As the dust settles on Saturday’s slate of recent games, let’s look ahead to the AP rankings of the top 25 college football scores
We’ve only come down to one regular season game as Rivalry Week prepares to kick off with a lot still at stake in the conference and College Football Playoff seeding selection process.
Note: This is not our ranking of the best teams, but rather our prediction of how the top 25 voters will pick them in the official ranking.
What we work with: Top 25 last week’s AP poll
25. South Carolina. Beating Tennessee is a huge boost on its own, but scoring 63 points — the most by an unranked team over a top-5 opponent ever — is quite another in the process. The Gamecocks have had 18 TDs in SEC games through Saturday; They added nine in this game alone.
24. Texas. With a 55-14 win over Kansas, the Longhorns hold on to third place in the Big 12 and hope K-State loses in next week’s final as they beat Baylor to get into the Big 12 title game.
23- Oregon. Good showing for the Beavers, who moved to 8-3 on the year with a comfortable win over Arizona State and back-to-back finals against Oregon coming next Saturday.
22. Ole Miss. The Rebels dropped spectacularly on the road to Arkansas, their third loss in their last four games, and the second time they’ve allowed more than 40 points, with some observers wondering if Lane Kiffin dropped out and eyed the vacant job at Auburn.
21. North Carolina. A loss at home to Georgia Tech, and not scoring a point in the second half, kills what a slim College Football Playoff team would hope the Tar Heels would be, but they are still the coastal champions and will play Clemson for the ACC title.
20. Coastal Carolina. Saturday’s UVA game was canceled after the tragic shooting that killed three Virginia players, but the AP’s top 25 voters should keep the Chanticleers in the rankings this week.
19. Cincinnati. The Bearcats are moving into a first-time tie in the AAC with Tulane after a clean 20-point win over Temple, and now those two teams meet in the regular season finale, a game that means more after UCF’s stunning loss to Navy this weekend.
18. Tulane. The Green Wave opened to a 21-0 lead and forced five takeaways in a 59-24 rout of SMU cementing their case for the AAC title, a solid showing before the Cincinnati game.
17. Florida. For the first time since 2016, the Seminoles have won eight games in a season, scored more than 40 points in three of the final four, and now come up against a reeling Florida that just lost to Vanderbilt.
16. University of California. A great, gutsy effort by Dorian Thompson-Robinson in Crosstown’s 1,150 combined yards and 93 points contested, but it was ultimately not in the Bruins’ favor when DTR threw a costly pick late in regulation with a chance to win.
15. Kansas State. A second straight win puts the Wildcats in second place in the Big 12 title chase and looks like the best shot to keep TCU out of the College Football Playoff.
14. Notre Dame. Make it five in a row for the Irish, who have recovered well from those early-season struggles, cruising to BC in a 44-0 rout and looking to have a big game against rival USC to close out.
13. Washington. The Huskies totaled 54 points in an easy game over Colorado, their 5th consecutive win since losing 2 games midway through the season.
12. Utah. Cam Rising led a furious comeback, scoring 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, but the quarterback’s three interceptions and no touchdown passes were too many for the Utes to recover on the road at Oregon State.
11. Pennsylvania. The odds of a 10-win season and a good ball game are excellent for the Nittany Lions after they decimated Rutgers, 55-10, as the battle for the Land Grant came to an end in the face of Michigan State.
10. Oregon. The Bo Nix were nowhere near 100 percent when dealing with an injury, and the Ducks had three expensive turnovers and a poor rushing performance, but they did enough to avoid a third loss at home against Utah.
9. Alabama. A walk for the Crimson Tide at home on Austin Peay in Cupcake Week as Jase McClellan ran for 156 yards and 2 TDs, and now the Iron Bowl comes against an Auburn team under new management in Cadillac Williams, who is 2-1 as interim coach and 6 points removed from 3-0.
8. Tennessee. The Vols’ minuscule defense failed this week’s road test, badly, against South Carolina, falling to two losses and possibly putting the kibosh on College Football Playoff credentials that were once credible. In addition, quarterback Hendon Hooker deals with a new injury. This was ugly.
7. Clemson. A 30-point win over struggling Miami doesn’t move the needle much, but losing to other teams helps, keeping the Tigers still in the chase for college football if they can survive one loss and win the ACC Championship Game.
6. LSU. Jaden Daniels scored 22 of 29 passes and Noah Cain ran for three TDs in a big win over UAB With the SEC Championship game against Georgia still to come, the Tigers need a win next week over A&M, plus get some help from across the country, to stay in the race exclusionary.
5. USC. With UCLA’s statement win, the Trojans — wonky defense and all — clinch a spot in the Pac-12 title game and get heavily involved in the College Football Playoff conversation after Caleb Williams’ career-high 502 yards. Next up is the suddenly confident Notre Dame.
4.TCU. Another crazy comeback for the Horned Frogs, who were 8 behind Baylor and missed an extra point, but pulled home the winning goal with no time left to stay in the fourth round. But there’s still plenty of football to play, with Iowa State and the Big 12 title game coming up.
3. Michigan. that Frightening injury to lead rider Blake Corumwho didn’t play most of the second half, and it appeared that the Wolverines’ offense was teetering all day, but J.J. McCarthy did enough, despite missing a few throws late, to move into field goal range and an undefeated record that will go to Columbus next week.
2. Ohio State. Some defensive questions to the Buckeyes, who had few answers on Maryland’s dynamic air offense, but persisted in a solid ground game and late touchdowns on defense, moving to 11-0 going into the Game.
1. Georgia. It was closer than thought, but the Bulldogs held off Kentucky on the road in a slow race to stay perfect before the Tech game and the SEC championship afterward.