Washington debuted the season in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday at No. 1. 18, and Penn State and Oregon entered the top 15 after all three posted decisive non-conference wins. .
A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked teams kept the top 10 almost unchanged.
No. Georgia earned six more first-place votes in the AP Top 25. The Bulldogs have up to 59 first-place votes and 1,569 points.
No. 2 Alabama received three first-place votes, and No. 3 Ohio State got one.
No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 USC all kept their place. The only change in the top 10 was No. 8 Kentucky rocking with No. 9 Oklahoma. Arkansas remained No. ten.
The top 10 teams, most playing outclassed non-conference opponents, won their games Saturday by a combined 521-120.
Brewing came in the next 10.
No. 11 Tennessee moved up four spots. Penn State jumped eight to No. 1. 14 after routing Auburn on the road. No. 15 Oregon moved up 10 spots after easily beating BYU, which slipped seven spots to No. 15. 19.
Washington beat previously ranked Michigan State 39-28 to earn a ranking for the first time since the 2021 preseason poll. Washington has had two brief stints in the AP Top 25 in the past two seasons, but n has hardly been ranked since the start of the 2019 season.
“Getting this win now is just going to keep believing in our guys,” first-year Washington coach Kalen DeBoer told reporters after the game. “It will only get better for us if we go to work in training.”
Michigan State completely dropped out after being No. 1. 11.
Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 16, and no. 20 Florida slipped a few spots after barely passing South Florida at home.
Bottom of the rankings, Miami fell 12 spots and landed at No. 1. 25 after losing to Texas A&M. The Aggies moved up one spot to No. 1. 23.
The 10-0 top 10 weekend was the first time they’ve all played and won since Week 2 of the 2019 season. Overall, the top 25 teams in the AP have won 22 games, the most since 24 teams won Week 1 of 2019.
Washington’s jump in the poll from unranked to No. 18 was the best for the program since September 1989, when the Huskies beat Texas A&M and went from outside the rankings to No. 1. 15.
The Pac-12 has had its highest-ranked teams since the first regular season poll of 2021, when it had five.
SEC — 8 (#1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 16, 20, 23)
ACC — 5 (#5, 12, 21, 24, 25)
Big 12 — 4 (No. 6, 9, 17, 22)
Pac-12 — 4 (#7, 13, 15, 18)
Big Ten – 3 (#3, 4, 14)
Independents — 1 (#19).
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No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest. For the first time since 1950, the Tigers and Demon Deacons will meet as ranked teams.
No. 20 Florida at No. 11Tennessee. For the first time since 2017, teams that owned the SEC East are both ranked when they play.
No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in Arlington, TX. It doesn’t get any easier for the Aggies.