College football polls: Updated AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 1 – Sporting News

  • September 8, 2022

The first full week of college football season is in the books, and the SEC and the Big Ten hold the top four spots. Although Georgia made a compelling case against No. 11 Oregon to overtake Alabama for the No. 1 spot, the committee at large took it as a condemnation of Oregon rather than a vindication of Georgia, and knocked the Ducks out of the Top 25 while the Bulldogs overtook Ohio State at No. 2.
Ohio State’s win over Notre Dame netted it two No. 1 votes, but the Buckeyes’ ugly win over the Irish didn’t seem to turn a ton of heads. Notre Dame, for its part, joins Utah as the only two 0-1 teams in the Top 25 (Utah, of course, lost to Florida in Week 1).
Florida’s win over Utah catapulted it into the rankings at No. 12, while Utah dropped to No. 13. Oklahoma State moved up a spot to No. 11 after a barnburner against Central Michigan.
All things told, there are still too many questions to be answered to divine too much from these rankings. Alabama vs. Texas should give us a better litmus test of where they stand, and we will see three Top 25 matchups in Week 3: No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 21 BYU; No. 12 Florida vs. No. 20 Kentucky; and No. 17 Pitt vs. No. 24 Tennessee.
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Sporting News takes a look at how those games and more affected the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings following opening weekend:
Others receiving votes: Oregon 131, Penn State 122, Texas 118, Cincinnati 63, Florida State 42, Fresno State 22, UCF 22, Minnesota 22, Kansas State 18, Auburn 15, Mississippi State 10, Air Force 8, Oregon State 5, North Carolina 3, South Carolina 2, Purdue 1, UCLA 1, Arizona 1
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Others receiving votes: Tennessee 143; Penn State 138; Houston 137; Cincinnati 61; Iowa 44; Mississippi State 34; Florida State 33; Central Florida 23; Fresno State 21; Air Force 18; Auburn 15; Texas Christian 7; UCLA 6; South Carolina 6; Utah State 5; Minnesota 5; Syracuse 4; Oregon State 3; UL Lafayette 1; Texas Tech 1; Northwestern 1; North Carolina 1.

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