Tennessee launches into the No. 3 spot after their win over Alabama, as Kansas falls after their hot start
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AP Poll Reaction: Tennessee Hits "Rocky Top" of the List, TCU Continues Run & Kansas Falls Off

The highlight of this past weekend of college football games was the Tennessee Volunteers defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide. But the Vols were not the only team that made some noise.

The Michigan Wolverines made a statement as they ran all over the Penn State defense. The TCU Horned Frogs handed the Oklahoma State Cowboys their first loss of the season. The Syracuse Orange remained undefeated after taking down the NC State Wolfpack. And the Utah Utes and Kentucky Wildcats each picked up much needed conference wins to keep their conference title and New Year's Six hope alive. And with all that happening, we had a pretty good shake up in the AP Top 25 Poll, particularly inside the top ten. In case you missed it, see for yourself! 

Biggest Jumps

Kendre Miller #33 of the TCU Horned Frogs reacts following his game winning touchdown run against the Oklahoma State Cowboys

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#8 TCU Horned Frogs (Up 5 Spots)

TCU is now the lone undefeated team in the Big 12 with a 6-0 record.  There is still plenty of season left, but TCU is in the driver's seat of making the conference title game

#16 Utah Utes (Up 5 Spots)

In a high-scoring and very emotional game, the Utes handed the USC Trojans their first loss of the 2022 season and look to build off that momentum heading into the back end of their schedule

#18 Illinois Illini (Up 6 Spots)

The Illini picked up another big conference win as they remain the favorite to win the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Biggest Drops

 Mikel Jones #3 and Garrett Williams #8 of the Syracuse Orange sack Jack Chambers #14 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack

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#23 NC State Wolfpack (Down 8 Spots)

The Wolfpacks' conference title hopes were knocked down significantly following their loss to Syracuse. NC State will have to win out if they want a shot, but without QB Devin Leary, that could prove difficult.

#24 Mississippi State Bulldogs (Down 8 Spots)

After picking up a big win last week, the Bulldogs followed it with a disappointing loss to Kentucky. But there is no time to lick their wounds because next on their schedule: Alabama.

New to Top 25 Poll

Michael Pratt #7 and Tyjae Spears #22 of the Tulane Green Wave talk during a game against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium

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#22 North Carolina Tar Heels

Surprisingly enough, this Tar Heels team is 6-1 and looking to play spoiler in the race to the ACC Title game.

#25 Tulane Green Wave

Tulane is also 6-1 and have wins over Kansas State and Houston. The Green Wave are the clear favorite to win the American Conference right now.

Dropped Out of the Top 25 Poll

Quarterback Jason Bean #17 of the Kansas Jayhawks throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

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Kansas Jayhawks (Previously #19)

Back-to-back losses and their star quarterback being injured have the Jayhawks spiraling out of the Top 25 and putting hopes away of a once promising season.

James Madison Dukes (Previously #25)

James Madison left the AP Top 25 as quickly as they joined it after being upset by Georgia Southern.

What to Watch for in Week Seven

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the first quarter of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium

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Another weekend of college football and another weekend with heavyweight match ups between AP Top 25 opponents.

  • The Syracuse Orange and Clemson Tigers go head-to-head in a battle between the remaining unbeaten teams in the ACC.
  • The UCLA Bruins look to remain undefeated as they seek to end the Oregon Ducks hopes at not only a Pac-12 title but also a spot in the College Football Playoff.
  • The Oklahoma State Cowboys hope to bounce back from their first loss of the season as they welcome the Texas Longhorns to town.
  • The Alabama Crimson Tide are ready to take their frustration from last Saturday's loss out on the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are spiraling out of control.
  • The TCU Horned Frogs play in their fourth-straight game against an AP Top 25 team as they play host to the Kansas State Wildcats.

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