AP Top 25: Washington moves in; Penn State, Oregon move up | KAMR
Washington made its season debut in college football Sunday, ranked 18th by The Associated Press, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all had three crucial non-conference wins.
A weekend of high-level blowouts left the top 10 almost unchanged.
No. 1 Georgia received six more votes for first place in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Bulldogs are down to 59 first-place votes and 1,569 points.
No. 2 Alabama received three first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State received one.
No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Oklahoma, and No. 7 Southern California all held their spots. The only change in the top 10 was No. 8 Kentucky Flip-Flops with No. 9 Oklahoma State. Arkansas stayed in 10th place.
The top 10 teams, most of whom were playing against overwhelmed non-conference opponents, won their games on Saturday with aggregate scores of 521-120.
The shuffling came in the next 10.
No. 11 Tennessee improved four places. Penn State jumped eight to No. 14 after routing Auburn on the road. No. 15 Oregon advanced 10 spots after easily defeating BYU, which fell seven spots to No. 19.
Washington beat previously ranked Michigan State 39-28 to earn a ranking for the first time since the 2021 preseason poll. Washington has had two brief stints in the AP Top 25 over the past two seasons, but has been mostly vacant since the start of the 2019 season.
“To get that win now just keeps putting that belief in our guys. It’ll only get better for us if we put the work in practice,” Kalen DeBoer, Washington’s first-year coach, told reporters after the game.
Michigan State dropped out after 11th place.
Mississippi moved up four places to No. 16 and No. 20 Florida slipped a few places after barely passing South Florida at home.
At the bottom of the rankings, Miami dropped 12 places to finish at No. 25 after losing at Texas A&M. The Aggies rose one to No. 23.
The top 10’s 10-0 weekend was their first since everyone played and won in Week 2 of the 2019 season.
Overall, the AP top 25 teams won 22 games, the most since 24 teams won in Week 1 of 2019.
– Washington’s jump in the poll from unranked to No. 18 was the best for the program since September 1989, when the Huskies defeated Texas A&M to move up to No. 15 from unranked.
The Pac-12 has had its top-rated teams since the regular season was first polled in 2021, when there were five.
SEC – 8 (#1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 16, 20, 23).
ACC – 5 (#5, 12, 21, 24, 25).
Big 12 — 4 (#6, 9, 17, 22).
Pac-12 – 4 (#7, 13, 15, 18).
Big Ten – 3 (Nos. 3, 4, 14).
Independent — 1 (No. 19).
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No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest. For the first time since 1950, the Tigers and Demon Deacons meet as ranked teams.
No. 20 Florida at No. 11 Tennessee. For the first time since 2017, the teams that formerly owned the SEC East will both be ranked when they play.
No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas. It doesn’t get any easier for the Aggies.
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