There wasn’t a lot of movement this week with just three ranked teams losing.
The Top 5 teams all stayed the same, however, No. 2 Ohio State gained some ground on No. 1 LSU as the Buckeyes picked up four more first-place votes after its win over then-No. 9 Penn State.
Utah moved up a spot to come in at No. 6 after completely dominating Arizona on the road in a 35-7 victory. The Utes got some help from Arizona State as the Sun Devils upset then-No. 6 Oregon at home. The Ducks dropped eight spots to check in at No. 14, while USC jumped back into the rankings to give the Pac-12 three teams in the Top 25.
The Utes’ No. 6 ranking is one of the highest rankings in program history this late in the season. Utah was No. 5 in the AP poll in 2004 in what turned out to be a perfect 12-0 season.
With Oregon’s loss, Utah is left carrying the banner for the conference as it looks to be represented in the College Football Playoff after missing out the last two seasons. According to FiveThirtyEight, Utah remains the only Pac-12 program with a shot at the College Football Playoff as they give the Utes a 27% chance to make the playoff, and a 3% chance to win the national championship. If Utah beats Colorado on Saturday, the Utes will play Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. A loss would allow USC to represent the South since the Trojans own the head-to-head tiebreaker with its win over Utah.
Oklahoma jumped up a spot to come in at No. 7 followed by Florida, Minnesota and Michigan. The Sooners still have a decent shot at making the College Football Playoff as they have the opportunity to add two more wins against ranked teams to its resume.
Alabama — The Crimson Tide have now been ranked for 209 consecutive weeks, tying Florida (1990-2002) for the third-longest streak in AP poll history. Nebraska has the longest streak at 348 weeks (1981-2002). Florida State is second with 211 weeks (1989-2001).
Texas A&M — The Aggies fell out of the Top 25 after briefly returning last week. While Texas A&M have lost four games this season, each of those losses have come against ranked teams, including two No. 1 teams in Alabama and Clemson. The Aggies will face No. 1 LSU on Saturday and will become the first team ever to face the No. 1 team three times in one season.
Here’s the entire AP Top 25 poll:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Boise State
- Oklahoma State
- Appalachian State
- Virginia Tech
Others Receiving Votes: Iowa State 74, Virginia 38, Texas A&M 27, Air Force 22, SMU 9, Arizona State 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 1