Tomorrow’s top 25 today: Georgia takes Alabama’s No. 1 as unrest shakes college football rankings

The college football rankings will be in for a major shake-up when the AP Top 25 is updated on Sunday as voters have to react to numerous massive disruptions that have happened (as well as other disruptions that have occurred). almost happened) during a wild Week 2. Two top 10 teams lost on the same day, both to Sun Belt opponents, but it nearly upset Austin, Texas, which could lead to the most headline-worthy change in the rankings .

Number 1 Alabama scored a winning field goal with 10 seconds left to escape with a 20-19 win over unranked Texas and claimed a win over a Longhorns team that lost starting quarterback Quinn Ewers to injury in the first quarter. In fact, the fact that the ‘Horns pushed the Crimson Tide to its limits could bring in more votes for Steve Sarkisian’s team than it got last week when Texas finished 28th in voting points. On the other hand, Alabama’s sloppy performance (15 points!) as a 20-point favorite for a previously unranked team is likely to affect its position as the best team in the country.

Some of Alabama’s first-place preseason rankings already went to Georgia after the Bulldogs’ Week 1 win against Oregon. If the Tide loses votes to the reigning champions as they beat Utah State 55-0, they will almost certainly fall more after Georgia defeated Samford 33-0 in Week 2. If Georgia doesn’t end up jumping to No. 1 as we predict, the margin will be considerable closer. Alabama may remain #1, but the remarkable preseason gap has been closed. From now on, there will be a referendum every week on who is number 1 until one of the top three teams loses.

The most uncertainty exists further down the ranking as voters will try to determine where No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 8 Notre Dame should land after taking respectively big upset losses as double-digit favorites against Appalachian State and Marshall in Week 2. Falling home to an unranked team is reason to drop out of the top 25 altogether after most weeks, but additional losses by No. 12 Florida, No. 17 Pittsburgh, No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 25 Houston made the rankings much smoother.

Here’s what we think the new AP Top 25 poll will look like on Sunday.

1. Georgia (last week — 2): The Bulldogs have now surpassed their first two opponents 58-3 in the first half alone, taking comfortable, depth-building wins against both Oregon and Samford. Georgia operates with relentless efficiency, and it is a level that no one else in the country has shown so consistently this season.

2. Alabama (1): It’s possible for the Tide to hold on to #1 and they’ll certainly get a good number of votes for first place, but there are more pressing issues than whether the team is #1 or #2 so early in any given week. in season. The offense around Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young needs to be improved, and the team as a whole can’t take 15 penalties in a game like they did against Texas.

3. Ohio State (3): No voter changes after a 45-12 win against Arkansas State, but after a tough outing in the opener against Notre Dame, the Buckeyes offense were able to stretch their legs a bit with four CJ Stroud touchdown passes – three for Marvin Harrison Jr. — despite both Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming sidelined with injuries.

4.Michigan (4): The Wolverines are currently in action against Hawaii.

5. Clemson (5): There won’t be any major takeaways for voters after a 35-12 win against Furman.

6. Oklahoma (7): An early scare against Kent State was stabilized after halftime as the Sooners defense led the way as the offense got a foothold in a 33-3 win.

7. Baylor (9): The Bears are currently in action at number 21 BYU.

8. USC (10): When will the Trojans play against a team that can limit their offensive firepower? Stanford was no match for the task, as USC scored five touchdowns before halftime and then drove to a 41-28 win on the road to open the Pac-12 game.

9. Oklahoma State (11): At first it looked like the state of Arizona would add to the list of unranked teams to go out and take down a top team, but the Cowboys found their footing and pulled back in the second half to go unbeaten .

10. Michigan State (14): Two straight wins against the MAC may not flash that quickly for some voters, but a well-rounded 52-0 win on Saturday against Akron bodes well for their fortunes leading up to a road trip to Washington in Week 3. Given the losses ahead of them, Spartans are ready for a step up.

11. Arkansas (16): A pulse-pounding attack and early lead propelled the Razorbacks to their first SEC win of the season as they held off a second-half attack from South Carolina in a 44-30 win.

12. Kentucky (20): This Wildcats team was able to do what Utah couldn’t: enter The Swamp in prime time and emerge victorious in a hard-fought 26-16 win over the Gators. The win marked Kentucky’s second straight win over Florida (an event that hadn’t happened since 1976-77) and its third win in the last five games in the series. The Gators had won 31 just before the recent surge in “Cats.”

13. 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 is to play again 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 week 1 breakout performance.

14. Utah (13): A 73-7 win against Southern Utah will go a long way to turning the mood around the Utes program after a heavy road loss in Florida in the opener, but it won’t affect their standing in the standings too much. change a lot.

15. Miami (FL) (15): It wasn’t very early — with some boo birds coming alive in the second quarter — but the Hurricanes pulled back late for a 30-7 win against Southern Miss.

16. Tennessee (24): By beating Pitt in overtime, Tennessee is poised to be one of the key risers at the bottom of the rankings. Since the preseason volunteers were out of rank and just cracked the top 25, there is likely to be a ceiling on their landing spot 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 pair of missed kicks, ACC Preseason Player of the Year Devin Leary racked up six touchdowns (four passes, two rushes) in a 55-3 win against Charleston Southern.

18.BYU (21): The Cougars are currently in action against No. 9 Baylor.

19. Miss Ole (22): Things were a little tighter than some might have expected against Troy, but Ole Miss left no doubt in a dominant 59-3 win against Central Arkansas.

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

21. Penn State (NR): A 46-10 win against Ohio will move the Nittany Lions from just outside the top 25 into the 1920s and set a lot of excitement for next week’s road trip to Auburn.

22. Texas (NR): If Texas wasn’t so close to the top 25 in last week’s vote, it would be unlikely that the Longhorns could lose and still rise in the rankings. However, last week’s placement 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.

23. Oregon (NR): After dropping all the way from number 11 to just outside the rankings, a comfortable win against eastern Washington should provide the few extra voters the Ducks need to get back into the top 25.

24. Kansas State (NR): A dominant win against Missouri could draw some more attention to the 2-0 Wildcats, who showed up on enough ballots last week to be well-positioned to break into the top 25 after beating an SEC opponent.

25. Pittsburgh (17): It’s possible the Panthers will suffer the same fate as the other ranked teams expected to disappear from the rankings, but the overworked nature of the loss for a team likely to move up could leave them with enough votes to get around number 24. to stay or No. 25.

Planned Outages: No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 25 Houston

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