The AP Top 25 for Week 11 was released Sunday afternoon. Here are some takeaways about the movement in the newest edition of the poll.
Alabama once again received all but one first-place vote in the AP Top 25, staying atop the poll after freshman standout quarterback Jalen Hurts scored the game’s only touchdown in a 10-0 victory over LSU. The other top vote again went to Michigan, which held firm at No. 2 by trouncing Maryland, 59-3.
The rest of the top six stayed the same as well, as Clemson, Louisville and Ohio State all recorded blowout wins. The most surprising was the Buckeyes’ 62-3 thrashing of Nebraska, which fell all the way to No. 21 from No. 9.
Texas A&M didn’t fall much from its loss to Mississippi State, dropping from No. 7 to No. 10. Florida, though, had a steep drop, slipping from No. 10 down to No. 22 after falling to Arkansas.
Here are some other instant AP Top 25 takeaways from the newest edition of the poll.
Get Ready For Another Classic Iron Bowl
No one would fault you for writing off Auburn after a 1-2 start included losses to Clemson and Texas A&M and put Gus Malzahn firmly on the hot seat. But that’s all in the past now.
The Tigers have won six in a row and while shooting up to No. 8 in this week’s poll. That winning streak began with a thrilling 18-13 win over LSU on Sept. 24, a result that got Les Miles fired when it easily could’ve been Malzahn had the LSU’s last-second touchdown not been overturned.
Malzahn doesn’t have much to worry about now. Auburn survived a tough one this week by beating Vanderbilt, 23-16, and travels to Georgia next week before a layup against Alabama A&M. Wins in those games would set up another top-10 battle in the Iron Bowl against No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 26, and it should be a good one.
Florida’s 31-10 loss to unranked Arkansas caused it to fall 12 spots, and Nebraska’s blowout defeat at Ohio State dropped it the same amount. The same goes for Baylor, which slipped from No. 13 to No. 25 this week, its second straight drop in the poll.
The Bears sat at No. 8 just two weeks ago heading into its matchup with Texas and appeared to be the Big 12’s best shot at a College Football Playoff berth. Baylor suffered a 35-34 loss, though, and dropped down to No. 13. Now, it is barely hanging onto the final spot in the poll after being blown out, 62-22, by TCU.
Few could have expected the Bears’ dramatic drop in just two weeks. They started 6-0 with a victory over Oklahoma State, and Seth Russell was both throwing and running with efficiency. Now, Baylor’s best hope is to play spoiler next week against Oklahoma, which now – despite also having two losses – holds the Big 12’s slim hopes of reaching the Playoff.
The Same, Not Really
There was a lot of movement in this week’s poll, as only the top six and Boise State at No. 24 hold the same spots as last week. But this is the first time all season that there hasn’t been a newcomer to the AP Top 25.
Nine teams moved up at least three spots, with Penn State (No. 12 from No. 20), Colorado (No. 16 from No. 21), Oklahoma State (No. 17 from No. 22) and Virginia Tech (No. 18 from No. 23) having the biggest jumps.
Florida State was the only team to win and drop in the poll, as it fell one spot to No. 20 after squeaking past N.C. State, 24-20.
With the same teams remaining in the AP Top 25 from last week, there is only one ranked-vs.-ranked matchup this week. But there are some other good games as well:
- No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 Oklahoma
- No. 8 Auburn at Georgia
- No. 11 West Virginia at Texas
Potential upset matchups include the Longhorns against the Mountaineers, USC at No. 4 Washington, No. 19 LSU at Arkansas and Minnesota at No. 21 Nebraska.