- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Ole Miss
- Texas A&M
- NC State
- Wake Forest
- Oregon State
- Florida State
- Washington State
While my top 5 remains in large part the same, I have decided to flip flop Alabama and Georgia. Georgia had a pretty disappointing showing against the Kent State Golden Flashes, who in all fairness are likely to be one of the best teams in the MAC this year. Alabama and Ohio State had dominant showings, as USC and Clemson got tested by two teams that I believe are also top 25, in Oregon State and Wake Forest. For USC to remain top 4, their offense will need to produce much better in the coming weeks, as they only scored 17 points against the Beavs on the road.
Notably, I have ranked six Pac-12 conference teams, as I believe that the Pac-12’s showing in non-conference games, outside of Oregon’s 49-3 defeat to Georgia was extremely impressive. Washington dominated Michigan State, Washington State went to Madison and took one against Wisconsin, and Oregon bounced back and handled BYU in Eugene. In week 1 of conference play for the Pac-12, Oregon State and Washington State despite losing to USC and Oregon proved that they absolutely are top-25 teams in the country and should be ranked as such. It’ll be interesting to see if/when it actually happens for these two programs, though Oregon State will have another opportunity to all but guarantee themselves a spot in the AP poll with a win over Utah.
The most notable slide on my ranking here would have to be Oklahoma, who suffered a very disappointing loss to Kansas State. Dropping Oklahoma was something I was strongly considering even before the loss, as I had been pretty underwhelmed with their performance, however, I decided to wait it out with them and give their program, which is consistently one of the best in college football, the benefit of the doubt. I’m not sure I can continue to do that under Brent Venables. Oklahoma seems to have downgraded offensively, which was expected post-Lincoln Riley, but the Sooners offense had three chances to tie the game up in the 3rd quarter, and all of those drives went nowhere. It’s hard to see the Riley-era Sooners squandering that many chances to score. This home loss has me thinking that Oklahoma just is not the same football team as they have been recently, a very disappointing showing.
Finally, I want to dive into my honorable mentions/others receiving strong consideration group. I would say Kansas State is the headliner of that group. The Wildcats did enter the AP Poll as the #25 team in the country, but at the moment I do have Pittsburgh in that spot. BYU is the highest ranked team on the AP Poll that isn’t ranked on my list, and while I understand them being ranked considering their big win over Baylor, the way BYU lost to Oregon, and the pretty disappointing showing they had against Wyoming have them on the outside looking in for me.
Thank you for reading my top 25! Let me know who you think is too high and too low in the comments section!
I am a Michigan fan so having us outside of the top 4 is kinda wild in my opinion. Great article. Really like the explanations. Love the Wash St recognition