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College Football Playoff Projections: Week 7 Rankings and Bowl Forecast | Bleacher Report

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Here is the full breakdown of bowl projections, listed alphabetically by conference. New Year’s Six games have been italicized and underlined to help those of you who just scrolled to the bottom to find the marquee games.  

American (9 teams): Cincinnati (Peach Bowl), Houston (Armed Forces Bowl), Memphis (Fenway Bowl), Navy (Military Bowl), SMU (Birmingham Bowl), Temple (Boca Raton Bowl), Tulane (First Responder Bowl), Tulsa (Myrtle Beach Bowl), UCF (Gasparilla Bowl)

ACC (11 teams): Boston College (Fenway Bowl), Clemson (Sugar Bowl), Florida State (Military Bowl), Georgia Tech (Holiday Bowl), Miami (Gator Bowl), NC State (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), North Carolina (Cotton Bowl), Notre Dame (Orange Bowl), Pittsburgh (Pinstripe Bowl), Virginia (Sun Bowl), Virginia Tech (Cheez-It Bowl)

Big 12 (7 teams): Baylor (First Responder Bowl), Iowa State (Cheez-It Bowl), Kansas State (Cactus Bowl), Oklahoma (Alamo Bowl), Oklahoma State (Cotton Bowl), Texas (Texas Bowl), West Virginia (Liberty Bowl)

Big Ten (9 teams): Iowa (Cactus Bowl), Michigan (Citrus Bowl), Michigan State (Pinstripe Bowl), Minnesota (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), Nebraska (Music City Bowl), Ohio State (Rose Bowl), Penn State (Fiesta Bowl), Purdue (Quick Lane Bowl), Wisconsin (Outback Bowl)

Conference USA (5 teams): Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton Bowl), Louisiana Tech (Armed Forces Bowl), Marshall (New Orleans Bowl), UAB (New Mexico Bowl), UTSA (Frisco Bowl)

Independents (4 teams): Army (Independence Bowl), BYU (Peach Bowl), Liberty (Myrtle Beach Bowl)

Mid-American (6 teams): Ball State (Cure Bowl), Buffalo (Quick Lane Bowl), Central Michigan (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Miami-Ohio (Camellia Bowl), Ohio (LendingTree Bowl), Toledo (Arizona Bowl)

Mountain West (5 teams): Air Force (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Boise State (Los Angeles Bowl), Nevada (New Mexico Bowl), San Diego State (Arizona Bowl), Wyoming (Frisco Bowl)

Pac-12 (7 teams): Arizona State (Sun Bowl), California (Los Angeles Bowl), Oregon (Fiesta Bowl), Stanford (Independence Bowl), USC (Alamo Bowl), Utah (Las Vegas Bowl), Washington (Holiday Bowl)

SEC (12 teams): Alabama (Rose Bowl), Arkansas (Music City Bowl), Auburn (Gator Bowl), Florida (Outback Bowl), Georgia (Sugar Bowl), Kentucky (Birmingham Bowl), LSU (Texas Bowl), Mississippi State (Liberty Bowl), Missouri (Gasparilla Bowl), Ole Miss (Las Vegas Bowl), Tennessee (Citrus Bowl), Texas A&M (Orange Bowl)

Sun Belt (4 teams): Appalachian State (LendingTree Bowl), Coastal Carolina (Camellia Bowl), Louisiana (New Orleans Bowl), Troy (Cure Bowl)


Kerry Miller covers college football and men’s college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @kerrancejames.

College football rankings: Mississippi State drops into The Bottom 25 after Mike Leach’s offense sputters

