College football rankings: Georgia jumps Alabama for No. 2, Washington continues to fall CBS Sports 131

The results from Week 6 in college football didn’t cause any upsets at the top of the rankings, but Texas A&M’s last shot in the end zone against Alabama showed how narrow the margin can be for even the best teams in the sport. That narrow 24-20 win against the Aggies resulted in Alabama beating Georgia in this week’s edition of the CBS Sports 131, the overall ranking of every FBS team as voted on by experts at CBS Sports and 247Sports.

The Bulldogs regained some voter confidence that was lost in a horror upset at Missouri. A 42-10 win against Auburn closed the gap between the national champions and Ohio State, which took over the No. 1 spot for the first time last week and remains there after a 49-20 win at Michigan State on Week 6.

That these three teams are put under the harshest microscope by our voters is best represented by the fact that this is the sixth different combination of Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia at CBS Sports 131’s 1, 2, 3 spots in seven in 2022 editions of the ranking. There was unanimous agreement on these teams being the top division in the sport, but each week brings new elements to consider when stacking up against each other.

Rounding out the top 10 this week, Mississippi State moved up seven spots to No. 14 after its second straight double-digit win against a division opponent, following an 18-point win against Texas A&M with a 23-point win against Arkansas . Next up for the Bulldogs is a road trip to Kentucky, which fell 20 spots in our rankings to No. 36 after a loss to South Carolina.

Illinois, Texas, James Madison and North Carolina jumped at least a dozen spots to crack the top 25 following their Week 6 conference wins, taking up real estate made available by losses to BYU, LSU and Florida State. All that turnover between one-loss and two-loss teams also provided a somewhat soft landing spot for Utah, which fell 11 spots to No. 24 after the loss at UCLA.

For more on the most notable week-to-week changes on CBS Sports 131, check out the Mover’s Report below the top 25 table.

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on the ranking page.

1 Ohio State 6-0 1
2 Agriculture 6-0 3
3 Alabama 6-0 2
4 Michigan 6-0 4
5 Clemson 6-0 5
6 Tennessee 5-0 8
7 USC 6-0 6
8 Oklahoma State 5-0 7
9 Penn State 5-0 10
10 All miss 6-0 9
11 TCU 5-0 12
12 UCLA 6-0 14
13 Oregon 5-1 15
14 Mississippi State 5-1 21
15 Wake Forest 5-1 17
16 NC State 5-1 18
17 Kansas State 5-1 20
18 Kansas 5-1 13
19 Syracuse 5-0 22
20 Illinois 5-1 35
21 Texas 4-2 34
22 Baylor 3-2 24
23 James Madison 5-0 36
24 Jute 4-2 11
25 North Carolina 5-1 44

The biggest mobiles

  • No. 25 North Carolina (+19): A road win at Miami has positioned the Tar Heels as the ACC Coast leaders, and a 5-1 profile with the lone loss coming at Notre Dame would warrant top-30 consideration at almost any time at this point in the year. Drake Maye continues to look like one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC, and for the first time since the start of last season, this program has lived up to the expectations of a conference championship contender.
  • No. 20 Illinois (+15): Speaking of conference title games, Year 2 of the Bret Bielema era is off to a fantastic start that includes putting the Fighting Illini in the Big Ten West playoff region. Back-to-back wins against Wisconsin and Iowa have Illinois 5-1 with Minnesota coming to Champaign this weekend in one of the biggest home games in years for this program.
  • No. 21 Texas (+13): The return of Quinn Ewers and a 49-0 drubbing of rival Oklahoma has everyone re-adjusting the ceiling for the Longhorns in 2022. With the quarterback healthy, this could be the best team in the Big 12, but with one loss in the conference already there will be a small margin of error as Texas tries to prove that status on the field during the second half of the season.
  • No. 23 James Madison (+13): Still undefeated after a win against Arkansas State, JMU has continued to operate at high levels of efficiency on both sides of the ball and demands attention with its success. There are big tests ahead with Sun Belt games against Georgia Southern and Marshall, but there’s a huge opportunity to make a national statement with a road trip to Louisville in early November.
  • No. 24 Utah (-11): Although the Utes continued to battle UCLA, it was a game where the Pac-12 champions were constantly chasing and never really in control. Things can be straightened out with a win against USC, but even confidence in that outcome is somewhat shaken by Saturday’s loss.
  • No. 32 BYU (-13): Speaking of regaining confidence that can be shaken, BYU can do just that with a win against Arkansas in Week 7. If not, another drop in the rankings is certain as the strength of schedule and the value of this win in overtime against Baylor is starting to fade throughout the season.
  • No. 37 LSU (-14): Losing to one of the best teams in the country doesn’t always lead to a dramatic adjustment in the standings, but LSU looked out of sorts and uncompetitive against Tennessee at home. The Vols were only three-point favorites and won by 27, raising a real question about the strength of Brian Kelly’s team when judged against other teams with one loss and two losses.
  • No. 40 Washington (-14): That’s now a 28-point drop in two weeks as losses to UCLA and now Arizona State have changed how the Huskies are viewed in the national landscape. The fact that Michigan State kept losing also hurts what was previously considered Washington’s best win streak, so this may be a team that operates off the top-30 radar for a few weeks until it can bolster its resume with more meetings wins.
  • No. 36 Kentucky (-20): The Wildcats remained ranked in the AP Top 25 and in the Coaches Poll, but our voters weren’t willing to pay as much attention to Will Levis’ injury and the impact it had in the loss to South Carolina.

Check out the rest of CBS Sports 131: Ranked Teams 26-131

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