Michigan moved up to No. 2 in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings, joining Georgia, Alabama and Cincinnati in the top four heading into conference championship weekend.
If Georgia can beat Alabama in the SEC title game next weekend and make a run through the playoff, it could break Alabama’s record for consecutive weeks as a unanimous No 1 team.
Jim Harbaugh has always been a good coach. Now he's a good coach who has finally beaten Ohio State.
A team from outside the Power Five conferences has never been selected for the semifinals in the previous seven years of the College Football Playoff.
For the first time in 2021 all the teams that were ranked in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank last week stayed ranked this week.
In a college football season that has been dotted with upsets and surprises, the most talented teams are rising to the top.
Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State held their places in the College Football Playoff ranking Tuesday, with Cincinnati still sitting at fifth.
Reality Check could see this coming for a while, but would have preferred to make Alabama earn the ranking more than taking it from the Bearcats for not winning pretty enough.
The number of unbeaten teams in major college football dropped to three after Oklahoma was manhandled by No. 18 Baylor, giving a boost to Cincinnati's hopes for the College Football Playoff.
No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Cincinnati all moved up one spot behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama in the second College Football Playoff rankings.
Associated Press college football poll voters are grappling with how to handle head-to-head results in a season that has been filled with twists and turns.
Usually the teams that most surprisingly reach November in College Football Playoff contention don't stay that way. That was the case Saturday for Michigan State and Wake Forest.
Unbeaten Cincinnati is going to need some help to make history as the first team from outside the Power Five conferences to reach college football's final four.
AP voters have generally treated G5 teams better than the College Football Playoff selection committee, especially the highest ranked team from outside the Power Five.
After No. 8 Michigan State came from 16 down in the second half to beat No. 6 Michigan, the numbers that define Jim Harbaugh's seven seasons at his alma mater are this: 3-9 against the Wolverines' two biggest rivals and 2-13 against top-10 opponents.
There are currently 13 unranked teams that started the season ranked, including Wisconsin, which started at preseason No. 12.
No. 2 Cincinnati, heading to the Big 12 at some point, and No. 3 Oklahoma, leaving the Big 12 at some point, remained undefeated Saturday, though neither was at its best.
Cincinnati sits at No. 2 in the latest Top 25, right behind top-ranked Georgia and ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Ohio State.
Florida coach Dan Mullen had a lot of explaining to do Saturday after the 20th-ranked Gators lost to LSU and last week's coach-in-big-trouble Ed Orgeron.
Before Georgia took over the top spot in the AP poll on Sunday, Alabama (63 times), Clemson (23), Ohio State (10) and LSU (eight) were the only teams to reach No. 1 since 2015.
The last time the No. 1 team in the country lost to an unranked team was 2008, and the last time Alabama lost to an unranked team was 2007. Texas A&M snapped both those streaks Saturday and brought true chaos to this college football season.
With five Big Ten teams ranked among the top 11, the Big Ten is set up to be the most interesting conference in the country over the final two months of the season.
On another college football Saturday sprinkled with surprises, including three top-15 teams losing to unranked opponents, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs left no doubt about who are the two best teams in the country.
A month into the season, 12 teams that were ranked in the preseason are unranked, including two preseason top 10s, and a total of 38 teams have spent at least one week in The Associated Press Top 25.
The six-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Tigers have lost two games in September for the first time since 2014, the last time they failed to win the league and go to the College Football Playoff.