The Associated Press has dropped its rankings in the AP Top 25 poll for Week 5 of the college football season. Entering the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, and Georgia Bulldogs held the top three spots in the nation. All of those teams delivered on opening weekend, while two top ten teams — the Washington Huskies and Miami Hurricanes — faltered to Auburn and LSU, respectively.
Since then, Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia have continued to stay strong through the opening month of the season.
The top teams continue to hold strong with a new week upon us.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming weekend in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 5 can be seen below.
- Alabama (60 first-place votes)
- Clemson (1)
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- West Virginia
- Michigan State
- Mississippi State
- Texas Tech
Others receiving votes: Colorado, Boise State, Virginia Tech, South Florida, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, NC State, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, NC State, Syracuse, TCU, North Texas, Cincinnati, Utah, Ole Miss, Missouri, Buffalo, Maryland, San Diego State, Arizona State
The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.
Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.