Colorado and Deion Sanders fell out of The Associated Press college football poll after a resounding loss in one of the weekend’s showcase games, and the teams toward the top of the rankings were shuffled and tightened.
A season-high six teams received first-place votes, the most since the 2016 preseason poll. Georgia is still where it started at No. 1 in the AP Top 25, but it is down to 55 first-place votes out of a possible 63.
Michigan remained No. 2 and got a first-place vote. Texas stayed at No. 3 with two first-place votes. Ohio State moved up two spots to No. 4 and got a first-place vote after beating Notre Dame with a touchdown on its final offensive play.
The Fighting Irish slipped to two spots to No. 11.
Florida State dropped a spot to No. 5 after a victory at Clemson, but it nevertheless received three first-place votes.
No. 6 Penn State and No. 7 Washington each moved up a spot. The Huskies received a first-place vote.
Southern California fell three places to No. 8 while No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Utah each moved up a spot to give the Pac-12 four teams in the top 10 for the first time in the history of the conference.
The Ducks’ 42-6 blowout of Sanders’ Colorado team knocked the Buffaloes all the way out of the AP Top 25 from No. 19.
Colorado has been the story of the early season, starting 3-0 after winning just one game last season. The Buffs jumped into the rankings with an opening week upset of TCU, last season’s national runner-up. After the Buffaloes were dominated at Oregon, USC comes to Boulder next week to give Colorado a chance to either jump back in the rankings or become an afterthought for voters for the rest of the season.
Utah’s victory over UCLA sent the Bruins falling out of the poll, leaving the Pac-12 with six ranked teams after two weeks with a conference-record eight.
Alabama, which fell out of the top 10 last week for the first time since 2015, inched up a spot to No. 12 after beating Mississippi. The Rebels dropped five spots to No. 20.
Three teams entered the rankings this week, all for the first time this season. No. 23 Missouri is ranked for the first time since a brief stay in 2019, No. 24 Kansas is ranked for the second consecutive season, and No. 25 Fresno State, which has won 13 straight games, the second-longest streak in the country behind Georgia, finished last season at No. 24.
Joining Colorado and UCLA in falling out of the poll was Iowa. The Hawkeyes have yo-yoed in and out of the rankings and did not receive a single point this week after getting shut out at Penn State.