AP Top 25: Oklahoma Descends to Tenth Position; Kansas and Kansas State Join the Rankings; No. 1 Georgia and Top Five Remain Unchanged

by Sophia Chen
AP Top 25 college football rankings

Oklahoma fell four positions to secure the 10th spot, while the leading five teams maintained their standings. Additionally, both Kansas and Kansas State entered The Big Big News’ weekly college football rankings on Sunday.

For the 20th consecutive week, Georgia retains the No. 1 position, acquiring 48 out of 63 possible first-place votes. This further widens the gap between them and the second-placed Michigan, especially after Georgia’s decisive victory over Florida this past weekend.

This marks the 50th week in a row that either Georgia or Alabama has claimed the top spot in the rankings.

The Wolverines, who had a week off and were in the headlines due to an NCAA investigation, received nine first-place votes. Both Ohio State and Florida State, ranked third and fourth respectively, garnered three first-place votes each.

Washington continues to hold the fifth position, one place above their Pac-12 competitor Oregon, which advanced two places to the sixth rank after a convincing victory over Utah. Subsequently, Utah dropped five places to the 18th position.

Texas remains unchanged at No. 7, while Alabama ascended to No. 8, and Penn State moved to the ninth position.

Oklahoma suffered their first loss of the season, and remarkably their first loss to Kansas since 1997. This resulted in their slide in the rankings, now behind their Big 12 competitor Texas, whom they had defeated three weeks prior.

Kansas made a comeback in the rankings at No. 22, following one of their most significant victories in the history of the program. Kansas State returned to the rankings at No. 25, setting the stage for an important upcoming game against Texas.

Air Force improved their standing by two positions to No. 17, which is their highest ranking since they finished 13th in 1998.

Week 10 AP Poll – Top 25

  1. Georgia: 8-0
  2. Michigan: 8-0
  3. Ohio State: 8-0
  4. Florida State: 8-0
  5. Washington: 8-0
  6. Oregon: 7-1
  7. Texas: 7-1
  8. Alabama: 7-1
  9. Penn State: 7-1
  10. Oklahoma: 7-1
  11. Mississippi: 7-1
  12. Notre Dame: 7-2
  13. LSU: 6-2
  14. Missouri: 7-1
  15. Louisville: 7-1
  16. Oregon State: 6-2
  17. Air Force: 8-0
  18. Utah: 6-2
  19. Tennessee: 6-2
  20. UCLA: 6-2
  21. Tulane: 7-1
  22. Kansas: 6-2
  23. James Madison: 8-0
  24. Southern California: 7-2
  25. Kansas State: 6-2

Poll Highlights

The rivalry between the Sunflower State teams has historically been fraught with subpar performances, including the previous season. However, both teams currently stand at a 6-2 record, offering them a solid opportunity to end the season in the rankings for only the second time in the 87-year history of the AP poll.

Departures from the Rankings

North Carolina and Duke, Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, have been removed from the current rankings. After suffering consecutive losses, including one to Georgia Tech, North Carolina finds itself unranked for the first time this season. Duke, which had been in the rankings since their Week 1 win over Clemson, dropped to a 5-3 season record after consecutive losses and has been omitted from the rankings as well.

Conference Breakdown

  • SEC: 6 Teams (Nos. 1, 8, 11, 13, 14, 19)
  • Pac-12: 6 Teams (Nos. 5, 6, 16, 18, 20, 24)
  • Big 12: 4 Teams (Nos. 7, 10, 22, 25)
  • Big Ten: 3 Teams (Nos. 2, 3, 9)
  • ACC: 2 Teams (Nos. 4, 15)
  • Mountain West: 1 Team (No. 17)
  • American: 1 Team (No. 21)
  • Sun Belt: 1 Team (No. 23)
  • Independent: 1 Team (No. 12)

Notable Ranked Matchups

  • No. 14 Missouri vs. No. 1 Georgia: First time both teams are ranked since 2014.
  • No. 5 Washington vs. No. 24 Southern California: Consecutive annual meeting with both teams ranked, which last occurred between 1994-95.
  • No. 25 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Texas: First top-25 encounter since 2012.
  • No. 13 LSU vs. No. 8 Alabama: The series’ 31st meeting between ranked teams and the 18th such matchup since 2002.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AP Top 25 college football rankings

What significant change occurred with Oklahoma in the latest AP Top 25 rankings?

Oklahoma dropped four spots to secure the 10th position in the rankings, marking a notable decline.

Who holds the No. 1 position in the AP Top 25 and for how long have they maintained this spot?

Georgia holds the No. 1 position and has done so for 20 consecutive weeks.

Which teams newly entered the AP Top 25 rankings?

Kansas and Kansas State are the new entrants in the latest AP Top 25 rankings. Kansas entered at No. 22 and Kansas State at No. 25.

Are there any teams that have been removed from the rankings?

Yes, Atlantic Coast Conference rivals North Carolina and Duke have both been dropped from the rankings.

Which teams have received first-place votes other than the No. 1 team?

Michigan received nine first-place votes, while Ohio State and Florida State each received three first-place votes.

What are the key matchups to watch for in the coming week as per the AP Top 25?

Key matchups include No. 14 Missouri vs. No. 1 Georgia, No. 5 Washington vs. No. 24 Southern California, No. 25 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Texas, and No. 13 LSU vs. No. 8 Alabama.

How are the conferences represented in the rankings?

The SEC and Pac-12 both have six teams in the rankings. The Big 12 has four, the Big Ten has three, the ACC has two, and the Mountain West, American, Sun Belt, and Independent each have one.

What is the historical significance of Kansas and Kansas State entering the rankings?

Both teams currently stand at a 6-2 record, offering them a solid opportunity to end the season in the rankings for only the second time in the 87-year history of the AP poll.

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Mike O'Connell October 30, 2023 - 2:21 am

Kansas and K-State entering the polls is pretty cool. Long time coming for both teams. Saturday’s game’s gonna be epic.

John Smith October 30, 2023 - 3:16 am

Wow, can’t believe Oklahoma slipped to 10th! They’ve had such a great season so far, whats going on?

Timothy Green October 30, 2023 - 9:12 am

Air Force at No. 17, highest since ’98? Impressive stuff. Keep an eye on them.

Sara Williams October 30, 2023 - 12:46 pm

What happened to North Carolina and Duke? Seems like they’ve hit a rough patch. Unranked for the first time this season, thats tough.

Rachel Lee October 30, 2023 - 12:51 pm

So SEC and Pac-12 leading the pack in conference rankings. Big 12 needs to step it up if they want to compete.

Emily Davis October 30, 2023 - 1:18 pm

Georgia holding steady at No. 1 is no surprise. They’ve been dominant all season long. Go Dawgs!

William Brown October 30, 2023 - 3:46 pm

Nine first-place votes for Michigan while under NCAA investigation? thats bold. Let’s see how that plays out.


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