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AP Top 25: Oregon hits No. 5, Ohio State falls to No. 6

Ohio State’s loss to Michigan sent the Buckeyes plummeting four spots to No. 6, making room for Oregon to move into the first five of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

Georgia held the No. 1 spot for the 24th straight week, gaining 52 of 62 first-place votes. The other 10 votes went to Michigan, who defeated Ohio State 30-24 and rose one place to No. 2.

Washington moved to No. 3, with Florida State also climbing one rung to No. 4.

The top four teams all are 12-0.

Georgia, Michigan, Florida State and Washington all have cemented berths in their respective conference championship games. The Huskies will meet No. 5 Oregon (11-1) in the Pac-12 title game Friday at Las Vegas.

This is the first time the Pac-12, which is set to disband after this season as 10 teams defect to other leagues, had two teams in the top five since the last ranking of the 2016 season.

The College Football Playoff committee ultimately determines the four teams that will compete for the national championship, and its latest rankings will be unveiled on Tuesday.

Following No. 6 Ohio State are two other 11-1 teams — No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Alabama.

No. 9 Missouri and No. 10 Penn State, both 10-2, round out the top 10.

With a loss to Kentucky, Louisville fell out of the top 10 and dropped six places to No. 15. That allowed No. 11 Ole Miss to move up one place, followed by Oklahoma, LSU and Arizona.

Also dropping six spots was No. 21 Oregon State, which lost 31-7 to Oregon.

Out of the Top 25 this week are Kansas State and Tennessee. They were replaced by No. 21 North Carolina State and No. 25 SMU.

–Field Level Media

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Georgia stays No. 1 as top five in poll remains unchanged

Georgia strengthened its position at the top spot of AP Top 25 as the first five places remained unchanged.

After the Bulldogs (8-0) defeated Florida 43-20 on Saturday, they received 48 of the 63 first-place votes, up 10 from a week ago. They earned 1,553 points overall.

Michigan (8-0) remained in the No. 2 spot after a bye week, getting nine first-place votes, after receiving 19 a week ago, and 1,494 points overall.

Ohio State (8-0), Florida State (8-0) and Washington (8-0) rounded out the top five. Ohio State pulled off a 24-10 victory over Wisconsin, Florida State had an easy time with Wake Forest 41-16 and Washington escaped with a 42-33 win over Stanford.

Oregon (7-1) moved up two spots to No. 6, while Texas (7-1) remained No. 7. No. 8 Alabama (7-1) moved up a spot, as did No. 9 Penn State (7-1). Oklahoma (7-1) dropped four spots to No. 10 after a 38-33 loss to Kansas.

The next five spots all moved up in the poll with Ole Miss (7-1) at No. 11, followed by Notre Dame (7-2), LSU (6-2), Missouri (7-1) and Louisville (7-1), which jumped three spots to No. 15.

Oregon State (6-2) dropped five spots to No. 16 after a 27-24 loss to Arizona, followed by No. 17 Air Force (8-0), No. 18 Utah (6-2), No. 19 Tennessee (6-2) and No. 20 UCLA (6-2), which pulled off a 28-16 victory over Colorado behind a stout defense.

Tulane (7-1), Kansas (6-2), James Madison (8-0), Southern California (7-2) and Kansas State (6-2) round out the poll. Kansas and Kansas State both entered the rankings, while USC made its return after a 50-49 victory over Cal.

Rivals Duke and North Carolina both dropped out of the poll following defeats.

–Field Level Media

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Georgia continues hold on No. 1 spot in AP Top 25

Georgia retained the No. 1 spot in the latest AP Top 25 poll for a ninth straight week this season, but No. 2 Michigan is closing the gap.

The Bulldogs received 38 of 63 first-place votes and 1,536 total points in the poll released Sunday, while the Wolverines earned 19 votes and 1,504 points. No. 3 Ohio State (1,454) and No. 4 Florida State (1,408) each received three first-place votes.

Dating back to its national championship 2022 season, Georgia has occupied the top spot for 19 straight weeks, the third-longest streak in the poll’s history.

No. 5 Washington and No. 6 Oklahoma held their positions from a week ago.

Among the top six, Michigan is 8-0, while the remaining teams are 7-0.

Rounding out the top 10 are No. 7 Texas (6-1), followed by Oregon (6-1), Alabama (7-1) and Penn State (6-1).

