It was another wild week in college football which saw five ranked teams fall, including Alabama and Penn State which came in ranked No. 2 and No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 3 and No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Alabama dropped to No. 4 in the AP Poll after losing to No. 1 LSU, 46-41, at home. The loss snapped the Crimson Tide’s eight-game winning streak in the series and more than likely derailed Alabama’s chances at getting into the College Football Playoff.
Meanwhile, Penn State checks in at No. 9 — dropping four spots — after falling 31-26 on the road to Minnesota, which remains unbeaten at 9-0. Minnesota made the biggest climb this week as the Golden Gophers jumped six spots to check in at No. 7. The last time the program had a 9-0 record was back in 1904 and today’s ranking marked the first Top 10 appearance for Minnesota in 57 years.
Despite bye weeks from its two top teams, the Pac-12 had another great weekend as upsets helped clear the way for Oregon and Utah to inch closer at getting a playoff spot. The Ducks moved up one spot to No. 6, while Utah stayed put at No. 8 with Minnesota falling in between.
Both Utah and Oregon have very favorable schedules the rest of the way and should meet up in the Pac-12 title game at 11-1. The winner has a great shot at making the College Football Playoff and ending the two-year drought for the Pac-12 Conference.
No. 24 Indiana is ranked for the first time since 1994, snapping the longest poll drought among Power Five conference schools.
With five games between ranked opponents this week, there’s going to be another big shakeup in the polls next Sunday.
Here’s the entire AP Top 25 poll:
2. Ohio State
9. Penn State
16. Notre Dame
19. Boise State
25. Oklahoma State
Others receiving votes: Appalachian State 73, Kansas State 67, Texas A&M 42, Wake Forest 38, Louisiana Tech 25, Virginia 12, San Diego State 7, Iowa State 4, Virginia Tech 4, Washington 3, Pittsburgh 2, UCF 2, Air Force 2, USC 1, Illinois 1