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College Football Rankings for Week 5: Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Poll Ballot vs. Our Betting Power Ratings

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Kyle Rivas/Getty Images. Pictured: Head coach Lance Leipold and the Kansas Jayhawks.

For the fifth consecutive week, the top three teams on my AP Top 25 ballot consist of Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State. However, I shuffled the top three slightly. I still have Georgia No. 1, despite sleepwalking past Kent State. But I moved Ohio State up to No. 2 and dropped Alabama one spot to No. 3.

Both teams dominated Saturday — Ohio State routed Wisconsin, 52-21, and Alabama blasted Vanderbilt, 55-3. At this point, I feel Ohio State’s entire body of work is ever so slightly better than Alabama’s right now.

It doesn’t mean it can’t — and won’t –—change. And with next week’s opponents — Bama visits Arkansas and Ohio State plays Rutgers — they could flip-flop on my ballot next week.

I have six new teams on my AP Top 25 ballot this week: unbeaten Ole Miss, Kansas, Minnesota, Florida State and TCU, plus 3-1 Kansas State.

Here’s my Top 25 ballot compared to Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson’s betting power ratings.

Updated 2022 College Football Betting Power Ratings

Brett McMurphy’s Week 5 AP Top 25 Ballot

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


1

AP

Georgia

3

PR

2

AP

Ohio State

1

PR

3

AP

Alabama

2

PR

4

AP

Michigan

4

PR

5

AP

USC

24

PR

6

AP

Kentucky

28

PR

7

AP

Tennessee

10

PR

8

AP

Clemson

5

PR

9

AP

Oklahoma State

13

PR

10

AP

Washington

29

PR

Even with its lackluster win, Georgia remains No. 1 on my ballot. It was the Bulldogs’ first clunker this season. Ohio State, based on its domination of Wisconsin, moved up to No. 2 on my ballot, while Alabama slid to third.

Michigan and USC stay at No. 4 and No. 5 by default — because there’s no one to move in front of either team right now.

Collin’s power ratings agree with my top four and include six of my top 10. The biggest differences are Kentucky and Washington: I have the Wildcats No. 6, and Collin ranks UK No. 28. I have the Huskies No. 10, while Collin ranks UW No. 29.


11

AP

NC State

25

PR

12

AP

Utah

7

PR

13

AP

Penn State

20

PR

14

AP

Ole Miss

21

PR

15

AP

Oregon

19

PR

16

AP

BYU

27

PR

17

AP

Baylor

26

PR

18

AP

Oklahoma

6

PR

19

AP

Kansas

55

PR

20

AP

Minnesota

17

PR

Only four teams I ranked between Nos. 11-20 are rated somewhat similarly by Collin: Penn State, Ole Miss, Oregon and Minnesota.

Our biggest disagreement is Kansas. I have the Jayhawks at No. 19, while Collin puts KU at No. 55


21

AP

Texas A&M

12

PR

22

AP

Arkansas

11

PR

23

AP

Kansas State

40

PR

24

AP

Florida State

9

PR

25

AP

TCU

14

PR

My final five teams on my AP ballot include three newcomers this season: undefeated Florida State and TCU, plus one-loss Kansas State, which won at Oklahoma. Collin’s biggest discrepancy was with K-State, rating the Wildcats No. 40.

Collin also had eight teams in his top 25 power ratings that I did not rank on my Top 25 ballot this week: No. 8 Texas, No. 15 Cincinnati, No. 16 LSU, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 22 Pitt and No. 23 Notre Dame.


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