Georgia (1): The Bulldogs are peaking at the optimal moment, benefitting from the return of Brock Bowers and a dominant 52-17 triumph over top-10 opponent Ole Miss.
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Michigan (2): Michigan’s Week 11 standout performance in Happy Valley against Penn State, even without Jim Harbaugh on the sideline, might earn them additional first-place votes. However, surpassing Georgia for the top spot seems unlikely.
Ohio State (3): Marvin Harrison Jr.’s Heisman Trophy campaign gains momentum, as he excels with 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a decisive home victory against Michigan State.
Florida State (4): Despite a narrow seven-point win against an unranked Miami, Florida State’s voting points advantage from the previous week is anticipated to keep them in the No. 4 position.
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Washington (5): Washington’s defense excels in the second half against Utah, securing a 35-28 victory and preserving an undefeated record. The team’s success in the Pac-12 and the College Football Playoff will heavily rely on timely stops from the defense.
Oregon (6): With no significant changes expected, the Ducks remain one spot behind undefeated Washington due to their head-to-head result. Oregon continues to present itself as the leading one-loss team in the nation.
Texas (7): Quinn Ewers returns, but star running back Jonathan Brooks exits the game with an apparent injury in Texas’ 29-26 win at TCU. The Longhorns are likely to maintain their position in the rankings, with a close eye on Brooks’ status and an upcoming road trip to Iowa State.
Alabama (8): Following a substantial win against LSU, Alabama displays no signs of a letdown, securing a convincing 49-21 victory at Kentucky.
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Louisville (9): With an improved 9-1 record, Louisville is on the verge of breaking into the top 10 for the first time since 2016, surviving a potential upset against Virginia on Thursday night.
Oregon State (10): Oregon State handles business with a convincing 62-17 win against Stanford, positioning themselves at No. 10 while sustaining momentum in the rankings.