AP Top 25: LSU moves up to give SEC 3 of top 4 in AP poll

AP Top 25: LSU moves up to give SEC 3 of top 4 in AP poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

The Southeastern Conference held three of the top four spots in The Associated Press college football poll after LSU’s road victory against Texas pushed the Tigers to No. 4.

Clemson remained No. 1 on Sunday, receiving 56 first-place votes out of 62 in the Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. No. 2 Alabama received 6 first-place votes and Georgia stayed at No. 3. LSU jumped two spots after winning 45-38 at Texas on Saturday to make it three straight SEC teams after Clemson. The last conference to hold three of the top four spots in the poll was the SEC on Nov. 2, 2014, when Mississippi State was No. 1, Auburn was third and Alabama fourth.

Southern California, which was unranked in the preseason for the first time since 2001, moved in at No. 24 after beating Stanford 45-20.

POLL POINTS

The SEC has half the top-10 teams in the country after two weeks of the regular season, with Auburn moving up to No. 8 and Florida rising to No. 9. The Tigers and Gators were two of several teams to get a bump in the rankings thanks to Michigan. The Wolverines dodged an upset, beating Army 24-21 in double overtime, but dropped three spots to No. 10.

Texas fell out of the top 10, dropping three spots to No. 12.

IN

— No. 21 Maryland is ranked for the first time since joining the Big Ten after a surprisingly easy 63-20 victory over Syracuse. The Terrapins have scored 142 points in two games under new coach Mike Locksley. The last time Maryland was ranked was 2013, when the Terps were still in the ACC, and they spent a week in early October at No. 25.
— No. 25 Virginia is ranked after a 2-0 start.

OUT

— Syracuse dropped out of the ranking after being handed the most lopsided loss (43 points) by a ranked team to an unranked team in 20 years. In October 1999, unranked Oklahoma beat No. 13 Texas A&M 51-6.
— Stanford fell out after USC scored the final 35 points of their game Saturday night.
— Nebraska is out after letting a 17-0 lead slip away at Colorado and losing in overtime.
— Iowa State, which barely held on to its ranking after needing OT to beat Northern Iowa in Week 1, dropped out in an idle week.

CONFERENCE CALL

Big Ten — 7
SEC — 6
Pac 12 — 5
Big 12 — 2
ACC — 2
American — 1
Mountain West — 1
Independent — 1

Associated Press Top 25

RANK PREV RANKCONFERENCEPOINTS
1
Clemson (2-0)
1ACC1,544
2
Alabama (2-0)
2SEC1,489
3
Georgia (2-0)
3SEC1,385
4
LSU (2-0)
6SEC1,336
5
Oklahoma (2-0)
4Big 121,315
6
Ohio State (2-0)
5Big Ten1,291
7
Notre Dame (2-0)
8Ind.1,072
8
Auburn (2-0)
10SEC1,056
9
Florida (2-0)
11SEC997
10
Michigan (2-0)
7Big Ten936
11
Utah (2-0)
13Pac-12905
12
Texas (1-1)
9Big 12877
13
Penn State (2-0)
15Big Ten781
14
Wisconsin (2-0)
17Big Ten714
15
Oregon(1-1)
16Pac-12677
16
Texas A&M (1-1)
12SEC643
17
UCF (2-0)
18American544
18
Michigan State (2-0)
19Big Ten495
19
Iowa (2-0)
20Big Ten473
20
Washington State (2-0)
22Pac-12343
21
Maryland (2-0)
Big Ten207
22
Boise State (2-0)
24MWC164
23
Washington (1-1)
14Pac-12161
24
USC (2-0)
Pac-12137
25
Virginia (2-0)
ACC122