COLLEGE FOOTBALL | Washington Surges into Top 5 for the First Time in Six Years; Air Force Earns First Ranking Since 2019


COLLEGE FOOTBALL | Washington Surges into Top 5 for the First Time in Six Years; Air Force Earns First Ranking Since 2019

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In a stunning turn of events, Washington surged to the No. 5 spot in the latest Associated Press college football poll, marking their highest ranking in six years. This remarkable ascent followed their nail-biting victory against Oregon. Meanwhile, Air Force clinched a ranking for the first time since 2019, showcasing their unbeaten streak.

The top four positions in the nation remained unaltered, with Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and Florida State securing dominant wins on Saturday. Georgia led the pack with 43 first-place votes, followed by Michigan with 16, while Ohio State and Florida State each earned one.

Washington received a commendable two first-place votes, propelling them past both No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 Penn State. This achievement marked the Huskies’ most impressive ranking since their fifth-place position on October 8, 2017. Notably, the last time Washington held such a high ranking this late in the season was in 2016 when they made an appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Oregon, following their narrow defeat against Washington, slipped one place to No. 9, trading positions with No. 8 Texas. North Carolina climbed two spots to a season-high No. 10 after a decisive 41-31 victory over Miami.

Southern California faced their first loss of the season against Notre Dame, causing them to drop eight spots to No. 18. Conversely, the Fighting Irish leaped six positions to secure the No. 15 slot.

Air Force, with an undefeated record, catapulted to No. 22 after a pivotal victory against rival Wyoming. Similarly, Oregon State saw a three-spot rise to No. 12, achieving their highest ranking since holding the seventh spot in 2012.

Alabama maintained their position at No. 11 after a triumph against Arkansas, marking the fifth consecutive week outside of the top 10. This stretch is the longest the Crimson Tide have spent outside the top 10 since 2007, Nick Saban’s inaugural year as coach.

Air Force’s remarkable 6-0 start this season, reminiscent of their 2002 performance, earned them their first AP Top 25 ranking since 2019. Notably, Air Force concluded the 2019 season at 11-2, securing the No. 22 spot nationally.

Other familiar faces making a return to the Top 25 include No. 20 Missouri, No. 23 Tulane, and No. 24 Iowa, all impressing with notable victories.

Teams dropping out of the rankings this week include Washington State, Kansas, Kentucky, and Miami, all suffering their second loss of the season.

Conference breakdown:

  • SEC: 6 teams in the Top 25 (Ranked 1, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20)
  • Pac-12: 6 teams in the Top 25 (Ranked 5, 9, 12, 14, 18, 25)
  • Big Ten: 4 teams in the Top 25 (Ranked 2, 3, 7, 24)
  • ACC: 4 teams in the Top 25 (Ranked 4, 10, 16, 21)
  • Big 12: 2 teams in the Top 25 (Ranked 6, 8)
  • American: 1 team in the Top 25 (Ranked 23)
  • Mountain West: 1 team in the Top 25 (Ranked 22)
  • Independent: 1 team in the Top 25 (Ranked 15)

Upcoming ranked matchups to watch:

  • No. 7 Penn State at No. 3 Ohio State: Marking the seventh consecutive meeting with both teams ranked.
  • No. 17 Tennessee at No. 11 Alabama: Continuing the tradition of consecutive seasons with both teams ranked in the Third Saturday in October rivalry, a feat not seen since 1995-96.
  • No. 16 Duke at No. 4 Florida State: Only the third time these teams have met with both being ranked; the Seminoles have dominated in previous encounters.
  • No. 14 Utah at No. 18 USC: The third consecutive meeting with both teams ranked, following the Utes’ victories in both encounters last year for the Pac-12 title.
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Air Force Triumphs Over Wyoming in NCAA College Football Showdown on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at Air Force Academy, Colorado. (Captured by Parker Seibold/The Gazette via AP)

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In this snapshot from Saturday, October 14, 2023, in Seattle, Washington coach Kalen DeBoer extends a warm greeting to defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele following the team’s victorious clash against Oregon in an NCAA college football game. (Photograph by Lindsey Wasson, AP)

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In an NCAA college football game at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, October 14, 2023, Air Force running back John Lee Eldridge III (24) successfully scores a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half. (Photograph by Parker Seibold, The Gazette via AP)


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