Top 25 College Football Rankings, Michigan Drops After Heartbreaking Loss

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October 21, 2019

The college football rankings were scrambled over the weekend with one of the biggest upsets of the year taking place in of all places Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin was stunned by the Fighting Illini as a last-second field goal booted the Badgers from the ranks of the unbeaten. The 24-23 loss to Illinois dropped Wisconsin from 6th to 13th in the rankings. Could it be they were looking ahead to Ohio State next weekend?

Speaking of the Buckeyes, they routed Northwestern 52-3 and jumped over Clemson(4) into 3rd behind Alabama(1) and LSU(2). Oklahoma continues to hold down the 5th spot in this week’s poll.

Wolverine Disappointment

The Michigan Wolverines came into Penn State Saturday night for the annual “White Out” game at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. In what looked to be a blowout, the Nittany Lions took a 21-0 lead before Michigan scored a touchdown just before halftime.

Coming out for the start of the 2nd half the Wolverines were an inspired bunch, holding Penn State to one second-half score while the Michigan offense caught fire and closed to within 28-21. Driving late with a chance to tie the game up and possibly send it to overtime, a fourth-down Shea Patterson pass to Ronnie Bell slipped through his arms. Leaving the Michigan comeback three yards short of a miracle turn around.

Ronnie Bell, Photo Courtesy of https://mgoblue.com

Penn State made a first down and then ran out the clock on the Wolverines comeback attempt. Pollsters, giving Michigan credit for the effort, only dropped them to 19th from their 16th ranked position coming into the game. Penn State, taking advantage of Wisconsin’s huge stumble, moved to 6th in this week’s poll.

Michigan State

The Spartans had a week to rest and lick their wounds from the beating Wisconsin delivered the previous weekend. They had to be wondering where the Badger team that pummeled them 38-0 disappeared to on their way to Illinois.

Michigan State gets a visit from the Nittany Lions coming off their big win over Michigan, we’ll see if the friendly confines of Spartan Stadium give Penn State trouble as they attempt to extend their unbeaten streak and add to their playoff consideration resume.

Starting next week the first rankings for the College Football Playoffs (CFP) will be released on Tuesday, November 5th. Our coverage will pick up these standing for the remainder of the season.

This Weeks AP Top 25 Rankings

Updated October 20th, 2019

RANK TEAM TREND POINTS NEXT GAME
1

Alabama (24) 7-0

1486

vs 

Arkansas

2

LSU (16) 7-0

1462

vs 

Auburn

3

Ohio St. (13) 7-0

 1 1429

vs 

Wisconsin

4

Clemson (9) 7-0

 1 1408

vs 

Boston College

5

Oklahoma 7-0

1343

Kansas St.

6

Penn St. 7-0

 1 1224

Michigan St.

7

Florida 7-1

 2 1138

vs 

Georgia

8

Notre Dame 5-1

1058

Michigan

9

Auburn 6-1

 2 1054

LSU

10

Georgia 6-1

1031

vs 

Florida

11

Oregon 6-1

 1 979

vs 

Washington St.

12

Utah 6-1

 1 852

vs 

California

13

Wisconsin 6-1

 7 767

Ohio St.

14

Baylor 7-0

 4 732

vs 

West Virginia

15

Texas 5-2

627

TCU

16

SMU 7-0

 3 587

Houston

17

Minnesota 7-0

 3 577

vs 

Maryland

18

Cincinnati 6-1

 3 468

East Carolina

19

Michigan 5-2

 3 440

vs 

Notre Dame

20

Iowa 5-2

 3 347

Northwestern

21

App. St. 6-0

 3 286

South Alabama

22

Boise St. 6-1

 8 225

San Jose St.

23

Iowa St. 5-2

 4 185

vs 

Oklahoma St.

24

Arizona St. 5-2

 7 134

UCLA

25

Wake Forest 6-1

 4 118

vs 

NC State

Courtesy of CBS Sports