AP Top 25 College Football Rankings 2023: Week 2 AP Poll

Athens, Georgia, United States: November 26, 2017: Crowd passes under Sanford Stadium Sign on Game Day


The 2023 college football season is officially in full swing following an eventful Week 1, and the Associated Press is giving us a look at how the competition stacks up with one game in the books.

On Tuesday, September 5, the Week 2 AP Top 25 poll was officially announced.

As expected, the top two teams in the country remain unchanged with the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan Wolverines holding on to the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings, respectively.

Florida State, meanwhile, jumped into the top five after a dominant win over LSU, which crashed 9 spots out of the top 5 to No. 14. Clemson, which was also on the wrong end of an upset, plummeted 16 spots to No. 25.

Teams that benefitted from big wins in their season openers were the Duke Blue Devils and Colorado Buffaloes, who made their entry into the top 25.

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

The latest AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.

  1. Georgia (58)
  2. Michigan (2)
  3. Alabama
  4. Florida State (3)
  5. Ohio State
  6. USC
  7. Penn State
  8. Washington
  9. Tennessee
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Texas
  12. Utah
  13. Oregon
  14. LSU
  15. Kansas State
  16. Oregon State
  17. North Carolina
  18. Oklahoma
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Ole Miss
  21. Duke
  22. Colorado
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Tulane
  25. Clemson

Others receiving votes: Iowa 73, UCLA 55, Arkansas 28, TCU 27, Kentucky 15, Pittsburgh 8, Mississippi St. 5, Miami 4, NC State 4, Auburn 3, Troy 3, Fresno St. 3, Minnesota 3, Wyoming 3, Iowa St. 2, Texas St. 2, Texas Tech 1, Louisville 1, Washington St. 1, Illinois 1, Houston 1, UCF 1, James Madison 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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