Every Sunday Associated Press (AP) sportswriters vote on who they think are the top 25 college football teams in the country. Points are given based on rank vote (for example a 1st place vote is worth 25 points and a 25th place vote is worth 1 point).
The graphic below shows the history of AP votes for each of the top 25 teams since the start of the 2016-17 season by a weekly level. This helps understand how a team has gotten to their current AP ranking. Alabama in Week 6 had the most AP votes with 1,512.
Ranked Game Results in Week 5
Week 5 had four top 25 matchups. Washington’s impressive win against Stanford has moved them to the Top 5 for the first time this season. Wisconsin and Louisville lost by a small margin to their respective opponents and were not heavily penalized by the AP voters.
Rank Movement from Week 5 to Week 6
- It was business as usual for Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan in week 5 as they continue to win their games.
- Louisville dropped out of the Top 3 and was replaced with Clemson after Clemson beat Louisville 42-36 on Saturday night.
- Washington moved to 5th after beating Stanford 44-6.
Which teams from the top 25 have played the toughest competition so far?
In order to analyze the strength of schedule for each of the AP top 25 I used the following metrics:
- # of games they have played against teams in the week 6 top 25.
- # of games they have won against teams in the week 6 top 25.
- The total AP points given to the opponents they have played so far this season in the week 6 AP poll.
- The top 9 teams all have wins against atleast one team that is currently in the AP top 25.
- Clemson, Michigan, and Louisville have played against some of the toughest competition in the country and have performed well.
- While Oklahoma and Ole Miss have played against tough competition they have not been able to win any games against ranked teams.