SEC Football:

Georgia, TCU jump into top 10 after convincing wins

By: Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Georgia tailback Nick Chubb (27) runs on the way to a touchdown in the second half against Mississippi State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Athens, Ga. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
Georgia tailback Nick Chubb (27) runs on the way to a touchdown in the second half against Mississippi State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Athens, Ga. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 TCU jumped into the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season and Florida State dropped all the way out of the rankings for the first time since 2011 after starting 0-2.

Alabama remained No. 1 and won back some of the support it lost last week to No. 2 Clemson. The Crimson Tide received 52 first-place votes Sunday, up seven from last week, after beating Vanderbilt 59-0 on Saturday.

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Clemson received eight first-place votes, down seven from last week, after taking more than three quarters to pull away from Boston College. No. 3 Oklahoma got the remaining first-place vote.

Penn State held at No. 4. Southern California was No. 5, followed by Pac-12 rival Washington.

Georgia followed Michigan, TCU and Wisconsin rounded out the top 10.


OUT

What a strange start to the season for Florida State, which had a streak of 105 straight poll appearances snapped. The Seminoles were No. 3 in the preseason poll, lost to Alabama in a marquee opener and lost quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending injury in that game, too.

Then Florida State's season was put on hold for two weeks because of Hurricane Irma. That cost the 'Noles what figured to be a good game against Louisiana-Monroe to break in freshman quarterback James Blackman, and delayed its game against Miami.

Finally back on the field against North Carolina State, the Seminoles lost 27-21 to drop to 0-2 for the first time since 1989. Florida State also became the first team to start the season ranked in the top three of the AP poll and begin its season with two losses since 1984, when No. 3 Pitt began 0-4 and finished 3-7-1.

— Oregon dropped out after one week ranked, following a 37-35 loss at Arizona State.

STREAKS

The current longest streaks of consecutive poll appearances.

168 — Alabama. Last time unranked was final poll of 2007 season.

103 — Ohio State. Last time unranked was final poll of 2011 season.

55 — Clemson. Last time unranked was Nov. 16, 2014.

IN

Welcome back, No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 23 West Virginia. The Fighting Irish had a one-week stint in the poll earlier this month and the Mountaineers are back after being in the preseason poll.

UP

— No. 9 TCU jumped seven spots after one of Saturday's most impressive victories, 44-31 at Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs won 44-31 in Stillwater for the first time since they joined the Big 12 in 2012.

— No. 7 Georgia moved up four places after routing Mississippi State 31-3.

DOWN

— No. 11 Ohio State was nudged out of the top 10 when Georgia and TCU moved in, snapping the Buckeyes streak of 42 straight polls ranked in the top 10.

— No. 15 Oklahoma State dropped nine places after its first loss of the season

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC — 6

Big 12 — 4

Pac 12 — 4

Big Ten — 4

ACC — 4

American — 1

Mountain West — 1

Independent — 1

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia Tech. The Tigers make their first trip to Lane Stadium since 2011.

No. 5 USC at No. 16 Washington State, Friday. Pullman, Washington, for a short-week road game. What could possibly go wrong for the Trojans?

No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 14 Auburn. Third straight ranked opponent for the Bulldogs. So far, 1-1.

FULL LIST

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1 Alabama (52) 4-0 1515 1

2 Clemson (8) 4-0 1458 2

3 Oklahoma (1) 4-0 1397 3

4 Penn St. 4-0 1304 4

5 Southern Cal 4-0 1247 5

6 Washington 4-0 1188 7

7 Georgia 4-0 1136 11

8 Michigan 4-0 1088 8

9 TCU 4-0 1028 16

10 Wisconsin 3-0 1023 9

11 Ohio St. 3-1 1016 10

12 Virginia Tech 4-0 828 13

13 Auburn 3-1 701 15

14 Miami 2-0 693 14

15 Oklahoma St. 3-1 665 6

16 Washington St. 4-0 551 18

17 Louisville 3-1 502 19

18 South Florida 4-0 406 21

19 San Diego St. 4-0 365 22

20 Utah 4-0 356 23

21 Florida 2-1 342 20

22 Notre Dame 3-1 246 -

23 West Virginia 3-1 212 -

24 Mississippi St. 3-1 148 17

25 LSU 3-1 92 25

Others receiving votes: NC State 87, Duke 79, Texas Tech 40, Florida St. 35, Memphis 26, Iowa 16, Stanford 8, California 7, Colorado 5, UCF 4, Minnesota 3, Kansas St. 3, Oregon 3, Tennessee 1, Wake Forest 1.

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