College football rankings: Georgia overtakes Alabama for No. 2, Washington continues to fall in CBS Sports 131
Week 6 results in college football didn’t shake up the landscape at the top of the standings, but Texas A&M’s latest end zone shot against Alabama showed just how thin the margin can be, even for the best teams in the sport. That narrow 24-20 win over the Aggies allowed Alabama to be blown up by Georgia in this week’s edition of CBS Sports 131, our complete ranking of every FBS team as voted on by CBS Sports pundits. and 247Sports.
The Bulldogs have regained some voter confidence that was lost in an upset scare in Missouri. A 42-10 victory over Auburn closed the gap between the defending national champions and Ohio State, which took first place for the first time last week and remains there after a 49-20 victory over Michigan State in the week 6.
The fact that these three teams are under the harshest microscope of our voters is best represented by the fact that this is the sixth different state combination of Ohio, Alabama and Georgia in the 1, 2, 3 places of the CBS Sports 131 in seven 2022 editions of the ranking. There was unanimous agreement that these teams are the top tier of the sport, but each week brings new evidence to consider when stacking them against each other.
Outside the top 10 this week, Mississippi State climbed seven spots to No. 14 after its second straight double-digit victory over a division opponent, following an 18-point win over Texas A&M with a 23-point win. points against Arkansas. Next up for the Bulldogs is a road trip to Kentucky, which fell 20 spots in our rankings to 36th after a loss to South Carolina.
Illinois, Texas, James Madison and North Carolina all jumped at least a dozen spots to crack the top 25 after conference wins in Week 6, occupying the real estate rankings available thanks to the losses of BYU, LSU and Florida State. All that turnover among one- and two-loss teams also provided a soft landing spot for Utah, which fell 11 spots to No. 24 after losing at UCLA.
For more on the most notable weekly changes to CBS Sports 131, check out the mover’s report below the top 25 chart.
College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on our ranking page.
The biggest movers
- No. 25 North Carolina (+19): A road win in Miami positioned the Tar Heels as ACC Coastal favorites, and a 5-1 profile with the lone loss at Notre Dame will be considered top 30 in almost any season at this point in the game. ‘year. Drake Maye continues to look like one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC, and for the first time since the start of last season, this program has met conference championship expectations.
- No. 20 Illinois (+15): Speaking of conference title runs, Bret Bielema-era sophomore is off to a fantastic start that includes positioning the Fighting Illini in the heart of the Big Ten West race. Back-to-back wins over Wisconsin and Iowa have Illinois 5-1 with Minnesota coming to Champaign this weekend in one of the biggest home games in years for this program.
- No. 21 Texas (+13): The return of Quinn Ewers and a 49-0 thrashing from rival Oklahoma forces everyone to readjust the Longhorns cap in 2022. With the quarterback healthy, this could be the best team in the Big 12, but with a Conference defeat already there will be a slim margin for error as Texas strives to prove that status on the court in the second half of the season.
- No. 23 James Madison (+13): Still undefeated after a win over Arkansas State, JMU continued to operate with high levels of efficiency on both sides of the ball and demand attention with their success. There are big tests ahead with Sun Belt games against Georgia Southern and Marshall, but there’s a tremendous opportunity to make a national statement with a road trip to Louisville in early November.
- No. 24 Utah (-11): Although the Utes continued to battle in a back-and-forth with UCLA, this was a game where the defending Pac-12 champions constantly chased and never really controlled. Things may improve with a win over USC, but even confidence in that outcome is somewhat shaken by Saturday’s loss.
- No. 32 BYU (-13): Speaking of regaining any confidence that could be shaken, BYU can do that with a win over Arkansas in Week 7. If not, another drop in the standings is certain as the strength of the schedule and the value of that overtime win against Baylor begins to fade throughout the season.
- No. 37 LSU (-14): Losing to one of the best teams in the country doesn’t always result in a dramatic adjustment in the standings, but LSU looked out of place and uncompetitive against Tennessee at home. The Vols were only three-point favorites and won by 27, which raises real questions about the strength of Brian Kelly’s team when judged against other one-loss and two-point teams. defeats.
- No. 40 Washington (-14): That’s now down 28 points over a two-week window, as losses to UCLA and now Arizona State have changed how we view the Huskies on the national landscape. The fact that Michigan State continued to lose also hurts what was previously considered Washington’s best win, so this could be a team that will operate out of the top 30 for a few weeks until that she can bolster the resume with more conference. won.
- No. 36 Kentucky (-20): The Wildcats remained ranked in the AP Top 25 and coaches poll, but our voters weren’t willing to mulligan that much for Will Levis’ injury and the impact it had on the loss to Carolina. from South.
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