ACC matches SEC with 6 ranked teams, most since 2006

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

It’s the first time since 2006 that the ACC has six ranked teams.

Alabama re­mained No. 1 and had 53 first-place votes and Ohio State held on to No. 2. Clem­son, from the ACC, moved up two spots to No. 3 af­ter a dra­matic vic­tory against Louisville, which slipped four spots to No. 7.

Michi­gan re­mained No. 4, and No. 5 Wash­ing­ton moved up five spots af­ter a dom­i­nant vic­tory against Stan­ford on Fri­day night. The last time the Huskies were ranked this high was 2000, when they won the Rose Bowl and fin­ished No. 3 in the na­tion.

No. 10 Mi­ami gives the ACC three in the top 10 to also match the SEC.

POLL POINTS

Ten ranked teams los­ing was the most in a reg­u­lar-sea­son week since Oct. 4, 2014, when 11 ranked teams went down, five to un­ranked teams. All the up­heaval re­sulted in only four teams hold­ing the same rank­ings they had last week: Bay­lor at No. 13 was the fourth, along with Alabama, Ohio State and Michi­gan.

IN

— No. 21 Colorado (4-1) is ranked for the first time since Nov. 6, 2005. Fourthyear coach Mike MacIn­tyre, who came into the sea­son with 10 vic­to­ries at CU, has the Buf­faloes off to their best start since that 2005 sea­son when they also went 4-1 be­fore fin­ish­ing 7-6.

— No. 23 West Vir­ginia is ranked for the first time this sea­son and one of only two re­main­ing un­beaten teams in the Big 12 with Bay­lor.

— No. 25 Vir­ginia Tech slipped into the rank­ings for the first time since Sept. 7, 2014, dur­ing an off week.

— No. 17 North Carolina jumped back into the rank­ings af­ter beating Florida State with a last-play field goal. The Tar Heels have won four straight since an open­ing loss to Ge­or­gia.

— No. 20 Ok­la­homa is back in the rank­ings af­ter one week out.

OUT

— Michi­gan State has lost con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since 2012 and is un­ranked for the first time since Oc­to­ber 2013.

— San Diego State is out af­ter hav­ing its 13-game win­ning streak bro­ken 4214 at South Alabama.

— TCU dropped out af­ter los­ing at home to Ok­la­homa.

— Texas is gone af­ter its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss. The Longhorns made a huge jump into the rank­ings af­ter week one, but head into the Red River Ri­valry against the Soon­ers un­ranked for the fourth straight sea­son.

— Ge­or­gia’s crush­ing loss to Ten­nessee was its sec­ond straight and left the Bull­dogs un­ranked.

UP

— No. 18 Florida and No. 19 Boise State each moved up five places.

— No. 10 Mi­ami jumped four spots.

DOWN

— No. 23 Florida State fell 11 spots af­ter los­ing the North Carolina.

— No. 15 Stan­ford dropped eight spots af­ter its first loss.

— No. 11 Wisconsin slipped three af­ter los­ing at Michi­gan.

CON­FER­ENCE CALL

ACC — 6. The last time the ACC had three teams in the top 10 was late last sea­son. SEC—6 Big Ten — 4 Pac-12 — 4 Big12—3 Amer­i­can — 1 Moun­tain West — 1

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 1 Alabama at No. 16 Arkansas. The Crim­son Tide has won nine straight meet­ings.

No. 9 Ten­nessee at No. 8 Texas A&M. First meet­ing since Ag­gies joined the SEC.

No. 23 Florida State at No. 10 Mi­ami. Last time the Hurricanes were the higher ranked team when they played the Semi­noles was 2010. Florida State was No. 23, Mi­ami was 13th and the ‘Noles won 45-17.

No. 25 Vir­ginia Tech at No. 17 North Carolina. Lit­tle sur­pris­ing to see the Hok­ies back in the mix so soon in Justin Fuente’s first sea­son.

Fol­low Ralph D. Russo at www.Twit­ter.com/ralphDrus­soAP

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