Alabama held as the AP Poll No. 1 team despite losing QB Tua Tagovailoa to an ankle injury, but there was plenty of movement later in the poll ahead of what could be a big week.
Notably, Ohio State leapfrogged Clemson for No. 3 after the Buckeyes crushed Northwestern 52-3. Undefeated Baylor moved four spots to No. 14 as the week’s big jumper.
College football rankings: AP Poll Top 25 for Week 9
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Others receiving votes: Memphis 87, Virginia 29, San Diego State 17, Pittsburgh 17, Washington 15, Navy 9, Texas A&M 6, Missouri 4, UCF 3, USC 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Tulane 1.
Undefeated Appalachian State, Baylor, Minnesota and SMU all moved up this week. Together, they’re four of the remaining 10 undefeated teams — and all started the season far from ranked.
- Appalachian State continues to be the highest-ranked Sun Belt team ever. The Mountaineers are up to No. 21.
- No. 14 Baylor went up four spots. The Bears haven’t been ranked this high since 2016.
- Minnesota has its highest ranking since getting to No. 13 in the 2004 season. The Gophers are No. 17.
- SMU holds its highest AP rank since 1985. The unbeaten Mustangs are No. 16.
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Two teams are back in after holding Top 25 rankings earlier in the season.
Iowa State was ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll and fell to a tie for 25th after barely beating FCS Northern Iowa, 29-26, in 3OT. The Cyclones then dropped out and remained out, losing to Iowa and Baylor in September. But Iowa State has won three in a row since to get back into the poll at No. 23.
Wake Forest was No. 19 when it lost to Louisville 62-59 in Week 7. But a 22-20 win against Florida State pushed the Demon Deacons back in at No. 25.
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Six ranked teams lost this week, with three of them losing to ranked teams. But Wisconsin’s loss to an Illinois team on a four-game slide was the big shock. The 24-23 setback meant the Badgers went from No. 6 down to 13th. Boise State and Arizona State also fell hard, with the Broncos going from 14th to 22nd after losing to BYU. The Sun Devils fell seven spots to No. 24 after losing to now-No. 12 Utah by 18.
SEC takes up half the Top 10
Half of the top-10 teams call the SEC home. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 LSU, No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Auburn and No. 10 Georgia are all in the first 10 spots this week. Auburn went up two spots from 11 after beating Arkansas 51-10. The rest were already in the top 10.
Sharing No. 1 votes
Four teams again have first-place votes, but some of the those top spots changed on individual ballots:
- Alabama dropped from 30 to 24 No. 1 votes.
- LSU increased from 12 to 16 No. 1 votes.
- Ohio State increased from nine to 13 No. 1 votes.
- Clemson dropped from 11 to nine No. 1 votes.
There are 24 points between the top-ranked Tide and LSU. Only 21 points separate Ohio State from Clemson.
Looking ahead to Week 9:
There are three games between Top 25 teams this week, though the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin matchup lost some of that hype with the Badgers losing to Illinois. Here are the three games:
- No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Wisconsin | 12 p.m. ET | FOX
- No. 2 LSU vs. No. 9 Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
- No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 19 Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | ABC