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NCAA Football Rankings: New AP Top 25 And Coaches Polls Released — Numerous Upsets Cause Huge Shake-Up

The new NCAA football rankings are now out after all the action of the weekend, and it was a wild one. Numerous upsets took place, as unbeaten team after unbeaten team fell, and it caused a lot of uncertainty now on the road to the College Football Playoffs. The new Coaches Poll and Associated Press Top 25 Poll have both been released, and things look drastically different from top to bottom.

On Tuesday, the first College Football Playoff rankings were released for the 2015 season, and there are already going to be big changes this upcoming week. A number of unbeaten teams went down, including the LSU Tigers, who dropped to No. 9 on this week’s Coaches Poll.

Clemson is playing better than ever and are quickly gaining on the Ohio State Buckeyes, who have remained at No. 1 all season in the Coaches Poll. This week, Ohio State ended up with just 34 first-place votes while Clemson snagged 21 of them away.

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Here is the full Coaches Poll for this week with Clemson moving up and a number of other teams shuffling around.

  1. Ohio State
  2. Clemson
  3. Baylor
  4. Alabama
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Stanford
  8. Iowa
  9. LSU
  10. Florida
  11. Oklahoma
  12. TCU
  13. Utah
  14. Michigan State
  15. Michigan
  16. Houston
  17. North Carolina
  18. Florida State (tie)
  19. UCLA (tie)
  20. Mississippi State
  21. Temple
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Nacvy
  24. Northwestern
  25. Memphis

This weekend was a huge shocker, as a number of unbeaten teams suffered their first losses of the season. LSU, Michigan State, TCU, and Memphis all lost their first games of the season, and it shook up the polls in huge ways.

Maybe one of the biggest upsets was that of Memphis having its 15-game winning streak finished off with Navy dominating. As CBS Sports reported, the Midshipmen’s triple-option offense, which gained 374 yards on the ground, was powerful, and Memphis simply could not stop them.

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It really appears as if a one-loss team could end up making it into the final four of the College Football Playoff this year. Some are looking very strong, and there are actually three one-loss SEC teams in the Top 10 now with Alabama, LSU, and Florida.

In the Top 25 AP Poll, things took on a much different look as Clemson was actually able to take over the No. 1 spot from the Buckeyes. Alabama jumped up to number three while Baylor landed in fourth.

LSU fell to No. 9 in this poll, as well, and Florida isn’t actually in the Top 10, despite winning on Saturday. They fell to No. 11, and much more of the poll was shaken up, as well, with the big losses and upsets.

Still, the CFB rankings being released on Tuesday could change that up some. The two polls do have a lot of influence on those rankings those, and here is the new Associated Press Top 25 Poll after this week’s games.

  1. Clemson (31)
  2. Ohio State (26)
  3. Alabama (2)
  4. Baylor (2)
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Stanford
  8. Iowa
  9. LSU
  10. Utah
  11. Florida
  12. Oklahoma
  13. TCU
  14. Michigan State
  15. Michigan
  16. Houston
  17. North Carolina
  18. UCLA
  19. Florida State
  20. Mississippi State
  21. Temple
  22. Navy
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Northwestern
  25. Memphis

This past weekend goes to show everyone that every single game counts, as losses earlier in the season are now being overcome by some teams. Those losing now will find it harder to work their way back up in the polls due to there being less opportunities.

It is expected that the College Football Playoff rankings coming out on Tuesday night will see Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, and Baylor in the top four, but stranger things have happened.

These new NCAA football rankings have caused a lot of shake-up and moving around thanks to a crazy weekend. The Coaches Poll and AP Top 25 Poll both tell a lot about who stands where, but the CFB rankings are where it all matters.

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