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Smeltz’s Top 25

Smeltz’s College Football Top 25: Week 10

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 05: Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) with a touchdown reception during the Saturday afternoon college football game between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the University of Tennessee Volunteers on November 5, 2022 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire)

Before we get into Smeltz’s top 25 for this week, here’s who dropped out from last week’s rankings.

  • No. 18 Oklahoma State
  • No. 20 Wake Forest
  • No. 23 Syracuse
  • No. 24 Oregon State
  • No. 25 Maryland

There are some changes in the top four of this week’s poll, and the first significant shift happens right at the top at No. 1.


No. 1.  Georgia— Georgia was No. 3 in my last poll. Tennessee was No. 1. No. 3 beat No. 1, 27-13, this weekend, so the choice is easy.

No. 2. Michigan— Because Ohio State struggled to beat Northwestern and Michigan beat Rutgers by 35, the Wolverines leapfrog the Buckeyes. It doesn’t matter much, though. One, this isn’t an official poll, and two, if Michigan or Ohio State goes undefeated and wins the Big Ten championship, they’ll be in the playoff. Whoever loses “The Game” Nov. 26 might still get in.

No. 3. Ohio State— See above.

No. 4. TCU— Not a lot of teams are undefeated. TCU is one of them. If the Horned Frogs go unbeaten, they deserve to be in the playoff.

No. 5. Tennessee

No. 6. Oregon

No. 7. USC

No. 8. LSU

No. 9. Alabama

No. 10. Ole Miss

No. 11. UCLA

No. 12. Clemson

No. 13. UNC

No. 14. Utah

No. 15. Penn State— Penn State’s actual rankings are pretty much accurate.

No. 16. Liberty

No. 17. Tulane

No. 18. Notre Dame

No. 19. NC State

No. 20. Washington

No. 21. Texas

No. 22. Illinois— The Illini have still been a great story. But, yeah. Losing to an average-to-bad Michigan State team at home isn’t good. Illinois should still win the Big Ten West, though.

No. 23. Florida State

No. 24. UCF

No. 25. Cincinnati

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