Tomorrow’s Top 25 Today: Georgia takes No. 1 from Alabama as upsets shake college football rankings – CBS Sports

Tomorrow's Top 25 Today: Georgia takes No. 1 from Alabama as upsets shake college football rankings - CBS Sports

The college football rankings are set for a major shakeup when the AP Top 25 is updated on Sunday as the voters have to react to the many mass riots that have occurred (as well as other concerns that almost happened) during a wild Week 2. Three top-10 teams lost on the same day (two of them to Sun Belt opponents) but it was a near-upset in Austin, Texas, that could lead to the most headline-grabbing change in the rankings.

No. 1 alabama kicked a game-winning field goal with 10 seconds remaining to escape with a 20–19 victory over unranked Texas and claims a win over a Longhorns team that lost starting quarterback Quinn Ewers to injury in the first quarter. The fact that the ‘Horns pushed the Crimson Tide to the limit could actually garner more votes for Steve Sarkisian’s team than it received last week when Texas finished 28th as a team in voting points. On the other hand, Alabama’s shoddy showing (15 penalties!) as a 20-point favorite to a previously unranked team will likely affect its reputation as the top team in the country.

Some of Alabama’s first-place votes from the preseason rankings have already gone that of Georgia way after the Bulldogs’ Week 1 win against Oregon. If the Tide lost votes to the reigning champions winning 55-0 against Utah StateThey will almost certainly fall further after Georgia peaked Samford 33-0 in Week 2. If Georgia doesn’t end up jumping to #1 as we predict, the margin will be significantly closer. Alabama may remain No. 1, but the remarkable gap that existed in the preseason has closed. From here, every week is a referendum on who is #1 until one of the top three teams takes a loss.

The most uncertainty exists further down the rankings as voters will try to determine where No. 6 will be Texas A&M and No. 8 Our Lady should land after taking respective major upset losses as double-digit favorites against Appalachian State and Marshall in Week 2. Falling to an unranked team at home is grounds for being dropped from the top 25 overall after most weeks, but additional losses from No. 12. FloridaNo. 17 PittsburghNo. 19 Wisconsin and No. 25 Houston made the rankings much more fluid.

Here’s how we believe the new AP Top 25 poll will look on Sunday.

1. Georgia (Last week — 2): The Bulldogs have now outscored their first two opponents 58-3 in the first half alone, cruising to comfortable, depth-building wins against both Oregon and Samford. Georgia operates with ruthless efficiency, and it’s a level that no one else in the country has shown so consistently so far this season.

2. Alabama (1): It’s possible the Tide hold the No. 1 seed, and they’ll certainly get a good amount of first-place votes, but there are more pressing matters than whether the team is No. 1 or No. 2 in a given week this early. in the season. The offense around Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young needs to improve, and the team as a whole can’t commit 15 penalties a game like it did against Texas.

3. Ohio State (3): No changes from the voters after a 45-12 win against Arkansas Statebut after a tough outing in the opener against Notre Dame, the Buckeyes offense did stretch its legs a bit with four CJ Stroud touchdown passes — three to Marvin Harrison Jr. — despite having both Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming. sidelined by injuries.

4. Michigan (4): The Wolverines rolled against Hawaii and after the game Jim Harbaugh named JJ McCarthy as the team’s starting quarterback.

5. Clemson (5): There will be no major takeaways for voters after a 35-12 win against Furman.

6. Oklahoma (7): Early scare vs Kent State tied after halftime as the Sooners defense led the way while the offense found its footing in a 33-3 victory.

7. USC (10): When will the Trojans play a team that can limit their offensive firepower? Stanford was not up to the task as USC scored five touchdowns before halftime then cruised to a 41-28 win on the road to open Pac-12 play.

8. Oklahoma State (11): Early on, it looked Arizona State will be added to the list of unranked teams to go on the road and take down a top team, but the Cowboys found their footing and pulled away in the second half to remain undefeated.