25. Kentucky 1-2 The Wildcats became the first team in history to hold a Mike Leach-coached offense without a single point. Obviously, the defensive performance the Cats put on against Mississippi State increased their overall rating quite a bit, as did their first win. This week they look for another one at Tennessee. (Last Week: 4) 24. Wake Forest 1-2 The Demon Deacons had the weekend off and are set to play Virginia on Saturday. (23) 23. Temple 0-1 Speaking of one-game teams entering late, hey there, Temple. The Owls didn’t look half-bad considering the delayed start to their season in a 31-29 loss to Navy. Of course, considering how Navy has looked this year, I’m not sure how much stock we should put in it. Maybe this week’s game against No. 5 South Florida will provide more information? (Not Ranked) 22. Missouri 1-2 So how is it that Missouri beat LSU, but remains in The Bottom 25 while — SPOILER ALERT — LSU isn’t ranked? Mostly LSU’s performance against Vandy. Also, the win didn’t wipe out the first two losses. As for Mizzou’s game against Vanderbilt to boost its numbers, that’s become the first SEC game to be postponed. Missouri’s next scheduled game is now at Florida on Oct. 24. (5) 21. UTEP 3-2 This is bittersweet. I’m not thrilled to see UTEP back in The Bottom 25 with a winning record, but at the same time, I’m never unhappy to see our two-time champions coming home to say hello. This week the Miners get No. 9 Southern Miss. (NR) 20. South Alabama 1-2 South Alabama had to postpone its game last week against Troy. It is currently scheduled to return this weekend against No. 16 Texas State. (20) 19. East Carolina 1-2 My Beloved Pirates took care of Chip Patterson’s South Florida Bulls on Saturday to get their first win of the season. Can they pick up a second against Navy? (7) 18. Mississippi State 1-2 We’ve had the whole Mike Leach experience through three weeks. First, there’s the incredible upset that nobody saw coming, and that was followed by a Leach team losing to a team it should beat. Then, to top it off, we got Leach publicly blaming his players for the loss to Kentucky, saying he might need to purge the roster. This week they’ll try to purge their two-game losing streak against Texas A&M. (NR) 17. Ole Miss 1-2 I bet this section of The Bottom 25 won’t show up on any message boards in the state of Mississippi. I’m probably being doxxed as you read this. Anyway, the Rebels are really fun to watch. They’re also 1-2 and allowing 52 points per game. That’s a great way to reach The Bottom 25. This week they get Arkansas. (NR) 16. Texas State 1-4 The Bobcats fell to Troy 37-17. I know I’ve said I like this team and think it’s better than its record, but its record is 1-4, and the lone win came

On-campus medical clinic earns Adrian College high marks in U.S. News rankings, president says

ADRIAN, MI — Adrian College has been named a “most innovative school” by U.S. News & World Report in its latest “Best Colleges” rankings.

Adrian College is No. 2, behind College of the Ozarks in Missouri, as a most innovative school in the ranking’s Regional Colleges Midwest category. Adrian College was ranked No. 17 overall in Midwest regional colleges.

Adrian College has been ranked in the top two most innovative schools for the Midwest for two years, and President Jeffery Docking said he attributes that to the college’s on-campus medical clinic.

“We are very fortunate to have partnered with ProMedica (Health Care System) and received financial support from Adrian Steel to build that Medical Clinic right here on campus,” Docking said in a statement. “Not only does it provide health and wellness services, it is also an educational facility for our students.”

The $2.2 million, 10,000-square-foot facility was built in 2017 as a collaboration between Adrian College and ProMedica. It houses the health and counseling centers, which offer services like medical exams, physicals, laboratory services, short-term prescriptions, influenza vaccinations and wellness education.

New medical clinic coming to Adrian College campus through agreement with ProMedica

Adrian College recently implemented a new major and minor in public health, and students in the program will have the opportunity to work in the medical clinic.

The clinic has also helped monitor COVID-19 cases on Adrian College’s campus this fall and used CDC recommended strategies of entry screening and regular serial testing on campus, according to a news release.

At one point, there were more than 160 positive COVID-19 cases on campus, but Docking said last month the college was beginning to flatten the curve. Emily Kist, director of Adrian College’s Student Health Center, said the college was able to prevent a major outbreak by “sticking to its preparedness plan.”

Adrian College coronavirus cases decreasing. President says it’s ‘flattening the curve’

As of 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Adrian College had 254 total positive cases in students and staff, and just three net active cases. One of those cases was in on-campus isolation, while the other two were in off-campus isolation, the update states.

Adrian College is still conducting surveillance testing for its high-risk sports teams participating in competitions, and ProMedica is assisting students whoa re symptomatic, whether they are athletes or not, as well as people who were exposed to or had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, the release states.

College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked by U.S. News and World Report to nominate up to 15 colleges or universities in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovating improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, according to the ranking methodology.

