With another week of college football officially in the books, the Associated Press has released their latest slate of the nation’s top 25 teams. While the Alabama Crimson Tide remain atop the list, the Michigan Wolverines have moved into the No. 2 spot with the Clemson Tigers and Washington Huskies rounding out this week’s top four, respectively.
Because of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ first loss of the season, which came at the hands of the now No. 24 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, the one-loss Louisville Cardinals have secured the country’s No. 5 overall ranking. Ohio State fell to No. 6 while a competitive Big Ten Conference could hinder the Buckeyes’ hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff to cap off their 2016 campaign.
It is also worth noting that the Nittany Lions have cracked the top 25 for the first time since all the way back to the end of the 2011 regular season.
As the aforementioned composition of Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State remain in prime position to contend for a national title, the No. 7 Nebraska Cornhuskers, No. 8 Baylor Bears, No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers serve as the rest of this week’s top 10. While Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Nebraska, Baylor and West Virginia remain undefeated as it stands today, Louisville, Ohio State and Texas A&M have each suffered one loss on the season.
However, several of the teams currently ranked within the top 10 will have to face off against one another before the year comes to a close.