LSU is a crushing number one in the Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 match, and Minnesota has entered the top 10 for the first time in 57 years.
After two weeks of historically tight voting at the top of the poll, LSU received 54 first place votes in the Top 25 AP presented by Regions Bank. Ohio State was # 2 with five votes for first place and Clemson was third with three votes for first place. Alabama fell two places to No. 4.
Georgia was fifth, followed by Oregon and Minnesota in 7th place. The Gophers won Saturday's other match unbeaten teams, beating the Penn State at home. The Nittany Lions slipped four places to ninth.
The number 24 Indiana is ranked for the first time since 1994, thus winning the longest drought among Power Five conference schools.
The week was not great for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide extended its record of consecutive weeks in the top five of the AP poll. Alabama is among the top five ranked teams in 66 weeks, a series that began November 8, 2015.
The second-longest series of the first five selections is Miami, which had 55 from October 8-26, 2003.
Minnesota has had its best ranking since coming 5th in 1962 and 10th overall.
1. LSU (54) 9-0
2. Ohio St. (5) 9-0
3. Clemson (3) 10-0
4. Alabama 8-1
5. Georgia 8-1
6. Oregon 8-1
7. Minnesota 9-0
8. Utah 8-1
9. Penn St. 8-1
10. Oklahoma 8-1
11. Florida 8-2
12. Baylor 9-0
13. Auburn 7-2
14. Michigan 7-2
15. Wisconsin 7-2
16. Our Lady 7-2
17. Cincinnati 8-1
18. Memphis 8-1
19. Boise St. 8-1
20. SMU 9-1
21. Marine 7-1
22. Texas 6-3
23. Iowa 6-3
24. Indiana 7-2
25. Oklahoma St. 6-3
IN AND OUT
Indiana had a good week with the help of another Power Five school that had not been filed in years. Wake Forest is out of the league after defeat at Virginia Tech. The Demon Deacons at the beginning of the year have achieved a ranking for the first time since 2008.
The Hoosiers (7-2) already have their first season of seven wins in 12 years and will be heading to Penn State next week to try to win the ranked team title for the first time since the end of the 1993 season The last time Indiana was ranked, she entered the rankings on September 18, 1994, after defeating Kentucky to reach the score of 3-0. Ranked # 25, the Hoosiers have visited No. 16 Wisconsin, lost 62-13 and are no longer classified since.
Now that Indiana has ended its drought, Hoosiers rivals on the state have the longest period of no rank among Power Five schools. Purdue has not been ranked since 2007. The next droughts are Kansas (since 2009), Illinois (2011) and Rutgers (2012).
• Texas, No. 22, returned to the standings after defeating Kansas State and eliminating the Wildcats from the Top 25.
• The Oklahoma State is back in the Top 25 for the second time this season.
• San Diego State collapsed after losing to Nevada.
For the sixth time this season, three of the top five teams belong to the SEC.
Big Ten – 7 (Nos. 2, 7, 9, 14, 15, 23, 24).
SEC – 5 (Nos. 1, 4, 5, 11, 13).
United States – 4 (Nos. 17, 18, 20 and 21).
Big 12 – 4 (Nos. 10, 12, 22, 25).
Pac-12-2 (No. 6, 8).
ACC – 1 (No. 3).
West Mountain – 1 (No. 19).
Independent – 1 (No. 16).
CLASSIFIED vs. CLASSROOM
No. 5 Georgia at No. 13 Auburn. Another top 10 of the Tigers.
No. 7 Minnesota at No. 23 Iowa. The Gophers still have work to do in the Big Ten West.
No. 24 Indiana at No. 9 Penn State. The Nittany Lions seek a rebound before their confrontation with Ohio State.
Oklahoma No. 10 at Baylor No. 12. Could be the first of two games, with a rematch of the Big 12.
No. 21 of the navy at No. 16 Notre Dame. Aspirants have the opportunity to give a declared victory to the American Athletics Conference.
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