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Overall Rationale:

Rank Team Reason
1 Georgia Bulldogs td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}A dominating win over Auburn and Alabama's loss to an unranked team launches Georgia into the number 1 spot
2 Cincinnati Bearcats td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Cincinnati looked like a top 5 team against Temple. UCF is up next for Cincinnati, but it doesn't look like the schedule strengthening game that it should have been
3 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma may have found their new QB1 during a high scoring massive comeback against Texas.
4 Iowa Hawkeyes td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Would Iowa have won against Penn State if Penn State's QB1 stayed healthy in the game? Perhaps not, but Iowa still looked like a great team
5 Michigan Wolverines td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Michigan probably didn't think Nebraska would be a tougher game this season, but they squeaked bye with a 3 point win against the cornhuskers. The wolverines get a bye week before facing Northwestern. Michigan is likely to be undefeated going into the game against Michigan State
6 Michigan State Spartans td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Michigan State handled Rutgers easily and get a bye week before playing Indiana. If they win that, they will be undefeated going into the game against Michigan
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Oklahoma State win the bye week and move up a spot
8 Kentucky Wildcats td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}6-0 Kentucky? Who predicted that?
9 Ohio State Buckeyes td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Ohio State looked like an elite team in their massive win over Maryland. They look like they have fixed mistakes that led to their loss against Oregon earlier in the season
10 Penn State Nittany Lions td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Penn State looked like they were the better team in the game against Iowa, until QB1 got injured and the backup didn't look ready at all
11 Florida Gators td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Florida shut out Vanderbilt. LSU and Georgia are next on the schedule
12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Notre Dame won in the last minute against Virginia Tech. After Alabama's loss, Notre Dame now have the longest active streak of wins against unranked teams
13 Texas A&M Aggies td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}One of Nick Saban's former assistants finally took him down. Multiple records were broken in the win over Bama
14 Alabama Crimson Tide td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}This was Alabama's first loss to an unranked team since 2007. Ouch
15 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Coastal Carolina destroyed Arkansas State. They have a bye week before playing in Boone
16 SMU Mustangs td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}SMU scratched out a win against Navy. Cincinnati fans must be hoping SMU keeps winning so they can face another ranked opponent this season
17 Wake Forest Demon Deacons td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Despite the 6-0 record, Wake Forest don't look like an elite team. They struggled to win against Syracuse and it took OT to do it
18 Arizona State Sun Devils td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Arizona State now look like the team to beat in the Pac 12, especially after several of Oregon's top players are out for the season
19 Texas Longhorns td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Texas played Oklahoma to the wire. They had a 21 point lead at one point, but gave it up after Oklahoma switched out their QBs
20 NC State Wolfpack td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}NC State wins the bye week!
21 Oregon Ducks td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Oregon can't stay injury free. With several top players out, will they be able to stay a 1-loss team?
22 UTSA Roadrunners td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Meep meep. The roadrunners are bowl eligible!
23 Clemson Tigers td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}Clemson moves up 1 spot during the bye week
24 Appalachian State Mountaineers Appalachian State moves up 1 spot during the bye week
25 San Diego State Aztecs td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}SDSU are the remaining undefeated team in the Mountain West conference

Submitted: Sun 10 Oct 2021 14:26