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College Football Rankings for Week 10: Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Poll Ballot vs. Our Betting Power Ratings

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Georgia and Alabama remain atop my Associated Press Top 25 ballot this week, but Michigan State moves up to third after the Spartans’ upset of rival Michigan.

Michigan State leapfrogged Oklahoma and Cincinnati on my ballot. I dropped the Sooners and Bearcats one spot each to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Three teams on my ballot from last week dropped out of my top 10 after losses on Saturday: Michigan, Iowa and Kentucky. Four new teams are on my AP ballot this week: BYU, NC State, Fresno State and Coastal Carolina.

Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson’s updated college football betting power ratings agree with my top two teams — Georgia and Alabama — but very little after that.

Here’s my updated AP ballot compared with Wilson’s current power ratings entering Week 10 of the college football season.

Updated 2021 College Football Betting Power Ratings

Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Ballot Entering Week 10

AP denotes Brett McMurphy’s Associated Press Top 25 ballot.
PR denotes Collin Wilson’s College Football Betting Power Ratings.


1

AP

Georgia

1

PR

2

AP

Alabama

2

PR

3

AP

Michigan State

27

PR

4

AP

Oklahoma

4

PR

5

AP

Cincinnati

11

PR

6

AP

Oregon

8

PR

7

AP

Ohio State

3

PR

Collin’s power ratings and my AP ballot both have Georgia at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2. Collin’s power ratings and my AP ballot also have Oklahoma and Ohio State among our top seven teams.

Collin rates Oregon (No. 10) and Cincinnati (No. 11) much lower than I do, but without question, our biggest disagreement is Michigan State. I ranked the Spartans No. 3, while Collin has them down at No. 27.


8

AP

Notre Dame

12

PR

9

AP

Wake Forest

37

PR

10

AP

Oklahoma State

18

PR

11

AP

Michigan

16

PR

12

AP

Texas A&M

10

PR

13

AP

Auburn

5

PR

Of the next six teams on my AP ballot, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Michigan and Auburn are somewhat in the same neighborhood as Collin’s ratings. Collin’s ratings have Wake Forest at No. 37, while my AP ballot has the undefeated Demon Deacons at No. 9.


14

AP

Baylor

24

PR

15

AP

Kentucky

26

PR

16

AP

Ole Miss

7

PR

17

AP

Iowa

30

PR

18

AP

UTSA

70

PR

19

AP

Houston

46

PR

20

AP

Arkansas

19

PR

One-loss Baylor is No. 14 on my AP ballot, followed by three teams that lost on Saturday — Kentucky, Ole Miss and Iowa.

Undefeated UTSA moves up to No. 18 on my AP ballot, but Collin’s ratings list the Roadrunners all the way down at No. 70.


21

AP

BYU

49

PR

22

AP

NC State

20

PR

23

AP

Fresno State

50

PR

24

AP

SMU

38

PR

25

AP

Coastal Carolina

25

PR

A couple of my final five teams on my AP ballot are similar to Collin’s power ratings. I ranked NC State No. 22 and Coastal Carolina No. 25, compared to Collin’s ratings of No. 20 and the same No. 25, respectively.

Once again, Collin’s power ratings also have numerous teams among his top 25 that I didn’t include on my AP Top 25 ballot this week.

This week there are nine of Collin’s Top 25 teams that I didn’t rank, headed by four-loss Florida at No. 6. The others Collin ranked that I didn’t: No. 9 Penn State, No. 13 Utah, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Iowa State, No. 17 Pitt, No. 21 Arizona State, No. 22 North Carolina and No. 23 Texas.


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