The AP Rankings of the 2022 College Football Season have arrived and some new faces join the party.
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Championship Saturday Provides Excitement as New Teams Join AP Top 25


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Championship Saturday has come and gone, and the second-to-last AP Top 25 Poll is out. The USC Trojans choked their way out of the playoffs, losing to the Utah Utes in the Pac-12 title game. And the Kansas State Wildcats won the Big 12 title game, handing the TCU Horned Frogs their first loss of the season. It turned out to be as wild of a weekend as we could have expected leading into bowl season. The playoff spots are selected, and the bowl stage is set, but there is still plenty to discuss in this week's AP Top 25 Poll, so, let's check it out!

Last-Minute Jumps for Tulane and Utah

Cameron Rising #7 of the Utah Utes reacts to a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the PAC-12 Championship football game of the PAC-12 Championship

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No. 7 Utah Utes (Up 5 Spots)

The Utes of Utah did not need a two-point conversion this time around to beat the USC Trojans as they took in to them, winning the Pac-12 Title.

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No. 14 Tulane Green Wave (Up 4 Spots)

The Green Wave got their revenge when it mattered most as they took down the UCF Knights for the AAC Championship

Steepest Falls After Last Week

Utah Utes linebacker Mohamoud Diabate, left, forces a fumble by USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams to seal the win during the fourth quarter of the Pac-12 Championship

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No. 8 USC Trojans (Down 4 Spots)

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The Trojans won their first two games of a tough end-of-season gauntlet to make the College Football Playoff but could not finish things off Friday night.

No. 16 LSU Tigers (Down 5 Spots)

Let's be honest, the Tigers were overrated a little, and this drumming in the SEC title game pretty much showed that.

New Faces in the Top 25

A general view of Troy Trojans helmets during the game between Troy Trojans and Louisiana Monroe Warhawks

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No. 23 Troy Trojans

A Sun Belt title and an AP ranking, what a year for the Troy Trojans.

No. 25 NC State Wolfpack

I mean they did absolutely nothing to get this spot, but after an injury-riddled year, this is a win for the Wolfpack.

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Out of the AP Rankings with No Time Left

Drake Maye #10 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after throwing an interception that lead to a Clemson Tigers touchdown in the third quarter during the ACC Championship game

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UCF Knights (Previously No. 22)

The UCF Knights could not claim back the AAC crown, losing to Tulane and falling out of the Top 25.

North Carolina Tar Heels (Previously No. 24)

Three straight losses to lose the season is not a good look. Hopefully, a bowl win over Oregon can add some light to this once hopeful season.

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