Every week, the AP Poll will update the rankings of the top 25 college football teams. Decided by 62 sports broadcasters and writers, the top 10 and top 25 are the most reliable way to gauge which programs are the best in the nation. The same teams are prominent in the national championship odds and odds to make the CFP.
Of course, there are the usual names that have cemented themselves in the rankings. But every year there are schools that have a tough, disappointing season that may cause them to drop in the rankings or lose a number attached to their name altogether – which gives others the chance to fill in the gap in the top 25 college football poll odds.
Online sportsbook Bovada has listed college football top 25 poll odds and college football top 10 poll odds for you to bet on the next team to break into the list and decorate its name with a number beside it. All odds are at plus-money value with great profit to be made. For more great football betting content, head over to our NCAAF odds page. New to betting on football? Check out our detailed NCAAF betting guide to help you get in the action.
2022 Current Top 25 College Football Rankings
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|3||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|9||Oklahoma State Cowboys|
|10||NC State Wolfpack|
|11||Penn State Nittany Lions|
|14||Ole Miss Rebels|
|17||Texas A&M Aggies|
|21||Minnesota Golden Gophers|
|22||Wake Forest Demon Deacons|
|23||Florida State Seminoles|
|25||Kansas State Wildcats|
Rankings as of September 29 as per Associated Press poll
Which Teams Won’t Budge?
Georgia Bulldogs (No. 1)
The Georgia Bulldogs (4-0) are the defending national champions and headed into this season with some noise surrounding them about their ability to compete once again for a title. But the Dawgs have proven they have what it takes to be among the strongest contenders for another year. Currently undefeated, Georgia is averaging 531.5 yards per game to rank fourth in the country.
Sure, putting up 169 points so far is worthy of praise. But what’s even more impressive is the Bulldogs only allowing opponents 8.0 points per game. Prior to Week 4, they had surrendered only 10 total points. So yeah, that’s worthy of the top spot. If Georgia does begin to slip, I don’t expect them to move too far from No. 1.
Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 2)
Perhaps one of the most notable programs in college football, the Alabama Crimson Tide are always at or near the top. Despite losing to Georgia 33-18 in the national championship game last year, Alabama still headed into this season with No. 1 attached to its name. In addition to depriving them of the title, it seems the Dawgs have also taken the coveted top ranking away from ’Bama too – time to be slightly humbled.
Currently allowing opponents to gain only 201.3 yards per game, the second-fewest in the nation, the Tide are living up to their reputation once again. Though they face ranked programs in three consecutive weeks, Nick Saban has built a powerful squad that doesn’t shy away from the challenge.
Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 3)
Scoring 195 points through four performances to rank second in college football, the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) are a force to be reckoned with, again.
At the forefront of the success is QB C.J. Stroud, the favorite in odds to win the Heisman Trophy, who has thrown 16 touchdown passes against just one interception. The junior also has the second-best QBR in the nation (95.4). With Stroud as their lethal weapon, the Buckeyes won’t be leaving top-10 territory any time soon.
Which Teams Will Budge?
NC State (No. 10)
After a 41-10 win over the Connecticut Huskies, the NC State Wolfpack (4-0) are now holding the final spot in the top 10. It’s a tedious position to be in, especially since they visit the No. 5 Clemson Tigers (4-0) next. The Tigers, who went 10-3 overall last season and missed the College Football Playoff for the first time in six years, have been determined to bounce back. NC State is 2-8 in its last 10 meetings with Clemson.
Who’s Next? Best Odds To Be Top 10 College Football Team
|Penn State Nittany Lions||+200|
|Ole Miss Rebels||+500|
|Texas A&M Aggies||+2200|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||+3300|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||+5000|
|Florida State Seminoles||+4000|
|Kansas State Wildcats||+7500|
Odds as of September 29 at Bovada
Which Teams Are Most Likely To Break Into Top 10 Ranking?
