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Arkansas gets votes, but unranked in AP poll
Offensive lineman Cole Carson carries the Arkansas state flag onto the field prior to the Razorbacks' game against Kent State on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas received votes, but remained unranked in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll Sunday.
The Razorbacks (2-0) have the second-most points among unranked teams, behind Clemson. Arkansas has 33 poll points, up from 28 last week, but well behind Clemson’s 86.
Arkansas won 28-6, but struggled for a while to put away 37.5-point underdog Kent State on Saturday. The team will play its first Power 5 opponent this week when BYU comes to Reynolds Razorback Stadium for a scheduled 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Razorbacks had the third-most points among unranked teams last week, behind UCLA and Iowa. Both of those teams joined the rankings this week — the Bruins at No. 24 and the Hawkeyes No. 25 with 107 and 106 points, respectively.
Clemson, Tulane, Texas A&M and Wisconsin all fell from this rankings. In addition to Iowa and UCLA, Washington State and Miami joined this week’s rankings.
The Pac-12, which is in its final season under its current configuration, led all conferences with eight ranked teams this week. The SEC has five ranked teams, and the Big Ten and ACC each have four ranked teams.
Of the 25 teams ranked this week, at least eight will change conference affiliations in 2024 — Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC; Southern Cal, Washington, Oregon and UCLA to the Big Ten; and Utah and Colorado to the Big 12.
Future conference plans remain unclear for remaining Pac-12 members Oregon State and Washington State, which are ranked 16th and 23rd, respectively.
AP Top 25 Poll, Sept. 10
1. Georgia (2-0)
2. Michigan (2-0)
3. Florida State (2-0)
4. Texas (2-0)
5. Southern Cal (3-0)
6. Ohio State (2-0)
7. Penn State (2-0)
8. Washington (2-0)
9. Notre Dame (3-0)
10. Alabama (1-1)
11. Tennessee (2-0)
12. Utah (2-0)
13. Oregon (2-0)
14. LSU (1-1)
15. Kansas State (2-0)
16. Oregon State (2-0)
17. Ole Miss (2-0)
18. Colorado (2-0)
19. Oklahoma (2-0)
20. North Carolina (2-0)
21. Duke (2-0)
22. Miami (2-0)
23. Washington State (2-0)
24. UCLA (2-0)
25. Iowa (2-0)
Others receiving votes: Clemson (86), Arkansas (33), TCU (19), Kansas (19), Tulane (17), Wisconsin (10), Kentucky (5), Mississippi State (5), Minnesota (5), Cincinnati (3), Fresno State (2), Wyoming (1), Oklahoma State (1), Maryland (1), James Madison (1)
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