The most innovate schools rankings are based solely on the top academics’ responses to the question regarding innovation, which is a separate section of the annual peer assessment survey, according to the methodology.


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College football rankings: LSU, Mississippi State losses see SEC West teams tumble in CBS Sports 76

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One of my favorite parts about the month of October in college football is how quickly the rankings adjust to those initial reactions from the opening weeks of the season. In “normal” seasons this, would still be the point where teams have finally have a couple conference games in the books and whatever kind of overreaction we made from the few September results worth noting has been put to the test by the grind of league play. 

Even in a “normal” year, this is the point where we identify an early-season result that has been proven to be wildly misleading. In 2020, that game is Mississippi State’s 44-34 win at LSU. The biggest game on the SEC’s opening-week schedule had everything fans could want, from the intrigue of seeing how the defending champs would replace Joe Burrow and more than a dozen starters to the SEC debut of Mike Leach. By the time K.J. Costello and the Bulldogs (who entered the game as 18-point underdogs) were done carving up LSU for 623 passing yards in the upset win, a new era was proclaimed in the conference. Mike Leach was here, we thought, and the league would never be the same. 

Well, while we did see scoreboard-breaking totals in the SEC this past weekend, none of it came from Mississippi State. The Bulldogs did not even score an offensive point in a 14-2 loss to Kentucky, a result that was preceded by a 21-14 loss to Arkansas. Ever since the Leach era started with lighting up LSU, Costello has thrown the ball 114 times and the Mississippi State offense has scored just two touchdowns.   

Now at 1-2, Mississippi State finds itself at the bottom of the SEC West standings with LSU. That same LSU team that started in the top 10 and provided the launching point for Mississippi State hype lost to Missouri over the weekend, as its defense has been officially exposed as the team’s major weakness and a hurdle in defending its SEC title in 2020. The Tigers joined the Bulldogs as two of our most notable drops in this week’s update of the CBS Sports 76 (more on that in the Mover’s Report below), as our expectations for both teams have been lowered significantly since that thrilling SEC opener. 

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-76 on our rankings page. Teams from the five conferences not yet playing in the 2020 college football season will be eligible for the CBS Sports rankings beginning Monday, Oct. 19.

Biggest movers 

  • No. 20 NC State (+17): First, the Wolfpack were winners as two-touchdown underdogs at Pitt and then followed that result up with another win as a two-score underdog at Virginia. NC State is surging with Devin Leary back in his place as the team’s starting quarterback, and it’s all happening at a perfect time with in-state

AP Top 25 poll: North Carolina moves into top five of college football rankings for first time since 1997

History has a funny way of repeating itself, and it’s done that in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. Following a 56-45 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday, North Carolina has moved up to No. 5 in the latest rankings. It’s the first time the Tar Heels have been ranked in the top five since the 1997 season.

North Carolina’s coach that season was none other than Mack Brown. It was the final season Brown spent in Chapel Hill before leaving to take over at Texas, where he’d spend the next 16 seasons before making his way back to Chapel Hill last year.

Elsewhere in the poll, Florida dropped six spots to No. 10 after its 41-38 loss to Texas A&M. The Gators remain ahead of the Aggies, however, as Texas A&M moved up to No. 11 from No. 21 last week. That’s the highest climb any team made in the poll this week.

Miami is the only team to fall out of the top 10 following its 42-17 loss to No. 1 Clemson. Oklahoma State and Cincinnati were the beneficiaries of Miami’s drop, moving up to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

Check out the full AP Top 25 poll below: 

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama 
  3. Georgia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. North Carolina
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Penn State
  10. Florida
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Oregon
  13. Miami
  14. BYU
  15. Auburn
  16. Wisconsin
  17. SMU
  18. Tennessee
  19. Michigan
  20. Iowa State
  21. Louisiana
  22. Kansas State
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Minnesota
  25. USC

Dropped from the rankings: No. 17 LSU, No. 22 Texas

Others receiving votes: Marshall, NC State, Oklahoma, Tulsa, UCF, Boston College, Coastal Carolina, UAB, Utah, Iowa, West Virginia, Army, Memphis, Air Force, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Texas, Houston, LSU, Washington, Missouri, TCU, Virginia, Louisiana Tech, Indiana


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College Football Power Rankings: North Carolina, Texas A&M rocket upwards after top 25 wins

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If you didn’t believe it before, you’d better believe it now: Defense is all but extinct. It certainly seemed that way on a weekend where 31 of the 58 teams playing scored at least 30 points.

