Michigan secures the top spot in college football rankings, narrowly surpassing Georgia, while Louisville rises in the CBS Sports 133.


Michigan secures the top spot in college football rankings, narrowly surpassing Georgia, while Louisville rises in the CBS Sports 133.

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In our updated rankings, the Wolverines narrowly surpassed the two-time reigning national champion Bulldogs by a single voting point.

In our updated college football rankings, Michigan has overtaken Georgia to claim the coveted No. 1 position. This change was not solely a reaction to the Week 6 results, which featured an impressive performance by the Bulldogs, particularly quarterback Carson Beck. Rather, it is the culmination of a series of shifts in the top five over the past few weeks.

Two weeks ago, for the first time this season, Georgia no longer dominated the first-place votes, as four different teams vied for the top spot. Last week, we witnessed a shuffle in the top six positions, including Michigan’s ascent to the No. 2 spot. Now, after a commanding 52-10 victory against Minnesota, the Wolverines have seized the No. 1 ranking. This development, while striking on the surface, reflects the ongoing volatility in the world of college football rankings.

Georgia, naturally, continues to enjoy a strong position, firmly holding the No. 2 spot in our rankings. Following closely are Florida State, Ohio State, and Washington, making up the rest of the top five. Notably, Oklahoma has made a significant move within the rankings, climbing an impressive five spots to secure the No. 6 position after their thrilling last-minute victory in the Red River Rivalry against Texas. Conversely, the Longhorns dropped six places to No. 9 following their first loss of the season.

Louisville stands out as the most significant climber within the top 25, soaring to No. 13 after achieving a flawless 6-0 record, notably defeating Notre Dame over the weekend. It took our voters a couple of weeks to fully embrace Jeff Brohm’s unbeaten start, but the Cardinals have made an incredible leap, advancing 15 positions in the rankings due to their road win against NC State and their victory over the Fighting Irish. Despite the loss, Notre Dame still holds a place just inside the top 20, slipping nine spots to No. 19. For a more detailed look at the notable week-to-week changes, not only within the top 25 but across the entire CBS Sports 133, please refer to the Mover’s Report located below the top 25 table.

Our rankings are the result of contributions from college football experts at CBS Sports and 247Sports, with their individual ballots being averaged to create our rankings. You can find the top 25 below, and rankings from 26 to 133 on our rankings page.

3Florida State5-05
4Ohio State5-04
8Penn State5-08
11North Carolina5-014
15Ole Miss5-115
16Oregon State5-119
18Washington State4-113
19Notre Dame5-210
24Air Force5-032
Keytron Jordan, CBS Sports

Biggest movers 

No. 55 Georgia Tech (+21): A clear case of rankings turbulence – our panel dropped the Yellow Jackets by a significant 22 spots last week following their loss to Bowling Green. However, after their surprising victory against Miami on Saturday, they’ve returned almost exactly to their previous ranking. Credit is due for seizing the opportunity, effectively erasing the previous week’s damage to their rankings profile caused by the loss to a MAC opponent.

No. 33 Wyoming (+13): Sporting a 5-1 record with a notable win against Texas Tech and a lone defeat at the hands of Texas, Wyoming presents one of the stronger Group of Five profiles in the nation as we delve into conference play. While few initially considered Wyoming a contender for the New Year’s Six, if they can maintain their winning streak in the Mountain West, this could be a remarkable season for Craig Bohl and his team in Laramie, Wyoming.

No. 13 Louisville (+10): The emphatic win over Notre Dame served as a validation moment for the Cardinals. They now have a genuine opportunity to assemble their most successful campaign since Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2016. Notably, Louisville’s regular season schedule lacks matchups against Florida State, North Carolina, or Clemson, positioning them as favorites in most of their remaining games.

No. 17 UCLA (+10): Despite five-star freshman quarterback Dante Moore’s ongoing adaptation to the offense, the Bruins continue to thrive, largely thanks to their defensive front, which has made significant strides since the previous season. Holding Cam Ward and the Washington State offense to under 20 points is no small feat. The strong defense now offers the potential to create similar problems for other Pac-12 title contenders.

No. 35 Fresno State (-10): Shifting Wyoming up from outside the top 40 meant penalizing Fresno State for their loss to a team previously ranked below the top 40. While the Bulldogs have secured two wins against power conference opponents during their 5-1 start, voter respect for head-to-head results necessitated adjustments after this particular loss.

No. 40 Kansas State (-12): Despite a 3-2 record with just one conference loss, the Wildcats were penalized for their underwhelming performance as 12-point favorites in a loss to Oklahoma State. Falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, they couldn’t bridge the gap, and the nine-point margin reflected the wire-to-wire win for Mike Gundy’s squad.

No. 28 Miami (-13): Since these rankings are subjective, it’s no surprise that the bad loss itself – at home to a Georgia Tech team with a sub-.500 record – is hard to ignore. Even undefeated teams don’t usually drop this far after their first loss, but all things considered, this might be one of the most shocking losses of the entire season.

Check out the rest of the CBS Sports 133Teams ranked 26-133

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