College Football Rankings: North Carolina Climbs Top 10, Kentucky Plunges CBS Sports 131


We’ve entered the home stretch of the college football schedule, with just two weeks left into the 2022 regular season and much remains to be decided as far as the conference championship and college football playoffs go. But in this week’s updated CBS Sports 131, our comprehensive ranking of every FBS team compiled by experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports, one of the notable moves at the top of the rankings comes from a team that has already secured their ticket to the conference championship weekend solved .

North Carolina moved up five spots in the CBS Sports 131 and checked in in 10th place after their exciting win at Wake Forest on Saturday. The win secured the ACC Coastal title for Coach Mack Brown and the Tar Heels, who will face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday, December 3rd. The Tigers clinched the Atlantic title with a win over Louisville on Saturday and also saw a dip in this week’s CBS Sports 131, moving up three spots to No. 9. With both teams boasting 9-1 records, the odds of toppling the CFP haven’t dwindled, but both teams would need some help from other top-flight losses.

It’s not uncommon for top teams to take losses at this stage of the season, and Week 11 offered plenty of room for some adjustments at the top of the leaderboard. Oregon, Ole Miss and UCLA were all in the top 11 in last week’s rankings but fell out of that zone after suffering their second losses of the season over the weekend.

The Ducks fell to 12th after losing at home to Washington, the Rebels fell three places to 14th after losing to Alabama, and the Bruins fell seven places to 16th after beating Arizona had lost. These results also resulted in an unsurprising ranking boost for the winners, notably Washington (up nine spots at #17) and Arizona (up 21 spots at #71).

For more information on the most dramatic and notable adjustments in the rankings, see the Mover’s Report under the top 25 chart.

College football pundits from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week that are averaged for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on our rankings page.

1 Georgia 10:0 1
2 State of Ohio 10:0 2
3 Michigan 10:0 3
4 TCU 10:0 4
5 Tennessee 9-1 5
6 LSU 8-2 8th
7 U.S.C 9-1 7
8th Alabama 8-2 10
9 Clemson 9-1 12
10 North Carolina 9-1 fifteen
11 Utah 8-2 13
12 Oregon 8-2 6
13 Pennsylvania 8-2 14
14 Ole Fraulein 8-2 11
fifteen Washington 8-2 24
16 UCLA 8-2 9
17 State of Kansas 7-3 20
18 State of Florida 7-3 23
19 UCF 8-2 25
20 Notre-Dame 7-3 22
21 Tulane 8-2 16
22 Texas 6-4 17
23 cincinnati 8-2 27
24 Oregon State 7-3 30
25 Coastal Carolina 9-1 26

Biggest Mover

  • No. 71 Arizona (+21): The Wildcats improved to 4-6 and kept their Year 2 bowl game hopes alive with Jedd Fisch thanks to an upset win over the Bruins. Arizona will host its final two games of the regular season – first against Washington State before participating in the annual rivalry game against Arizona State.
  • No. 38 Purdue (+17): Victory over Illinois kept Purdue alive in the now wide-open Big Ten West race. As a contender for the division’s title, our voters have adjusted Boilermakers’ position in the top 50.
  • No. 33 Duke (+13): Mike Elko has a great case for consideration for ACC Coach of the Year, not only for having Duke in a bowl game in Year 1, but for doing so with space. The Blue Devils, now at 7-3, have been on the mend against most of their ACC opponents. Winning eight or nine games would equate to some of the best seasons of the David Cutcliffe era.
  • No. 27 UTSA (+10): The Roadrunners have not lost since September 17 and have slowly climbed the rankings during that seven-game winning streak. Saturday’s 51-7 win over Louisiana Tech was just an exclamation mark for voters, who had some room to add to that 8-2 roster thanks to some losses in the top 30.
  • No. 29 NC state (-11): Boston College is an injury-plagued team that started its backup quarterback and was early behind at NC State. But the Wolf Pack couldn’t get over the Eagles in the second half either, letting the game go late and conceding one of the most disappointing losses in recent years.
  • #35 Freedom (-16): This dramatic drop in the rankings is something of a course correction after Liberty’s big boost from beating Arkansas. If that is followed by a loss at UConn some voters will reconsider last week’s enthusiasm and so we see the Flames falling out of the top 30.
  • No. 53 Kentucky (-20): The other side of Vanderbilt, who gets his first SEC win since 2019, is a dramatic adjustment for the Wildcats’ rankings. A week after being positioned as one of the top three-loss teams in the country, Kentucky fell out of the top 50. The Wildcats now share the rankings with teams like Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Arkansas, all of whom are 5-5 in the top 20 of the CBS Sports 131 year-to-date.

Check out the rest of the CBS Sports 131: teams ranked 26-131


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