AP Top 25 college football poll

Michigan State moved up to No. 5 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Wake Forest on Sunday became a top-10 team for the first time in school history.

Georgia is unanimously No. 1 for the fourth week in a row in the AP Top 25. Cincinnati remained No. 2, but Alabama jumped ahead of Oklahoma to No. 3, where the Sooners landed as No. 4.

Star running back Kenneth Walker and the Spartans jumped three spots by beating Michigan in this weekend’s biggest game. The last time Michigan State broke into the top five was in 2015, when the Spartans eventually reached the College Football Playoffs.

The season’s first CFP selection committee rankings will be released Tuesday night.

In the AP poll, Ohio State dropped one spot to No. 6 despite keeping out of Penn State, and Oregon became No. 7.

Notre Dame, Michigan and Wake Forest rounded out the top 10.


The Demon Deacons have their best ranking in program history and top the No. 11 they reached in 1947. Wake Forest had been the only team in a Power 5 conference that had never been ranked in the top 10.

The Demon Deacons reached another first place finish on Saturday, improving to 8-0 with a win over the Duke.


• No. 20 Houston is placed under coach Dana Holgorsen for the first time after handing over SMU’s first loss of the season. The last time the Cougars were in the Top 25 was 2018.

Houston is the 45th different team to appear in the Top 25 this season.

• No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette is back in the Top 25 after being in the preseason poll and dropping out after losing her opening game.

• No. 25 Fresno State also returned to the rankings after giving San Diego State its first defeat in a crucial Mountain West game.


• Pittsburgh dropped from No. 17 to out after losing at home to Miami.

• Iowa State is out again after losing in West Virginia. Cyclones jumped back on the rankings last week, but it turned out to be a short stay.

• San Diego State dropped out after a four-week run.


Two Power 5 leagues, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pac-12, have only one ranked team, while two Group of 5 conferences, the American Athletic Conference (three) and the Sun Belt (two), have multiple teams ranked.

SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 12, 13, 15, 18).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 5, 6, 9, 19, 22).

Store 12 – 3 (Nos. 4, 11, 14).

American – 3 (Nos. 2, 20, 23).

Sun Belt – 2 (Nos. 21, 24).

Mountain West – 1 (No. 25).

ACC – 1 (No. 10).

C-USA – 1 (No. 16).

Pac-12-1 (No. 7).

Independent – 2 (Nos. 8, 17).


No. 12 Auburn at No. 13 Texas A&M. This is the third time the Tigers and Aggies have met, while both have been ranked since A&M joined the SEC in 2011.


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