The Iowa Hawkeyes and Cincinnati Bearcats moved up in the AP Top 25 poll, while Clemson was knocked out for the first time since 2014.

The coaches poll top 25 is a ranking of teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. It is compiled and released by the Associated Press (AP).

Clemson is on the outside looking in at The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2014. Iowa is gearing up for its biggest home game since the 1980s, Cincinnati has its highest ranking in 12 years, and Clemson is on the outside looking in at The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2014.

During this tumultuous college football season, Alabama and Georgia are the only certainties. They remained in the top two positions in the AP Top 25 for the sixth week in a row.

On Sunday, the Crimson Tide earned 53 of a possible 62 first-place votes, with the Bulldogs receiving the remaining votes.

1. The state of Alabama (53) 5-0
Georgia (n.d) (9) 5-0
3. Iowa 5-0
Penn St. is number four. 5-0
5. The city of Cincinnati 4-0
Oklahoma is number six. 5-0
Ohio St. is number seven. 4-1
8. Oregon 4-1
Michigan is number nine. 5-0
10. BYU 5-0
Michigan St. No. 11 5-0
Oklahoma St., No. 12 5-0
Arkansas is number thirteen. 4-1
Notre Dame (No. 14) 4-1
Coastal Carolina is number fifteen. 5-0
Kentucky is ranked 16th. 5-0
Mississippi is number seventeen. 3-1
Auburn is number eighteen. 4-1
Wake Forest is number 19 on the list. 5-0
Florida is number twenty-first. 3-2
21. Texas 4-1
Arizona St. is number 22. 4-1
23. North Carolina State University 4-1
24. SMU 5-0
San Diego St. is number 25. 4-0

Following those two teams, the movement up and down the rankings, as well as in and out of the Top 25, was approximately what one would anticipate following a week in which nine rated teams, including four in the top 10, lost.

34 ranked clubs have lost in the first five weeks of the season, the most in poll history.

After a 51-14 road victory against previously undefeated Maryland, Iowa leapfrogged Penn State to claim third place. The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 1 for the first time since 2015. Penn State stayed No. 4 after defeating Indiana 24-0 at home.

5th place Cincinnati has its highest ranking since Brian Kelly’s 2009 Bearcats were ranked No. 4 in the first week of November after a 24-13 road victory over Notre Dame.

The top ten include Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan, and BYU.

Clemson’s 19-13 home victory against previously undefeated Boston College failed to sway enough voters to keep the Tigers in the Top 25. Their 107-week run at the top of the rankings has come to an end. The Tigers were last unranked in the week of October 5, 2014.

They are 15 points behind San Diego State and one place out of the Top 25.


It’s odd that a rankings-based discussion about the Big Ten’s top two teams hasn’t included Ohio State this far into the season.

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Despite a Week 2 home defeat to the Ducks and a mediocre home victory over Tulsa the following week, the Buckeyes were ranked ahead of Oregon by the voters, indicating that they are the best.

So far, the Big Ten’s game of the year is Penn State-Iowa this week.

It will be the highest-ranked game in Iowa City since 1985, when the No. 1 Hawkeyes defeated No. 2 Michigan 12-10 on a field goal as time expired for what Hayden Fry described as the program’s greatest victory.


• No. 16 Kentucky (5-0) earns its first ranking of the season after defeating then-No. 10 Florida.

• Texas (4-1) defeated TCU for the third consecutive game and is back in the playoffs for the first time in a month.

• After victories against Colorado and UCLA, No. 22 Arizona State (4-1) returns.

• For the third year in a row, No. 24 SMU is undefeated.

• San Diego State (4-0) makes its first appearance since November 2019.


• Against Boston College, Clemson only mustered one touchdown and four field goals. The Tigers have a week off before traveling to Syracuse to face a top-15 defense.

• Texas A&M was kicked off after dropping two games in a row, and Alabama is coming to town this week.

• Fresno State is out after committing six turnovers and squandering a two-touchdown lead over Hawai’i in the fourth quarter.

• UCLA was ranked for three weeks in a row before being demoted after dropping two consecutive home games.

• Baylor’s rushing game sputtered against Oklahoma State, and the Bears were eliminated after a one-week participation.


Due to Arkansas and Florida’s losses, the Big Ten now has four of the top ten positions, with Michigan State at No. 11.

The SEC has four teams in the top ten and five in the top 12 last week. The SEC’s only two teams in the top 10 this week are Alabama and Georgia.

Because Wake Forest moved up to No. 19, the ACC’s first absence from the top 20 in ten years lasted just a week.

SECTION 7 (Nos. 1, 2, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20) The Big Ten has five teams (Nos. 3, 4, 7, 9, 11) 2 points for ACC (Nos. 19, 23) 3 – Big 12 (Nos. 6, 12, 21) 2nd in the Pac-12 (Nos. 8, 22) 2 – American (Nos. 5, 24) 1st Sun Belt (No. 15) 1 Mountain West (No. 25) 2 Independents (Nos. 10, 14)


No. 4 Penn State takes on No. 3 Iowa in a Big Ten matchup. This isn’t the same Nittany Lions squad that fell to Iowa by 20 points last season.

Oklahoma is ranked No. 6 while Texas is ranked No. 21. The Red River Rivalry will be hard pushed to match the Sooners’ four-overtime thriller victory from last year.

No. 13 Arkansas at. No. 17 Oklahoma Ole Miss is a college in Mississippi. Following overwhelming defeats against the nation’s top two teams, these two clubs are hoping for a fresh start.

No. 2 Georgia takes on Auburn, which is ranked No. 18 in the country. In the series, the Bulldogs have won 12 of the 15 games.

The Iowa Hawkeyes, Cincinnati Bearcats and Clemson Tigers all moved up in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Reference: ncaa football playoffs.

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