AP Top 25 College Football Rankings 2021: Week 7 AP Poll

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The 2021 college football season rolled on this weekend, and the Associated Press is giving us a look at how the competition stacks up. This weekend, the Week 7 AP Top 25 poll was officially released. After plenty of top 10 upsets, there were a number of shakeups in this week’s rankings.

Alabama fell from the No. 1 spot for the first time in ages, thanks to an incredible upset from the Texas A&M Aggies. It marked the first time since 2007 that the Crimson Tide lost to an unranked team as the top team in the nation.

With Alabama’s loss, the Georgia Bulldogs jumped into the top spot.

No. 4 Penn State, No. 10 BYU, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 18 Auburn, and No. 21 Texas also suffered losses over the weekend.

Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming season in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?

The Week 7 AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.

  1. Georgia (62)
  2. Iowa
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Alabama
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Michigan
  9. Oregon
  10. Michigan State
  11. Kentucky
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Wake Forest
  17. Arkansas
  18. Arizona State
  19. BYU
  20. Florida
  21. Texas A&M
  22. North Carolina State
  23. SMU
  24. San Diego State
  25. Texas

Others receiving votes: Auburn 106, Clemson 63, Baylor 62, UTSA 22, Mississippi State 7, Kansas State 3, Air Force 2, Appalachian State 2, Pittsburgh 1

The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.

Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.

The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.

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