Tomorrow’s Top 25 today: Washington upsets Oregon, UCF scores key win as college football standings change

With just two weeks into the 2022 regular season, the college football standings have mostly leveled off. But when the updated AP Top 25 is released on Sunday, we expect a few shakeups after a busy week 11 of scores and results across the sport. Each team in last week’s AP Top 25 was in action with four games between ranked teams, allowing for movement up and down the rankings.

The most notable moves will focus on the Pac-12, where Washington will see a big boost from their road-to-top-10 loss to Oregon and UCLA will take a hit for their home loss to Arizona. unclassified. Georgia will remain in first place, likely closing in on a unanimous No. 1 selection. Although Ohio State and Michigan dominated in wins, those games came at home against teams with losing records, while the Bulldogs were equally impressive on the road against a team that will be in playoffs.

TCU could potentially move to No. 3 on some ballots after picking up a low-scoring victory in Texas, but the voting point disparity between Horned Frogs and Wolverines was far too big last week to expect. a change in consensus ranking. When you have four games between ranked teams, like TCU’s win in Texas and Washington’s upset in Oregon, there are guaranteed to be changes in order, but not always a change in ranked teams in the poll.

The Ducks aren’t going to fall too far, and neither will Ole Miss after both teams entered the weekend with just one loss and were beaten by a narrow margin. Texas faces a much different situation as TCU’s loss was Steve Sarkisian’s fourth loss of the season, making the Longhorns arguably the weekend’s most interesting top-25 loser from a seeding standpoint.

Some of the most dramatic week-over-week adjustments are expected to be near the bottom of the poll. NC State’s loss to Boston College, Liberty’s loss to UConn and Illinois’ loss to Purdue will free up spots in the standings, and AP voters will have a diverse collection of nominees for those final spots. This is especially true because some of the teams that were just outside the top 25 last week suffered losses, including Kentucky, Wake Forest and Baylor.

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

1. Georgia (Last week — 1): No change at No. 1 after Georgia took to championship form on the road and folded to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs won the SEC East for the fifth time in six years and will have a chance to win it with an 8-0 conference record next week against Kentucky in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.

2. State of Ohio (2): There are no concerns for the Buckeyes after a 56-14 win over Indiana, although there are concerns over injury issues on this team. TreVeyon Henderson didn’t play again and Miyan Williams left the game on the cart, leaving the running back room awfully thin by the end of the game. But as long as CJ Stroud (five touchdowns) and at least a few of the top wide receivers on this list are healthy, the Buckeyes are capable of competing for a national championship.

3. Michigan (3): No major change in position for Michigan after a 34-3 result against Nebraska that pretty much met expectations for how this game was going to go.

4. TCU (4): Sonny Dykes and the Horned Frogs’ magical run continues as beating Texas in Austin earns a spot in the Big 12 title game and moves the team to 10-0.

5. Tennessee (5): The 66-24 win over Missouri was a back-and-forth contest with the Volunteers establishing the early lead then hitting the gas every time the Tigers closed in. Hendon Hooker threw for three touchdowns in his last game at Neyland Stadium, and the Vols put a number on the board that will keep voters (and more importantly the college football playoff selection committee) interested in their first four chances.

6. USL (7): The 13-10 win at Arkansas wasn’t enough offensively, but Harold Perkins Jr. (four sacks, two forced fumbles) was the best player on the court for both teams. Now 6-1 in conference, the Tigers only have the final at home against UAB and the regular season finale at Texas A&M left before conference championship weekend.

7.USC(8): A season-ending injury to RB Travis Dye overshadows an otherwise fine result with QB Caleb Williams throwing for three touchdowns and the Trojans winning 55-17 over Colorado.

8. Alabama (10): The defense was solid, capping a 30-24 win at Ole Miss. Alabama forced two punts and two turnovers on tries. Byron Young had a team-high 11 tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble, leading a defensive front that got a treat when Ole Miss got into third-and-long situations.

9. Oregon (6): The biggest strength in Oregon’s seeding profile is the win over UCLA, as it presents the Ducks with an opportunity to remain one of the top-ranked two-game losing teams in the nation.

