Tide retakes first place from UGA.Drought hits Kansas


Alabama regained first place from Georgia in one of the closest polls in recent years in an Associated Press college football poll, with six teams including Kansas making their season debuts on Sunday.

Crimson Tide received 25 first place votes and scored 1,523 points. Top 25 APs by Regions Bank, two points more than the Bulldog. Georgia won his first-place vote with 28 votes, making him the first team to receive his most first-place votes since Alabama in November 2019, but where he didn’t finish first. rice field.

That year, the Tide was second to LSU with 21 votes to the Tigers’ 17.

The last time there was a two-point gap between first and second place was on November 1, 2020, when Clemson edged Alabama. Three other polls have taken him since 2007, placing him at the top by a two-point margin.

Ohio State remained in third place, but the Buckeyes also moved ahead of the top two with 10 first place votes.

crimson tide started the season Although in first place, the defending national champion Bulldogs took the top spot from their Southeastern Conference rivals. 2nd week when Alabama needed a late field goal to beat Texas.

The Bulldogs remain undefeated, but needed a fourth-quarter rally to beat the four-touchdown underdogs Missouri on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, the Tide was able to pull away from Arkansas in the second half without Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young.

Young sprained his shoulder in the first half and missed most of the game in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson and No. 6 Southern California all won this week and maintained their place, but the Wolverines and Tigers are now just three points apart.

Tennessee, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania round out the top 10, followed by Oklahoma in seventh place.

The remaining teams in the AP Top 25 underwent a major overhaul after losing 10 ranked teams and five to unranked opponents. This paved the way for seven teams to advance into the rankings this week. Most notably he is No. 19 Kansas.

The Jayhawks are ranked for the first time since October 18, 2009. It was the longest drought for any team currently in the Power Five conference.

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The closest margin between first and second place in AP poll history is zero. A 2002 preseason poll put him in first place with Oklahoma and Miami tied, and in mid-October 1992, Miami and Washington shared the top spot.

The last time there was a one-point gap between the top two teams was in 1992, with the Hurricanes and Huskies leading by one in the weeks before and after the draw.

With Kansas’ return to the rankings, the longest absent from the polls was Illinois, last ranked in 2011. Illinois is poised to leapfrog with her 4-1 start heading into next week’s home game against Iowa.

Next on the list are Rutgers (2012), Oregon State (Preseason 2013) and Vanderbilt (Finals 2013).


Voters typically decided to start from zero late in the rankings, with seven teams flipping.

— TCU, ranked 17th, enters the rankings for the first time since their temporary stay at 25th place in 2019.

— No. 18 UCLA started 5-0 for the first time since 2013.

— No. 19 Kansas remained undefeated by defeating Iowa State. The Jayhawks dropped to the bottom of his football career in major colleges for more than a decade as he started 5-0 in his 2009 season and then retired six games.

Both Kansas schools were ranked for the first time since October 14, 2007.

–No. 22 Syracuse easily beat Wagner to 5 wins and 0 losses, and finally fell back. Orange is ranked for the first time since the beginning of the 2019 season.

— No. 23 Mississippi State has been in the rankings for only one week since the end of the 2018 season (after the first regular season game of 2020).

Both Mississippi SEC schools were ranked for the first time since November 11, 2015.

— No. 24 Cincinnati. The Bearcats are the only team already in the rankings this season. Cincinnati dropped out after losing in Arkansas in Week 1 and has since won four straight.

— The No. 25 LSU earned its first ranking under coach Brian Kelly. The Tigers have won his four straight games, including his two games in the SEC, since losing the Heartbreaker to Florida State on Laver his day weekend.


Oklahoma, Baylor, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Pittsburgh are five of the seven teams eliminated from the AP Top 25 for the first time this season.

Florida State University and the University of Minnesota remained in the AP Top 25 for a short time. The Seminoles and Gophers were teams he had been on the rise for a week before losing at home.

Conference call

SEC — 7 (numbered 1, 2, 8, 9, 13, 23, 25).

Pac-12 — 5 (Nos. 6, 11, 12, 18, 21).

ACC—4 (numbered 5, 15, 16, 22).

Big 12 — 4 (No. 7, 17, 19, 20).

Big Ten — 3 (No. 3, 4, 10).

America — 1 (No. 24).

Independent — 1 (No. 16).

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No. 25 LSU in No. 8 Tennessee.

No. 17 TCU in No. 19 Kansas.

No. 11 Utah, No. 18 UCLA.


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