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Boston College football team breaks into Top 25 polls

AJ Dillon and the Boston College football team are ranked nationally in the Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time since 2008.Woody Marshall/AP

The undefeated Boston College football team broke into both of the major Top 25 college football polls Sunday for the first time in 10 years, checking in at No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and No. 25 in the coaches poll.

BC (3-0) and has defeated UMass, Holy Cross, and Wake Forest, outscoring them, 158-69. It’s the first time in program history the Eagles have scored more than 40 points in their first three games.

BC beat Wake Forest, 41-34, on Thursday in their first ACC game. Senior defensive end Wyatt Ray was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation national defensive player of the week. Ray recorded four sacks and eight tackles in the win over Wake Forest.


BC faces at Purdue at noon on Saturday as it attempts to go 4-0 for the first time since 2007.

The Eagles were last ranked in the polls Nov. 30, 2008, when they were No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll.

Related: Full Top 25 football polls

LSU surged to No. 6 in the AP poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbled to No. 18 after becoming the first top-10 team to be upset by an unranked team this season.

Top-ranked Alabama strengthened its hold on No. 1, receiving a season-high 58 first-place votes from the media panel. Clemson slipped out of the No. 2 spot for the first time this season. Georgia moved up a spot to second behind the Crimson Tide, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the ranking. Clemson is third with three first-place votes, followed by No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Oklahoma.

LSU has now gone from No. 25 to start the season to No. 6 in three weeks.


The Tigers beat Miami, the preseason No. 8, in Week 1 in Arlington, Texas, and then knocked off Auburn on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn slipped from No. 7 to No. 9.

Wisconsin’s loss to BYU was Saturday’s most surprising result. The Badgers were three-touchdown favorites but missed a last-second field goal to tie and lost 24-21 in Madison. The Big Ten had five teams in the top 14 to begin the seasons and three (Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin) have already lost.

Southern California fell out of the ranking after its second straight loss, a 37-14 thumping at Texas. The Trojans have now been outscored, 54-17, the last two weeks. Arizona State also fell from the ranking when it could not back up its nice home win against Michigan State, losing at San Diego State,28-23.

The other big mover in the right direction this week was Oklahoma State. The Cowboys jumped nine spots to No. 15 after an impressive 44-21 victory against Boise State, which tumbled out of the rankings after being No. 17.

Oklahoma State began the season unranked after being ranked at the end of the last three seasons.

The Cowboys have tallied 16 sacks in their first three games with new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’s aggressive 4-2-5 defense. The Cowboys pressured Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien all day Saturday and tallied seven sacks.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com