College football rankings: Georgia leapfrogs Ohio State for No. 1 amid latest shakeup at top CBS Sports 131

College football rankings: Georgia leapfrogs Ohio State for No. 1 amid latest shakeup at top CBS Sports 131

With multiple top teams losing in college football in Week 10, the updated college football rankings are ready to reset for the final three weeks of the regular season. In CBS Sports 131, our comprehensive ranking of every FBS team, which includes a change at No. 1 to give us another unique combination in the top three and the highest ranking ever for two College Football Playoff contenders.

While Georgia was No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll, Ohio State took the top spot in our rankings. Now that the Bulldogs are coming off their best win yet — and arguably one of the best wins of the season for any team — following a two-touchdown victory against Tennessee, Georgia has moved from No. 3 to No. 1.

It was a situation where the Buckeyes, who defeated Northwestern over the weekend due to inclement weather, may not have been able to fend off a Georgia rebound regardless of the margin against the Wildcats. But with the finals closer than expected in Evanston, Illinois, the decision became easier for our voters to push the Bulldogs to No. 1.

Right behind Ohio State at No. 2 is the Buckeyes’ primary rival. Michigan earned its season-high No. 3 ranking after a win against Rutgers. TCU, which also improved to 9-0 with the win against Texas Tech, similarly reached its season-high ranking on CBS Sports 131 by moving up from No. 7 to No. 4.

Of course, all of this shaking at the top was thanks to Week 10 losses to Tennessee, Clemson and Alabama. The Vols suffered the least in terms of reaction in the rankings, falling three sports to No. 5. The Crimson Tide dropped four spots to No. 10, while the Tigers dropped out of the top 10 entirely, falling seven places to 12th.

LSU was on a significant uptick this week after beating Alabama in exciting fashion, moving from No. 14 to No. 8, but further down the rankings there were much more dramatic moves in terms of moving up and down. For more on those significant week-to-week adjustments, check out the Starter Report below the top 25 table.

College football Experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports provide ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 and 26-131 on our rankings page below.

1 Georgia 9-0 3
2 Ohio State 9-0 1
3 Michigan 9-0 4
4 TCU 9-0 7
5 Tennessee 8-1 2
6 Oregon 8-1 8
7 USC 8-1 9
8 LSU 7-2 14
9 UCLA 8-1 10
10 Alabama 7-2 6
11 Be Miss 8-1 11
12 Clemson 8-1 5
13 Utah 7-2 13
14 Penn State 7-2 16
15 North Carolina 8-1 17
16 Tulane 8-1 18
17 Texas 6-3 24
18 NC State 7-2 23
19 freedom 8-1 25
20 Kansas State 6-3 15
21 Illinois 7-2 12
22 Lady 6-3 34
23 Florida State 6-3 30
24 Washington 6-3 28
25 UCF 7-2 26

The biggest drivers

  • no. 22 Notre Dame (+12): In a week where fewer teams made dramatic moves compared to those who had major declines, the Fighting Irish were featured in one of the few shifts where voters changed their minds for the better. The start of the season was brutal, but Marcus Freeman’s group turned it around. Saturday’s dominant win against Clemson makes this team worthy of recognition as one of the better three-loss teams in the country.
  • no. 51 Iowa (+12): All Iowa needs are potentially dangerous wind conditions and the offense will, by all accounts, get going. The Hawkeyes traveled to Purdue as underdogs, but grabbed an early lead and cruised to an important win for their postseason hopes. Now 5-4, the Hawkeyes need just one win against the trio of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska to become bowl eligible.
  • no. 34 Syracuse (-12): An undefeated start saw the Orange jump to a high spot on CBS Sports 131, but as the losses piled up, there were weekly slumps. The loss to Clemson didn’t knock Syracuse too much, but combined with a lopsided loss to Notre Dame and now Saturday’s loss to Pitt, this team has fallen outside the top 30.
  • no. 41 Maryland (-12): Our voters have been pushing Maryland further up the rankings over the last few weeks, but they needed a win before they were ready to push the Terps into the top-25. That opportunity was there Saturday at Wisconsin, but a 23-10 loss to the Badgers resulted in a quick drop outside the top 40.
  • Well 49 Arkansas (-14): The Liberty’s rise in the rankings is also Arkansas’ loss in the rankings as the Razorbacks fell to the Flames at home and saw their stock plummet. Once considered a top-20 team in the country, Arkansas is now 5-4 with two games against top-15 teams remaining on the schedule (LSU, Ole Miss), meaning the postseason could be a tough one.
  • no. 55 Purdue (-14): The Boilermakers’ hopes of making a run in the Big Ten West in November took a major blow with Saturday’s home loss to Iowa. A win would have Purdue 6-3 and flirting with top-30 status, but a loss — both the score and the margin — caused our voters to bump the Boilermakers out of the top 50.
  • no. 35 Oklahoma State (-16): It’s now a 26-spot drop over the past two weeks for the Cowboys, who are coming off a loss to Kansas State on Saturday. Injuries have piled up in a significant way, and there is very little margin for error in a Big 12 game with so many competitive teams.

Check out the rest of CBS Sports 131: Teams ranked 26-131

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