Saturday, November 27

College Football Polls: AP Top 25 Updated, Coaches Poll Ranking After Week 10

A unique story becomes increasingly apparent as the 2021 college football season progresses.

Georgia is the number one team in the country. Everyone else? They are subject to unforeseen surprises, petty performances on the big stage, and the chaos of college football in general.

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The Bulldogs took care of business Saturday with a 43-6 hammering over Missouri at Sanford Stadium. None of the other teams eligible for the college football playoffs played particularly well on Saturday, including the team many consider the biggest threat to Georgia. No. 2 Alabama came off a break to play a horrendous game against LSU, notching a 20-14 victory against a greatly depleted Tigers team with a lame duck trainer in Ed Orgeron. The Tide needed several consecutive defensive stops in the final quarter of the game to prevent LSU from sending Orgeron off with another win against Nick Saban.

The Tide, at least, won their game. The same can’t be said for No. 3 Michigan State, which fell to Purdue’s proprietary “Spoilermaker” magic in a 40-29 upset at West Lafayette. Purdue now has two top-five wins on the season after beating then-No. 2 Iowa earlier in the season. Elsewhere, No. 9 Wake Forest suffered its first loss of the season in a 58-55 shootout against North Carolina, a game in which Sam Howell threw for 216 yards, ran for 104 more and scored three total touchdowns.

The Oregon No. 3 was arguably the best player in the top 10 teams outside of Georgia on Saturday, beating an early rampage from Washington 4-5 – and terrible Seattle weather – en route to a 26-16 victory. No. 5 Ohio State wasn’t particularly impressive in its win over unrated Nebraska, but it did manage a 26-17 win over the Cornhuskers at Lincoln. And No. 6 Cincinnati, which needs to overcome its Group of 5 status if it hopes to make the playoffs, did itself no favors in a fine win over Tulsa.

All of those games and more had an effect on the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings. Sporting News takes a look at those polls after the Week 10 game list:

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College Football Rankings for Week 11

Coaches survey

RankTeamRecordPoints (No. 1 votes)
1Georgia9-01,600 (64)
5State of ohio8-11,356
7Our lady8-11,182
9Michigan state8-11,074
10State of oklahoma8-11,045
elevenTexas A&M7-21,023
12Be miss7-2862
13Wake Forest8-1769
19NC State7-2445
twenty-oneCoastal Carolina8-1335
23Penn State6-3249

Others receiving votes: Arkansas 116; State of San Diego 103; Purdue 77; Kentucky 74; Utah 34; State of Iowa 21; Application status 19; SMU 18; Minnesota 10; Nevada 3; Fresno State 3; Clemson 3; Tennessee 2; State of Arizona 1.

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