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Clemson, Alabama stay 1-2 in AP poll after big wins

Clemson and Alabama remained firmly atop the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday, with North Carolina plunging out of the top 10.

No. 1 Clemson (5-0) captured 54 first-place votes after a 73-7 thrashing of Georgia Tech. No. 2 Alabama (4-0), a 41-24 winner over Georgia, grabbed eight first-place votes. With the loss, the Bulldogs (3-1) fell one spot to No. 4.

North Carolina (3-1), No. 5 last week, plummeted nine spots after a 31-28 upset loss at Florida State.

Moving up one spot each were undefeated Notre Dame (No. 3), plus four idle teams: Ohio State (5), Oklahoma State (6), Penn State (8) and Cincinnati (9).

Texas A&M (3-1) climbed four places to No. 7 after a 28-14 win over Mississippi State. Idle Florida (2-1) retained the No. 10 ranking.

Moving in to the Top 25 were Marshall (4-0) at No. 22, followed by No. 23 North Carolina State (4-1) and No. 25 Coastal Carolina (4-0). For the Chanticleers, who moved up to the FBS in 2017, it is their first-ever ranking in the AP Top 25.

Falling out were Auburn, Louisiana and Tennessee.

The Big 10 begins play Friday with five ranked teams. In addition to Ohio State and Penn State, Wisconsin (tie No. 14), Michigan (18) and Minnesota (21) are in the Top 25.

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