NCAAF Betting: Top 25 Winners & Losers Nov. 5th Edition
Week 9 of the college football season caused a lot of movement within the AP Top 25. Lots of teams in the middle of the pack made some moves this week, as some went up while others dropped down.
We should see even more movement next week, as the Pac-12 and the Mid-American Conference start playing games this week. Let’s take a look at some of the winners who moved up in this week’s poll and some of the losers who are headed in the wrong direction so you can keep making your bets against their NCAAF odds.
NCAA Football Top 25 Winners & Losers After Week 9
Winner: Texas Longhorns
Texas has now moved to No. 22 in the poll. Texas started the season highly ranked, but after early-season losses to TCU and Oklahoma, the Longhorns dropped out of the poll. Last Saturday, the Longhorns beat previously undefeated Oklahoma State.
Although it was outplayed much of the game, Texas capitalized on four Cowboys turnovers. Texas has four winnable games remaining on its schedule. If the Longhorns can win those, they’ll continue to move up in the poll.
Winner: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
The Chanticleers are making some noise and are making voters take notice. Now at No. 15 in the AP poll, Coastal Carolina is also starting to get some national recognition.
After their 51-0 thrashing of Georgia State, the Chanticleers are making a case to be talked about for a playoff spot. They’re still behind many Power 5 schools, along with BYU and Cincinnati, so they still have a ways to go before they’re a playoff contender.
But for now, they’re enjoying this journey and gaining some much-needed recognition.
Winner: Auburn Tigers
After their loss to South Carolina, many were writing the Auburn Tigers off. Bo Nix didn’t play well against Georgia or South Carolina, and many were doubting Auburn.
But after its defeat of LSU, Auburn is back in the poll at No. 24. Nix is playing better, and Auburn still has a chance to make some noise in the SEC. It still has games with Texas A&M and Alabama, so Auburn could move up even more.
Loser: Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Cowboys’ loss to Texas cost them in many ways. Not only did it drop them down to No. 14 in the AP poll, but it probably cost them any chance they had at getting into the College Football Playoff.
The Big 12 is down this year, and the Cowboys would’ve needed to go undefeated to have any shot at getting into the Playoff.
Loser: Michigan Wolverines
Just when everyone thought that this could be the year that Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines finally had a squad to compete with Ohio State, the Michigan State Spartans took it to Michigan. With that loss, the Wolverines dropped to No. 23 in the AP poll.
The offense didn’t play well, and the defense was atrocious. Many are now wondering if Harbaugh truly was the right hire?
Loser: Penn State Nittany Lions
After dropping to 0-2 to start the season, the Nittany Lions have dropped out of the Top 25. Even though this week’s loss was to a superior Ohio State team, the prior week’s loss to Indiana will be hard to recover from.
Now that the Nittany Lions are 0-2 and unlikely to contend for the Big Ten title, it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the season goes for James Franklin’s squad.