The Associated Press released College Football’s AP Top 25 for Week 6 on Sunday afternoon. The top seven spots remain untouched from Week 5. Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, Florida State, Penn State and Washington hold onto the top spots, all with undefeated records. Oregon and USC have swapped spots, Oregon moved up to No. 8, dropping USC down to No. 9.
POLL ALERT: Georgia's hold on No. 1 loosens, but top seven teams are unchanged; Kentucky, Louisville enter AP Top 25.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 1, 2023
Does Georgia Deserve the No. 1 Spot?
Georgia and Michigan are in a battle for the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll.
Both the Bulldogs and Wolverines played unranked teams this weekend. The difference: Georgia was down 10-0 after the first quarter and just barely came out with a 27-20 win. Michigan dominated Nebraska 45-7, only letting their opponent score a single touchdown in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. The Wolverines have scored over 30 points each game and have only given up a total of 30 points across five games this season.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 1, 2023
Voters are giving Michigan the respect of a No. 1 team. Both teams are receiving votes for the top spot. Michigan voters make the argument that they have had much more dominant wins that Georgia. Dawgs voters say otherwise. They claim Michigan hasn’t played as serious competition as Georgia this season, as Rutgers was their toughest opponent. The Dawgs are also the two-time defending National Champions, so it might take a loss for them to drop out of the No. 1 spot.
LSU, Utah, Duke Take Losses
On Saturday night, the LSU Tigers suffered a loss to the Ole Miss Rebels, 55-49. The Tigers dropped from N0. 13 to No. 23, ruling out an attainable chance of a playoff appearance, or even being at the top of the SEC. The Tigers simply couldn’t afford adding a second loss their record.
The Utah Utes were stunned by the Oregon State Beavers, 21-7. The Utes dropped eight spots, currently sitting at No. 18. Going into a bye week, they face some tough competition in October, playing California, No. 8 Oregon and No. 9 USC after their week off.
#18 in the AP Poll pic.twitter.com/kRsZ5tzpmu
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) October 1, 2023
Duke also dropped this weekend, going down two spots to No. 19, after a 21-14 loss to the now No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday. The Blue Devils have not won a ranked matchup since 1994. They now look ahead to ranked Florida State, Louisville and UNC later in the season.
Kentucky and Louisville Enter, Florida Drops Out
New to the AP Poll in Week 6 are the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals. Both teams are 5-0 and are starting to break into more competitive play. Kentucky’s dominant 33-14 win over Florida has earned them the No. 20 spot. The Cardinals defeated NC State 13-10 in order to secure the last spot in the poll.