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Overall Rationale:

Rank Team Reason
1 Georgia Bulldogs Georgia continues to dominate and has good wins over Auburn, Arkansas, and Clemson. 
2 Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa remains undefeated and picked up a huge win over Penn State this weekend. Best wins are over Penn State and Iowa State. Also have a win over Maryland who is 4-2, but has gotten blown out in back to back games against decent teams. 
3 Oklahoma State Cowboys Oklahoma State is 5-0. They have good wins over Baylor (5-1) and Kansas State (3-2). Also have a decent win over Boise state (3-3), which I wouldn't have said anything about but Boise just beat BYU.
4 Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati is undefeated. Best win is over Notre Dame (5-1)
5 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma remains undefeated after a wild come from behind victory over Texas. Best wins are Texas (4-2) and Kansas State (3-2) 
6 Kentucky Wildcats Kentucky is undefeated. Best win is over Florida (4-2). Also have a win over LSU (3-3)
7 Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama dropped a few spots after picking up their first loss of the season to Texas A&M (4-2). They stay high in my rankings thanks to a really nice win over Ole Miss (4-1) and a win over Florida (4-2).
8 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Wake Forest is undefeated. Best win is over Virginia (4-2) 
9 Oregon Ducks Oregon has a surprising loss to Stanford, but also has a very nice win over Ohio State (5-1). Other best win is Fresno State (4-2)
10 Michigan State Spartans Michigan State is undefeated, but they are lacking in quality wins. They could have an undefeated matchup with Michigan at the end of the month that would really give them a solid win. 
11 Michigan Wolverines like MSU, Michigan is undefeated but lacks in wins over quality teams. 
12 Penn State Nittany Lions Penn State is 5-1 after losing to Iowa. They probably would have won had Clifford not gotten hurt, but that happens. Still looking good and have a nice win over Auburn. Huge matchup with Ohio State is looming at the end of the month. 
13 Baylor Bears Baylor is 5-1. Only loss is to undefeated Oklahoma State. Have wins over Kansas State (3-2) and Iowa State (3-2)
14 BYU Cougars Losing to Boise State (3-3) is tough, but BYU has a really nice win over Arizona State (5-1) and another decent win over Utah (3-2)
15 SMU Mustangs SMU is undefeated. Best win is over TCU (3-2).
16 San Diego State Aztecs San Diego State is undefeated. best win is Utah (3-2) Big game coming in a couple weeks against Air Force. 
17 Ole Miss Rebels Ole Miss played in an exciting shootout this weekend and picked up a nice win over Arkansas (4-2). only loss is to Alabama.
18 Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State is 5-1. Loss is to Oregon (5-1). Their best wins are over Maryland (4-2) and Minnesota (3-2). They play Penn State at the end of the month and can get a nice boost up my rankings with a win there. 
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame is 5-1. Their best win is over Virginia Tech (3-2). Only loss is to undefeated Cincinnati.
20 Arizona State Sun Devils Arizona State is 5-1. Their only loss is to BYU. Their best win is UCLA (4-2). Also has a win over Stanford (3-3).
21 NC State Wolfpack NC State is 4-1. They have a loss to Miss St, but have a pretty nice win over Clemson (3-2) 
22 Pittsburgh Panthers Pitt is 4-1. Their best win is Tennessee (4-2)
23 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Undefeated but doesn't really have quality wins. 
24 Arkansas Razorbacks Arkansas is 4-2. They have losses to Georgia and Ole Miss. They also have wins over Texas (4-2) and Texas A&M (4-2)
25 UTSA Roadrunners Undefeated but lacking quality wins. 

Submitted: Mon 11 Oct 2021 04:27