Tuesday, January 31, 2023

AP Top 25: Cincinnati retains No. 2 as Tide closes in

Cincinnati ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, just four points from No. 2 Alabama, and Oregon slipped to No. 5 from Ohio State.

Georgia Top 25 . is unanimously No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week in the Presented by the Sector Bank. The teams closest to the Bulldogs are more tightly packed after another weekend of upsets and close calls.

The Bearcats received 1,440 points from the media panel after beating Tulsa 28-20, and the Crimson Tide 1,436 points after their 20-14 win against LSU.

Cincinnati has been ranked the best number 2 in school history for four consecutive weeks.

Oklahoma, which had an open date last weekend, finished at No.

Oregon jumped two places to 5th after beating Washington 26-16. Taking advantage of Michigan State’s first loss of the season, the Ducks (1,318 points) jumped to No. 6 over Ohio State (1,314).

Bucky won 26-17 in Nebraska. 3 in the country at the start of the season after beating Ohio State in Week 2, but was trailed by the Buckings in a losing streak.

Notre Dame moved up one place to 7th place, and the Spartans slipped from 3rd to 8th after a loss at Purdue.

The Boilermakers were left unranked after a second upset from the team that was ranked in the top five at the time. Purdue was first among the other teams to receive the vote on Sunday.

Michigan ranked No. 9 and Oklahoma State rose from one to No. 10.

Wake Forest’s first appearance in the top 10 lasted a week. Damon Deacon lost in North Carolina on Saturday for the first time this season.

polling point

Seven more ranked teams suffered losses last weekend, bringing the season’s total to 68, including 42 non-ranked teams.

The number of ranked teams losing to unranked teams is the highest in the 10 weeks of the college football season, According to ESPN statistics and information.


The three teams that went into the top 25 this week have been there before.

-No. 20 Wisconsin is back in the rankings after more than a month. The Badgers have won five games in a row since starting 1-3.

-No. 21 North Carolina states returned to the top 25 after their second straight win. The Wolfpack ran a three-week run in the rankings in October.

-No. 25 Pittsburgh withdrew after losing to the Panthers for a week.


Kentucky dropped out of the rankings for the third consecutive week after a five-week run in the top 25.

—SMU’s second consecutive defeat cost the Mustangs their ranking in the top 25 after four weeks.

-Fresno State is out again, jumping back to number 25 a week later. The Bulldogs lost at home to Boise State.

conference call

Big Ten – 6 (numbers 6, 8, 9, 19, 20).

sec – 5 (numbers 1, 3, 11, 12, 16).

ACC – 3 (Nos. 13, 21, 25).

Big 12 – 3 (numbers 4, 10, 18).

American – 2 (No. 2, 17).

Sun belt – 2 ((No. 22, 24).

Conference USA – 1 (No. 15).

Pac-12 – 1 (No. 5).

Independents – 2 (No. 7, 14).

rank vs rank

No. 4 on Oklahoma No. 18 boiler. This is the eighth time since 2011 that the Sooners and Bears ranked teams will match up. Soon the first seven are 4-3.

No. 9 Michigan No. 23 at Penn State. For the fourth time in the last five years the enemies of the Big Ten East will both rank up while playing.

No. 11 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi. Third meeting when both are ranked. The rebels have won the first two.

No. 21 North Carolina State No. 13 at Wake One. The Wolfpack and Dax have played 113 games and only one in which both teams were ranked. NC State won it a major victory in 1992.


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