Clemson and Ohio State slipped to the again of the highest 10 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday and Penn State jumped 4 spots to No. 6 after one other weekend during which a number of ranked groups had points.
Even No. 1 Alabama.
The defending nationwide champion Crimson Tide remained an awesome No. 1 after holding on to beat Florida 31-29, Alabama’s closest margin of victory throughout its present 17-game profitable streak. The Tide acquired 59 of 62 first-place votes.
Iowa was No. 5 for a second straight week, and Penn State has its greatest rating because the Nittany Lions had been fifth on Nov. 3, 2019. Penn State beat Auburn on Saturday night time to present it two victories over ranked groups, together with No. 18 Wisconsin.
No. 9 Clemson and No. 10 Ohio State each gained Saturday, however neither appeared sometimes dominant. The Tigers managed solely 14 factors in opposition to Georgia Tech, and the Buckeyes struggled defensively earlier than pulling away late in opposition to winless Tulsa.
Clemson was final ranked this low early in 2015, when the Tigers began the season within the low teenagers however ended up enjoying for the nationwide championship.
For Ohio State, 11th has been its lowest rating because the 2014 season, when a Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech despatched the Buckeyes tumbling so far as No. 23. They by no means misplaced once more that season and gained the nationwide title.
The final time Clemson and Ohio State had been each ranked under No. Eight was Nov. 2, 2014, when Ohio State was 13th and Clemson was 19th.
Six ranked groups misplaced Saturday, although none within the high 10, elevating to 19 the whole variety of ranked groups to lose by means of the primary three weeks of the season.
That is probably the most by means of three weeks of a season within the historical past of the ballot, based on ESPN’s Stats & Data analysis.
The quantity is padded by 10 ranked groups shedding to ranked groups. Additionally, just one top-10 workforce has misplaced to an unranked workforce: North Carolina was preseason No. 10 when it opened with a loss to Virginia Tech.
It has been a risky first few weeks of the 2021 season, although not fairly as unpredictable as it would have a look at first look.
A complete of 35 groups have been ranked by means of three regular-season polls.
• No. 20 Michigan State is off to a formidable begin in Yr 2 underneath coach Mel Tucker, 3-Zero by a median margin of 22 factors. The Spartans gained 38-17 at Miami on Saturday and are ranked for the primary time since Oct. 5, 2019.
• No. 22 Fresno State gained perhaps the weekend’s most thrilling sport, upsetting UCLA with two late scoring drives led by quarterback Jake Haener. The Bulldogs are ranked for the primary time because the closing AP High 25 of 2018.
No. 24 UCLA dropped 11 spots after its first lack of the season.
• Virginia Tech slipped out after shedding at West Virginia.
• Miami is out for the primary time this season after falling to 1-2.
SEC – 7 (Nos. 1, 2, 7, 11, 13, 16, 23)
Large Ten – 6 (Nos. 5, 6, 10, 18, 19, 20)
Large 12 – 3 (Nos. 4, 14, 25)
ACC – 2 (Nos. 9, 21)
Pac-12 – 2 (Nos. 3, 24)
American – 1 (No. 8)
Mountain West – 1 (No. 22)
Solar Belt – 1 (No. 17)
Independents – 2 (Nos. 12, 15)
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Wisconsin at Soldier Area in Chicago. Hardest take a look at but for an Irish workforce that’s unbeaten however removed from good.