With another week of college football officially in the books, the Associated Press has released their latest slate of the country’s top 25 teams. While the top teams in the country continue to produce, several other schools have managed to climb into the rankings as the 2016-2017 season enters the month of October.
Coming as no surprise, the Alabama Crimson Tide remain atop the rankings as the No. 1 team in the nation. With head coach Nick Saban leading his team to yet another win over the Kentucky Wildcats, the Crimson Tide lead the No. 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, No. 3 ranked Clemson Tigers and No. 4 ranked Michigan Wolverines.
Also emerging as a legitimate threat, the Washington Huskies have slipped into the top five as well following an impressive 44-6 rout of the Stanford Cardinal from Friday evening. While the Huskies were expected to serve as ranked team throughout the season, few anticipated Washington’s almost immediate surge toward the top.
With the Houston Cougars, Louisville Cardinals, Texas A&M Aggies, Tennessee Volunteers and Miami Hurricanes rounding out this week’s top 10, Louisville is the only team of the bunch with a loss. As the Cardinals’ 42-36 loss to Clemson dropped them to 4-1 on the year, the rest of the top 10 will remain undefeated heading into Week 6. The No. 11 ranked Wisconsin Badgers are the next team with a loss behind Louisville.
It is also worth noting that several new teams made their way into the Associated Press’ latest crop of talent. The North Carolina Tar Heels, Oklahoma Sooners, Colorado Buffaloes, West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies now rank at No. 17, 20, 21, 22 and 25 respectively.