Florida debuts in college football rankings - CBS Sports

All the results from Week 1 of the 2022 college football season are officially in the books, and soon, the voters for the AP Top 25 will submit their ballots and reset the rankings for the first time since the preseason poll in August. The first few weeks of the season are full of opportunities for overreactions, as fans and media alike have spent the entire offseason formulating opinions that will either be confirmed or proven wrong in dramatic fashion with the first game of the year. But while individual swings are expected, the consensus across the entire AP Top 25 voting body is expected to remain the same after just three games between ranked teams and many lopsided results across the top 25 action.

That’s not to say there won’t be some drama heading into Week 2. Georgia’s dominant win against Oregon suggests the Bulldogs could be closer to No. 1 than No. 3, the ranking they held in the preseason poll, and as voters split. those first-place votes might count for a jump ahead of Ohio State for No. 2. The Buckeyes did not disappoint in beating top-five Notre Dame, but the absence of a high-scoring offense when the expectation dictated otherwise opens the door. for Georgia to join that debate between the top teams in college football.

Further down the rankings, there are other points of intrigue, most notably with Florida falling in its expected arrival in the top 25 after beating top-10 Utah. Also curious to see will be where the Utes fall after taking their first loss of the season in Week 1. Notre Dame losing close to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, will almost certainly make the Fighting Irish the highest-ranked 0-1 team in the AP Top 25, but Utah shouldn’t be too late as the Utes had a chance to win late in The Swamp.

Voters also have to decide what to do with teams that haven’t met expectations despite winning and others already ranked that have put up big numbers against far inferior opponents. With all aspects considered, here’s how we expect the new AP top 25 to look when the college football rankings update on Tuesday afternoon.

1. Alabama (preseason — 1): The Crimson Tide hung a 50-burger and did not allow a point. There may be some worthy momentum for Georgia as the best team in the country, but there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest that Alabama is any less worthy of that title than they were in the preseason.

2. Georgia (3): Notable because Georgia answered any concerns about a post-title hangover was how the offense, and quarterback Stetson Bennett, appeared to be even more effective than they were a year ago. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on each of their first seven possessions and kept the Oregon defense on its heels with a passing game that spread the ball around to multiple targets for a team total of 439 passing yards in the 46-point victory.

3. Ohio State (2): There was nothing unacceptable or worrisome about Ohio State’s win, it’s just possible that it will be jumped by voter momentum behind Georgia. The Buckeyes had the better win over the Bulldogs, and in doing so showed a much improved defense, but the close home win against the Fighting Irish contrasted with what some of the voters expected Ohio State to look like in 2022.

4. Clemson (4): The product on the field hasn’t always been pretty, but the Tigers have a major advantage on defense that will allow Dabo Swinney’s group to continue to rack up wins throughout their 2022 schedule. It took a while, but Clemson eventually pulled away in the second half to beat Georgia Tech.

5. Michigan (8): It may take until later in the year for a better test of this impression, but Michigan doesn’t appear to have lost much on defense even after losing multiple experienced starters and a couple of NFL Draft picks. The Wolverines swarmed Colorado State early, and the offense was able to march up and down the field with little resistance. After losing both coordinators and so many starters from the Big Ten title team a year ago, Michigan did arguably the best job of teams ranked 6-10 of exceeding expectations in Week 1.

6. Texas A&M (6): A slow start on offense was stalled further by an extended weather delay, and by the end of the game, it was hard to know what to make of a comfortable 31-0 win against Sam Houston. Haynes King finished with three touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions for the Aggies, who reached the end zone just once in their first seven possessions against FCS opposition.

7. Our Lady (5): There are two anchors for this prediction, the first being last season’s poll after Clemson’s low-scoring loss to Georgia. That saw the Tigers drop from No. 3 to No. 6, so a drop of just a few spots has precedent with this current group of AP Top 25 voters. The second thought is that the Irish were 17-point underdogs and played the Buckeyes close for three quarters before ultimately losing by 11. It’s a pretty high floor for where Notre Dame will end up after the loss.

8. Oklahoma (9): In a weekend that included some difficult or shaky starts for first-year coaches, Brent Venables got to enjoy simply taking care of business in a 45-13 win against UTEP. The Sooners were up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as both the Dillon Gabriel-led offense and the revamped defense delivered a performance worthy of a top-10 preseason ranking.

9. Baylor (10): Voters won’t make much of a 59-point win against FCS Albany, but Baylor fans will love what they saw from quarterback Blake Shapen and what it means going into a much tougher non-conference test against BYU in Week 2.

