Ranking 131 college football teams after Week 11: UConn, Duke and the teams worth celebrating

There have been a few weeks of College Football Playoff rankings, and there won’t be much change at the top on Tuesday. So let’s open this week’s version of the athlete 131 by celebrating teams that are in the midst of great seasons, by their standards, but aren’t in the CFP discussion. The purpose of these ratings, after all, is to acknowledge everyone, not just the select few at the top.

That means celebrating teams like number 81 OkonAnd the who beat Liberty To move to 6-5 and become eligible for the tournament for the first time since 2015. The Husky has had four wins over the previous three seasons, left the American Football Independence Athletic Conference and skipped the 2020 season due to COVID-19. The fans haven’t had much to get excited about in a while, but they are now the Kings of New England and qualified for Jim Morra’s first season. It’s fun to see.

number 42 duke It is 7-3! Both Duke and Virginia Tech University They have head coaches in their first year, but the Blue Devils and Mike Elko took a win 24-7 from hockey during the Weekend. Duke has racked up 10 wins in the past three years together.

No. 17 UCF Athletic director Danny White and head coach Josh Hubbell saw them leave for Tennessee and turn the Vols into a top-10 team, but the Knights 8-2 are back in control of sixth for the new year in their final season as a Group 5 and AAC team. UCF has a knack for speed and skill up and down the list again, and Gus Malzahn has the rolling machine.

No. 21 Coastal Carolina It’s unlikely that a New Year’s 6th place will be awarded to the AAC Champion, but the Chanticleers won Miss South without Grayson McCall To go 9-1 and be 31-4 over the past three seasons, which is a great period. The same goes for the number 31 UTSAIt is 8-2 after hitting Louisiana Tech He is 20-4 over the past two seasons, and looks set to win another title in South America. number 34 Troy He is 8-2 and at the top of the Sunbelt West division in coach John Summerall’s first year, after three straight seasons of five wins. Right behind Troy is number 52 South AlabamaAnd the Which at 8-2 has two more wins than the program has previously won as a top-tier school.

No. 11 Washington He grabbed everyone’s attention with a quick start but faded after the loss University of California And the Arizona. Now the Husky has returned to the national image after them 37-34 win in Oregon To move to 8-2. Michael Benx Jr. He leads the nation with 364 yards per game after an injury-packed run in Indiana.

No. 19 Florida He started last season 0-4 with a loss to Jacksonville State, but now it’s clear that Mike Norville has slipped past a corner kick. Seminoles 12-6 since then and 7-3 this year after 38-3 demolished Syracuse. This is finally a physically strong team up front, and Florida State really is back on the rise after some tough years. The infection rate of employees at the transfer gate remains high.

And of course there is the number 37 kansas. The Jayhawks had a lopsided loss of Texas Tech This weekend, but they still go to the bowl game. They are 6-4 after failing to win more than three games for 12 consecutive seasons from 2010 to 21.

This football season has given every fan some hope that someday things can turn around. That’s what we really love about this sport, and it’s not just who’s going to win the National Championship in the end.

Here’s this week’s edition of the athlete 131.

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Just three minor changes in the top ten. OregonLoss to Washington, Loss to UCLA Arizona And Ole Miss’s loss to Alabama It causes all three teams to be knocked down. In the Alabama movements, Clemson And the Utah. Honestly, you can put Utah, Washington, Oregon, and UCLA in any order you want and make it logical. You put Utes on top for winning against USC. This week’s USC-UCLA game could lead to even more Pac-12 craziness. (Imagine a 12-team universe in which each of these five teams is vying for a spot or two, rather than just waiting to see if USC has a chance in the current four-team model. It would be fun.)

Michigan And the Ohio State Remains, for me, with the Michigan explosion Pennsylvania state decisive factor. Yes, Ohio State win against Notre Dame It looks better now. But again, a decision on him will be made in a couple of weeks on the field.


Georgia snatched SEC East status with a win in Mississippi. (Matt Bush/USA Today)

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At 8-2, Penn State continues to be the perfect example of a “good, not great” team, lacking as big a win as the Pac-12 teams before it. North Carolina get over Wake Forest 36-34 for the best heel tar win this season. They’d still have an outside chance in the CFP if they beat Clemson, but right now, their best win after Wake is… Duke, I think? The unbalanced nature of the loss of Notre Dame is painful. The UCF dominated AAC with a 38-31 victory over Tulane and is one win away from anywhere in a conference title match. Kansas State Rebounded with a 34-3 win from Baylor.

Coastal Carolina debuts in her top 25 appearances list after defeating Southern Miss (who beat Tolen this chapter). Notre Dame is back in the top 25, as its victories over Clemson and North Carolina continued to look better and several teams lost ahead of the Irish over the weekend. Once again, this team is difficult to deal with losses at home Marshall And the stanford. Texas It stays in the top 25, again because so many other teams ranked in the 20s lost and because the win over K-State last week looks better.

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North CarolinaAnd the freedomAnd the IllinoisAnd the KentuckyAnd the Mississippi Baylor all receded after the losses, as the top four lost to them shockingly Boston Collegeocon, Bordeaux And the VanderbiltStraight. Yes He makes a big jump after winning 24-10 against him Wisconsin to produce oneself Back to the Big Ten West.

kansas, Louisville, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Oklahoma and Arkansas were all ranked in the 30s last week and all lost this weekend. Everyone ranked from the mid-20s to the early 1950s is pretty close at this point, with a bit of a disconnect, as it usually happens at this time of year.

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South Alabama matched Troy with a 38-21 win against him Texas Statebut she still needed the Trojans to lose a match in the Sun Belt West race. Boise State bounce back from losing to BYU With a 41-3 win against Nevada In the snow. James Madison is 6-3 in his first season as FBS after winning 37-3 against him Old Dominionbut the Dukes are not eligible for a post-season as the FCS reclassification program. Wyoming Keep winning 14-13 against Coloradoand the Cowboys host Boise State next week with the #1 Mountain West Mountain Division on the line.

UAB get over North Texas 41-21, but North Texas can still reach the US Conference title match by winning it rice Within two weeks. Marshall won Appalachian State 28-21, a continuation of a strange season for the mountaineers, who are now 5-5.

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Texas A&M started 8th in these pre-season rankings and has now slipped outside the top 75 after losing Auburn The temporary head coach Cadillac Williams. Miss South lost to Coastal Carolina and is now late Miami (Florida) due to head on. West Virginia Beat Baylor and now Oklahomawith unilateral losses to Texas Tech and Iowa between two. It’s been a strange season for the WVU.

UConn continues to climb after beating Liberty for eligibility. Fresno State He won five consecutive matches and San Diego State He won four of five (with a loss to Fresno State). OhioThe recovery season continued with a 37-21 victory over Miami (Ohio). Vanderbilt Beat CFP No. 24 Kentucky 24-21 In its first SEC win since 2019. Boston College beat No. 16 North Carolina State for its first AP-ranked win since 2014.

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Virginia Tech has lost seven games in a row For the first time since 1951. The Hokies are the 3rd lowest Power 5 team as a result, just ahead North West And the Colorado. New Mexico State He has quietly won four of his past five matches. Arkansas I’m late late UMass Trying to convert from two points to secure a 35-33 win and keep the Minutemen at No. 131.

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