The 2022 college football season is officially in full swing with Week 7 in the books, and the Associated Press is giving us a look at how the competition stacks up.
This week, the Week 8 AP Top 25 poll was officially released.
After a wild weekend, the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs took over the No. 1 spot with 31 first-place votes. The Ohio State Buckeyes sit at No. 2 with 17 first-place votes, followed by the Tennessee Volunteers to round out the top three thanks to their last-second upset of Alabama.
Rounding out the top five is the Michigan Wolverines and Clemson Tigers.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming week in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The Week 8 AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.
POLL ALERT: Tennessee moves up to No. 3 behind Georgia and Ohio State; Alabama slips to No. 6.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 16, 2022
- Georgia (31)
- Ohio State (17)
- Tennessee (17)
- Ole Miss
- Oklahoma State
- Wake Forest
- Penn State
- Kansas State
- North Carolina
- NC State
- Mississippi State
Others receiving votes: Purdue 95, LSU 87, UCF 13, South Carolina 13, Kansas 12, James Madison 6, Oregon State 6, Maryland 5, South Alabama 4, Liberty 2, Arkansas 1, Minnesota 1, Florida State 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 63 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.