AP College Football Poll 2022: Week 5 Top 25 Rankings Announced

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 25, 2022

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 24: Bryce Young #9 and Jase McClellan #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Georgia continues to set the pace in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, with the Bulldogs sitting No. 1 for the third straight week.

They remain ahead of Alabama and Ohio State, with Michigan and Clemson rounding out the Top Five.

AP Poll

  1. Georgia 
  2. Alabama 
  3. Ohio State 
  4. Michigan 
  5. Clemson 
  6. USC 
  7. Kentucky 
  8. Tennessee 
  9. Oklahoma State 
  10. North Carolina State 
  11. Penn State 
  12. Utah 
  13. Oregon 
  14. Ole Miss 
  15. Washington 
  16. Baylor 
  17. Texas A&M 
  18. Oklahoma 
  19. BYU 
  20. Arkansas 
  21. Minnesota 
  22. Wake Forest 
  23. Florida State 
  24. Pittsburgh 
  25. Kansas State

When it came to the top of the poll, the biggest source of drama was whether voters might punish the teams that had a more difficult time than expected in Week 4.

The 22 points Georgia allowed to Kent State were more than double what it surrendered through its first three games combined (10 points).

That could've opened the door for Alabama to reclaim the top spot following a 55-3 blowout of Vanderbilt. Ohio State also made a statement in a 52-21 win over Wisconsin that was even more one-sided than the final score indicates. Some voters might have been inclined to vault the Buckeyes ahead of the Bulldogs.

In general, Week 4 was about winning ugly.

Michigan, Clemson, USC and Kentucky were all victorious in one-score contests. The Tigers needed overtime to put away Wake Forest, and the Trojans were trailing Oregon State until Jordan Addison's go-ahead touchdown reception with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter.

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Oregon, fresh off an emphatic win over then-No. 12 BYU, needed 29 points in the fourth quarter to get past Washington State on the road. Mase Funa sealed things with a pick-six at the 1:01 mark of the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma and Arkansas weren't quite so lucky.

The Sooners watched as former Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez exacted a measure of revenge, throwing for 234 yards and running for 148 yards with five total touchdowns.

The Razorbacks were unable to make the most of a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against Texas A&M. Demani Richardson's 82-yard fumble return for a score to make it a 14-13 game was the turning point.

Cam Little still had a shot to put Arkansas back on top but watched his 42-yard field-goal attempt hit the top of the right upright.

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A&M and Arkansas went in opposite directions thanks to the outcome. The Aggies moved up from No. 23 to No. 17, with the Razorbacks slipping out of the Top 10 to 20th.

Likewise, Oklahoma lost its Top 10 (No. 6) status and fell to No. 18.

College football fans will want to clear their schedule for Week 5 given what's on tap.

Michigan hits the road to play Iowa, and Ole Miss hosts Kentucky during the noon ET time slot. We're about to find out how good Arkansas really is, with the Razorbacks hosting Alabama at 3:30 p.m ET. North Carolina State and Clemson will get prime-time placement at 7:30 p.m. ET in a tilt that could prove decisive in the ACC Atlantic title race.


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