The Nittany Lions fell three places after their 20-12 loss to Ohio State. The Crimson Tide returned to the Top 10, replacing North Carolina (6-1), which tumbled seven slots to No. 17 following its loss to unranked Virginia.

Southern California (6-2) plummeted six places to No. 24 after its last-second 34-32 loss to Utah. The Utes (6-1) rose a spot to No. 13.

Southeastern Conference teams LSU (6-2) and Missouri (7-1) each climbed four places to No. 15 and No. 16, respectively.

No. 20 Duke (5-2) and No. 21 Tennessee (5-2) fell four rungs after losses.

Making its season debut in the poll is No. 25 James Madison (7-0). Falling out was Iowa, which lost a Big Ten conference game to unranked Minnesota on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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AP Top 25: Washington moves to No. 5 after beating Oregon

The first four teams remained unchanged in the Associated Press Top 25, released Sunday, with Georgia continuing its season-long grip on No. 1.

After that? Chaos.

Washington’s 36-33 victory over previously undefeated Oregon in an instant classic Saturday sent the Huskies up two spots to No. 5, while the Ducks fell one place to No. 9. Southern California, undefeated after beating Arizona in three overtimes the previous week, dropped from No. 10 to 18 after a shellacking from Notre Dame.

When all was settled Sunday, the Top 10 was reset.

No. 1 Georgia (43 first-place votes) was followed by Michigan (16), Ohio State (1), Florida State (1) and Washington, all undefeated.

Another pair of undefeated teams fell one spot, with idle Oklahoma dropping to No. 6 and Penn State to No. 7, despite a 63-0 rout of UMass on Saturday. Texas rose one place to No. 8, followed by Oregon and North Carolina, which climbed two places to No. 10.

Still on the outside looking in is No. 11 Alabama, followed by Oregon State, Ole Miss, Utah and Notre Dame. The Irish rose six spots to No. 15 after beating USC 48-20 in a prime-time game.

Louisville plummeted seven spots to No. 21 with a 38-21 loss to unranked Pitt.

Four teams moved into the Top 25, including undefeated Air Force, which at No. 22 is ranked for the first time since 2019.

Missouri rejoined the poll at No. 20, as did Tulane at No. 23 and Iowa at No. 24.

Dropping out of the Top 25 were Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Kentucky and Washington State.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma fans cheer during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Oklahoma won 34-30.

Oklahoma and Louisville soar, Notre Dame plummets in AP Top 25

Oklahoma’s big win over Texas in the Red River Rivalry and Notre Dame’s big loss in prime time on Saturday shuffled the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

Georgia remained No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week and secured 50 of 63 first-place votes after defeating Kentucky 51-13. No. 2 Michigan (11 first-place votes) held steady after a rout of Minnesota, and No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Florida State each moved up a spot and grabbed a first-place vote after lopsided wins over conference foes.

The Sooners, who defeated previously No. 3 Texas 34-30 with a final-minute touchdown, were one of the week’s biggest risers, climbing seven spots to No. 5 and joining Georgia and Michigan at 6-0. Ohio State and Florida State are 5-0.

No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Washington and No. 8 Oregon, all idle and 5-0, retained their rankings from last week. Texas (5-1) slid to No. 9, while Southern California (6-0) dropped a place to No. 10 after a three-overtime win over Arizona.

Alabama (5-1) held at No. 11, and North Carolina (5-0) and Ole Miss (5-1) each used wins to move up to Nos. 12 and 13, respectively.

Then came Louisville (6-0), which eked into the poll last week at No. 25 but advanced 11 spots to No. 14 after defeating visiting Notre Dame 33-20. The Irish (5-2) plummeted out of the Top 10, falling 11 places to No. 21. Louisville’s win ended Notre Dame’s 30-game, regular-season winning streak against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The voters penalized Miami (4-1) for its inexplicable last-minute decision not to take a knee and run out the clock with 36 seconds left at the Georgia Tech 30. Instead, the Hurricanes ran a play, turned the ball over on a fumble and allowed the Yellow Jackets to score with 2 seconds left, handing Miami a 23-20 conference loss.

Washington State (4-1) tumbled six places to No. 19 after a 25-17 loss to UCLA, and Kentucky dropped four spots to No. 24 after the big defeat by Georgia.

Moving into the poll at No. 23 was Kansas (5-1) following its victory over UCF. Moving out was Missouri, last week’s No. 21, which fell to LSU.

