College football rankings: Georgia leapfrogs Ohio State for No. 1 amid latest upset atop CBS Sports 131

With multiple top teams in college football suffering losses in Week 10, the updated college football rankings are ready to reset in the final three weeks of the regular season. On CBS Sports 131, our comprehensive rankings of every FBS team that includes a No. 1 change to give us another unique top-three combination and the highest rankings yet for two College Football Playoff contenders.

While Georgia was No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll, the top spot in our rankings was taken by Ohio State. Now that the Bulldogs are coming off their best win yet – and perhaps one of the best wins of the season for any team – following their two-touchdown win against Tennessee, Georgia has moved from No. 3 and straight into No. 1.

It was a situation where the Buckeyes, who beat Northwestern over the weekend in inclement weather, might not have been able to fend off a Georgia surge, regardless of the margin against the Wildcats. But given the closer-than-expected finish in Evanston, Illinois, the decision became easier for our voters to elevate the Bulldogs to No. 1.

Right behind No. 2 Ohio State is where we find the Buckeyes’ main rival. Michigan earned its season-high No. 3 ranking after its win against Rutgers. TCU, which also improved to 9-0 with a win against Texas Tech, similarly reached its season-high ranking in CBS Sports 131 by moving from No. 7 to No. 4.

Of course, all that upheaval at the top was thanks to losses to Tennessee, Clemson and Alabama in Week 10. The Vols suffered the least in terms of ranking response, dropping three sports to No. 5. The Crimson Tide fell four spots to No. 10 , while the Tigers fell out of the top 10 entirely, falling seven spots to No. 12.

LSU was a notable uptick this week after beating Alabama in thrilling fashion, moving from No. 14 to No. 8, but further down the rankings there were much more dramatic changes in terms of moving up and down. For more on these notable week-to-week adjustments, see Mover’s report below the top 25 table.

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports provide polls each week that are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on our rankings page.

1 Georgia 9-0 3
2 Ohio State 9-0 1
3 Michigan 9-0 4
4 TCU 9-0 7
5 Tennessee 8-1 2
6 Oregon 8-1 8
7 USC 8-1 9
8 LSU 7-2 14
9 UCLA 8-1 10
10 Alabama 7-2 6
11 Be Miss 8-1 11
12 Clemson 8-1 5
13 Utah 7-2 13
14 Penn State 7-2 16
15 North Carolina 8-1 17
16 Tulane 8-1 18
17 Texas 6-3 24
18 NC state 7-2 23
19 Freedom 8-1 25
20 Kansas State 6-3 15
21 Illinois 7-2 12
22 Our lady 6-3 34
23 State of Florida 6-3 30
24 Washington 6-3 28
25 UCF 7-2 26

The biggest movers

  • No. 22 Notre Dame (+12): In a week where we’ve seen fewer teams make dramatic moves up than take big drops, the Fighting Irish are represented in one of the few shifts where voters have changed their minds for the better. It was a brutal start to the season, but Marcus Freeman’s group turned it around. Saturday’s dominant win against Clemson makes this team worthy of recognition as one of the best three-loss teams in the country.
  • No. 51 Iowa (+12): All Iowa needs is potentially dangerous wind conditions and the offense will obviously get going. The Hawkeyes traveled to Purdue as underdogs, but grabbed the upper hand early and cruised to an important win for their postseason hopes. Now 5-4, the Hawkeyes need just one win against the trio of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska to be bowl eligible.
  • No. 34 Syracuse (-12): The undefeated start saw the Orange rise to a high spot in CBS Sports 131, but as the losses piled up, there were weekly slumps. The loss to Clemson didn’t hurt Syracuse too badly, but combined with the lopsided loss to Notre Dame and now Saturday’s loss to Pitt, this team has fallen out of the top 30.
  • No. 41 Maryland (-12): Our voters have moved Maryland higher and higher in the rankings over the past few weeks, but they needed a win before they were ready to push the Terps into the top 25 of consideration. That opportunity was there Saturday at Wisconsin, but a 23-10 loss to the Badgers saw them quickly fall out of the top 40.
  • good 49 Arkansas (-14): Liberty’s gain in the standings is also Arkansas’ loss in the standings, as the Razorbacks fell to the Flames at home and saw their stock plummet. Once considered one of the top 20 teams in the country, Arkansas is now 5-4 with two games against top-15 teams remaining on the schedule (LSU, Ole Miss), meaning the postseason could be a pot.
  • No. 55 Purdue (-14): The Boilermakers’ hopes of making the Big Ten West in November took a big hit with a home loss to Iowa on Saturday. A win would put Purdue at 6-3 and flirting with top-30 status, but a loss — both by score and margin — has our voters bumping the Boilermakers out of the top-50.
  • No. 35 Oklahoma State (-16): It’s already a 26-point slump over the last two weeks for the Cowboys, who followed up a loss at Kansas State with a loss against Kansas on Saturday. Injuries have piled up significantly and there is very little margin for error in a Big 12 game with so many competitive teams.

See the rest of CBS Sports 131: Teams Ranked 26-131

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