AP Top 25: USF, Pitt among 6 teams to en­ter rank­ings

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

USF and Pitt are tied for No. 24. No. 17 Stan­ford, No. 19 Vir­ginia Tech, No. 20 Navy and No. 22 Iowa also en­tered the rank­ings in the sec­ond-to-last reg­u­lar-sea­son poll.

This is the fourth time six teams en­tered the rank­ings in one week since 1989, when the AP poll ex­panded to in­clude 25 teams.

Alabama re­mained a unan­i­mous No. 1 and Ohio State was No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Wash­ing­ton jumped two to No. 4. Michi­gan dropped two to fifth af­ter its dou­ble-over­time loss to Ohio State.

No. 6 Wis­con­sin was fol­lowed by Ok­la­homa, Penn State, Colorado and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.


— Eleven ranked teams lost dur­ing Thanks­giv­ing week­end, five to un­ranked teams. That’s the most ranked teams to lose in a sin­gle week since Oct. 4, 2014.

— This is the lat­est in the sea­son that six new teams have en­tered the AP Top 25. The last three times: Sept. 27, 1999 (No. 19 East Carolina, No. 21 Alabama, No. 22 Syra­cuse, No. 23 Ok­la­homa, No. 24 Vir­ginia, No. 25 Ore­gon)

Sept. 14, 2003 (No. 14 Arkansas, No. 21 Alabama, No. 22 Ore­gon, No. 23 Mis­souri, No. 24 Wash­ing­ton State, No. 25 Pur­due)

Oct. 19, 2008 (No. 15 TCU, No. 21 Ge­or­gia Tech, No. 22 Tulsa, No. 23 Bos­ton Col­lege, No. 24 Florida State, No. 25 Min­nesota)

— USF is ranked for the first time since Sept. 25, 2011.

— Pitt is ranked for the first time since Oc­to­ber of last year.


Six in means six out, all af­ter los­ing: Utah, Houston, Boise State, Texas A&M, Wash­ing­ton State and Ten­nessee. The Utes, Ag­gies and Cougars lost to ranked teams.


— No. 14 West Vir­ginia moved up five spots, tak­ing ad­van­tage of all the teams tak­ing a tum­ble af­ter beat­ing Iowa State.

— No. 21 LSU moved up four spots af­ter beat­ing Texas A&M.

— No. 12 Florida State moved up three spots af­ter beat­ing Florida.


— No. 16 Louisville fell five spots af­ter its sec­ond straight loss.

— No. 23 Ne­braska dropped six spots af­ter los­ing at Iowa.


The South­east­ern Con­fer­ence has only four ranked teams left, as ev­ery team other than Alabama could fin­ish with at least four losses if the Crim­son Tide beat Florida in the SEC title game next week­end.

Big Ten — 6 ACC—5 SEC—4 Pac-12 — 4 Big12—3 Amer­i­can — 2 MAC—1


No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 15 Florida. SEC cham­pi­onship in At­lanta.

No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 19 Vir­ginia Tech. ACC cham­pi­onship in Or­lando, Florida.

No. 4 Wash­ing­ton vs. No. 9 Colorado. Pac-12 cham­pi­onship in Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia.

No. 6 Wis­con­sin vs. No. 8 Penn State. Big Ten cham­pi­onship in In­di­anapo­lis.

No. 11 Ok­la­homa State at No. 7 Ok­la­homa. Bed­lam win­ner takes the Big 12.


Pittsburgh quar­ter­back Nathan Peter­man (4) cel­e­brates fol­low­ing his touch­down against Syra­cuse dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game in Pittsburgh, Satur­day.

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