AP college football poll, Week 3: CU Buffs climb to No. 18

Texas jumped seven spots to No. 4 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday after beating Alabama, and the Pac-12 became just the second conference to place as many as eight teams in an AP Top 25.

Georgia received 55 first-place votes to remain the clear No. 1. Michigan was No. 2, with two-first place votes. No. 3 Florida State moved up a spot and received three first-place votes.

Texas received two-first place votes after its biggest regular-season victory in years. The Longhorns are in the top five for the first time since starting the 2010 season at No. 5 and have their highest ranking since finishing No. 2 after losing the BCS championship game to Alabama in 2009.

Behind quarterback Quinn Ewers, Texas became the first team to beat Alabama by double-digits on its home field under coach Nick Saban.

The loss dropped Alabama seven spots to No. 10, its lowest ranking since early last November, when the Crimson Tide also were 10th.

Southern California moved up a spot to No. 5, giving the top five representation from each Power Five conference.

But no conference has more teams than the Pac-12, which is in its last season with its current membership before 10 of its schools depart for other leagues in 2024.

Only the Southeastern Conference had ever placed as many eight teams in single AP Top 25, doing it 21 times with a record 10 in September 2015.

In this week’s AP Top 25, Washington is No. 8, Utah is 12th, Oregon is 13th and Oregon State is No. 16. Moving into the rankings are Washington State at No. 23 and UCLA at No. 24. Colorado climbed up four spots to No. 18 after its 36-14 win over Nebraska.

The Pac-12’s previous high was six ranked teams, achieved multiple times including last week.

Oregon State and Washington State are the only members of the conference committed to it beyond this school year.

No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Notre Dame round out the top 10.


Alabama’s streak of top-10 rankings is now at 128, which dates to the 2015 season.

The Crimson Tide’s streak is the second-longest in AP poll history behind Miami’s 137 from 1985-93.

The next five longest streaks of appearing in the top five:

— Clemson, 97 from 2015-21.

— Nebraska, 96 from 1993-98.

— Florida, 81 from 1992-97.


UCLA and Washington State were two of four teams to move into the rankings this week.

— No. 22 Miami is ranked for the first time since last September, when it fell out of the AP Top 25 after losing at Texas A&M. The Hurricanes beat the Aggies on Saturday to move back in and knock out A&M.

Miami and Florida State are both ranked in the regular season for the first time since Sept. 18, 2017.

— No. 25 Iowa slipped back in after falling out last week. The Hawkeyes beat Iowa State on Saturday.


Falling out along with Texas A&M were Wisconsin, which lost at Washington State, and Tulane, which lost at home to Mississippi.

Clemson also slipped out of the rankings, ending a streak of 21 straight appearances. The Tigers barely held on to a spot in the poll at No. 25 last week following an opening loss to Duke. Their rout of Charleston Southern on Saturday wasn’t enough to keep them ranked.


With Tulane dropping out, there are no ranked teams from conferences outside the Power Five.

Pac-12 — 8 (Nos. 5, 8, 12, 13, 16, 18, 23, 24).

SEC — 5 (Nos. 1, 10, 11, 14, 17).

ACC — 4 (Nos. 3, 20, 21, 22).

Big Ten — 4 (Nos. 2, 6, 7, 25).

Big 12 — 3 (Nos. 4, 15, 19).

Independent — 1 (No. 9).


No games match ranked teams this week.

AP college football poll


1. Georgia (55)2-01,5401
2. Michigan (2)2-01,4582
3. Florida State (3)2-01,4134
4. Texas (2)2-01,33811
5. USC3-01,2696
6. Ohio State2-01,2655
7. Penn State2-01,2047
8. Washington2-01,1028
9. Notre Dame3-01,01510
10. Alabama1-19533
11. Tennessee2-09299
12. Utah2-084712
13. Oregon2-082713
14. LSU1-166714
15. Kansas State2-063615
16. Oregon State2-060516
17. Ole Miss2-050520
18. Colorado2-048122
19. Oklahoma2-045318
20. North Carolina2-044417
21. Duke2-042121
22. Miami (Fla.)2-0230
23. Washington State2-0129
24. UCLA2-0107
25. Iowa2-0106

Dropped out of rankings: Wisconsin (19), Texas A&M (23), Tulane (24), Clemson (25).

Others receiving votes: Clemson 86, Arkansas 33, TCU 19, Kansas 19, Tulane 17, Wisconsin 10, Kentucky 5, Mississippi State 5, Minnesota 3, Cincinnati 3, Fresno State 2, Wyoming 1, Oklahoma State 1, Maryland 1, James Madison 1.

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