The brand new AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and whereas there’s not a lot motion on the prime, one new crew (North Carolina) joins the social gathering. Here is what’s subsequent for every ranked crew.
No. 1 Alabama (7-0)
It has been some time since Alabama has been examined. It’s important to return greater than a month to Oct. 17 towards a then-third-ranked Georgia, and the Crimson Tide ended up working away with that one within the second half. However will the machine that’s Mac Jones, Najee Harris, DeVonta Smith & Co. preserve rolling when it faces its greatest remaining regular-season problem towards No. 22 Auburn on Saturday? The Tigers received the most effective of that battle final season, selecting off Jones twice and profitable a 48-45 shootout. Alabama’s protection has proven some vulnerability this season and can be put to the take a look at by Auburn and its trio of quarterback Bo Nix, working again Tank Bigsby and wideout Seth Williams. — Alex Scarborough
No. 2 Notre Dame (8-0)
The Combating Irish had an open date this week and stay in good condition to make the School Soccer Playoff if they will win their remaining three ACC regular-season video games. Even a loss, particularly if it is shut, in a rematch with Clemson within the ACC championship recreation would preserve Notre Dame squarely within the playoff image. The Irish have been lots explosive offensively this season and have scored greater than 40 factors in 5 of their eight video games. — Chris Low
No. 3 Ohio State (4-0)
The Buckeyes dealt with every little thing that Indiana may throw at them and can go into this week making an attempt to enhance a protection that gave up just a few too many huge performs. Even when Ohio State wasn’t at its greatest, it seemed like probably the greatest groups within the nation. Search for Justin Fields to shake off his three interceptions towards the Combating Illini protection this week, and a protection nearer to the one which confirmed depth on its first drive towards Indiana. — Harry Lyles Jr.
No. 4 Clemson (7-1)
Clemson may have had two weeks off, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence three weeks off, earlier than it faces Pitt on Saturday. The Tigers needed to play Florida State this previous weekend regardless of having a participant who traveled with the crew to Tallahassee take a look at optimistic for coronavirus, however the Seminoles pushed again and the teams could not agree to play. Lawrence has been off since Oct. 31 after a optimistic coronavirus take a look at, and the final time Clemson performed was in a loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 7. –– Andrea Adelson
No. 5 Texas A&M (5-1)
After two weeks of virus-related postponements, the Aggies look to return to motion this week towards LSU. Issues nonetheless look promising for Texas A&M — they’re nonetheless a top-10 crew with a top-10 win on the schedule and a shot to win out. In the event that they try this — assuming they’re capable of make up their postponed video games — they will have a stable case as a possible playoff crew. –Sam Khan Jr.
No. 6 Florida (6-1)
Dan Mullen referred to as the Gators’ win over Vanderbilt “ho-hum” after they began slowly on offense and had extra defensive breakdowns. There’s lots to right going into subsequent Saturday’s residence recreation towards Kentucky, and one of many areas must be tackling, which was an issue. The opposite is the kind of defensive rotation Florida needs to make use of. Mullen mentioned he requested defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to roll extra gamers by means of towards Vanderbilt, and that would imply seeing extra younger gamers tackle larger roles. — Adelson
No. 7 Cincinnati (8-0)
After grinding out a 36-33 win, Cincinnati is one step nearer to an ideal common season. Desmond Ridder retains making issues occur each by means of the air and on the bottom, and hasn’t proven indicators of slowing down. At this charge, it is simple to stay up for the Bearcats’ Dec. 12 recreation towards Tulsa, however a visit to Temple comes first. After all, the potential of scheduling one other recreation nonetheless looms as they attempt to make the very best playoff case. — Lyles Jr.
