College football rankings: Georgia overtakes Ohio State for No. 2, Florida climbs fast in CBS Sports 131

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When the college football standings are updated after Week 1 results are complete, it’s an opportunity to mix preseason predictions with first impressions to create a fresh look at how these teams are performing. compare to each other. While much of the conversation around the sports summit focused on Alabama, Georgia and ohio state for months, few takeaways from Week 1 are more significant than the Bulldogs’ 49-3 win over Oregon.

The win puts Georgia ahead of Ohio State for second place on the new CBS Sports 131, our comprehensive ranking of all FBS teams, positioning the Dawgs to make a run for the top spot still held by the Crimson. Tide. Alabama was a near-unanimous selection for No. 1 in our preseason rankings, so closing that deficit will take more than a week. But if Georgia continues their ruthless execution on offense while playing stifling defense, the debate will only grow throughout the season without a one-on-one meeting on the schedule until a potential showdown in the championship game. of the SEC.

But as Georgia edged out Ohio State, which led its defense to a hard-fought win over Our Lady in week 1, it’s a significant adjustment, it was far from the biggest move in the rankings. Its rival SEC East, Floridahas the honor of making one of the biggest leaps by breaking into the top 15 after their thrilling 29-26 win over Utah in the beginnings of Billy Napier. The Gators jumped from No. 30 to No. 11, and that 19-point jump is one of the biggest changes this week. The loss knocked Utah outside the top 10 but not too low as it dropped from No. 4 to No. 13 – still ahead of UF by two spots. For more on the biggest moves in the rankings, check out the mover report below the top 25 chart.

Our constituents also took note of the strong start to 2022 by Michigantaking the Wolverines from No. 8 to No. 4. After Arkansas‘ win against Cincinnatithe Razorbacks now check four spots above the preseason standings at No. 12. On the other hand, NC status was able to avoid a loss in a 21-20 nail biter at East Carolinabut he didn’t avoid falling in our rankings, falling from his pre-season position at No. 11 to No. 17.

college football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on our ranking page.

CBS Sports 131 College Football Rankings

The biggest movers

  • No. 54 Syracuse (+35): During the preseason, Syracuse was expected to be near the bottom of the ACC in 2022, but Saturday’s 31-7 win over Louisville suggests it won’t be one of the lower end of the Power Five.
  • No. 29 state of florida (+21): Now 2-0 with a quality non-conference win over an SEC opponent, you can feel the tide starting to turn for Mike Norvell and the Seminoles. If goal-line errors had caused Florida State to lose, we would retain the same expectations from previous seasons, but in coming out victorious with solid quarterback play and a great defensive front, this team displays top-30 quality. at the start of the season. .
  • No. 11 Florida (+19): Anthony Richardson wasn’t a certainty for star power before the season, but after his performance against Utah, there’s no doubt he’ll be one of the most important players in the SEC this season. His development makes the Gators’ offense extremely dangerous, especially in the red zone, and the execution on both sides of the ball looked much improved in Florida’s win. The next challenge is to maintain that level of play with Kentucky coming to town on Saturday.
  • No. 41 Aviation (+17): The Falcons rushed for an impressive 582 yards in their season-opening 48-17 win over Northern Iowa. The offense is already in mid-season form, and that allows the Air Force to see maybe even more up-ranking movement if they continue to be successful on the field this Saturday against Colorado.
  • No. 38 Oregon State (+13): Jonathan Smith guided the Beavers to the playoffs for the first time last season, but whether that could be sustained was up for debate ahead of an impressive win over Boise State in Week 1. Oregon State took a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back, earning a 34-17 win over the Broncos.
  • No. 30 Oregon (-16): Despite all the upward momentum around Georgia, there is also strong skepticism regarding the Ducks’ preseason standings. Oregon may still be among the best teams in the Pac-12, but it will be tough to get back into that top 10 after the Ducks’ distance to the pinnacle of the sport was laid bare on the field in Atlanta.
  • No. 51 USL (-20): There were two missed punts, a blocked field goal and a decisive blocked extra point that stand out as special teams errors piled up atop an offensive line that struggled in the trenches and d other execution issues since losing a point to Florida State. . LSU got the benefit of the doubt in the preseason standings due to talent remaining on the roster and coaching chops from Brian Kelly, but it could take a year or two to put the Tigers back in their desired position of be a competitor.
  • No. 58 Boise State (-20): Last season’s 7-5 record was meant to be an aberration, and Boise State was expected to return to Mountain West’s title chase in 2022, led by a strong defense. Well, this group gave up a bunch of points early and the offense took two quarterbacks and a quarterback change to wake up. There’s certainly still enough quality to be a bowl team, but MWC title contention could be a daunting task if things don’t improve.
  • #85 Louisville (-44): It might be an overreaction, but ranking responses to just one week of college football are built for overreaction and few teams across the entire Power Five looked as different from preseason expectations as Louisville. Malik Cunningham He was expected to be a star, but the Cardinals only scored seven points, plus the defense was supposed to be improved and it was still diced by Syracuse. It was a sloppy performance worthy of a big drop in the standings, but in reality, it’s probably not the 85th best team in college football. Right?

Check out the rest of CBS Sports 131: Teams ranked 26-131

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