Cincinnati Bearcats barely hold off Alabama Crimson Tide for No. 2 in AP Top 25 college football poll

Cincinnati remained at No. By just four points, No. 2 was beaten by Cincinnati. 3 Alabama in Sunday's college football poll by The Associated Press. Oregon beat Ohio State to climb to No. 5.
Georgia is the unanimous No. For the fifth consecutive week, Georgia is ranked No. 1. After another weekend of close calls and upsets, the Bulldogs' closest rivals are now more compact.

After beating Tulsa 28-20 the Bearcats won 1,440 points. The Crimson Tide received 1,336 after a win against LSU 20-14.

AP Top 25 College Football Poll. Team Record 1. Georgia (63) 9-0 2. Cincinnati 9-0 3. Alabama 8-1 4. Oklahoma 9-0 5. Oregon 8-1 6. Ohio State 8-1 7. Notre Dame 8-1 8. Michigan State 8-1 9. Michigan 8-1 10. Oklahoma State 8-1 11. Texas A&M 7-2 13. Mississippi 7-2 13. Wake Forest 8-1 14. BYU 8-2 15. UTSA 9-2 16. Auburn 6-3 17. Houston 8-1 18. Baylor 7-2 19. Iowa 7-2 20. Wisconsin 6-3 21. NC State 7-2 22. Coastal Carolina 8-1 23. Penn State 6-3 24. Louisiana-Lafayette 8-1 25. Pittsburgh 7-2

Cincinnati is ranked No. For four consecutive weeks, Cincinnati has been ranked No. 2.

Oklahoma, which held an open date on the weekend, remained at No. 4.

Oregon moved up two places to No. After beating Washington 26-16, Oregon moved up two spots to No. 5. The Ducks beat Ohio State at No. 6. The Ducks took advantage of Michigan State's first loss in the season.

Nebraska was won 26-17 by the Buckeyes. The Ducks ranked as high as No. After beating Ohio State in Week 2 and climbing to No. 3, the Ducks were third in the country, but they had fallen behind the Buckeyes after a loss.

Notre Dame moved up a place to No. 7 and the Spartans fell three places to No. 8 after Purdue's loss.

After their second defeat of a team that was ranked among the top five, the Boilermakers were not ranked. Purdue received the most votes on Sunday.

Michigan remained at No. 9 and Oklahoma State moved one place up to No. 10.

Wake Forest was in the top 10 for only a week. The Demon Deacons fell at North Carolina on Saturday for their first loss of the season.


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This past weekend saw seven more ranked teams lose, bringing the total to 68 for the season.

ESPN Stats & Info reports that the number of ranked teams that lose to unranked opponents is highest during 10 weeks of a college football seasons.


All three of the teams that will be moving into the Top 25 this week are familiar with each other.

No. After more than a month, 20 Wisconsin has returned to the top of the rankings. Since a 1-3 start, the Badgers have won five consecutive games.

No. After its second consecutive victory, 21 North Carolina State has returned to the Top 25. In October, the Wolfpack enjoyed a three-week run at the top of the rankings.

No. 25 Pittsburgh returned to the game after being knocked out by the Panthers for a week.


After a five-week stint in the Top 25, Kentucky fell for the third consecutive week.

After four weeks of being in the Top 25, SMU's second consecutive loss has cost the Mustangs their ranking.

Fresno State is back, one week after it returned at No. 25. Boise State beat the Bulldogs at home.


Big Ten -- 6 (No. 6, 8, 9, 19 and 20

SEC -- 5 (Nos. 1, 3, 11, 12, 16,

ACC -- 3 (Nos. 13, 21, 25

Big 12 -- 3 (Nos. 4, 10, 18,

American -- 2 (Nos. 2, 17.

Sun Belt -- 2 (Nos. 22, 24

Conference USA -- 1 15

Pac-12 -- 1 5.

Independent -- 2 (Nos. 7, 14.


No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 18 Baylor. Eighth matchup between the Sooners and Bears of ranked teams. This is the eighth time since 2011. The Sooners are 4-3 in seven of the first seven.

No. 9 Michigan at Number. 23 Penn State. The Big Ten East foes will be ranked for the fourth time in five years when they meet.

No. 11 Texas A&M at Number. 12 Mississippi. The third meeting between the ranked teams. The Rebels won the first two.

No. 21 North Carolina State at Number. 13 Wake Forest. Deacs and Wolfpack have played 113 games, with only one game in which both teams were ranked. In 1992, NC State won the championship.