With a trio of top 10 showdowns, this was one of the most exciting college football weekends in recent memory.
Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen’s Washington squad dominated Stanford en route to a 44-6 statement win in Seattle on Friday night. Then on Saturday, Michigan and Clemson were both helped by homefield advantage in their narrow wins against Wisconsin and Louisville, respectively.
Consequently, in this week’s AP rankings Clemson moved up to #3, Michigan stood pat at #4 and Washington vaulted five spots to #5. Louisville only dropped to #7 in the rankings, Wisconsin slid to #11 and Stanford plunged eight spots to #15,
Alabama and Ohio State stayed in the top two positions after cruising to victories against Kentucky and Rutgers, respectively.
A lengthy list of teams that were unranked a week ago made the leap into the top 25: North Carolina is ranked #17, Oklahoma is slated at #20, Colorado entered at #21, West Virginia is #22 and Virginia Tech earned the #25 position.
Michigan State, San Diego State, TCU, Texas and Georgia all were dropped from the rankings after losses on Saturday.
Florida State had the biggest drop of the weekend after losing to the aforementioned North Carolina Tar Heels. The Seminoles fell 11 spots from #12 to #23.
AP Top 25 Rankings
Dropped from rankings: Michigan State 17, San Diego State 19, TCU 21, Texas 22, Georgia 25
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan 76, UCLA 56, LSU 49, North Dakota State 46, Auburn 46, Georgia 42, Oklahoma State 41, TCU 26, Maryland 23, Air Force 17, San Diego State 10, Michigan State 7, South Florida 6, Arizona State 4, California 3, Indiana 3, Texas 1