Week 10 shook the Top 10 of the AP Poll like Lloyd Christmas in the front seat of a Sheep Dog, further muddying our understanding of the elite teams in 2021.
The Week 11 AP Poll is the first one since the Playoff Committee released its first rankings last week. Moving forward, with the poll and the rankings coexisting, we’ll get a chance to see just how much the Committee’s opinion impacts voters thinking.
Despite the fact that Cincinnati remains a Top 3 team in the country, it’s yet to be seen whether or not the Playoff Committee puts any respect on their name. The Bearcats didn’t have the most impressive outing against Tulsa, but a bunch of other Top 25 teams had rough Saturdays as well.
Florida’s self-destruction continued against South Carolina, Notre Dame waited until late in the afternoon to put away Navy, and Michigan State became the latest victim of Purdue’s spoiler stream.
But what did it all mean for the AP Top 25 this week?
College Football Rankings: AP Top 25 poll, Week 11
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- Wake Forest
- NC State
- Coastal Carolina
- Penn State
It’s hard to separate the Committee’s meddling and what is the result of actual performance. It does appear, however, that the voters are holding fast to their rankings.
For instance, UTSA is right in the middle — can they squeeze into a New Years Six game? Probably not. Still, we know for sure that both Michigan State and Wake Forest earned their falls.
Just a week ago the Top 25 seemed to be the domain of the mid-majors, but now the middle to bottom of the ranking has been overrun by the middle tier of the Power Five (and the upper crust of the ACC). Now we see the best team in the Big Ten West (plus Iowa) and the participation trophy winners in the Big 12 and SEC. That’s quite the swing.
Really, though, at this point it’s Georgia and everyone else. And the ACC-ification of the SEC East continues, nobody is going to stop them, except maybe Alabama. Because that’s what the Tide do: ruin the Bulldogs’ good thing.