–Field Level Media

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Georgia still No. 1 in AP Top 25, but grip loosening

The top seven teams in The Associated Press Top 25 remained unchanged from last week, although Georgia’s grip on No. 1 is starting to show some cracks.

The Bulldogs needed to rally Saturday night to secure a 27-20 win over unranked Auburn, and as a result grabbed just 35 of the 62 first-place votes.

No. 2 Michigan earned 12 first-place votes and No. 3 Texas took 10. No. 4 Ohio State earned one first-place vote compared to four for No. 5 Florida State. Both of those teams were idle.

Georgia held on to the No. 1 ranking for the 16th straight week.

No. 6 Penn State and No. 7 Washington also stayed put in the poll and were followed by No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Southern California, which flipped spots from last week. No. 10 Notre Dame moved back into the Top 10 after a last-minute victory over Duke, who dropped from No. 17 to 19.

Among the top 10, Notre Dame (5-1) is the only team with a loss, that coming two weeks ago to Ohio State. The Buckeyes and Seminoles are 4-0, with the remaining Top 10 teams now 5-0.

LSU (3-2) had the biggest tumble of the week, dropping 10 spaces to No. 23 after a 55-49 loss to Ole Miss. The Rebels (4-1) climbed four pegs to No. 16.

Falling eight spots was Utah (4-1), which moved from No. 10 to 18 following a 21-7 loss to another Pacific-12 team, Oregon State. The Beavers (4-1) moved up four places to No. 15.

Moving into the Top 25 this week is Kentucky (5-0) after a 33-14 win against Southeastern Conference rival Florida, No. 22 last week. The Gators (3-2) fell out of the Top 25, as did idle Kansas (4-0).

Louisville (5-0) grabbed the remaining slot in the Top 25 after a 13-10 victory over fellow Atlantic Coast Conference team North Carolina State.

–Field Level Media

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Colorado cracks AP poll at No. 22, Georgia still No. 1

Deion Sanders’ first season at Colorado was forecast to be one very long campaign with very few wins.

But after just one game in his tenure, “Coach Prime” is the leader of a nationally ranked program.

Colorado sits at No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Tuesday, after its opening 45-42 victory over then-No. 17 TCU, which lost in last season’s championship game.

The unexpected and scintillating victory turned quarterback Shedeur Sanders (son of Deion) and two-way player Travis Hunter into household names. Both players were standouts last year in virtual anonymity at Jackson State under Deion Sanders before the latter took the Colorado job.

The Buffaloes also have just 10 scholarship players back from last season’s 1-11 campaign.

Colorado hosts Nebraska this Saturday. A Buffaloes’ victory would double last season’s win total.

Georgia remained the nation’s No. 1 team and received 58 of the 63 first-place votes. Michigan is still second and received two first-place votes.

Alabama moved up one spot to No. 3, while Florida State jumped four spots to No. 4 after routing LSU 45-24, dropping the Tigers nine spots to No. 14. The Seminoles received the other three first-place votes.

Ohio State defeated Indiana 23-3 but dropped two spots to No. 5.

Southern California, Penn State, Washington, Tennessee and Notre Dame round out the Top 10.

Texas is 11th entering Saturday’s marquee game against Alabama. The Crimson Tide squeezed out a 20-19 win when the teams met last season.

Three Pac-12 programs are part of the next five spots — Utah is 12th, Oregon is 13th and Oregon State is No. 16.

Kansas State is No. 15.

North Carolina is 17th. Rounding out the Top 20 are Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ole Miss.

Duke cracked the polls at No. 21 after an impressive 28-7 victory over Clemson. The Tigers fell from No. 9 to No. 25.

Texas A&M is No. 23 and Tulane is 24th.

TCU and Iowa fell out of the rankings.

–Field Level Media

Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard (22) celebrates after sacking Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) during the second half of a NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Georgia won 27-13.

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Georgia a near-unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25

Georgia received almost near-unanimous confirmation as it remained atop the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Sunday after a win over previous No. 2 Tennessee.

The undefeated Bulldogs (9-0) captured 62 of 63 first-place votes after their convincing 27-13 win over the Volunteers in Athens, Ga., on Saturday. Tennessee fell to No. 5 in the poll and undoubtedly will drop when the next College Football Playoff rankings are released Tuesday night.

In last Tuesday’s CFP rankings — the first of the season — the Volunteers held the No. 1 spot, followed by Ohio State and Georgia.

