In college football, it’s not uncommon for surprise teams to shake up the AP Poll rankings. This past weekend was no exception, as several teams made unexpected moves in the rankings following their impressive performances.
One of the biggest surprises came from the Ohio State Buckeyes, who jumped from No. 11 to No. 6 after defeating the then-No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes’ dominant performance not only solidified their spot as one of the top teams in the country, but also put them in contention for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Another notable shake-up came from the Iowa Hawkeyes, who moved up to No. 10 after their convincing win over the then-No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones. The Hawkeyes’ victory not only helped them solidify their spot as a top team in the Big Ten, but also put them on the map as a legitimate playoff contender.
Additionally, the BYU Cougars made a big jump in the rankings after their impressive win over the then-No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils. The Cougars moved up from No. 23 to No. 13, making them one of the biggest risers in this week’s poll.
On the other hand, some teams experienced significant drops in the rankings following unexpected losses. The Oregon Ducks, who were ranked No. 4, fell to No. 10 after their loss to the Stanford Cardinal. Similarly, the Florida Gators dropped from No. 11 to No. 20 after their loss to the Kentucky Wildcats.
Overall, this week’s AP Poll rankings were filled with surprises and unexpected movements. While some teams solidified their spots as top contenders, others were left reeling from unexpected losses. As the college football season continues, it will be interesting to see how these rankings continue to shift and which surprise teams will continue to shake up the AP Poll.