That shouldn’t be surprising because the average FBS team is scoring 30.3 points per game in 00. If that holds up, it would be a record.

Adding to the fun …

  • Ole Miss and Alabama combined for the most yards ever in a regulation SEC game.
  • Texas and Oklahoma played in the highest-scoring Red River Showdown, which went to four overtimes.
  • Texas A&M beat a top five team (Florida) for the first time since 2002. The Aggies needed 41 points to do it.

What that means for this week’s biggest game is fascinating. Alabama just rolled up its most yards ever on Ole Miss. It now hosts Georgia, which is No. 2 nationally in total defense. I’m sensing something similar to nuclear fission where everything around that clash is reduced to ash, especially if Nick Saban needs his offense to run up 743 yards to win.

“I’m not really calm,” Saban said after surviving Ole Miss, 63-48. “I’m boiling and bubbling, trying to be encouraging to the players.”

First, he has to settle down himself if recent history repeats. The Crimson Tide have given up at least 42 points three times in the last eight games. Before that, Alabama gave up 42 points three times in the prior 65 games.

Editor’s note: Teams from the five conferences not yet playing in the 2020 college football season will be eligible for the Power Rankings beginning Monday, Oct. 19.

Biggest Movers








The trees wasted on newsprint chronicling whether Clemson will finally be challenged in the ACC could fill a forest. Once again, the Tigers remain head and shoulders above everyone else in their conference — and maybe the country. Miami was completely shut down offensively in a 42-17 loss. Travis Etienne has accounted for 409 total yards in the last two games. Trevor who? Clemson’s tailback might be the best player in the country. 4-0



After all the upheaval within the program, the Dawgs are sitting pretty going into the showdown with Alabama. After a 23-point win over Tennessee, they seem to be the only SEC team playing defense. How does the nation’s No. 2 defense grab you? 1 3-0



It better get Bama’s attention. The Tide are allowing twice as many yards (473) as the Dawgs (236). They just allowed the most in program history (647 vs. Ole Miss). Whatever happens, this season is going to be as entertaining as hell. Bama was the willing participant in a game producing the most yards in SEC history (1,370 vs. Ole Miss). Mac Jones is the country’s No. 1 rated passer and second-most accurate thrower. 1 3-0


Notre Dame

Let’s cut to the chase. The Fighting Irish aren’t likely to lose until

NCAA Football Rankings 2020: Analyzing Week 7 Polls and Top 25 College Standings | Bleacher Report

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell plays against Boston College during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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The latest string of upsets in college football shook up the AP Top 25, as Florida and Miami both tumbled six positions in the Week 7 poll. 

The downward movement from those two teams, combined with the drops for Oklahoma, Texas and LSU in the last few weeks, has allowed some unfamiliar faces to climb into the top 10.

North Carolina turned out to be the biggest beneficiary of Saturday’s upsets by boosting three spots to No. 5. Oklahoma State and Cincinnati also gained three positions on their way up to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. 

If those programs come out on top Saturday, they could gain more ground since Alabama and Georgia are scheduled to meet in what could be the first of many top-five showdowns across the nation this season. 


AP Top 25

1. Clemson (4-0)

2. Alabama (3-0)

3. Georgia (3-0)

4. Notre Dame (3-0)

5. North Carolina (3-0)

6. Ohio State 

7. Oklahoma State (3-0)

8. Cincinnati (3-0)

9. Penn State

10. Florida (2-1)

11. Texas A&M (2-1)

12. Oregon

13. Miami (3-1)

14. Auburn (2-1)

15. BYU (4-0)

16. Wisconsin

17. SMU (4-0)

18. Tennessee (2-1)

19. Michigan 

20. Iowa State (3-1)

21. Louisiana (3-0)

22. Kansas State (3-1)

23. Virginia Tech (2-1)

24. Minnesota

25. USC



Clemson, Alabama and Georgia will spend one more week in the top three, but one of those positions is expected to change hands at the weekend. 

The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs meet Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium for what could be an early preview of the SEC Championship Game. 