9. Michigan State (14): Two straight wins against the MAC may not flash for some voters, but a well-rounded 52-0 win on Saturday against Akron bodes well for their fortunes before a road trip to washington in Week 3. Based on the losses before them, the Spartans are ready for a move up.

10. Arkansas (16): A combined rushing attack and early lead helped power the Razorbacks to their first SEC win of the season as they held off a second-half charge of South Carolina in a 44-30 win.

11. Kentucky (20): This Wildcats team could do what Utah couldn’t — enter The Swamp in prime time and come out victorious in a a hard-fought 26-16 win over the Gators. The victory marked Kentucky’s second straight victory over Florida (an event that had not occurred since 1976-77) and third such victory across the last five meetings in the series. The Gators won 31 straight before the ‘Cats’ recent surge.

12. Florida (12): The win against Utah now serves as a nice floor in the AP Top 25 as long as Florida remains a one-loss team. Now the challenge for Billy Napier and the Gators will be to refocus after this loss and make sure they remain a one-loss team for as long as possible. Anthony Richardson had a disastrous outing after his breakout performance in Week 1.

13. BYU (21): This might be a little high for the Cougars’ projections, but that would just be a result of the double-overtime win against top-10-ranked Baylor ending in the early Sunday morning hours for May AP voters. The profile is strong, but the strength of this team is reason to think this impressive campaign could continue, even with Oregon on deck next week.

14. Utah (13): 73-7 blowout win against Southern Utah will go a long way to turning the tide around the Utes program after a tough road loss at Florida in the opener, but it won’t change their standing in the rankings too much.

15. Miami (FL) (15): It wasn’t early enough — with some boos coming to life in the second quarter — but the Hurricanes pulled away late for a 30-7 victory against Southern Miss.

16. Tennessee (24): Taking down Pitt in overtime made Tennessee one of the significant risers at the bottom of the rankings. Since the Volunteers were unranked in the preseason and just cracked the top 25, there is likely a ceiling to them landing this week, but that ceiling is likely close to where Pitt was ranked heading into the matchup.

17. NC State (18): After scoring just three touchdowns and winning at ECU thanks to a couple of missed kicks, ACC Preseason Player of the Year Devin Leary accounted for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in a 55-3 win against Charleston South.

18. Be a young lady (22): Things were a little tighter than some might have expected Troybut Ole Miss left no doubt in a dominating 59-3 victory against Central Arkansas.

19. Wake Forest (23): The return of Sam Hartman brought many offensive highlights in a 45-25 win at Vanderbilt.

20. Penn State (NR): 46-10 win vs Ohio will move the Nittany Lions from just outside the top 25 into the 20s and set up plenty of excitement for next week’s road trip to Chestnut brown.

21. Texas (NR): Had Texas not been so close to the top 25 in last week’s poll, it would have been unlikely that the Longhorns could have lost and still moved up in the rankings. However, last week’s ranking suggests they are already a top 25 team in the eyes of many and Saturday’s performance against Alabama suggests they are worthy of that consideration.

22. Oregon (NR): After falling all the way from No. 11 to just outside the rankings, a comfortable win against Eastern Washington should pick up the few extra voters the Ducks need to get back into the top 25.

23. Baylor (9): The Bruins must fall in the rankings after falling in double overtime to BYUbut that defeat, especially on the road, isn’t enough to add Baylor to the list of ranked teams in danger of being bounced from the top 25.

24. Kansas State (NR): A dominant win against Missouri might draw a little more attention to the 2-0 Wildcats, who showed in enough polls last week to be well-positioned for a top-25 success after a win against an SEC opponent.

25. Pittsburgh (17): It’s possible the Panthers suffer the same fate as the other ranked teams projected to fall out of the rankings, but the overtime of the loss to a team likely moving up could keep them in enough polls to stay right around No. 24 or. No. 25.

Projected to drop: No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 25 Houston

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