How Alabama’s loss could shake up the Granthshala Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

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There will be no debate over which team is No. 1 in this week’s Granthshala Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. Surprise: It won’t be Alabama.

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Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide are now unbeaten after losing 41-38 in. Georgia will be the new No. 1, with the only real question being whether the Bulldogs will be the unanimous choice – and no reason to think otherwise.

Alabama’s landing spot after this loss will define the new Top 25, which will be released around noon ET on Sunday.


Several unbeaten teams will advance. But will Tide round out the top five?

In addition, five teams from the Big Ten could make it to the top 10. that group will be led by Iowa, which is the lock of number 2 after beating First unbeaten Penn State 23-20. The Hawkeyes have won 12 straight games and defeated six straight-ranked opponents, the longest streak in the event since 1960.

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Here’s our best guess for how the top 10 will appear in the new Top 25:

1. Georgia (6-0)

Georgia allowed Auburn to score a touchdown, which was surprising. but won by 24 points, which was not. The Bulldog’s continued dominance is even more pronounced when Compared to Alabama’s Road Damage And there were obvious flaws in the top 10 even among other unbeaten Power Five teams.

2. Iowa (6-0)

the probability that Iowa moves the table in the Big Ten Championship Extending till Saturday. With Penn State in the books, the rest of the Hawkeyes’ program isn’t impressive: versus Purdue, in Wisconsin, versus Northwestern, versus Minnesota, versus Illinois and Nebraska.

3. Oklahoma (6-0)

Getting Out of The Sooners’ Biggest Question 55-48 win against Texas asks if Caleb Williams is ready to take over for Spencer Rattler and guide OU to another Big 12 Championship. Judgment by Lincoln Riley This will determine whether this team finishes in the top four and makes the playoffs.

4. Alabama (5-1)

Cincinnati’s perfect record and two Power Five wins could fall to fifth from five wins and a loss at A&M. But keep in mind that prior to Saturday, Alabama joined Georgia as both teams were seen as head and shoulders above the rest of the Football Bowl subdivision.

5. Cincinnati (5-0)

Friday night’s 52-3 win against Temple won’t do much for voters, who are more likely to reward Oklahoma’s shootout win than the Bearcats’ latest domination in conference games. Watch Cincinnati win against a run of inferior opponents until an interesting matchup with SMU on November 20.

6. Ohio State (5-1)

OSU has gained some favor among voters with four straight wins and a dynamic offense that leads to Power Five by a large margin in yards per game. This past month also brought a reappraisal of quarterback CJ Stroud, who struggled early, missed Akron’s win due to injury, but remained on point against the Big Ten competition. Stroud threw for 433 yards and five scores in Saturday’s 66-17 win against Maryland.

7. Michigan (6-0)

Nebraska is very easily the best team Michigan has faced this season, so a 32-29 win at Lincoln should be viewed as more impressive than last week’s win in Wisconsin, for example. Now 6-0 for the first time since 2016, the Wolverines regained some offensive balance after recent struggles, including 255 passing yards by Cade McNamara at 4.9 yards per carry to 204 rushing yards.

8. Oregon (4-1)

The Ducks’ victory in Ohio State last month has been forgotten by many voters, who left Oregon behind OSU after losing to Stanford last week. Starting next Saturday against California, Oregon’s return to the top four needs a close to the regular season and some help in the Big Ten and Big 12.

9. Penn State (5-1)

There is a strong argument for the Spartans to beat Michigan State unbeaten ahead of the Nittany Lions after defeating Rutgers. It’s still hard to see the Nittany Lions drop down to No. 9, especially after quarterback Sean Clifford was sidelined for most of the game, after losing by only one field goal to the No. 3 team in the country.

10. Michigan State (6-0)

Michigan State walks through a hole for a 94-yard touchdown during the third quarter against Rutgers at SHI Stadium, trailing Kenneth Walker III (9).

The Spartans remain under coach Mel Tucker for a second year and are a worthy pick to be filled in last week’s vote by Brigham Young, who lost 26-17 to Boise State. MSU has yet to beat a team with a winning record, but there will be plenty of opportunities to do so in the second half, with games yet to come against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.

Follow college reporter Paul Myerberg on Twitter @PaulMyerberg

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