No. 8 BYU (9-0)
Nothing new was discovered as BYU cruised to a simple win as a 50-point favourite towards FCS foe North Alabama, and with just one recreation left, towards San Diego State on Dec. 12, it stays a heavy favourite to complete the season undefeated. With a win towards San Diego State, BYU is a shoo-in for a New Yr’s Six bowl berth, and it is value questioning, going into the primary playoff rankings, the way it will think about to the playoff race. If the Cougars can line up, and beat, a top quality opponent, it could assist their playoff résumé, however a loss may value them a spot within the New Yr’s Six. — Kyle Bonagura
No. 9 Oregon (3-0)
The Geese seem like the most effective crew within the Pac-12, however when it comes to the playoff, they had been already combating an uphill battle with a restricted schedule. It at all times figured to take a singular set of circumstances plus a number of dominant showings from the Geese to push them into the highest 4. Whereas they cannot be dominated out, they should present higher over the ultimate month to have a legit case for inclusion. — Bonagura
No. 10 Miami (7-1)
The Hurricanes didn’t play this weekend and won’t play subsequent weekend after coronavirus points pressured this system to maneuver their video games and pause observe. Miami is ready to do socially distanced exercises for now. Coach Manny Diaz additionally examined optimistic and is at the moment in isolation, so there may be not a lot the Hurricanes can do till they’re given clearance to observe once more. Their subsequent recreation is scheduled towards Wake Forest on Dec. 5. — Adelson
No. 11 Northwestern (5-0)
The Wildcats have united over their #disrespect by being in comparison with a tv persona, and the Fighting Rece Davises are sitting fairly within the Massive Ten race. After a 17-7 win over No. 10 Wisconsin, they’re 5-0 within the convention for the primary time since 1996, when coach Pat Fitzgerald was a senior linebacker, and FPI offers the Cats a 96% probability to make the title recreation. Up subsequent: 1-3 Michigan State, which is coming off losses to Iowa and Indiana by a mixed rating of 73-7. — Wilson
No. 12 Indiana (4-1)
In case you scoffed at Indiana’s No. 9 rating final week, you discovered that it wasn’t a fluke given the battle the Hoosiers put up towards Ohio State. Michael Penix Jr. and Ty Fryfogle had been an explosive mixture towards a Buckeyes protection stuffed with future NFL gamers, and we’ll see how they observe up that efficiency towards a Maryland crew that hasn’t performed since Nov. 7. — Harry Lyles Jr.
No. 13 Georgia (5-2)
The excellent news is that coach Kirby Good has discovered his quarterback. JT Daniels proved towards Mississippi State that he is Georgia’s best choice on the place. His arm is solely on one other stage than that of Stetson Bennett and D’Wan Mathis. The unhealthy information is that this discovery could be too little, too late. With two losses and video games towards South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Missouri remaining, there’s not a lot alternative to realize floor. Florida, which has just one loss and already beat Georgia head-to-head, must completely implode to let the Bulldogs again within the race. — Scarborough
No. 14 Oklahoma (6-2)
Oklahoma has discovered its groove previously 4 video games, outscoring opponents by a mean of 50-16. The latter is the extra shocking of these two numbers. Oklahoma State managed solely 246 yards and 13 factors on Saturday night time in Norman; because the Sooners have grown more healthy and deeper, their manufacturing has improved dramatically. OU is as soon as once more well-positioned to each attain the Massive 12 title recreation and win its sixth straight convention title. — Invoice Connelly
No. 15 Iowa State (6-2)
For the second time in three years, Iowa State has ripped off a string of six convention wins in seven video games. After they did it in 2018, a loss to Texas stored Matt Campbell’s Cyclones out of the convention title recreation. Subsequent week in Austin, they get to attempt to proper 2018’s unsuitable. They sit alone atop the convention standings, they’re coming off of their most full efficiency of the yr, and a win at Texas would clinch a spot within the Massive 12 championship. — Connelly
No. 16 Coastal Carolina (8-0)
The Chanticleers made historical past with their first-ever win over Appalachian State, the defending Solar Belt champions, after six straight losses. Not solely did they recover from the hump, at 8-0 they’re off to the most effective begin by a crew in convention historical past and all however locked up a spot within the convention title recreation. Coastal may have an opportunity to maintain it going with a visit to 2-9 Texas State, which is coming off a 47-45 win over Arkansas State. — Wilson
No. 17 Marshall (7-0)
