AP Top 25: Miami jumps to No. 2 behind Alabama; Oklahoma 3rd

(AP) -- Miami is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll , the Hurricanes' best ranking since 2003.

The undefeated Hurricanes leaped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday night. Alabama remained No. 1, where it has been since the preseason, getting 57 first-place votes. Miami received the other four first-place votes.

Oklahoma moved up to two spots to No. 3, jumping Clemson, which remained No. 4. Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up a spot to No. 5.

Three matchups of top-10 teams on Saturday produced lopsided victories for the home teams, including Miami over Notre Dame. The Irish dropped six spots to No. 9.

Auburn moved up to No. 6 after beating Georgia. The Bulldogs fell from second to seventh. TCU dropped out of the top 10 after losing at Oklahoma.

POLL POINTS

The Atlantic Coast Conference is finally getting the Miami it invited to join the league back in the early 2000s. In the four seasons before the Hurricanes entered the ACC in 2004, they went 46-4, won a national championship, nearly won another, were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country each season and never finished lower than fifth.

When the Hurricanes were placed in the Coastal Division, opposite Florida State and Clemson in the Atlantic, the conventional wisdom was that they would routinely reach the league championship game and give the ACC a perennial national championship contender to go along with Florida State.

Since then, Miami has never reached the ACC title game or finished better than 11th in the final AP rankings.

THIS WEEK IN 'BAMA

Alabama notched its 101st appearance at No. 1 in the AP poll, matching Oklahoma for second most behind Ohio State's 105. The Tide should take over sole possession next week after its plays Mercer and could match the Buckeyes if it runs the table as No. 1 this season.

UP

— No. 8 Ohio State moved up three spots and back into the top 10. A week after getting blown out at Iowa, the Buckeyes bounced back with an emphatic victory against Michigan State .

— No. 12 USC moved up three spots, taking advantage of the some losses to teams above and below the Trojans.

— No. 15 Washington State jumped four spots, making the Cougars the second-highest ranked Pac-12 team behind USC.

DOWN

— No. 16 Washington dropped seven spots after losing at Stanford on Friday night.

— No. 22 Michigan State tumbled nine spots after being blown out at Ohio State.

IN

All three teams that moved back into the rankings this week have been there for much of the season, starting with No. 20 Stanford.

— No. 21 LSU has been back and forth for most of the season.

— No. 25 North Carolina State is back in a week after falling out.

OUT

— Virginia Tech fell out for the first time this season after a losing its second straight game.

— Iowa and Iowa State both dropped out after losses. The schools were ranked together last week for the first time since 2005.

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC — 5

Big Ten — 5

Big 12 — 4

Pac-12 — 4

ACC — 3

American — 3

Independent — 1

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 19 Michigan at No. 5 Wisconsin. After two straight weeks of schedules loaded with marquee matchups, Wolverines-Badgers is the only game on the slate matching ranked teams.

 
1 Alabama

Alabama (57)

SEC

Record: 10-0

PV Rank

1

Points

1,521
2 Miami (FL)

Miami (FL) (4)

ACC

Record: 9-0

7

1,438

3 Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Big 12

Record: 9-1

5

1,367

4 Clemson

Clemson

ACC

Record: 9-1

4

1,358

5 Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Big Ten

Record: 10-0

6

1,322

6 Auburn

Auburn

SEC

Record: 8-2

10

1,199

7 Georgia

Georgia

SEC

Record: 9-1

2

1,151

8 Ohio State

Ohio State

Big Ten

Record: 8-2

11

1,036

9 Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Division I FBS Independents

Record: 8-2

3

1,001

10 Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Record: 8-2

12

898

11 TCU

TCU

Big 12

Record: 8-2

8

875

12 USC

USC

Pac-12

Record: 9-2

15

866

13 Penn State

Penn State

Big Ten

Record: 8-2

16

818

14 UCF

UCF

The American

Record: 9-0

14

807

15 Washington State

Washington State

Pac-12

Record: 9-2

19

614

16 Washington

Washington

Pac-12

Record: 8-2

9

575

17 Mississippi State

Mississippi State

SEC

Record: 7-3

18

492

18 Memphis

Memphis

The American

Record: 8-1

20

437

19 Michigan

Michigan

Big Ten

Record: 8-2

21

315

20 Stanford

Stanford

Pac-12

Record: 7-3

-

287

21 LSU

LSU

SEC

Record: 7-3

-

276

22 Michigan State

Michigan State

Big Ten

Record: 7-3

13

259

23 South Florida

South Florida

The American

Record: 8-1

22

236

24 West Virginia

West Virginia

Big 12

Record: 7-3

23

222

25 North Carolina State

North Carolina State

ACC

Record: 7-3

-

178

Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 110, Northwestern 72, Arizona 49, Iowa St. 27, Georgia Tech 6, Boise St. 6, Army 3, South Carolina 2, Iowa 2

© 2017 Associated Press


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