Kansas wide receiver Quentin Skinner Oct 1, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver Quentin Skinner (83) gets around Iowa State Cyclones defenders during the second quarter at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

There was a change atop the Associated Press college football poll again this week. The Alabama Crimson Tide, with their 49-26 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks, jumped the Georgia Bulldogs and took the No. 1 spot for the second time this season. The biggest jump and surprise, however, is the Kansas Jayhawks.

For the first time in 13 years, the 5-0 Jayhawks are in the top 25. The Jayhawks come in at No. 19 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the coaches poll after their 14-11 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones. But that’s not the most surprising part, the Jayhawks (who will be hosting ESPN’s College GameDay for the first time ever next week) are also in first place in the Big 12 standings.

A lot of people were disappointed that the Jayhawks didn’t make it into the top 25 last week, but the drought is over.

The rest of the top 25 looks like this:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan
  5. Clemson
  6. USC
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Tennessee
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Penn State
  11. Utah
  12. Oregon
  13. Kentucky
  14. NC State
  15. Wake Forest
  16. BYU
  17. TCU
  18. UCLA
  19. Kansas
  20. Kansas State
  21. Washington
  22. Syracuse
  23. Mississippi State
  24. Cincinnati
  25. LSU

The changes at the top are notable as well. The Tide started the season No. 1, but were jumped by the Bulldogs after they struggled to beat Texas in the second game of the season. Meanwhile, Georgia struggled Saturday to beat Missouri 26-22. That led to the Bulldogs dropping to No. 2. But still, Kansas at No. 19 is much more unusual than any move with Georgia and Alabama.

[Photo from Kansas’ win Saturday from William Purnell-USA Today Sports]

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.