Following an upset-filled Saturday, the latest Associated Press Top 25 looks considerably different than it did at this time last week, especially throughout the top 10. After outlasting Baylor, 23-17, the Texas Longhorns are among the teams on the move, climbing two spots from No. 9 to No. 7.
Texas’ rise to No. 7 was aided by upsets throughout the college football landscape on Saturday.
No. 2 Georgia fell to No. 13 LSU, 36-16, and as a result, the Bulldogs dropped to No. 8 while the Tigers leapfrogged numerous teams all the way to No. 5. No. 6 West Virginia also fell to No. 13 after falling on the road to Iowa State, 30-14. No. 7 Washington lost as well, falling on the road against No. 17 Oregon in overtime, and consequently, the Huskies dropped to No. 15 in the updated AP To 25. No. 8 Penn State was also among the top 10 teams to fall on Saturday, losing at home to Michigan State to mark the Nittany Lions second consecutive loss. Penn State dropped all the way to No. 18.
Elsewhere, in addition to LSU leapfrogging the Longhorns, No. 12 Michigan cruised past No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday evening, and thus, is now slotted one spot ahead of Texas at No. 6 in the nation.
The Longhorns jumped in the Amway Coaches Poll as well, improving six spots from No. 14 to No. 8.
The now-No. 7 Longhorns are favored in all-but-one of their final five regular season matchups, per ESPN’s FPI:
- @ Oklahoma State — 52.5%
- No. 13 West Virginia — 60.7%
- @ Texas Tech — 46.2%
- Iowa State — 72.1%
- @ Kansas — 84.6%
After going undefeated against ranked competition thus far this season, No. 13 West Virginia is the only ranked team still to come on Texas’ schedule.