College football rankings: Alabama passes Georgia for No. 1 in Coaches Poll top 25 – 247Sports

  • October 3, 2022

The toughest decision for voters in the AFCA Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings comes at No. 1 overall. Should Georgia remain top dog after its upset scare at Missouri? Or should college football voters give the nod to Alabama fresh off a ranked road win?
That decision is in, and the same with the rest of the top 25. Big 12 changeups, Clemson’s victory over NC State and more upheaval in the Big Ten West were among the top storylines when it comes to the rankings.
The Big 12 and Pac-12 both added intrigue in Week five. The former say Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas make loud statements against the likes of Baylor, Oklahoma and Iowa State. The latter saw soon-to-be Big Ten teams USC and UCLA win big to stay undefeated.
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As the dust settles, and Week 5 wraps up with a hurricane-delayed Florida Gators game this afternoon, the new top 25 is here compliments of the AFCA Coaches Poll.
There’s a new No. 1 team in college football. Alabama wins 49-26 behind 206 rushing yards and two touchdowns by Jahmyr Gibbs. Most notably, Bryce Young suffered an injury in the first half, which led to Jalen Milroe’s chance in a big spot. 
“Bryce has a little AC sprain in his shoulder,” Saban said. “We’ll have to take it day-to-day. I think he’s OK. He doesn’t have a serious injury. We didn’t think he could go back in the game today because I didn’t think he had much steam on throwing the ball. He’s had these before, and in a few days, he starts to respond pretty well, so we’ll just have to see how it goes and play it day-to-day.”
Give Missouri all the credit in the world but one does not simply upset Georgia. The Tigers were the better team for most of last night’s 26-22 UGA victory. But a few late stops and two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns helped Georgia pull away.
“When stuff goes wrong, it fractures,” Kirby Smart said. “When you take the best 11, they stay together. This team bonded tonight. Now don’t get me wrong — we’ve got a long way to go. But the resiliency and the composure they showed made me proud.”
Heisman hopeful C.J. Stroud did not have to do much in Ohio State’s 49-10 victory over Rutgers. Ohio State’s defense did most of the work, holding Rutgers to 184 total yards. And the ground game did the rest. Miyan Williams broke out with 189 yards on 21 attempts and five touchdowns scored. Stroud connected on two touchdown passes, one to Julian Fleming and the other to Marvin Harrison Jr.
Add another 133 yards and a touchdown to Blake Corum’s explosive start to the 2022 season. Michigan beats Iowa 27-14 for its first road win. J.J. McCarthy remains the guy at quarterback. He was 18-for-23 passing with 155 yards and a touchdown in his fourth start of 2022. Meanwhile, Michigan’s defense swarmed Iowa for 1.5 yards per carry allowed. Iowa amassed just 281 yards of total offense.
The Tigers powerfully pulled away late from No. 10 NC State for a 30-20 victory. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and running back Will Shipley teamed up for 133 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Uiagalelei also threw for 209 and a touchdown with a 60% completion rate in his duel against veteran gunslinger Devin Leary.
It’s a 5-0 start for Lincoln Riley. USC takes out Arizona State 42-25 as one of two undefeated teams still standing in the Pac-12. Oklahoma transfer Caleb Williams threw for 348 yards with four total touchdowns. Oregon transfer Travis Dye scored two touchdowns of his own with 4.8 yards per carry.
The Cowboys remain undefeated with a 36-25 victory at No. 14 Baylor. Spencer Sanders led Oklahoma State in rushing in addition to his 181 passing yards. The Cowboys get their first Big 12 win of the season, and assert themselves as the top-rated team in the conference. Multiple undefeated teams still stand in the Big 12, but Oklahoma State has the attention in the Coaches Poll. The Cowboys host Texas Tech Saturday before a potential first-place showdown with TCU in Week 7.
The Vols got a much-needed bye week after the 4-0 September. Tennessee gets the extra week in which to prepare for a road trip to LSU. And Alabama follows that with the game kicking off Oct. 15 in Knoxville. In four starts this season, quarterback Hendon Hooker has 1,193 passing yards, eight touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception.
In a 22-19 victory over Kentucky, the Rebels are one of two undefeated teams left standing in the SEC West, the other being Alabama. Jaxson Dart completed half his passes for 213 yards with an interception. On the ground, Quinshon Judkins ran for 106 yards and a touchdown. Zach Evans also found the end zone in a big win for Lane Kiffin. The Rebels come to Nashville Saturday to face Vanderbilt, followed by games against Auburn and LSU.