Ohio State (9-0) claimed the remaining first-place vote in the AP poll and the No. 2 slot despite struggling in a 21-7 defeat of lowly Northwestern on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ Big Ten rival, Michigan, moved up to No. 3, followed by TCU.

Both the Wolverines and Horned Frogs are 9-0.

Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 6 Oregon, followed by LSU, Southern California, UCLA and Alabama.

LSU defeated Alabama Saturday night, 32-31, when Tigers coach Brian Kelly made a gutsy decision to go for a two-point conversion instead of kick the extra point in overtime. As a result, LSU rose eight spots in the poll and the Crimson Tide fell by four.

Kansas State plunged 10 spots to No. 23 after a loss to Texas, which re-entered the rankings at No. 18. Also returning was No. 20 Notre Dame, which dominated previously unbeaten Clemson. The Tigers fell seven spots to No. 12. They were No. 4 in the first CFP rankings.

Also falling seven places was No. 21 Illinois after a loss to Michigan State.

No. 24 Washington and No. 25 Florida State entered the Top 25. Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Oregon State all fell out.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee tight end Princeton Fant (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the NCAA college football game against Kentucky on Saturday, October 29, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn.


Tennessee moves into No. 2 tie in AP Top 25; Georgia still on top

Tennessee used a convincing victory over Kentucky to move into a tie with Ohio State at No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday, with a showdown at No. 1 Georgia set for next weekend.

The Bulldogs held on to the top spot for the fourth straight week, earning 30 of 63 first-place votes and 1,528 points. But right on their heels are the Volunteers, who gathered 18 first-place votes, and the Buckeyes (15 votes), who are tied with 1,500 points.

The Volunteers had not reached the No. 2 spot since 2001.

Next Saturday’s game in Athens, Ga., will be the first time Georgia or Tennessee ever played in a regular-season game pitting the No. 1 and 2 teams in the nation. It will be the 53rd matchup all-time between the top two teams in the nation, including postseason games.

No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson held their spots to round out the top five, with each team in the group standing at 8-0. They were followed by Alabama, TCU and Oregon, with USC moving up to No. 9 and UCLA to No. 10, giving the Pac-12 three teams in the top 10.

How the top 10 will shake out on Tuesday, when the first College Football Playoff rankings are released, remains to be seen.

Last week’s No. 9 team, Oklahoma State, plummeted nine spots to No. 18 after a 48-0 shellacking by Kansas State on Saturday. The Wildcats rose nine spots to No. 13.

Wake Forest fell 10 places to No. 20 following its 48-21 loss to Louisville.

Three teams entered the Top 25 for the first time this season — No. 23 Liberty, No. 24 Oregon State and No. 25 UCF.

While Liberty and UCF last were ranked in 2020, the Beavers had been absent from the regular-season Top 25 since 2012.

Dropping out of the Top 25 following losses on Saturday were Kentucky, South Carolina and Cincinnati.

The Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 each had five ranked teams.

–Field Level Media

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Tennessee cracks top 10, Florida State returns to poll

Tennessee and North Carolina State cracked the top 10 and Florida State returned to the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll for the first time since 2018.

The top five was unchanged Sunday as No. 1 Georgia (4-0) received 55 of 63 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama (4-0) and No. 3 Ohio State (4-0) each received four votes and were followed by Michigan (4-0) and Clemson (4-0).

No. 6 Southern California (4-0) and No. 7 Kentucky (4-0) each climbed a spot, while No. 8 Tennessee (4-0) moved up three places after a 38-33 win against Florida. The Gators (2-2) dropped from 20th to out of the poll.

No. 9 Oklahoma State (3-0) held steady and No. 10 NC State (4-0) rose two places after a 41-10 rout of UConn.

It is the highest ranking for the Volunteers since 2006 and the highest for the Wolfpack since 2002.

No. 17 Texas A&M (3-1) made the biggest climb of the week, jumping six spots after a 23-21 defeat of Arkansas (3-1). The Razorbacks slid 10 spots to No. 20.

No. 18 Oklahoma (3-1) plummeted 12 places following a 41-34 loss to Kansas State (3-1), who entered the poll this week at No. 25.

No. 21 Minnesota (4-0) also joined the rankings after a 34-7 victory against Michigan State.

Texas (2-2) and Miami (2-2) both fell out of the poll following losses to Texas Tech and Middle Tennessee State, respectively.

–Field Level Media