10. Clemson (12): The 31-16 win over Louisville was a good time for Clemson, who relied on the running game and rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry.

11. Ole Miss (11): The Rebels’ SEC West assertion disappeared in the narrow loss to the Crimson Tide. Coach Lane Kiffin was feisty after the game, not caring about any platitudes after another loss to Nick Saban. Ole Miss is out of contention for the SEC and CFP, but has had a strong season nonetheless and could end up in an important bowling game.

12. UCLA (9): The final top-25 result in Week 11 was bad for the Bruins, who lost at home to Arizona. It’s only the second loss of the season for UCLA, so there’s a high floor on the team’s drop in the standings, but much more damage has been done to the Bruins’ Pac-12 championship hopes. .

13. Utah (13): Although Stanford held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, AP voters will wake up to a 42-7 final score and keep Utah close to its previous position. The Utes are currently limited in their ability to progress with two losses and a head-to-head loss to UCLA. However, while they have one of the best wins of any team at two losses as the only team to beat USC.

14. Penn State (14): The Nittany Lions thrashed Maryland 30-0 to once again stand out as the third-best team in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and Michigan. Sean Clifford eclipsed 10,000 passing yards in his career, becoming Penn State’s first signal caller to do so.

15. North Carolina (15): The Tar Heels clinched the ACC Coastal crown for the second time in program history (the first since 2015) with a 36-34 win at Wake Forest. Although 9-1 and in contention for a conference championship, AP voters can still leave North Carolina behind other two-game losing teams in the poll. Drake Maye was outstanding again completing 31 of 49 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns with 71 rushing yards and another score as his Heisman Trophy bid moved up a notch.

16. Washington (24): Michael Penix Jr. delivered on the biggest stage with over 400 passing yards and the scores needed to help the Huskies earn one of the program’s most notable road victories in the CFP era, 37-34 against Oregon.

17. Notre Dame (20): The Fighting Irish led 35-13 and held on to win 35-32 against Navy. Now 7-3 with four straight wins, Notre Dame soars with Boston College next week before the regular season finale at USC.

18.UCF (22): The Knights took pole position for the Group of Five’s New Year’s bid with a 38-31 victory at Tulane, edging out the Green Wave for first place. John Rhys Plumlee returned with three total touchdowns and 176 rushing yards.

19. Tulane (16): Now 8-2 with a win over Kansas State, it’s only fair that Tulane is disappointed with a must-win spot against UCF. If the Green Wave wants another chance against the Knights, they can get it, but they’ll have to defeat SMU and Cincinnati in the final two games of the season to advance to the AAC Championship Game.

20. Kansas State (23): Another week with Kansas State having to overcome quarterback injuries, and yet the Wildcats had the answer. Adrian Martinez left with an injury, but Will Howard stepped in with three touchdown passes in a 31-3 win at Baylor.

21. Texas (18): The Longhorns risk being knocked out of the top 25 altogether simply by suffering four losses. Our projection is that the win at Kansas State, the narrow margin against TCU, and a lack of consensus for the next teams keeps Texas in the top 25.

22. State of Florida (25): The Seminoles are on a roll right now, coming off a 42-point win at Miami with a 35-point win at Syracuse. As LSU’s stock goes up, so does Florida State’s profile value, which, while having three losses, also features a win over the SEC West champion.

23. Cincinnati (NR): One of the few teams just outside the top 25 to win in Week 11, expect the Bearcats to return to the standings after improving to 8-2 with a win over ECU on Friday night.

24. UTSA (NR): The Roadrunners 8-2 just beat Louisiana Tech 51-7 for the team’s seventh straight win. UTSA is 6-0 in conference and could be a threat to other teams vying for a New Year’s bid in the coming weeks.

25. Troy (NR): Like UTSA, Troy is hot right now with seven straight wins. He just improved to 8-2 with a win over Army. It’s possible that Sun Belt rivals Coastal Carolina or Oklahoma State could get that spot, but we think a win over the Black Knights could get enough attention to boost the voting points.

Planned retirement: No. 17 NC State, No. 19 Liberty, No. 21 Illinois

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