Alabama fended off its first ranked challenger two weeks ago and followed up that win over Texas A&M with a shootout victory over Ole Miss. 

The Crimson Tide need to be sharper on defense to remain near the top of the rankings, though. They allowed 48 points and 647 total yards to Ole Miss. 

The good news for Alabama is its offense seems to be clicking with Mac Jones replacing Tua Tagovailoa under center. 

Nick Saban’s side put up 153 points in its first three games. Georgia has not scored at the same level, but it does own a 108-37 advantage over its opponents. 

North Carolina was the only ranked team in the same scoring range as Alabama in Week 6, after it lit up the Virginia Tech defense for 56 points. 

The Tar Heels vaulted from No. 8 to No. 5 over Ohio State, who has yet to take the field. Three of the top 15 teams that have not played yet did not move at all from Week 6 to Week 7. 

When the season ends, the Tar Heels likely won’t be as strong as the potential Big Ten champion, but they deserve credit for what they have accomplished in Mack Brown’s second season back. 

North Carolina should remain in the top five until the Buckeyes touch the gridiron for the first time since it has a fairly easy schedule in the

College Football Rankings 2020: Week 7 Polls, Schedule and Standings Predictions | Bleacher Report

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones looks for a receiver against Michigan during the second half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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One of the most anticipated games of the college football season will give us an insight into which team may be the best College Football Playoff contender out of the SEC.

No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a game that should take over the national spotlight. This will also be the first time the the two teams have met in the regular season since 2015. 

The winner of the SEC showdown will be viewed as the top contender to Clemson in the Top 25 rankings and will gain a massive advantage in the playoff discussion. 

Although no other ranked programs face each other in the upcoming week, seven Top 25 sides have to go on the road, and some may have tougher challenges on their hands than expected. 


Week 7 Schedule

All Times ET.

Wednesday, October 14

Coastal Carolina at No. 21 Louisiana (7:30 p.m., ESPN)


Friday, October 16

No. 17 SMU at Tulane (6 p.m., ESPN)

No. 15 BYU at Houston (9 p.m., ESPN)


Saturday, October 17

No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech (Noon, ABC)

No. 8 Cincinnati at Tulsa (Noon, ESPN2)

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami (Noon, ACC Network)

No. 14 Auburn at South Carolina (Noon, ESPN)

Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC)

LSU at No. 10 Florida (3:30 p.m., ESPN)

No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (4 p.m., SEC Network)

No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State (7 p.m., ESPN)

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (8 p.m., CBS)

Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech (8 p.m., ACC Network)



Alabama Handles Georgia At Home, Tests Clemson For No. 1 Spot

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Since the two best teams in the SEC last met in regular-season play, Alabama have taken wins over Georgia in the 2018 National Championship Game and SEC Championship Game the following season. 

Saturday’s clash is expected to be as close as the last two meetings, but the Crimson Tide could have the advantage on offense. 

Nick Saban’s side is coming off back-to-back 50-point performances against Texas A&M and Ole Miss, with Mac Jones throwing for over 400 passing yards in both victories. 

The high volume of passing plays in those games should have handed the quarterback plenty of confidence to deal from the pocket to Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith and others. 

Waddle and Smith are over 300 receiving yards, while breakout star John Metchie hauled in 11 catches for 298 yards. 

Alabama also has a stable of running backs to rely on, led by Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr. Even if the former is out of the game for a few plays, the Crimson Tide could threaten the Bulldogs with the latter, Trey Sanders or one of the wide receivers on a gimmick running play.

Georgia’s offense has displayed the ability to pull away from teams while its defense takes over. It beat Auburn and Tennessee by a combined 71-27.

While Kirby Smart’s team deserves credit

Texas A&M soars up to No. 11 in latest college football rankings

The Coaches Poll top 25 saw a lot of movement on Sunday after a hectic weekend in college football, but no team saw a more significant bump than Texas A&M. The Aggies moved up nine spots from No. 20 to No. 11 after upsetting Florida 41-38 at Kyle Field on Saturday. That probably won’t be enough of a climb in many Aggies fans’ minds, however, considering Florida is still ranked two spots ahead of A&M at No. 9. Florida fell six spots from No. 3 last week.

a football player running on a baseball field: Oct 3, 2020; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Zamir White (3) runs against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Sanford Stadium.

