Tomorrow's Top 25 today: LSU soars after Alabama win as Georgia secures No. 1 in college football rankings

Tomorrow’s Top 25 today: LSU soars after Alabama win as Georgia secures No. 1 in college football rankings

The first Saturday in November always proves to be a turning point in the college football season, and the Week 10 scores and results have once again provided that. But with the top 10 in the updated college football standings set to be shaken up significantly on Sunday and Tuesday, the argument for No. 1 has become as straightforward as it has been in weeks. When the new AP Top 25 is released on Sunday, we expect Georgia to not only take that top spot, but have enough votes for the top spot to end the debate around that coveted position in the polls.

Although Georgia was ranked No. 3 in the first college football playoff rankings released last Tuesday, the Bulldogs were No. 1 in last week’s AP Top 25 with 30 first-place votes to Tennessee’s 18. and 15 for Ohio State. Tennessee securing No. 1 in the CFP Premier Rankings allowed Saturday’s showdown to get a “No. 1 vs. No. 1 billing,” but after the Dawgs dominated nearly the entire game in a two-legged win affected, voters should definitely have their votes for first place worked out.

There may be some Ohio State voters clinging to their position, but given the Buckeyes’ offensive struggles at Northwestern, there won’t be many of those Tennessee voters who choose the State of Ohio rather than Georgia.

The CFP standings will also sway voters when it comes to LSU, which recorded an equally important victory with its 32-31 overtime win over Alabama. The Tigers were ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25 last week, but came in at No. 10 in the top CFP rankings despite already having two losses.

Over the past eight years of the CFP era, we’ve seen AP voters constantly react and adjust their rankings based on what the CFP selection committee has to say in its first ranking release. It’s not always dramatic as there’s another week of results to consider, but the conversation around the sport changes when the committee starts releasing its rankings. The Tigers not only showed they were closer to being No. 10 initially, but they proved themselves worthy of top-10 status with their victory over the Crimson Tide.

The SEC wasn’t the only place the filings are going to see some major backlash. Clemson suffered its first loss of the season at Notre Dame, an unranked team that will likely be in the top 25 on Sunday, and Kansas State lost to Texas, another unranked team. not ranked last week but will almost certainly be back. the top 25. In total, almost half of the top 25 have been beaten in Week 10, and that promises to lead to a lot of changes in the college football standings.

Here’s what the new AP Top 25 will look like on Sunday:

1. Georgia (Last week — 1): The Dawgs defense swarmed and swallowed the top-ranked Vols offense in a 27-13 win between hurdles. Georgia will not only remain No. 1, but earn significant ranking points for first-place votes. (Expect to see UGA up to No. 1 in the CFP rankings next Tuesday as well.)

2. Ohio State (2): With inclement weather neutralizing Ohio State’s advantage on the passing offense (CJ Stroud had just 76 yards on 10 of 26 passes), it was tougher than desired for the Buckeyes. Still, OSU scored the game’s final 21 points and held Northwestern scoreless for the final three frames.

3. Michigan (4): Trailing Rutgers 17-14 in the first 30 minutes, Wolverines toppled it in the second half with a 38-0 margin to win decisively, 52-17. There are only a few weeks left before Ohio State-Michigan for the first place in the Big Ten.

4. TCU (7): Trailing Texas Tech 17-13 in the third quarter with star receiver Quentin Johnston sidelined by injury, the upset warning sirens were out for the undefeated Horned Frogs. But three touchdowns in the fourth quarter gave TCU a 10-point win that will look great to voters who haven’t been following the action throughout the afternoon. Maybe the frogs will get more respect from the committee this week.

5. Tennessee (2): The two-touchdown loss to Georgia wasn’t ideal, but Tennessee won’t fall far. The Vols have been incredibly impressive through Saturday and are now 8-1 with a win over Alabama helping their standings. Losing The Tide certainly didn’t help, but it’s not disastrous considering the tough road SEC teams face.

6. Oregon (8): Three tough Tests remain on the regular season schedule with Washington, Utah and Oregon State, but the Ducks appear to be up for the challenge given their performance in a 49-10 win at Colorado on Saturday.

7. LSU (15): The Tigers and coach Brian Kelly proved their skeptics wrong by capitalizing on a crazy night in Death Valley for an upset win over the Tide in overtime. Kelly’s decision to go for a 2-point conversion with Alabama unable to respond proved brilliant, and Jayden Daniels looked electric, especially in the second half. LSU’s rise to prominence will be significant given their CFP rankings paired with their win over Bama.

