Clemson Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes slip in AP Top 25 poll despite wins; Penn State Nittany Lions jump to No. 6

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Clemson, Ohio State and Penn State fell to the bottom of the Top 10 in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday. Penn State jumped four places to No. After another weekend of problems for many ranked teams, 6

Even the No. Alabama.

The No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide, the defending national champion, remained unaffected. After beating Florida 31-29, Alabama won its 17th consecutive game. The Tide won 59 out of 62 first-place votes.

AP Top 25 First-place votes in parentheses. School Record 1. Alabama (59) 3-0 2. Georgia (3) 3-0 4. Oregon 3-0 4. Oklahoma 3-0 5. Iowa 3-0 6. Penn State 3-0 7. Texas A&M 3-0 8. Cincinnati 3-0 9. Clemson 2-1 10. Ohio State 2-1 11. Florida 2-1 12. Notre Dame 3-0 13. Ole Miss 3-0 14 Iowa State 2-1 15. BYU 3-0 16 Arkansas 3-0 17. Coastal Carolina 3-0 18. Wisconsin 1-1 19. Michigan 3-0 20. Michigan State 3-0 21. North Carolina 2-1 22. Fresno State 3-1 23. Auburn 2-1 24. UCLA 2-1 25. Kansas State 3-0

No. 2 Georgia, which was not in trouble with South Carolina, won the three other first-place votes on the AP Top 25.

No. 3 Oregon moved up one spot and No. After a narrow victory over Nebraska, Oklahoma fell one spot.

Iowa was No. For the second consecutive week, Iowa was No. 5. Penn State is now at its highest ranking since Nov. 3, 2019, when the Nittany Lions were fifth. Penn State defeated Auburn on Saturday night, giving it two wins over ranked teams. 18 Wisconsin

No. 9 Clemson, and No. Both 9 Clemson and No. 10 Ohio State won Saturday's game, but neither seemed to be particularly dominant. The Tigers scored only 14 points against Georgia Tech and the Buckeyes struggled defensively, before winning against winless Tulsa.

Clemson was last placed this low in 2015 when the Tigers began the season in the teens, but went on to win the national championship.

Ohio State's 11th ranking is its lowest since 2014, when a loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2 sent them crashing as low as No. 23. They won the national title and never lost another season.

Clemson, Ohio State and Michigan were both last ranked below No. 8 was Nov. 2, 2014. Clemson and Ohio State were 13th and 19th respectively.


Six of the top ranked teams lost on Saturday, but none of them were in the top 10. This brings the total number to 19 for the first three weeks.

According to ESPN's Stats & Information research, this is the highest total through three weeks in a season.

This number is increased by the loss of 10 ranked teams to unranked teams. Only one unranked team has ever lost to a top-10 team: North Carolina, preseason No. It opened with a loss at Virginia Tech.

The first few weeks of 2021 have been volatile, but not as unpredictable as one might think.

Three regular-season polls have ranked 35 teams.


No. 20 Michigan State has a strong start to Year 2 under Mel Tucker. They are 3-0 with an average margin 22 points. On Saturday, the Spartans beat Miami 38-17 and were ranked for only the second time since Oct. 5, 2019.

No. 22 Fresno State was the winner of perhaps the most exciting game this weekend, beating UCLA with two late scoring drives under quarterback Jake Haener. The Bulldogs have been ranked for only the second time since the final AP Top 25 2018.

No. After its first loss of the season, UCLA lost 11 spots.

No. 25 Kansas State has a 3-0 record after defeating Nevada 38-17. After being briefly ranked in 2020, the Wildcats fell to a 4-5 place.


After losing to West Virginia, Virginia Tech was forced to withdraw.

After losing to BYU, Arizona State is now out for the first season. The Cougars moved eight spots up to No. After a second consecutive win against a Pac-12 team ranked, the Cougars moved up eight spots to No.

After falling to 1-2, Miami is back this season.


SEC - 7 1, 2, 7, 11, 13 and 16, 23,

Big Ten - 6 (Nos. 5, 6, 10, 18, 19, 20,

Big 12 - 3 (Nos. 4, 14, 25

ACC - 2 - Nos. 9, 21

Pac-12 - 2 - Nos. 3, 24

American - 1 8

Mountain West - No. 22

Sun Belt - 1 (No. 17

Independents - 2 Nos. 12, 15


No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Wisconsin at Soldier Field, Chicago. The most difficult test for an Irish team, which is unbeaten but far away from perfection.

No. 7 Texas A&M vs. 16 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. This was the last time that this was a ranked matchup.