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Oct 3, 2020; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Zamir White (3) runs against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Sanford Stadium.

Elsewhere in the top 10, the only team to drop out entirely was Miami following a 42-17 loss to Clemson, which remained at No. 1. North Carolina and Oklahoma State both saw a slight boost, as each climbed three spots to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.

Aside from Florida and Miami, the other big droppers this week were Tennessee, which fell five spots from No. 12 to No. 17 after a 44-21 loss to No. 3 Georgia, and Virginia Tech falling from No. 18 to No. 23 after a 56-45 loss to North Carolina.

Check out the full Coaches Poll top 25 below: 

  1. Clemson 
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Ohio State
  6. North Carolina
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Penn State
  9. Florida
  10. Cincinnati
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Miami
  13. BYU
  14. Auburn
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Oregon
  17. Tennessee
  18. SMU
  19. Michigan
  20. Iowa State
  21. Louisiana
  22. Kansas State
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. USC
  25. Minnesota

Others receiving votes: UCF, NC State, Oklahoma, Marshall, Boston College, Iowa, Coastal Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, UAB, Army, Boise State, Tulsa, Mississippi State, Memphis, TCU, Ole Miss, Air Force, Arizona State, Liberty, Kentucky, Texas, Houston, Cal, Washington, Stanford, Missouri, Nebraska, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Arkansas

Dropped out of the rankings: No. 16 LSU, No. 22 Texas, No. 25 UCF

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Where is Ohio State football in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for Week 6? College rankings

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohio State football waits to make its case for accolades on the field, the Buckeyes keep holding steady in the college football rankings.

Ohio State remained No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday. The Buckeyes were actually jumped by North Carolina, which moved from 8 to 5 to take the top-five spot vacated by Florida after its loss to Texas A&M.

Ohio State also received no first-place votes after receiving two last week.’s Buckeyes beat writer, Nathan Baird, switched his no. 1 vote to Clemson following a 42-17 victory over then-No. 8 Miami.

Clemson remained No. 1 and gained seven first-place votes to total 59. No. 2 Alabama received two first-place votes, while No. 3 Georgia received the other. Notre Dame moved up to No. 4.

Some voters have continued to leave Ohio State and other Big Ten and Pac-12 teams off of their ballots completely until those conferences begin their seasons. The Buckeyes’ season begins Oct. 24 against Nebraska.

Ohio State was the preseason No. 2 team with 18 first-place votes. The Buckeyes temporarily dropped out when the AP made only those teams with schedules set for fall 2020 eligible for the poll. They returned for the Sept. 27 pol and were ranked No. 6 in each of the past two weeks.


Rank Team (No. 1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Clemson (59) 4-0 1,546 1
2. Alabama (2) 3-0 1,463 2
3. Georgia (1) 3-0 1,430 3
4. Notre Dame 3-0 1,317 4
5. North Carolina 3-0 1,90 8
6. Ohio State 0-0 1,152 6
7. Oklahoma State 3-0 1,069 10
8. Cincinnati 3-0 971 11
9. Penn State 0-0 970 9
10. Florida 2-1 904 4
11. Texas A&M 2-1 883 21
12. Oregon 0-0 817 12
13. Miami 3-1 790 7
14. Auburn 2-1 703 13
15. BYU 4-0 693 15
16. Wisconsin 0-0 633 16
17. SMU 4-0 522 18
18. Tennessee 2-1 463 14
19. Michigan 0-0 417 20
20. Iowa State 3-1 405 24
21. Louisiana 3-0 342 23
22. Kansas State 3-1 302 NR
23. Virginia Tech 2-1 199 19
24. Minnesota 0-0 177 25
25. USC 0-0 124 NR

Others receiving votes: Marshall 106, North Carolina State 87, Oklahoma 71, Tulsa 62, UCF 57, Boston College 43, Coastal Carolina 38, UAB 29, Utah 29, Iowa 28, West Virginia 25, Army 21, Memphis 12, Air Force 12, Ole Miss 6, Arizona State 6, Texas 5, Houston 5, LSU 5, Washington 4, Missouri 2, TCU 2, Virginia 2, Louisiana Tech 2, Indiana 1

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