8. Alabama (6): With two losses under his belt now, Tide’s road to the SEC championship game and the CFP becomes particularly difficult. He sits third in the SEC West and needs to beat Ole Miss next week to even have an outside chance to represent the division. Alabama may only miss its second playoff in the event’s nine-year history.

9. Clemson (5): Wins over NC State, Wake Forest and Syracuse have helped cement Clemson’s status as one of the nation’s top teams, but in a week that will likely see two of those teams drop from the standings, it’s unclear where the Tigers will land. Voters may stick with a program that has so much experience in the top 10, but the offensive woes at Notre Dame could be enough for voters to make a dramatic move to No. 11 or No. ° 12.

10. USC (9): Trojans are currently in action against Cal.

11. UCLA (10): The Bruins are currently in action at Arizona State

12. Ole Miss (11): The Rebels were out in Week 10 and will be back in action next week as they host Alabama in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.

13. Utah (12): After being a surprise scratch from last Thursday’s win over Washington State, quarterback Cameron Rising returned to action for the Utes against Arizona in a 45-20 victory that saw the offensive go more than 300 yards on the ground.

14. Penn State (16): The one-two punch to running back from Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton combined for 159 yards and four rushing touchdowns in a 45-14 win at Indiana. It’s the kind of result that helps voters move past last week’s disappointing loss to Ohio State and change the perspective for Penn State to be one of the best two-game losing teams in the nation.

15. North Carolina (17): Things got a little tight at times in Charlottesville, but Drake Maye had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and connected with wide receiver Josh Downs 15 times for 166 yards in the 31- 28 against Virginia.

16. Tulane (19): With a 27-13 win in Tulsa, the Green Wave moves to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in AAC. The home stretch is going to be exciting for the AAC and New Year’s Six race as Tulane plays UCF and SMU in New Orleans followed by a road game in Cincinnati in the final three weeks of the season.

17. NC Status (21): The Wolfpack beat the Demon Deacons 13-7 in the second half to earn a 30-21 victory as MJ Morris threw three touchdowns for NC State. The Pack will have their eyes on North Carolina in Week 13, while the Deacons must lick their wounds after losing back-to-back games.

18. Notre Dame (NR): The Fighting Irish have a really difficult profile for voters to balance. The team has wins over Clemson, North Carolina and Syracuse — all ranked in last week’s poll — but also losses to Marshall and Stanford. Last week, Notre Dame finished 30th in voting points, so after beating Clemson in dominant fashion on Saturday night, we expect an unusually strong move up the standings.

19.Texas (NR): The Longhorns were the first team just outside the top 25 last week, so there’s no doubt they’re set not only for a comeback in the standings, but also for a quick jump thanks to the 34-27 win. on the road at Kansas State, which was ranked No. 13 before the game.

20. Kansas State (13): Some of the turnover at the bottom of the standings and Texas’ rise to the top 25 should keep the Wildcats in the top 25 after Saturday night’s narrow loss.

21. Freedom (23): Hugh Freeze’s stock price is skyrocketing now that the Flames are 8-1 after a 21-19 win at Arkansas. Considering the opponent, the setting, and the fact that Liberty has struggled with significant injury issues all season, this has to be considered one of the biggest wins in program history.

22. Coastal Carolina (NR): There were plenty of eyes on Thursday night’s 35-28 win over Appalachian State. line to enter the top 25.

23. Illinois (14): Michigan State suspended eight players following tunnel problems last weekend in Michigan, but Illinois couldn’t take advantage and a sloppy performance cost the Fighting Illini their chance to win the Big Ten West. Since Michigan State is not a division foe, there is a certain limit to the cost of the loss to the rankings, but it will certainly be costly in the AP Top 25 poll.

24. FCU (25): Mikey Keene, starting in place of injured John Rhys Plumlee, threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter (and three for the game) to help the Knights stay deep in the AAC run with a 35-28 win at Memphis. UCF improved to 4-1 in conference with Tulane, Navy and South Florida on the schedule.

25. Cincinnati (NR): The Bearcats were No. 20 before last week’s 25-21 road loss at UCF, but still showed up on a decent number of ballots as the 29th team in voting points after the loss. Saturday saw Cincinnati beat Navy, 20-10, which in itself won’t create as much momentum in the standings as just being 7-2, with a Power Five victory (even if it’s Indiana) and some respect from voters thanks to last year’s success.

Planned retirement: No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 22 Syracuse, No. 24 Oregon State

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