The Thundering Herd may have an additional week for the vacation after the postponement of Saturday’s recreation towards Charlotte. They are not scheduled to play once more till Dec. 5 towards Rice (1-2), which is coming off a 27-17 loss to North Texas. At 7-0 and 4-0 in Convention USA, Marshall is the one unbeaten crew within the league and has already crushed Florida Atlantic, which is second at 5-1. — Wilson
No. 18 Wisconsin (2-1)
Graham Mertz performed past his years within the first two video games, finishing 74% of his passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. However towards Northwestern, he seemed the a part of a redshirt freshman with 4 turnovers because the Badgers had been stymied. The excellent news: Freshman Jalen Berger averaged 6.2 yards per carry and seemed able to carrying the load. Minnesota, up subsequent, has struggled towards the run this yr, permitting 216 yards per recreation and a mean of 6.8 yards per carry. — Dave Wilson
No. 19 USC (3-0)
At 3-0, USC is in an enviable place in comparison with many of the Pac-12, however it has but to place collectively an entire, convincing efficiency. The Trojans will host Colorado (2-0) on Saturday following the Buffaloes’ cancellation this week with an opportunity to take full management of the division. It is going to be the primary time this yr USC can be enjoying towards a crew not making its season debut. — Bonagura
No. 20 Texas (5-2)
The Longhorns’ recreation over the weekend was postponed due to virus and harm points with their scheduled opponent, Kansas, however Texas’ consideration now turns to its greatest recreation of the season: vs. Massive 12 chief Iowa State. If the Longhorns nonetheless hope to discover a manner into the Massive 12 championship recreation, they need to win each recreation remaining. That begins with the hardest one of many three left on the slate, because the Cyclones look spectacular coming off their blowout win of Kansas State. — Sam Khan Jr.
No. 21 Oklahoma State (5-2)
OSU’s Massive 12 title odds are lengthy after a Bedlam loss to Oklahoma, however the Cowboys can be favored in every of their final three video games and will fulfill many of the hype rendered to them within the offseason. The important thing: a wholesome backfield, or one thing near it. Quarterback Spencer Sanders and working again Chuba Hubbard have struggled with accidents all season, and OSU’s offense has wobbled. There’s nonetheless time to seek out some stability (and hope for a break within the convention title race). — Invoice Connelly
No. 22 Auburn (5-2)
It is pivotal that Tank Bigsby (hip) will get wholesome in time for Saturday’s Iron Bowl towards No. 1 Alabama. He is Auburn’s most explosive working again, and the offense would not operate the identical with out him. With that mentioned, coach Gus Malzahn has to love the place his offense stands after wins towards LSU and Tennessee. The road has quietly improved, and quarterback Bo Nix is doing a greater job of taking good care of the soccer and staying within the pocket. If Auburn can play balanced soccer, it is going to be capable of give Alabama maybe its most troublesome take a look at of the common season. — Scarborough
No. 23 Louisiana (7-1)
The Ragin’ Cajuns needed to sit out this weekend due to COVID-19 points throughout the program, forcing a cancellation of their contest with Central Arkansas. (Three days later, head coach Billy Napier examined optimistic.) The crew hopes to have the ability to return to the sphere this week; it has two video games left — this week at Louisiana-Monroe and the regular-season finale vs. Appalachian State. The Cajuns have already got the Solar Belt West Division and a spot within the Solar Belt title recreation wrapped up; they will hope to complete out the common season robust. –Sam Khan Jr.
No. 24 Tulsa (5-1)
Is it sustainable to depend on repeatedly profitable tight, dramatic video games? In all probability not. However Tulsa has gained 5 video games in a row, 4 by one rating, and can stay within the rankings one other week because of a dramatic Thursday night time comeback victory over Tulane. It was pushed by third-string quarterback Davis Brin, and we’ll see what the Golden Hurricane’s QB two-deep appears like every week from now, however for now, let’s proceed to bask within the glory of a 5-1 Tulsa and the promise of endless late-game drama. — Invoice Connelly
No. 25 North Carolina (6-2)
North Carolina: After an open date, the Tar Heels return to face their greatest problem of the season, at residence towards No. 2 Notre Dame the day after Thanksgiving. We all know how explosive each offenses might be, however the query is whether or not the North Carolina protection can restrict the massive performs towards the Irish. North Carolina must play exceptionally effectively in its entrance seven with a view to stress Ian E-book, restrict his scrambles and include the Irish working recreation. — Adelson