Barber: My AP Top 25 ballot, Week 7 – Richmond.com

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) is chased by Mississippi defensive back Otis Reese (3) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
This was another week of college football that gave us Top 25 upheaval. We probably shouldn’t be surprised at this point. Seven ranked teams lost, including five – Arizona State, Arkansas, BYU, Florida and No. 2 Iowa – which lost to unranked opponents.
Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, I moved Alabama all the way to No. 2 this week after its impressive road thrashing of Mississippi State. If I had to win one college football game on a neutral field right now and I could exclude two teams from the field of who I might play, those two would be Georgia and Alabama.
Yes, the Crimson Tide lost to Texas A&M and, yes, they could have lost to Florida earlier this year. Tell me you’d be confident going against Nick Saban’s bunch right now?
It figures to be an interesting stretch run as Oklahoma – thanks to a quarterback switch – and Ohio State – with the Oregon loss far behind it – both seem to be surging toward a playoff spot. Cincinnati continues to meet every ‘challenge’ thrown at it.
With five Big Ten teams in my Top 10, that league will do some sorting out of itself as the weeks go on – Michigan’s game against Michigan State and the annual Michigan-Ohio State games loom large.
Texas, Florida, Arkansas, BYU and Arizona State all dropped out of my rankings this week. Taking those spots are Baylor, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, undefeated UTSA and Louisiana.
Did I leave out your favorite team? Do I have them underrated? Am I senselessly high on their rival? That’s by design. I did it on purpose to hurt your feelings. I do, in fact, hate your team.
(Editor’s note: If your team is the Boston Red Sox or the Houston Astros, all joking aside, I do, actually hate your team.)
1. Georgia
2. Alabama
3. Cincinnati
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan
7. Michigan State
8. Oklahoma State
9. Iowa
10. Penn State
11. Kentucky
12. Wake Forest
13. Coastal Carolina
14. Ole Miss
15. Auburn
16. Notre Dame
17. Oregon
18. Baylor
19. San Diego State
20. SMU
21. Texas A&M
22. Pittsburgh
23. NC State
24. UTSA
25. Louisiana
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