Penn State Nittany Lions (+200)
Currently ranked No. 11 ahead of Week 5, the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0) are favored to break into the top 10 list this season. They are one of the 15 schools in the top 25 that still carry an undefeated record in 2022, though they have yet to face another ranked squad.
The Nittany Lions have accumulated 155 points over four performances, while allowing their opponents to score 67 points. Penn State’s consistency on the field has helped it surge through the rankings – the team has scored at least 33 points in every contest so far.
QB Sean Clifford is making his senior year count, already pocketing eight touchdowns compared to last year’s 20 over 13 games, putting him on pace to have his best season yet. Running back Nicholas Singleton, with four rushing touchdowns, leads his team with 376 yards, which puts him in the top 30 in the nation – impressive considering he’s a freshman.
The problem for the Nittany Lions is constantly being overshadowed by their fellow Big Ten competitors, especially the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 4 Michigan Wolverines, whom they play in Week 7. If Penn State keeps up the consistency and gets a couple more wins under its belt, we’ll be seeing the Nittany Lions break in the top 10 sooner than later.
Utah Utes (+200)
Finishing 10-4 overall last season and being the reigning Pac-12 champions, the Utah Utes (3-1) debuted in the AP preseason top 25 at No. 7, the highest preseason ranking in school history. Since then, they have dropped to No. 12 but still have solid odds to break into single-digit territory again.
To open the season, the Utes fell short to the Florida Gators in a close 29-26 finish. Since then, they haven’t dropped a game, including the following week’s 73-7 blowout of the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. They have won by at least three scores in their last three appearances and Utah’s defense ranks in the top 15 in the nation, only allowing its foes an average of 14 points per game.
Quarterback Cameron Rising is standing tall. In four games, the junior has completed 76 of 114 tosses for 954 yards, adding 10 touchdowns. With an 84.0 QBR, he ranks 13th, just a few spots behind Pac-12 rivals Dorian Thompson-Robinson (84.1) of UCLA and Caleb Williams (85.1) of USC.
Rising will meet Thompson-Robinson and Williams in back-to-back weeks in mid-October. If Utah can take home wins against those reputable opponents, they shouldn’t have a problem seeing the top 10 rankings again.
Best Odds To Be Top 25 College Football Team
|Washington State Cougars||+700|
|Oregon State Beavers||+1200|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||+2000|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||+2000|
|James Madison Dukes||+2500|
|Tulane Green Wave||+2500|
|TCU Horned Frogs||+4000|
Odds as of September 29 at Bovada
Which Team Will Break Into Top 25 Rankings Next?
Kansas Jayhawks (+130)
Topping the Big 12 standings, the Kansas Jayhawks are one of the favorites to be the next program to break into the top 25 rankings. Going 4-0 for the first time since 2009, the Jayhawks have flown under the radar, earning 194 points to tie for fourth-best in the nation.
QB Jalon Daniels is spreading the word about Kansas’ new era, currently ranking first with a 98.0 QBR. In his most recent matchup against the Duke Blue Devils, the junior completed 19 of 23 tosses for a career-high 324 yards, finding the end zone four times. The excitement for the new-found success is there – breaking into the top 25 for the first time in a decade would be the cherry on top.
CFB Top 10, Top 25 FAQ
Which team has been ranked No. 1 the most?
Since the AP Poll started in the 1930s, the Alabama Crimson Tide has ranked No. 1 in 139 weeks, the most of any school. Its first appearance at the top was in 1961 and its most recent was in 2022 before the Georgia Bulldogs pushed past them.
How are the Top 25 rankings decided?
The Associated Press rankings are voted on by 62 sports broadcasting or writing figures. Every week everyone submits their own top 25 rankings. Then, all the individual lists are combined to create the national ranking. If a team is ranked No. 1 on a list, they are awarded 25 points, No. 2 is awarded 24 points and so forth.
How often does the No. 1-ranked team win the CFP national championship?
Surprisingly, the No. 1-ranked program has only won the title twice since the CFP format was instituted in 2014. The two instances occurred in back-to-back seasons with the LSU Tigers in 2019 and the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2020.