Ken­tucky in Top 25 for 1st time since ’07

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

Af­ter a sea­son-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP col­lege foot­ball poll got a makeover on Sun­day. Five teams en­tered the Top 25, in­clud­ing No. 17 Ken­tucky for the first time since 2007.

At the top it was mostly sta­tus quo, with Alabama, Ge­or­gia, Clem­son and Ohio State stay­ing Nos. 1-4. LSU moved up to No. 5, swap­ping places with Ok­la­homa af­ter the Soon­ers needed over­time to get by Army. Alabama re­ceived a sea­son-high 60 first-place votes. Clem­son had one.

Ken­tucky is un­beaten and 2-0 in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence for the first time since 1977. The last time the Wild­cats were ranked was Nov. 11, 2007. Ken­tucky reached No. 8 un­der coach Rich Brooks that sea­son and up­set No. 1 and even­tual na­tional cham­pion LSU, but fin­ished un­ranked.

Poll points

The At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence has three ranked teams in the Top 25 for the third time in four reg­u­lar-sea­son polls. No. 3 Clem­son has played mostly as ad­ver­tised and No. 16 Mi­ami is slowly creep­ing back up the rank­ings af­ter a lop­sided open­ing loss to LSU sent the Hur­ri­canes tum­bling out of the top 10.

Flor­ida State lasted one week in the rank­ings and now Vir­ginia Tech is out af­ter maybe the most stun­ning re­sult of the sea­son so far. The Hok­ies lost 49-35 at pre­vi­ously win­less Old Do­min­ion. Bos­ton Col­lege seemed to be emerg­ing as a pos­si­ble dark horse, but the Ea­gles also lasted only week. BC lost 30-13 at Pur­due on Sat­ur­day af­ter be­ing No. 23 last week.

Un­beaten Duke en­tered the rank­ings at No. 22 this week to keep the ACC from be­com­ing the first Power Five con­fer­ence to have a week this sea­son with only two ranked teams.

North Carolina State (3-0) and Syracuse (4-0) are the only other un­beaten teams in the ACC, along with Clem­son.

In

Join­ing Ken­tucky and Duke, ranked for the first time since Oc­to­ber 2015, were two new­com­ers to this sea­son’s rank­ings and one re­turner.

■ No. 18 Texas, which started the sea­son ranked No. 23 but lost its opener to Mary­land, has its first three­game win­ning streak in four years.

■ No. 24 Cal­i­for­nia slipped into the rank­ings for the first time since Oc­to­ber 2015 dur­ing an off week. The Bears have wins against BYU and North Carolina.

■ No. 25 Texas Tech is in af­ter a con­vinc­ing vic­tory at Ok­la­homa State. The Red Raiders were ranked briefly last sea­son.

Out

Ex­it­ing the rank­ings along with Vir­ginia Tech and Bos­ton Col­lege were two Big 12 teams and one from the SEC.

■ Ok­la­homa State, a week af­ter im­press­ing at home, is out.

■ TCU fol­lowed up its loss to Ohio State by fall­ing at Texas.

■ No. 22 Texas A&M played Alabama closer than any team so far this sea­son, but it was not good enough to stay ranked.

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