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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 11)

Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State Football

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The 11th weekend of the 2021 season was headlined by Michigan's win at Penn State, Ole Miss' victory against Texas A&M, Kansas' upset of Texas and Baylor's dominance of Oklahoma in Waco. Georgia, Cincinnati, Alabama and Oregon take the top four spots, with Ohio State at No. 5 and Michigan State at No. 6 in the post-Week 11 top 25 rankings. With the 11th week of the 2021 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 11)

1. Georgia (10-0)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Tennessee

The Bulldogs were tested early in Knoxville, but the Volunteers were eventually no match for coach Kirby Smart’s squad. The ground game punished Tennessee for 274 yards, and Georgia’s defense limited the Volunteers’ high-powered offense to just 4.6 yards per play.

2. Cincinnati (10-0)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated USF

Quarterback Desmond Ridder accounted for 369 total yards and three overall scores to lift Cincinnati to a 45-28 win over USF. The Bearcats are now 10-0 for just the second time in school history.

3. Alabama (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated New Mexico State

As expected, the Crimson Tide steamrolled New Mexico State (59-3). Ole Miss’ win over Texas A&M means Alabama can clinch the SEC West title with a victory over Arkansas next Saturday. 

4. Oregon (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Washington State

The Ducks moved closer to a Pac-12 North title with a 38-24 win over Washington State on Saturday night. Oregon's ground game recorded over 300 yards (306) for the second week in a row, while the defense registered three turnovers and six tackles for a loss. 

5. Ohio State (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Purdue

Saturday’s win over Purdue showed the Buckeyes still have work to do on defense, but the offense was unstoppable (9.0 yards per snap) in a 59-31 win.

6. Michigan State (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Maryland

The Spartans erased last week’s disappointment with a 40-21 victory over Maryland. Quarterback Payton Thorne threw for 287 yards and four scores, while running back Kenneth Walker ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Up next: A huge showdown at Ohio State.

7. Michigan (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Penn State

Clutch plays by the defense kept Michigan in the game early on, but it was the offense that came through with the Wolverines trailing late in the fourth quarter. Cade McNamara’s touchdown pass to Erick All gave Michigan a 21-17 win over Penn State, allowing coach Jim Harbaugh’s squad to keep playoff hopes alive going into the final two games against Maryland and Ohio State.

8. Notre Dame (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Virginia

Virginia wasn’t the same team with quarterback Brennan Armstrong sidelined, but the win was still impressive for the Fighting Irish. Coach Brian Kelly’s team used three touchdown passes from quarterback Jack Coan, and the ground game added 249 yards in an easy 28-3 victory over the Cavaliers.

9. Oklahoma State (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated TCU

The Cowboys continue to quietly rack up impressive victories. Coach Mike Gundy’s team used 434 rushing yards and a dominant effort by the defense (243 total yards allowed) in a 63-17 blowout of TCU.

10. Ole Miss (8-2)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Texas A&M

Matt Corral was steady (24 of 37 for 247 yards), but the real difference for the Rebels in the 29-19 victory over Texas A&M was the play of the ground game (257) and a defense that forced two turnovers and limited the Aggies to just 141 rushing yards.

11. Baylor (8-2)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Oklahoma

Led by a strong defensive effort, Baylor ended Oklahoma’s perfect season and scored a big 27-14 victory for coach Dave Aranda’s tenure in Waco. The Bears pounded the Sooners for 296 rushing yards, while the defense limited Oklahoma to just 14 points and 260 yards (4.9 per play) and allowed just one play of more than 20 yards.

12. Oklahoma (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Lost to Baylor

Oklahoma suffered its first loss of the year and took a big hit in the CFB Playoff picture with a 27-14 defeat at Baylor. The Sooners couldn't get their offense going with only 260 yards (4.9 per play), and the defense surrendered 296 yards to Baylor on the ground.

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13. Wake Forest (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated NC State

The Demon Deacons took a big step forward in the quest to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division with a 45-42 win over NC State on Saturday night. 

14. Texas A&M (7-3)
Week 11 Result:
Lost to Ole Miss

Texas A&M’s SEC West title hopes likely ended in Oxford with a 29-19 loss to Ole Miss. The Aggies appeared to have a significant edge in the trenches coming into Saturday’s game, but the offense was limited to 141 rushing yards, while the defense gave up 257 on the ground to the Rebels. 

15. BYU (8-2)
Week 11 Result:
Off Week

The Cougars were off on Saturday and return to action next week at Georgia Southern.

16. Wisconsin (7-3)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Northwestern

The Badgers used 268 rushing yards and a standout effort by the defense (only 239 yards allowed) to beat Northwestern 35-7 on Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin has now won six games in a row.

17. Iowa (8-2)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Minnesota

The Floyd Of Rosedale is staying in Iowa City for another year thanks to timely plays on offense and a couple of clutch stops by coach Kirk Ferentz’s defense in a 27-22 win over Minnesota. 

18. Pitt (8-2)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated North Carolina

The Panthers are one win away from the ACC’s Coastal Division title after Thursday night’s overtime victory against North Carolina. Pitt’s offense got off to a fast start with a 17-0 lead over the Tar Heels, but this unit sputtered in the second half and needed a couple of timely stops by the defense to stay ahead on the scoreboard.

19. Houston (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Temple

The Cougars crushed Temple 37-8 to clinch a trip to the AAC title game in December.

20. Arkansas (7-3)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated LSU

It wasn’t necessarily a pretty win, but Arkansas snapped a five-game losing streak to LSU with a 16-13 victory on Saturday night.

21. UTSA (10-0)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Southern Miss

An undermanned Southern Miss team gave UTSA plenty of trouble on Saturday afternoon, but coach Jeff Traylor’s squad rallied for a 27-17 victory. 

22. San Diego State (9-1)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Nevada

Aztecs continue to lean on special teams, strong defense and a timely offense to win, as coach Brady Hoke's team picked up a huge victory versus Nevada on Saturday night.

23. Utah (7-3)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Arizona

The Utes had to sweat a little more than expected versus Arizona, but coach Kyle Whittingham's team is just a victory away from winning the Pac-12 South.

24. Mississippi State (6-4)
Week 11 Result:
Defeated Auburn

The Bulldogs used a 40-0 run to win at Auburn for the first time since 2015.

25. NC State (7-3)
Week 11 Result:
Lost to Wake Forest

The Wolfpack were unable to take control of the Atlantic Division after losing a 45-42 shootout to Wake Forest.