New York, NY (Sports Network) - Alabama and Oregon remained a solid 1-2 punch
in the latest Associated Press college football poll after easy victories on
Saturday, as the top five remained the same from last week.
The Crimson Tide, after a 45-3 rout of Georgia State, received 55 first-place
votes and a total of 1,495 points from a nationwide media panel for the second
Oregon, which has scored at least 55 points in each of its five games, picked
up the other five No. 1 tallies and a total of 1,424 points.
Clemson also cruised to an easy win, 49-14 at Syracuse, and kept the third
spot, while Ohio State and Stanford followed to complete the same top five as
last week. Ohio State and Stanford each gutted out tough wins Saturday -- the
Buckeyes a 40-30 triumph at Northwestern and the Cardinal a 31-28 home victory
Florida State, after a 63-0 thrashing of then-No. 25 Maryland, moved up two
spots to sixth, while Georgia dropped one spot to seventh after surviving with
a 34-31 overtime win at Tennessee. Louisville also dipped one spot to eighth
despite a 30-7 win at Temple, while Texas A&M and LSU again held the final two
spots in the top 10.
The second 10 consists of UCLA, Oklahoma, Miami-Florida, South Carolina,
Baylor, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Northwestern and Texas Tech. Baylor
moved up two spots from 17th after outscoring West Virginia, 73-42.
Fresno State, Oklahoma State, Northern Illinois, Virginia Tech and Missouri
are the last five teams ranked this week. Northern Illinois, Virginia Tech and
Missouri are this week's newcomers, replacing Arizona State, Ole Miss and
Northern Illinois and Missouri are each 5-0, while Virginia Tech's lone loss
came in the season opener against Alabama.
Arizona State was 22nd, but fell out after a 37-34 loss to Notre Dame in
Arlington, while Ole Miss was 24th and dropped a 30-22 decision at Auburn.
Next Saturday's schedule features a trio of ranked matchups. Two, not
surprisingly, come from the SEC, as Missouri takes on Georgia between the
hedges in Athens and LSU welcomes Florida to Death Valley. Also, Oregon will
likely face its stiffest test to date with a visit to Washington in a key
Pac-12 North showdown.
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