AP Top 25 Is Out: Where Is Georgia? Where Would Georgia Be If The CFP Rankings Were Out?

AP Top 25 Is Out: Where Is Georgia? Where Would Georgia Be If The CFP Rankings Were Out?

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AP Top 25 Is Out: Where Is Georgia? Where Would Georgia Be If The CFP Rankings Were Out?


Week three of the college football season saw the first major upset of the 2018 season, along with some great games throughout the day on Saturday.

Before we get to the rankings, let’s run through a quick week-three recap.

Week 3 recap

No. 1 Alabama rolled to a huge victory over Ole Miss.

No. 2 Clemson looked weak at points but ultimately beat Georgia Southern 38-7.

No. 3 Georgia looked sloppy and sluggish early on, but big offensive plays and a stout defensive performance led Georgia to a 49-7 win over MTSU.

No. 4 Ohio State deserves some credit for going to Texas and beating the No. 15 ranked TCU in a fun game.

No. 5 Oklahoma did not look like the fifth best team in the country, beating Iowa State by only ten points.

No. 6 Wisconsin suffered college football’s first major upset of the season, losing to BYU 24-21.

No. 7 Auburn lost at home to No. 12 LSU 22-21 in a thrilling game. LSU deserves to be a top 5 team, having two top-10 wins in the first three weeks of the season.

No. 8 Notre Dame struggled against Vanderbilt, in a game the Commodores really should have won. 22-17, Notre Dame.

No. 9 Stanford beat UC Davis of the FCS 30-10.

No. 10 Washington beat Utah in a Pac-12 after dark game.

The rankings

There was some major shifting in the top 10 of this week’s AP rankings.

Alabama stayed at No. 1, Georgia moved to No. 2, LSU jumped to No. 6, Auburn fell to No. 9 and Wisconsin to No. 18.

The AP rankings are as follows..

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Stanford
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Auburn
  10. Washington
  11. Penn State
  12. West Virginia
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Mississippi State
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. UCF
  17. TCU
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan
  20. Oregon
  21. Miami
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Boston College
  24. Michigan State
  25. BYU

What would it look like if the CFP Rankings were out?

Since the AP Top 25 really does not matter anyway, as the College Football Playoff rankings come out later in the season, let’s try and imagine what the rankings would look like if the CFP did release its poll for this week.

CFP takes strength of schedule into consideration a whole lot more than the AP does. With that said, LSU should be ranked No. 1.

What argument can be made against the Tigers? They have two wins against top-10 teams in the first three weeks of the season. Alabama or Georgia may be the best team in the country, but they have not beaten the caliber of opponents that LSU has.

As for Clemson, it was time to drop the Tigers, as the AP did. They are 3-0, but a close win over the then unranked Texas A&M and an underwhelming performance against Georgia Southern just is not selling them to me. Dabo Swinney’s team is definitely worthy of a top-five spot, but I’d say even No. 3 is too high.

Georgia at No. 2 is fine. The Dawgs have a good win at South Carolina and two wins over cupcake teams. No. 2 is a pretty spot to be in, and the fact that Georgia fans want to be ranked No. 1 shows just how far we’ve come.

Ohio State had a real argument for overtaking UGA at No. 2, especially after a win over TCU. But AP did not even have them jump Clemson.

Here’s what we predict the CFP Playoff top-10 would look like:

  1. LSU
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Clemson
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Stanford
  8. Penn State
  9. Auburn
  10. Notre Dame

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