Tomorrow’s Top 25 today: Georgia takes No. 1 from Alabama as upsets upset college football standings

The college football rankings are set for a major shake-up when the AP’s Top 25 is updated on Sunday, as voters must react to the many massive upsets that have occurred (as well as other upheavals who almost happened) in a crazy 2 week. Two top-10 teams lost on the same day, both to opponents Sun Belt, but it was a near upset in Austin, Texas that could lead to the most headline-worthy change in the standings.

No. 1 Alabama threw a game-winning field goal with 10 seconds remaining to escape with a 20-19 victory over unranked Texas and claim a victory over a Longhorns team that lost the starting quarterback Quinn ewers injury in the first quarter. The fact that the ‘Horns pushed the Crimson Tide to the limit could actually garner more votes for Steve Sarkisian’s team than it received last week when Texas finished 28th in voting points . On the other hand, Alabama’s sloppy performance (15 penalties!) as a 20-point favorite to a previously unranked team is likely to impact their standing as the top team in the nation.

Some of Alabama’s first-place votes in the preseason standings have already gone georgia long after the Bulldogs’ Week 1 win over Oregon. If the Tide lost votes to the defending champions while winning 55-0 against Utah Statethey will almost certainly drop further after Georgia win Samford 33-0 in Week 2. If Georgia doesn’t end up jumping to No. 1 as we expect, the margin will be significantly closer. Alabama may stay No. 1, but the noticeable gap that existed in the preseason has closed. From now on, every week is a referendum on who is No. 1 until one of the top three teams suffers a loss.

The greatest uncertainty exists further down the leaderboard as voters will try to work out where No 6 stands Texas A&M and No. 8 Our Lady should land after taking respectively major upheaval losses as double-digit favorites over Appalachian State and Marshall in Week 2. Falling to an unranked team at home is grounds for being knocked out of the top 25 altogether after most weeks, but further losses by No. 12 FloridaNo. 17 PittsburghNo. 19 Wisconsin and no. 25 Houston made rankings much smoother.

Here’s what the new AP Top 25 poll will look like on Sunday.

1. Georgia (Last week — 2): The Bulldogs have now beaten their first two opponents 58-3 in the first half alone, sailing to comfortable, deep wins over Oregon and Samford. Georgia operate with ruthless efficiency, and it’s a level no one else in the country has displayed so consistently so far this season.

2. Alabama (1): It’s possible the Tide will retain No. 1, and they’ll certainly get a fair amount of votes for the top spot, but there are more pressing questions than whether the team is No. 1 or No. 2 in a given week so early in the season. The offense around the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young needs to improve, and the team as a whole can’t commit 15 penalties in a game like they did against Texas.

3. ohio state (3): No change from voters after 45-12 win over Arkansas Statebut after a tough outing in Game 1 against Notre Dame, the Buckeyes offense was able to stretch their legs a bit with four C.J. Stroud touchdown passes – three to Marvin Harrison Jr.. — despite both Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julien Fleming sidelined with injuries.

4. Michigan (4): The Wolverines are currently in action against Hawaii.

5. Clemson (5): There will be no big takeaways for voters after a 35-12 win over Furman.

6. Oklahoma (seven): A first fear against Kent State leveled off after halftime as the Sooners defense led the way as the offense gained a foothold in a 33-3 win.

seven. Baylor (9): The Bears are currently in action at No. 21 BYU.

8. USC (ten): When will the Trojans face a team capable of limiting their attacking firepower? Stanford was not up to the task as USC scored five touchdowns before halftime and then earned a 41-28 victory on the road to open Pac-12 play.

9. Oklahoma State (11): At first it looked like Arizona State was going to add to the roster of unranked teams to go on the road and defeat a top team, but the Cowboys found their footing and pulled out in the second half to go undefeated.

ten. state of michigan (14): Two straight wins over MAC might not flash for some voters, but a well-rounded 52-0 win on Saturday against Akron bodes well for their fortunes ahead of a road trip to Washington in Week 3. Given the losses ahead of them, the Spartans are ready to go up.

11. Arkansas (16): A deadly rushing attack and early lead helped the Razorbacks earn their first SEC win of the season as they held off a second-half charge from Caroline from the south in a 44-30 victory.

12. Kentucky (20): This Wildcats team was able to do this Utah couldn’t – step into The Swamp in prime time and emerge victorious in a Hard-fought 26-16 win over the Gators. The win marked Kentucky’s second straight win over Florida (an event that hadn’t happened since 1976-77) and the third such win in the last five meetings of the series. The Gators had won 31 straight before the Cats’ recent surge.

13. Florida (12): The win over Utah now serves as a floor in the AP Top 25 as long as Florida remains a one-loss team. Now the challenge for Billy Napier and the Gators will be to refocus after this loss and ensure they remain a one-loss team for as long as possible. Anthony Richardson had a disastrous outing after his breakout performance in Week 1.

14. Utah (13): A resounding 73-7 victory against Southern Utah will go a long way in turning the mood around the Utes program after a tough road loss to Florida in Game 1, but it won’t change their standings too much.

15. Miami (FL) (15): It wasn’t soon enough – with a few boo birds coming to life in the second quarter – but the Hurricanes pulled out late for a 30-7 win over Miss South.

16. Tennessee (24): Knocking down Pitt in overtime made Tennessee one of the significant moves back down the standings. Since the Volunteers weren’t ranked in pre-season and just made the top 25, there’s likely a cap at their landing spot this week, but that cap is likely close to the rankings of Pitt before the game.

17. NC status (18): After scoring just three touchdowns and winning at ECU on a few missed kicks, ACC Preseason Player of the Year Devin Leary had six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in a 55-3 win over South Charleston.

18. BYU (21): The Cougars are currently in action against No. 9 Baylor.

19. be miss (22): Things were a little tighter than some might have expected against Troybut Ole Miss left no doubt in a dominating 59-3 win over Central Arkansas.

20. WakeForest (23): The return of sam hartmann brought plenty of offensive highlights in a 45-25 win at Vanderbilt.

21. Penn State (NR): A 46-10 victory against Ohio will move the Nittany Lions from just outside the top 25 into the top 20 and create plenty of excitement for next week’s road trip to Auburn.

22.Texas (NR): If Texas weren’t so close to the top 25 in last week’s polling, the Longhorns would be unlikely to lose and continue to move up the standings. However, last week’s placement suggests they are already a top 25 team in the eyes of many and Saturday’s performance against Alabama suggests they deserve that consideration.

23. Oregon (NR): After tumbling from No. 11 to just outside the rankings, a comfortable victory against East Washington should pick up the few extra voters the Ducks need to get back into the top 25.

24. Kansas State (NR): A dominant victory against Missouri could draw more attention to the 2-0 Wildcats, who showed up on enough ballots last week to be well-positioned for a top-25 breakthrough after a win over an SEC opponent.

25. Pittsburgh (17): It’s possible the Panthers will suffer the same fate as other ranked teams expected to drop out of the rankings, but the overtime nature of losing a likely advancing team could keep them on enough ballots to stay just around the corner. No. 24 or No. 25.

Planned retirement: No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 25 Houston

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