Sep 16, 2019

AP Top 25: SEC, Pac-12 have 6 ranked teams each

On a Saturday with zero matchups between ranked teams, Michigan State, Maryland and USC still managed to drop out of the Top 25, with Cal, Arizona State and TCU replacing them.

Data: AP; Chart: Axios Visuals

By the numbers:

  • 6 ranked teams: With the addition of Cal and Arizona State, the Pac-12 now has 6 teams ranked in the top 25 — a number only the SEC can match and the most ranked teams it has had in almost 4 years.
  • 13 TD, 12 incompletions: Through 3 weeks, Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts has more TD (13) than incompletions (12). That's a big reason why he's my Heisman frontrunner, followed by fellow QBs Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow.
  • $400,000: Several ACC teams suffered bad losses or near-losses: Boston College fell to Kansas; Virginia Tech barely beat FCS opponent Furman; and Georgia Tech lost to The Citadel, which was paid $400,000 to show up.

Watch:

  • Highlight: Alabama RB Najee Harris looked like a man amongst boys on this run after catch. Sheesh.
  • Series: I've been enjoying "Miles To Go," the ESPN+ series about Les Miles' first year at Kansas (here's a clip). The Jayhawks just won their first Power Five road win since 2008, so the next episode should be fun.

What's next: "College GameDay" will be in Athens on Saturday for a top-10 matchup between No. 3 Georgia and No. 7 Notre Dame. ... We'll also be treated to No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M.

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By the numbers: Week 5 of college football

Data: AP; Chart: Axios Visuals

Wisconsin moved into the top 10 in this week's AP poll after destroying Michigan. The top of the rankings remained mostly unchanged, while the middle got a big makeover.

By the numbers: Alabama has been ranked for 200 consecutive weeks, the fourth-longest streak since the AP poll started in 1936.

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AP Top 25: Georgia, Ohio State tied at No. 3

Data: AP; Table: Axios Visuals

Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in this week's AP poll, while Florida surged to No. 7 following a huge win at home over Auburn, who fell to No. 12.

What's next ... Next week is loaded with Top 25 matchups: (1) Alabama at (24) Texas A&M, (7) Florida at (5) LSU, (6) Oklahoma at (11) Texas, and (10) Penn State at (17) Iowa.

Top 25: LSU jumps to 2, UGA falls to 10

Data: AP; Table: Axios Visuals

LSU moved up to No. 2 in this week's AP poll following their win over Florida, giving the SEC the top 2 teams in the country and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before they meet in Tuscaloosa.

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