The Football Writers Association of America/National Football Foundation Super 16 Poll saw the Cincinnati Bearcats move into the Top 5 after their win over Notre Dame in South Bend.
The Bearcats moved up two spots with the impressive victory, remaining undefeated going into American Athletic Conference play. The Bearcats are in prime position to try and become the first Group of 5 team to crash the College Football Playoff. But the Bearcats will likely need to remain undefeated to have a chance.
Alabama and Georgia remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, with the Crimson Tide getting 39 first-place votes and the Bulldogs getting 13.
At No. 3 and No. 4 were Iowa and Penn State, respectively. Both teams moved up a spot after their wins on Saturday, and the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions will face each other on Saturday in a huge Big Ten showdown.
The rest of the Top 16 looked like this — No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Oregon, No. 10 BYU, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Notre Dame, No. 15 Arkansas and No. 16 Coastal Carolina.
Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Coastal Carolina were not ranked last week.
Also receiving votes were Florida (58), Ole Miss (57), Auburn (40), Wake Forest (40), Texas(22), Fresno State (13), Stanford (8), Kansas State (6), SMU (5), NC State (4), Arizona State (4), USC (3), Mississippi State (2), Clemson (2), Appalachian State (1), Iowa State (1).
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