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 9 AP Top 25 poll was officially released. After two more upsets in the top 10 (Penn State and Oklahoma State), there were a number of shakeups in this week’s rankings.
One thing that did not change, however, was the Georgia Bulldogs hanging on to the No. 1 spot.
No. 2 Cincinnati also stayed put, while the Alabama Crimson Tide leapfrogged the Oklahoma Sooners for No. 3. Ohio State rounds out the top five.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming season in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The Week 9 AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.
- Georgio (63)
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Wake Forest
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- Penn State
- San Diego State
- Iowa State
- Coastal Carolina
Others receiving votes: Arkansas 36, Louisiana-Lafayette 32, North Carolina State 28, Houston 12, Virginia 9, Oregon State 7, Arizona State 7, Texas 6, Appalachian State 5, Florida 3, Minnesota 1, UCLA 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.