10. Oklahoma State (12): Central Michigan poured in some points late to make this playoff look more competitive, but the Cowboys simply getting back into a position of lighting up the scoreboard on offense is a big win after losing players to the NFL Draft and transfer portal as well. like the departure of coaches in the form of defensive coordinator Jim Knowles going to Ohio State.

11. Utah (7): This drop could be more significant than what we’re predicting, but a clear view of Utah with the context of the season-opening loss to Florida shouldn’t result in as much of an adjustment. The Utes were slight favorites on the road in a hostile environment and lost because a game-winning touchdown attempt was intercepted. (They were also stopped three times on the goal line earlier in the game.) If Utah wins, there is no change in the rankings overall, so what exactly has changed about the composition of the Utes since the Gators’ defense made a pair stand. near the end zone? That said, voters aren’t always clairvoyant, especially after Week 1, so the floor could be closer to No. 18 or No. 20 after the loss.

12. USC (14): Reorganization provides room for a move up, but the debut of Lincoln Riley as the coach of USC and Caleb Williams as quarterback did not give an opportunity for a dramatic poll move considering that the opponent was Rice.

13. Michigan State (15): The outcome was never in doubt, but the Spartans’ win against Western Michigan on Friday didn’t include wire-to-wire dominance. Don’t look for much change in the Spartans’ ranking, though there wasn’t anything particularly relevant to warrant a victory spire falling either.

14. Miami (16): A 70-13 win against FCS Bethune-Cookman was great for confidence and giving the backups some competitive experience, but it won’t do much for the Hurricanes poll standings.

15. Florida (NR): Last year, UCLA was unranked before it beat No. 16 LSU in Week 1 and jumped into that exact spot. The Gators had a better win (beating the reigning Pac-12 champion in Utah), and the win put quarterback Anthony Richardson on the big stage as one of the most effective players in the sport. Since Florida started so low in the preseason poll (38th in voting), it’s hard to imagine a jump into the top 12. But with a ranked Kentucky team coming to town in Week 2, the Gators could be knocking on the door of the. top 10 if they win again in The Swamp this Saturday.

16. Oregon (11): The Ducks fell five spots after losing to Auburn in 2019 in Week 1, going from No. 11 to No. 16. I don’t think voters will consciously have this detail in mind, but it helps track voting patterns. A similar result could happen after Oregon was defeated — by more points — to a better SEC team in the season opener again three years later.

17. NC State (13): This prediction is definitely the floor for NC State’s possible fall after beating ECU 21-20. The fact that victory required both a missed game-tying extra point and a game-winning field goal in the final moments is what we think will shake confidence in the Wolfpack, who are still getting used to the role of top seed and favorite for a week- in, weekly basis.

18. Arkansas (19): Georgia, Ohio State and Arkansas were the only teams to win games against ranked opponents in Week 1, so there should be some increased support for the Razorbacks after beating Cincinnati.

19. Pittsburgh (17): A dramatic win against West Virginia garnered a lot of attention and love, but I’m not sure there’s as much to take away from a Pitt perspective as there was love for the rivalry itself. The Panthers remain rightfully so, as a very good but not perfect top-20 team in college football.

20. Wisconsin (18): No major adjustments after a 38-0 win against Illinois State.

21. Kentucky (20): A slow start in the first half against Miami (Ohio) and the continued uncertainty surrounding key suspensions cooled much of the buzz surrounding the Wildcats’ 2022 campaign.

22. Ole Miss (21): Troy made things a little closer than expected, but Ole Miss remains among the more dangerous teams in the SEC.

23. Wake Forest (22): No Sam Harman, no problem as the Demon Deacons cruised to an easy win against VMI behind Mitch Griffis at quarterback. Now, Wake Forest can prove its worthiness for a national ranking against Vanderbilt in Week 2.

24. Houston (24): Because UTSA has been such a solid program over the past two years, I don’t think we’ll see downward trends in voting based on the Cougars’ triple overtime win against the Roadrunners in Week 1. If anything, the win only supports how Dana Holgorsen has rebuilt the foundation of this program to survive through these moments of adversity.

25. BYU (25): Speaking of adversity, the Cougars traveled all the way to Tampa and faced multiple weather delays before putting on a clinic against South Florida in Week 1. Then there’s a great opportunity to prove that the Cougars are one of the best teams in the country with a visit. from Baylor to Provo, Utah, in Week 2 and then a trip to Oregon in Week 3.

Projected to leave: Cincinnati (23)

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