College football rankings: Week 11, 2021

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 11 of the 2021 season have been released. Oregon moved up, while Michigan State dropped following Saturday’s results.

The Oregon Ducks (8-1) defeated the Washington Huskies 26-16 on the road, which pushed them up two spots in the AP Poll to No. 5 and one spot in the Coaches Poll to No. 6.

The Michigan State Spartans (8-1) dropped their first game of the season on the road at the hands of Purdue, 40-29. The loss dropped the Spartans three spots in the AP Poll to No. 8 and three spots in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll to No. 9.

Three teams made modest jumps in the AP Poll following victories on Saturday. The Ole Miss Rebels (7-2) moved up three spots to No. 12, the BYU Cougars (8-2) moved up three spots to No. 14, and the Houston Cougars (8-1) moved up three spots to No. 17.

The top five in the AP Poll is now (1) Georgia, (2) Cincinnati, (4) Alabama, (3) Oklahoma, and (5) Oregon, while the top five in the Coaches Poll is (1) Georgia, (2) Alabama, (3) Cincinnati, (4) Oklahoma, and (5) Ohio State.

Kentucky and SMU dropped out of both polls, while Fresno State dropped out of the AP Poll following losses this weekend.

Below is the full AP Poll and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for Week 11 of the 2021 season (first-place votes in parentheses). The STATS Perform FCS Top 25 and FCS Coaches Poll will be announced on Monday.

AP Poll – Week 11

1. Georgia
2. Cincinnati
3. Alabama
4. Oklahoma
5. Oregon
6. Ohio State
7. Notre Dame
8. Michigan State
9. Michigan
10. Oklahoma State
11. Texas A&M
12. Ole Miss
13. Wake Forest
14. BYU
15. UTSA
16. Auburn
17. Houston
18. Baylor
19. Iowa
20. Wisconsin
21. NC State
22. Coastal Carolina
23. Penn State
24. Louisiana
25. Pitt

Others receiving votes: Purdue 174, Arkansas 139, San Diego State 84, Utah 32, Iowa State 26, Kentucky 22, Appalachian State 20, SMU 4, Mississippi State 1

Dropped from rankings: Kentucky 18, SMU 23, Fresno State 25

AFCA Coaches Poll – Week 11

1. Georgia
2. Alabama
3. Cincinnati
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. Oregon
7. Notre Dame
8. Michigan
9. Michigan State
10. Oklahoma State
11. Texas A&M
12. Ole Miss
13. Wake Forest
14. Iowa
15. BYU
16. UTSA
17. Houston
18. Baylor
19. NC State
20. Auburn
21. Coastal Carolina
22. Pitt
23. Penn State
24. Wisconsin
25. Louisiana

Others receiving votes: Arkansas 116, San Diego State 103, Purdue 77, Kentucky 74, Utah 34, Iowa State 21, Appalachian State 19, SMU 18, Minnesota 10, Nevada 3, Fresno State 3, Clemson 3, Tennessee 2, Arizona State 1

Dropped from rankings: Kentucky 17, SMU 24

STATS Perform FCS Top 25 – Week 11

1. Sam Houston (50)
2. James Madison
3. Montana State
4. South Dakota State
5. North Dakota State
6. UC Davis
7. Eastern Washington
8. Villanova
9. Montana
10. Kennesaw State
11. ETSU
12. Sacramento State
13. UT Martin
14. Southeastern Louisiana
15. Southern Illinois
16. Missouri State
17. UIW
18. Jackson State
19. South Dakota
20. Northern Iowa
21. VMI
T-22. Chattanooga
T-22. Dartmouth
24. Praire View A&M
25. William & Mary

Others receiving votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): Mercer 58, Stephen F. Austin 54, Princeton 50, Florida A&M 46, Rhode Island 33, Eastern Kentucky 15, Delaware 8, Monmouth 7, Nicholls 7, Harvard 5, Holy Cross 3

Dropped from rankings: Princeton (20 tie), Weber State 24, Eastern Kentucky 25

FCS Coaches Poll – Week 11

1. Sam Houston
2. James Madison
3. Montana State
4. UC Davis
5. Kennesaw State
6. North Dakota State
7. South Dakota State
8. Eastern Washington
9. Montana
10. UT Martin
11. Villanova
12. East Tennessee State
13. Southeastern Louisiana
14. Missouri State
15. Jackson State
16. Southern Illinois
17. South Dakota
18. Sacramento State
19. Chattanooga
20. VMI
21. UIW
22. Princeton
23. Dartmouth
24. Northern Iowa
25. Eastern Kentucky

Others receiving votes: Stephen F. Austin 38, Monmouth 36, Delaware 35, William & Mary 34, Mercer 32, Prairie View A&M 32, Florida A&M 29, Holy Cross 22, Harvard 15, Davidson 8, Nicholls 8, Central Arkansas 7, Rhode Island 5, Yale 3

Dropped from rankings: William & Mary (23) Weber St. (24)

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@KevinKelley,

Dan-ke for publishing the 63 sports writers Poll VS the BCS, LLC : C onference F ive P referential Committee of 15.

For example, sports writers got it right placing Spartans ahead of Wolverines. When you beat your rival head to head & each of You has 1 loss in conference there are only prejudiced reasons why UM = ahead in the Sports Information Directors Poll.

Regarding the 1AA College Football Playoff Poll. Only 2 Weeks of the regular season left & equal opportunity is there for unranked Conference Leaders to win & position themselves well in the Seeding for the 1st Round November 27, 2021.