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When the college football rankings are updated after Week 1 results are final, it’s a chance to blend preseason predictions with first impressions to create a new look at how these teams stack up against one another. While much of the conversation around the top of the sport has focused on Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State for months, few takeaways from Week 1 are more significant than the Bulldogs’ 49-3 statement win against Oregon.
That win has Georgia jumping ahead of Ohio State for the No. 2 spot in the new CBS Sports 131, our comprehensive ranking of every FBS team, positioning the Dawgs to make a run at the top spot still occupied by the Crimson Tide. Alabama was a near-unanimous selection for No. 1 in our preseason rankings, so chipping away at that deficit will take more than one week. But if Georgia continues its ruthless execution on offense while playing suffocating defense, the debate will only continue to grow through the season with no head-to-head meeting on the schedule until a potential showdown in the SEC Championship Game.
But while Georgia’s move ahead of Ohio State, which rode its defense to a hard-fought win against Notre Dame in Week 1, is an adjustment of significance, it was far from the largest move in the rankings. Its SEC East rival, Florida, takes the honor of making one of the bigger jumps by splashing into the top 15 after its thrilling 29-26 win against Utah in Billy Napier’s debut. The Gators moved from No. 30 to No. 11, and that 19-spot jump is one of the most significant changes this week. The loss dropped Utah outside the top 10 but not too far down as it went from No. 4 to No. 13 — still ahead of UF by two spots. For more on the biggest moves up and down the rankings, check out Mover’s Report below the top 25 table.
Our voters have also taken note of a strong 2022 debut by Michigan, moving the Wolverines up from No. 8 up to No. 4. After Arkansas‘ win against Cincinnati, the Razorbacks now check four spots higher than the preseason ranking at No. 12. On the flip side, NC State was able to avoid a loss in a 21-20 nail-biter at East Carolina, but it did not avoid falling in our rankings, dropping from its No. 11 preseason position down 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 rankings page.
Check out the rest of the CBS Sports 131: Teams ranked 26-131
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