NCAA Football

No. 1 Bama leads unchanged top 5 in poll

10/06 2:25 PM

For the fourth straight week, the top five teams in The Associated Press college football poll are unchanged, led by No. 1 Alabama.

NEW YORK -- For the fourth straight week, the top five teams in The Associated Press college football poll are unchanged, led by No. 1 Alabama.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes after an easy victory and No. 2 Oregon received the other five after its latest blowout. Clemson is No. 3, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.

The Buckeyes and Cardinal were both tested Saturday night and stayed unbeaten. Ohio State rallied to win at Northwestern, 40-30. The Wildcats slipped three spots to No. 19. Stanford held off Washington 31-28. The Huskies dropped only one spot to No. 16.

There have been few upsets to re-arrange the rankings so far this season.

Only three teams ranked in the 15 have lost to an unranked team, and one of them was Florida's loss to Miami, now ranked No. 13. Of the teams ranked in the preseason top 12, five have lost but all those losses came against teams that are currently ranked.

All of this has created poll gridlock. The last time the top five teams went four weeks with no changes was late in the 2004 season, when USC was No. 1, followed by Oklahoma, Auburn, California and Utah. There was one catch in 2004. One of those weeks Auburn tied Oklahoma for second.

No. 15 Baylor moved up two spots after beating West Virginia 73-42. It's the sixth time this season that a ranked team has scored 70 or more points. That matches the most (1944 and 1995) in a season.

No. 23 Northern Illinois, No. 24 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Missouri moved into the rankings for the first time this season. Arizona State, Mississippi and Maryland dropped out.

Maryland's one-week stay ended with a 63-0 loss to No. 6 Florida State. That matched the most lopsided loss ever by a ranked team.

Mississippi dropped out of the rankings after a second straight loss in the state of Alabama. The Rebels lost 30-22 to Auburn on Saturday after being shut out by Alabama the week before.

But with Missouri moving in, the SEC still has seven ranked teams, which matches a record for one league. The ACC and Big Ten have also done it, but no league has done it more than the SEC.

Missouri (5-0), coming off a 51-28 victory against Vanderbilt, moved into the ranking for the first time since September 2011. The Tigers are 25th, heading into Saturday's game at Georgia. Missouri will be the fourth ranked opponent Georgia has played in its first six games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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