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

The college football rankings are set for a serious shake up when the AP Top 25 is up to date Sunday as the voters should react to quite a few huge upsets that occurred (as nicely as different upsets that virtually occurred) throughout a wild Week 2. Two high 10 groups misplaced on the identical day, each to Sun Belt opponents, but it surely was a near-upset in Austin, Texas, that would result in probably the most headline-worthy change within the rankings.

no 1 Alabama kicked a game-winning area aim with 10 seconds remaining to flee with a 20-19 win over unranked Texas and declare a victory over a Longhorns workforce that misplaced beginning quarterback Quinn Ewers to damage within the first quarter. The incontrovertible fact that the ‘Horns pushed the Crimson Tide to the restrict may truly garner extra votes for Steve Sarkisian’s workforce than it acquired final week when Texas completed twenty eighth workforce in voting factors. On the opposite hand, Alabama’s sloppy exhibiting (15 penalties!) as a 20-point favourite to a beforehand unranked workforce is prone to impression its standing as the highest workforce within the nation.

Some of Alabama’s first-place votes from the preseason rankings already went Georgia’s approach after the Bulldogs’ Week 1 win in opposition to Oregon. If the Tide misplaced votes to the reigning champions whereas profitable 55-0 in opposition to Utah State, they’re virtually actually going to drop extra after Georgia topped Samford 33-0 in Week 2. If Georgia doesn’t finish up leaping to No. 1 as we’re predicting, the margin might be considerably nearer Alabama could stay No. 1, however the notable hole that existed within the preseason has closed. From right here on out, every week is a referendum on who’s No. 1 till one of many high three groups takes a loss.

The most uncertainty exists additional down the rankings as voters will attempt to decide the place No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 8 Notre Dame ought to land after taking respectively main upset losses as double-digit favorites in opposition to Appalachian State and Marshall in Week 2. Falling to an unranked workforce at house is grounds for getting dropped from the highest 25 altogether after most weeks, however further losses by No. 12 Florida, No. 17 Pittsburgh, No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 25 Houston have made the rankings far more fluid.

Here’s how we consider the brand new AP Top 25 ballot will look Sunday.

1. Georgia (Last week — 2): The Bulldogs have now outscored their first two opponents 58-3 within the first half alone, cruising to comfy, depth-building wins in opposition to each Oregon and Samford. Georgia is working with ruthless effectivity, and it is a stage that nobody else within the nation has displayed as constantly thus far this season.

2. Alabama (1): It’s attainable that the Tide maintain on to No. 1, and they’re going to actually obtain a great quantity of first-place votes, however there are extra urgent points than whether or not the workforce is No. 1 web page no. 2 in a given week this early within the season. The offense round Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young has to enhance, and the workforce as a complete can’t commit 15 penalties in a sport the best way they did in opposition to Texas.

3. Ohio State (3): No adjustments from the voters following a 45-12 win in opposition to Arkansas State, however after a tricky outing within the opener in opposition to Notre Dame, the Buckeyes offense did get to stretch their legs just a little with 4 CJ Stroud landing passes — three to Marvin Harrison Jr. — regardless of having each Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming sidelined with accidents.

4. Michigan (4): The Wolverines are at the moment in motion in opposition to Hawaii.

5. Clemson (5): There aren’t going to be any main takeaways for voters after a 35-12 win in opposition to Furman.

6. Oklahoma (7): An early scare in opposition to Kent State leveled out after halftime as the Sooners protection led the best way whereas the offense discovered its footing in a 33-3 win.

7. Baylor (9): The Bears are at the moment in motion at No. 21 BYU.

8. USC (10): When will the Trojans play a workforce that may restrict their offensive firepower? Stanford was not up to the duty as USC scored 5 touchdowns earlier than halftime then cruised to a 41-28 win on the highway to open up Pac-12 play.

9. Oklahoma State (11): Early on, it seemed like Arizona State was going so as to add to the checklist of unranked groups to go on the highway and take down a high workforce, however the Cowboys discovered their footing and pulled away within the second half to stay undefeated.