As Dominic Toretto says, it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or by a mile. Winning is winning, and that’s what the Penn State family did yesterday in Happy Valley. It was an ugly Big Ten football game. But it was also a 17-7 victory for Penn State, the first 5-0 start under James Franklin since the 2019 Cotton Bowl season. Is it enough momentum to take out Michigan in two weeks at the Big House?
Cameron Rising threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth in a 42-16 victory over Oregon State. Devaughn Vele, Jaylen Dixon and Dalton Kincaid all caught touchdowns in the victory. And now, Utah moves forward for a ranked battle against undefeated UCLA in Los Angeles.
Bo Nix threw two touchdown passes and ran for a game-high 141 yards and two scores in a 45-27 victory over Stanford. That included an 80-yard touchdown run for the Ducks. Oregon has four-straight wins, and must go through Arizona before the projected top-25 clash Oct. 22 against UCLA.
Two fourth-quarter fumbles by Will Levis cost the Wildcats a shot at the win in Oxford, however both came with some questions. The first, in the opinions of the ESPN broadcast, should have been a targeting penalty. The second came shortly after officials waved off a go-ahead touchdown pass due to offensive penalty. The end result is a 22-19 loss for Mark Stoops.
It is back to the drawing board for NC State. The first loss of the 2022 season is a frustrating one for Dave Doeren’s group, but the ACC Championship is still a realistic goal for the roster. That chase continues Saturday when Florida State comes to town.
The Demon Deacons get a big road win, 31-21, at Florida State. Wake Forest gets its first ranked victory of the year, and a bounceback day after last week’s loss to Clemson. Quarterback Sam Hartman completed 68% of his passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. AT Perry was his top target, catching eight balls for 91 yards and a score.
16. BYU (4-1) — Jaren Hall was 17-for-27 for 274 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-26 Thursday victory over Utah State. The Cougars hold strong after their in-state rival brought an upset alert to Provo. Christopher Brooks, who ran 11 times for 90 yards, scored on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter to pull away for good. BYU plays at Notre Dame Saturday and then hosts Arkansas.
17. Kansas (5-0) The Jayhawks get into the top 25 with a 14-11 victory over Iowa State. Jace Gilbert missed three field goals, including one with a chance to tie it at the end. Kansas amassed all of 213 yards from scrimmage in the win.
18. TCU (4-0) — Max Duggan was everywhere in the 55-24 blowout of No. 16 Oklahoma. As a passer, Duggan threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns. As a runner, Duggan had 116 yards and two scores. As TCU celebrates, Brent Venables and the Oklahoma defense seek answers after two straight losses.
19. UCLA (5-0)  — It took a month for voters in the Coaches Poll to take notice, but the Bruins are undefeated. A ranked win over Washington gets UCLA into the top 25, led by a four-touchdown performance from Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who threw for 315 yards and ran for 53.
20. Kansas State (4-1) — The coaches did not see enough last week to rank the Wildcats. But a 37-28 victory over Texas Tech gets them into the top 25. Adrian Martinez ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns, including a nice 69-yarder to take a lead in the fourth quarter. Kansas State ran for 347 yards on 36 carries in the win.
21. Syracuse (5-0) — Including a blowout-shortened fourth quarter against Wagner, the Orange are quietly 5-0. But the hard part starts after the bye week. Syracuse plays NC State, Clemson, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh over four-consecutive weekends.
22. Baylor (3-2) — The Bears lose their second game of the 2022 season, but both of which have been against ranked teams. In a rematch of the Big 12 title game, Oklahoma State stood tall, and the Bears prepare for the West Virginia road trip with eyes on a bounceback performance.
23. Mississippi State (4-1) –– Mike Leach gets his team ranked thanks to the big win over Texas A&M. Meanwhile, the Aggies fall out of the top 25 for the first time this season.
24. Washington (4-1) — The Huskies earned their spot in the top 25 with a 4-0 start. And while a 40-32 road loss to undefeated UCLA doesn’t help its cause, Washington stays strong in the Coaches Poll.
25. Arkansas (3-2) — The Razorbacks fought. Hard. But teams do not typically come back from four-touchdown deficits against Alabama and Nick Saban. The final result is a 49-26 loss. Arkansas brings a two-game losing streak into Saturday’s game at Mississippi State.
Others Receiving Votes:  Cincinnati 140; Louisiana State 89; Florida State 74; Florida 41; Washington State 38; Maryland 37; James Madison 30; Minnesota 23; Texas 22; Texas A&M 20; Air Force 20; Oklahoma 19; Coastal Carolina 11; Purdue 10; North Carolina 9; Tulane 6; Notre Dame 5; Illinois 3; Central Florida 2; Pittsburgh 1; Duke 1.
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