The Alabama Crimson Tide remain firmly in first place after the votes from the AP voters were tabulated this weekend. No. 1 Alabama received 53 first-place votes to stay comfy on top of this week’s AP poll. They are followed by No. 2 Ohio State, with six first-place votes, and No. 3 Clemson, with one first-place vote. Michigan also received a first-place vote once again this week and is fourth in the latest AP ranking. Following a dominating victory over Stanford, Washington jumped up five spots to crack this week’s top five at No. 5.
No. 6 Houston remained in the same spot this week, but No. 7 Louisville fell just behind them following a road loss at Clemson Saturday night. No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 9 Tennessee and No. 10 Miami all moved up this week to round out the top 10 in the AP poll.
No. 11 Wisconsin fell just three spots following a defensive battle in Ann Arbor. This is mildly interesting, as Louisville fell four spots following a different kind of back-and-forth game on the road against Clemson, whom the voters rank higher than Michigan this week.
No. 14 Ole Miss moved up two spots following a win at home against Memphis. At 3-2, the Rebels remain nine spots ahead of 3-2 Florida State (No. 23). The Seminoles won a head-to-head matchup with Ole Miss but the voters appear to be crushing FSU for a last-second loss at home to No. 17 North Carolina and a blowout loss at Louisville more than Ole Miss giving up double-digit leads to Alabama and FSU in losses. Polls can be funny sometimes.
There is nothing funny about Colorado, though. The Buffs return to the AP Top 25 this week and debut at No. 21. It is the first time since 2005 the Buffs are ranked by the AP voters, and they also made a return to the coaches poll today. North Carolina, No. 22 West Virginia and No. 25 Virginia Tech also make their first appearance sin the AP poll this season, and No. 22 Oklahoma makes its return after falling out after a 1-2 start.
Here is the AP Top 25 breakdown by conference:
- SEC – 6 (Alabama, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida)
ACC – 6 (Clemson, Louisville, Miami, UNC, Florida State, Virginia Tech)
- Big Ten – 4 (Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska)
Pac-12 – 4 (Washington, Stanford, Colorado, Utah)
- Big 12 – 3 (Baylor, Oklahoma, West Virginia)
- American Athletic Conference – 1 (Houston)
Mountain West Conference – 1 (Boise State)
Here is this week’s AP Top 25, with first-place votes noted:
- Alabama (53)
- Ohio state (6)
- Clemson (1)
- Michigan (1)
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- North Carolina
- Boise State
- West Virginia
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech