AP Top 25: Ohio State slips, Penn State in, Hous­ton out

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo Fol­low Ralph D. Russo at www.Twit­ter.com/ralphDrus­soAP

Alabama is No. 1 again, re­ceiv­ing all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the me­dia panel on Sun­day. Michi­gan moved up to No. 2, Clem­son is No. 3 and Washington No. 4.

Louisville moved up to No. 5 ahead of the Buck­eyes, who blew a 14-point fourthquar­ter lead and lost 24-21 against Penn State on Satur­day night. The Nit­tany Lions en­tered the rank­ings at No. 24.

Ne­braska is No. 7 and Bay­lor is eighth. Texas A&M slipped three spots to No. 9 af­ter los­ing for the first time this sea­son.

POLL POINTS UP

— West Vir­ginia (60) moved up two spots to No. 10 in the rank­ings, the Moun­taineers’ best show­ing since 2012. Those Moun­taineers with Geno Smith and Tavon Austin were un­done by a faulty de­fense and ended up fin­ish­ing the sea­son un­ranked af­ter peak­ing at No. 5 in early Oc­to­ber. These Moun­taineers have the sec­ond-best de­fense in the Big 12 and rank 32nd in the na­tion in yards per play at 5.14.

— No. 15 Auburn moved up six spots af­ter the sec­ond-most lop­sided SEC vic­tory in the his­tory of the pro­gram. The Tigers beat Arkansas 56-3 and have won four straight since a 1-2 start.

— No. 19 LSU moved up six spots af­ter trounc­ing Mis­sis­sippi.

— Washington matched its best rank­ing since fin­ish­ing No. 3 in 2000.

DOWN

— Ohio State had the big­gest drop of the week, but it still ran its streak of top10 rank­ings to 31, the long­est cur­rent streak in the na­tion, dat­ing back to Novem­ber 2014.

IN

— Penn State was last ranked Dec. 4, 2011. It had gone four full sea­sons with­out be­ing ranked, the long­est string of sea­sons with­out a rank­ing since the Nit­tany Lions made their first poll ap­pear­ance in 1940. The Nit­tany Lions also are ranked with­out Joe Paterno as coach for the first time since 1954.

— No. 23 Colorado and No. 25 Vir­ginia Tech moved back into the rank­ings for a sec­ond time this sea­son.

OUT

— Hous­ton tum­bled out of the rank­ings for the first time this sea­son af­ter get­ting routed by SMU. The fall from No. 15 to un­ranked is tied for the fifth-largest drop since the rank­ings went to a Top 25 in 1989.

— Mis­sis­sippi, which was the first 3-3 team since 2009 to be ranked last week, is out for the first time this sea­son af­ter drop­ping to 3-4 with a loss to LSU.

— Arkansas, which started the sea­son un­ranked, is out again.

CON­FER­ENCE CALL

SEC—6 Big Ten — 5 ACC—5 Pac-12 — 3 Big12—3 Amer­i­can — 1 MAC—1 Moun­tain West — 1

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 3 Clem­son at No. 12 Florida State. The tough­est game left on the Tigers’ sched­ule.

No. 4 Washington at No. 17 Utah. Maybe the first of two meet­ings for the lead­ers of the Pac-12 North (Huskies) and South (Utes).

No. 7 Ne­braska at No. 11 Wis­con­sin. The Huskers can lose and still hold on to the Big 12 West lead, but then they go to Ohio State.

CHRIS KNIGHT — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ohio State quar­ter­back J.T. Bar­rett (16) is sacked by Penn State’s Ja­son Cabinda, be­hind, dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game in State Col­lege, Pa., Satur­day. Penn State won 24-21.

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