Oct 3, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Defending champion LSU falls out of Top 25

Clemson, Alabama and Georgia held on to the top three spots in the Associated Press Top 25 while defending national champion LSU fell out of the poll for the first time since 2017.

Clemson (4-0) received 59 of the 62 first-place ballots after a 42-17 win against Miami (Fla.). Alabama (3-0) got two votes and Georgia (3-0) received one, with the No. 2 Crimson Tide set to host the No. 3 Bulldogs this Saturday.

Notre Dame (3-0) climbed one spot to No. 4 and North Carolina (3-0) moved up three places to round out the top five.

LSU, ranked No. 17 in last week’s poll, fell to 1-2 with a 45-41 loss against previously winless Missouri. The Tigers had been ranked in 43 consecutive polls. This is the first time in nine years a defending champ has dropped out of the rankings.

No. 6 Ohio State, which plays its first game on Oct. 24, is followed in the top 10 by Oklahoma State (3-0), Cincinnati (3-0), Penn State (0-0) and Florida (2-1).

The Gators fell six spots after a 41-38 loss to Texas A&M (2-1), who jumped from 21st to 11th — the biggest climb in this week’s poll.

The Hurricanes (3-1) also plummeted six places to No. 13 after the loss to Clemson.

Texas (2-2) also dropped out of the Top 25 following a 53-45, four-overtime loss against Oklahoma.

No. 22 Kansas State (3-1) is ranked for the first time this season, and the Pac-12’s Southern California (0-0) joined the poll at No. 25.

–Field Level Media

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