Washington made its season debut in The The Bharat Express News college football on Sunday at number 18, and Penn State and Oregon came in the top 15 after taking all three decisive victories outside of the conference.
A weekend of outbursts by high-ranking teams kept the top 10 virtually unchanged.
No. 1 Georgia received six more votes in first place in the TBEN Top 25 presented by the Regions Bank. The Bulldogs have a maximum of 59 first-place votes and 1,569 points.
No. 2 Alabama got three first place votes and No. 3 Ohio State got one.
No. No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Oklahoma, and No. 7 Southern California all had their spots. The only change in the top 10 was No. 8 Kentucky flip-flopping with No. 9 Oklahoma State. Arkansas remained at number 10.
The top 10 teams, most of them overmatched nonconference opponents, won their games Saturday by a combined 521–120.
The shuffling came in the next 10.
No. 11 Tennessee is up four places. Penn State jumped eight to number 14 after routing Auburn down the road. No. 15 Oregon rose 10 places after a handy win over BYU, which dropped seven places to No. 19.
Washington previously beat Michigan State 39-28 to top the rankings for the first time since the 2021 preseason poll. Washington has had two short stays in the TBEN Top 25 in the past two seasons, but has been largely unranked since the start of the 2019 season.
“To get this win now, we need to keep putting this faith in our guys. It’s only going to get better for us as we get to work on the field,” Washington freshman coach Kalen DeBoer told reporters after the game.
Michigan State went all out after it hit number 11.
Mississippi rose four places to No. 16 and No. 20 Florida slipped a few places after barely making it through South Florida at home.
At the bottom of the rankings, Miami dropped 12 places to number 25 after losing to Texas A&M. The Aggies moved up one to number 23.
The top 10 10-0 weekend was the first since they all played and won in week 2 of the 2019 season.
In total, the TBEN Top 25 teams won 22 matches, the most since 24 teams won in week 1 of 2019.
Washington’s jump in the poll from unranked to number 18 was the best for the program since September 1989, when the Huskies defeated Texas A&M and moved from outside the rankings to number 15.
The Pac-12 has its most-ranked teams since its first regular season poll of 2021, when it had five.
SEC — 8 (Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 16, 20, 23).
ACC — 5 (Nos. 5, 12, 21, 24, 25).
Large 12 – 4 (Nos. 6, 9, 17, 22).
Pac-12 – 4 (Nos. 7, 13, 15, 18).
Big Ten — 3 (Nos. 3, 4, 14).
Independents – 1 (No. 19).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest. For the first time since 1950, the Tigers and Demon Deacons meet as ranked teams.
No. 20 Florida at No. 11 Tennessee. For the first time since 2017, the teams that used to own the SEC East are both ranked when they play.
No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas. It doesn’t get any easier for the Aggies.
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