Last Updated on September 27, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Title: Ohio State’s Thrilling Win Shakes Up AP Top 25 Rankings
In a stunning last-second victory, Ohio State’s football team has catapulted their way into the number four spot in the latest AP Top 25 rankings. Georgia maintains their lead as the number one team with an undefeated 4-0 record and a dominant win over UAB. Let’s delve into the key storylines following Ohio State’s exhilarating victory and take a look at how the other highly-ranked teams fared.
Coming off a nail-biting overtime against Clemson, Florida State managed to survive with their winning streak intact. This victory extends their streak of scoring over 30 points in ten consecutive games. Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s loss to Ohio State drops them to the eleventh spot in the rankings, despite Sam Hartman’s continued touchdown streak with a pass in 35 consecutive games.
Michigan’s Blake Corum made program history by scoring his 39th rushing touchdown, tying him for fifth all-time. While the Wolverines maintained their third-place position in the rankings, they are now closely trailed by Texas, who continues to showcase a dominant defense. In fact, Texas has successfully held their last nine opponents to under 30 points, marking the longest active streak in FBS.
Penn State delivered a resounding shutout victory over Iowa, claiming their second-largest shutout of an AP-ranked team. Meanwhile, Washington’s high-scoring offense reached a milestone by scoring the most points in their first four games since 1944. They currently sit at the 15th spot in the rankings.
USC’s Caleb Williams flexed his Heisman potential by amassing 322 passing yards and five total touchdowns in their win over Arizona State. Additionally, Oregon’s commanding victory over Colorado marks their sixth-largest margin of victory in a matchup of ranked opponents in the AP poll era.
Utah’s defense proved to be a formidable force in a low-scoring game, limiting UCLA to their three lowest-scoring games under Chip Kelly. Notre Dame’s loss to Ohio State dropped them to the 11th spot in the rankings, while Alabama maintained a strong home record, not losing consecutive games at home since Nick Saban’s first season in 2007.
LSU made history with Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr. both racking up over 125 receiving yards and two touchdown catches each in their win over Arkansas. Additionally, Oklahoma impressed with their dominant defensive performance, holding Cincinnati to just six points.
In a rare occurrence, both North Carolina and Duke boast a 4-0 record. This is the first time since 1971 that both teams have achieved this feat. Duke also welcomes “College GameDay” for the first time in a matchup against Notre Dame.
Miami’s high-scoring offense continues to dominate, having scored at least 38 points in their first four games. This feat has only been achieved once before in the AP poll era. Oregon State’s Deshaun Fenwick became the first player to rush for 101 yards and three scores against a ranked opponent for the Beavers.
Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss team faced its lowest scoring output under his coaching against Alabama. Tennessee’s Joe Milton III tied a record with his remarkable 81-yard touchdown run as a Tennessee quarterback. Florida extended their remarkable streak of scoring points in 440 consecutive games, dating back to 1988, while Missouri’s Luther Burden III shone with 177 receiving yards, propelling the Tigers to a 4-0 record for the first time since 2013.
Lastly, Kansas impressed all with back-to-back 4-0 starts, something that has not been accomplished in over a century. In a commanding win over Kent State, Fresno State’s Mikey Keene and Elijah Gilliam delivered standout performances.
As teams continue to battle it out on the field, the AP Top 25 rankings offer an exciting glimpse into the thrilling world of college football. With Ohio State’s victory spicing up the standings, fans are eagerly awaiting the next set of games to witness more exhilarating moments that could potentially reshape the rankings once again.