Another week, another fresh batch of college football rankings. A look at the new AP Top 25:

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 6-0 1522 1
2 Georgia 6-0 1426 2
3 Ohio State (1) 6-0 1420 3
4 Clemson (1) 6-0 1331 4
5 Notre Dame 6-0 1315 6
6 West Virginia 5-0 1174 9
7 Washington 5-1 1098 10
8 Penn State 4-1 1097 11
9 Texas 5-1 956 19
10 UCF 5-0 917 12
11 Oklahoma 5-1 879 7
12 Michigan 5-1 875 15
13 LSU 5-1 794 5
14 Florida 5-1 719 22
15 Wisconsin 4-1 710 16
16 Miami 5-1 591 17
17 Oregon 4-1 505 18
18 Kentucky 5-1 485 13
19 Colorado 5-0 419 21
20 North Carolina State 5-0 342 23
21 Auburn 4-2 335 8
22 Texas A&M 4-2 257 NR
23 South Florida 5-0 144 NR
24 Mississippi State 4-2 136 NR
25 Cincinnati 6-0 114 NR

 

We’ll start with Texas, which rose 10 spots to No. 9 after a thrilling 48-45 win over Oklahoma. The Longhorns are firmly in contention for a College Football Playoff spot; if only they didn’t lose to Maryland in Week 1! But that’s not too much to overcome. After a rocky first year, Tom Herman is delivering right now in Austin. Sam Ehlinger ran for three touchdowns yesterday, and Texas’ QB power run is one of the toughest plays to defend in college football.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, fell to No. 11 after the loss. The Sooners still have an outstanding offense, with Kyler Murray leading the way. But it’s not quite as lethal as last year, and the defense is leaky. Oklahoma is good, but doesn’t look like a Playoff caliber team after its loss to Texas and a near upset against Army.

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Notre Dame only rose one spot, but the Fighting Irish look like they could go undefeated after a smackdown of Virginia Tech on Saturday night. Ian Book looks legitimate under center; he gets the ball where it needs to go, when it needs to get there. We talk about arm strength and high-end speed with quarterbacks, but sometimes, playing the position effectively is as simple as that. The Notre Dame defense looks awesome, and the Irish have a pretty easy schedule the rest of the way. Their toughest games are at USC and Northwestern and they have wins over Virginia Tech, Stanford and Michigan already. Fun times in South Bend.

Notre Dame took LSU’s spot, which fell to No. 13 after losing to Florida. You have to feel for the Tigers. They already have wins over Auburn and Miami, and usually, a loss at Florida wouldn’t doom a team’s Playoff hopes. But when two of your next three opponents are Alabama and Georgia… yeah, we don’t need to go there. The offense is better than it’s been in recent years, but it still lacks an explosive element. Props to the Gators, who rose to No. 14. The Dan Mullen era is off to a nice start.

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