New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama remained a strong No. 1 in the
latest Associated Press college football poll, but a weekend that featured
losses for seven ranked teams led to a shakeup that included the ouster of
Michigan and Northwestern.
The Crimson Tide, after a 48-7 romp at Kentucky, received 55 first-place votes
and a total of 1,495 points from a nationwide media panel for the third
Oregon again picked up the remaining five first-place votes and gained an
increase in total points to 1,438 after a solid 45-24 victory at then-No.16
Washington on Saturday.
Clemson and Ohio State held firm at three and four, respectively, while
Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M, Louisville, UCLA and Miami-Florida round out
this week's top 10. LSU moved up four spots from 10th after a 17-6 victory
over Florida, while UCLA and Miami each moved into the top 10 thanks, in part,
to losses by Stanford and Georgia.
Stanford was fifth last week, but dropped eight places to 13th after a 27-21
loss at Utah. Georgia tumbled from seventh to 15th following a 41-26 home loss
to Missouri, which vaulted 11 spots from 25th to 14th. The unbeaten Tigers,
however, will have to go without quarterback James Franklin, who suffered a
separated right shoulder during the game.
The second 10 consists of South Carolina, Baylor, Stanford, Missouri, Georgia,
Texas Tech, Fresno State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Washington. Oklahoma
dipped six places from 12th after a 36-20 loss to Texas in the Red River
Oklahoma State, Florida, Northern Illinois and newcomers Auburn and Wisconsin
are the last five teams ranked this week. Florida dropped five places from
17th after the loss at LSU.
Auburn is ranked for the first time this season. The Tigers have followed a
35-21 loss at LSU in September with wins over a then-ranked Ole Miss squad and
a 62-3 pummeling of Western Carolina on Saturday.
Wisconsin is back in the poll after a two-week absence. The Badgers were
ranked all season until a 31-24 loss at Ohio State in late September, but
Saturday's 35-6 thrashing of Northwestern lifted them back into the top-25.
Northwestern fell out of the poll with its second straight loss. The Wildcats
were 16th before a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State last Saturday and were
19th before this past Saturday's setback.
Michigan, meanwhile, was ranked all year and had been as high as 11th, but a
43-40, four-overtime loss at Penn State on Saturday knocked the Wolverines out
from the 18th position.
Next week's schedule features four ranked matchups, highlighted by a top-five
ACC clash between Florida State and Clemson in Death Valley. Stanford will try
to bounce back when UCLA pays a visit to Palo Alto, while a pair of SEC
battles pit Florida at Missouri and Auburn at Texas A&M.
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