10. Michigan State (14): Two straight wins in opposition to the MAC won’t flash for some voters, however a well-rounded 52-0 win on Saturday in opposition to Akron bodes nicely for his or her fortunes forward of a highway journey to Washington in Week 3. Given the losses forward of them, the Spartans are poised for a transfer up.

11. Arkansas (16): A bruising speeding assault and early lead helped energy the Razorbacks to their first SEC win of the season as they held off a second-half cost from South Carolina in a 44-30 win.

12. Kentucky (20): This Wildcats workforce was capable of do what Utah couldn’t — go into The Swamp in primetime and emerge victorious in a hard-fought 26-16 win over the Gators. The win marked Kentucky’s second straight win over Florida (an incidence that had not occurred since 1976-77) and third such victory throughout the final 5 conferences within the sequence. The Gators had gained 31 straight previous to the ‘Cats latest surge.

13. Florida (12): The win in opposition to Utah now serves as a pleasant ground within the AP Top 25 as lengthy as Florida stays a one-loss workforce. Now the problem for Billy Napier and the Gators might be to be more moderen after this loss and ensure they continue to be a one-loss workforce for as lengthy as attainable. Anthony Richardson had a disastrous outing after his breakout efficiency in Week 1.

14. Utah (13): A 73-7 blowout win in opposition to Southern Utah will go a good distance in flipping the temper across the Utes program after a tricky highway loss at Florida within the opener, but it surely will not change their standing within the rankings an excessive amount of.

15. Miami (FL) (15): It wasn’t fairly early — with some boo birds coming alive within the second quarter — however the Hurricanes pulled away late for a 30-7 win in opposition to Southern Miss.

16. Tennessee (24): Taking down Pitt in additional time has poised Tennessee to be one of many important risers on the backside of the rankings. Since the Volunteers had been unranked within the preseason and simply cracked the highest 25, there’s in all probability a ceiling to their touchdown spot this week, however that ceiling is probably going near the place Pitt was ranked heading into the matchup.

17. NC State (18): After scoring simply three touchdowns and profitable at ECU due to a few missed kicks, ACC Preseason Player of the Year Devin Leary accounted for six touchdowns (4 passing, two speeding) in a 55-3 win in opposition to Charleston Southern.

18. BYU (21): The Cougars are at the moment in motion in opposition to No. 9 Baylor.

19. Ole Miss (22): Things had been just a little tighter than some could have anticipated in opposition to Troy, however Ole Miss left little doubt in a dominant 59-3 win in opposition to Central Arkansas.

20. Wake Forest (23): The return of Sam Hartman introduced loads of offensive highlights in a 45-25 win at Vanderbilt.

21. Penn State (NR): A 46-10 win in opposition to Ohio will transfer the Nittany Lions from simply outdoors the highest 25 into the 20s and set up loads of pleasure for subsequent week’s highway journey to Auburn.

22. Texas (NR): If Texas weren’t so near the highest 25 in final week’s voting, it will be unlikely that the Longhorns may lose and nonetheless transfer up within the rankings. However, final week’s placement suggests they’re already a high 25 workforce within the eyes of many and Saturday’s efficiency in opposition to Alabama suggests they’re worthy of that consideration.

23. Oregon (NR): After tumbling all the best way from No. 11 to only outdoors the rankings, a cushty win in opposition to Eastern Washington ought to garner the few further voters the Ducks must get again into the highest 25.

24. Kansas State (NR): A dominant win in opposition to Missouri may draw some extra consideration to the 2-0 Wildcats, who did present up on sufficient ballots final week to be well-positioned for a high 25 breakthrough following a win in opposition to an SEC opponent.

25. Pittsburgh (17): It’s attainable that the Panthers endure the identical destiny as the opposite ranked groups projected to drop out of the rankings, however the additional time nature of the loss to a workforce that is probably shifting up may hold them on sufficient ballots to stay proper round No. 24 p. No. 25

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

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