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AP Top 25 Poll overhauled following Week 5 of college football

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Jonathan Wagner

It’s a good week to have been a team sitting just outside of the top 25. Week 5 of college football featured five matchups between ranked teams, resulting in five ranked teams picking up losses. Additionally, five ranked teams lost to unranked opponents, meaning ten ranked teams were defeated over the weekend. That has resulted in some major changes in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, which was revealed and overhauled on Sunday.

With so many ranked teams losing on Saturday, the door was open for new teams to enter the conversation. In fact, multiple teams that were right there on the bubble now find themselves inside the top 25 after Week 5’s action.

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Each of last week’s top six teams came away with a victory on Saturday, although Georgia‘s came down to the wire in a tight game against Missouri. That has opened the door in the fight for the top spot in the rankings, especially with Alabama cruising past Arkansas even after Bryce Young suffered an injury and left the game. Clemson also further solidified its spot in the top five, picking up an impressive victory over NC State in a top ten matchup between two ACC foes.

Kentucky joined NC State as the two previous top ten teams to lose on Saturday, with the Wildcats losing a close game against Ole Miss. The two losses have opened the door for a couple of new faces in the top ten.

Between the highly anticipated top 25 matchups and the surprising losses throughout the entire country, there is a lot of movement in this week’s AP Poll. But if this weekend’s action is any indication, the excitement across college football is only getting started.

Updated AP Poll Top 25 after Week 5

  1. Alabama (5-0) (25 first-place votes)
  2. Georgia (5-0) (28)
  3. Ohio State (5-0) (10)
  4. Michigan (5-0)
  5. Clemson (5-0)
  6. USC (5-0)
  7. Oklahoma State (4-0)
  8. Tennessee (4-0)
  9. Ole Miss (5-0)
  10. Penn State (5-0)
  11. Utah (4-1)
  12. Oregon (4-1)
  13. Kentucky (4-1)
  14. NC State (4-1)
  15. Wake Forest (4-1)
  16. BYU (4-1)
  17. TCU (4-0)
  18. UCLA (5-0)
  19. Kansas (5-0)
  20. Kansas State (4-1)
  21. Washington (4-1)
  22. Syracuse (5-0)
  23. Mississippi State (4-1)
  24. Cincinnati (4-1)
  25. LSU (4-1)

While there is a new No. 1 with Alabama, Georgia interestingly earned more first-place votes among voters. Regardless, the Crimson Tide find themselves back on top.

Ultimately, there are six new teams in this week’s poll with TCU, UCLA, Kansas, Syracuse, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and LSU joining the top 25. The six teams to fall out of the rankings were Baylor, Florida State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

Washington State was the top team outside of the top 25, receiving 91 votes. Baylor (88 votes), Florida State (78), Arkansas (76), James Madison (39), Florida (37), Maryland (25), Coastal Carolina (17), and Minnesota (14) are among the other teams receiving at least ten votes.