LSU land­slide No. 1 in AP poll

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By RALPH D. RUSSO AP Col­lege Foot­ball Writer

LSU is an over­whelm­ing No. 1 in The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege foot­ball poll after beat­ing Alabama in a 1-2 matchup, and Minnesota moved into the top 10 for the first time in 57 years.

After two weeks of his­tor­i­cally close vot­ing at the top of poll, LSU re­ceived 54 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 pre­sented by Re­gions Bank. Ohio State was No. 2 with five first-place votes and Clem­son was third with three first-place votes. Alabama fell two spots to No. 4.

Ge­or­gia was fifth, fol­lowed by Ore­gon and Minnesota at No. 7. The Go­phers won Satur­day’s other matchup of un­beaten teams, de­feat­ing Penn State at home. The Nit­tany Lions slipped four spots to No. 9.

No. 24 In­di­ana is ranked for the first time since 1994, snap­ping the long­est poll drought among Power Five con­fer­ence schools.


It wasn’t a great week for Alabama, but the Crim­son Tide did ex­tend their record for con­secu

tive weeks in the top five of the AP poll. Alabama has been among the five high­est-ranked teams for 66 weeks, a streak that started on Nov. 8, 2015.

The sec­ond-long­est streak of top-five ap­pear­ances is Mi­ami, which had 55 from Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003.

— Minnesota has its best rank­ing since it reached No. 5 in 1962 and fin­ished 10th.


In­di­ana had a great off week with the help of an­other Power Five school that had not been ranked in years. Wake For­est slipped out of the rank­ing after a loss at Vir­ginia Tech. The De­mon Dea­cons ear­lier in the year earned a rank­ing for the first time since the 2008.

The Hoosiers (7-2) al­ready have their first seven-vic­tory sea­son in 12 years and will head to Penn State next week try­ing to win as a ranked team for the first time since late in the 1993 sea­son. The pre­vi­ous time In­di­ana was ranked, it moved into the rank­ings on Sept. 18, 1994, after beat­ing Ken­tucky to get to 3-0. Ranked No. 25, the Hoosiers vis­ited No. 16 Wis­con­sin,

lost 62-13, and have not been ranked since.

Now that In­di­ana has snapped its drought, the Hoosiers’ in-state ri­vals have the long­est run of be­ing un­ranked among Power Five schools. Pur­due hasn’t been ranked since 2007. The next-long­est droughts are Kansas (since 2009), Illi­nois (2011) and Rut­gers (2012).

— No. 22 Texas moved back into the rank­ings after beat­ing Kansas State and knock­ing the Wild­cats out of the Top 25.

— No. 25 Ok­la­homa State moved back into the Top 25 for the sec­ond time this sea­son. — San Diego State fell out after los­ing to Ne­vada.


For the sixth time this sea­son, three of the top five teams are from the SEC.

Big Ten — 7 (Nos. 2, 7, 9, 14, 15, 23, 24).

SEC — 5 (Nos. 1, 4, 5, 11, 13).

Amer­i­can — 4 (Nos. 17, 18, 20, 21).

Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 10, 12, 22, 25). Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 6, 8). ACC — 1 (No. 3). Moun­tain West — 1 (No. 19).

In­de­pen­dent — 1 (No. 16).


No. 5 Ge­or­gia at No. 13 Auburn. An­other top-10 op­po­nent for the Tigers.

No. 7 Minnesota at No. 23 Iowa. The Go­phers still have work to do in the Big Ten West.

No. 24 In­di­ana at No. 9 Penn State. The Nit­tany Lions look for a bounce back be­fore their show­down with Ohio State.

No. 10 Ok­la­homa at No. 12 Bay­lor. Could be first of two meet­ings, with a Big 12 cham­pi­onship re­match.

No. 21 Navy at No. 16 Notre Dame. The Mid­ship­men have an op­por­tu­nity to give the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence a state­ment vic­tory.

Fol­low Ralph D. Russo at https://twit­­soAP and lis­ten at http://www.west­woodonepod­­lege-foot­ball-pod­cast/

More AP col­lege foot­ball: https://ap­­legeFoot­bal­lPoll and https://ap­­lege­foot­ball and https://twit­—Top25


Minnesota wide re­ceiver Rashod Bate­man, right, jumps up in cel­e­bra­tion with team­mate Tyler John­son after Bate­man scored a touch­down against Penn State dur­ing an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game Satur­day, Nov. 9, 2019, in Minneapoli­s.


LSU head coach Ed Org­eron cel­e­brates with his play­ers after de­feat­ing Alabama 46-41 in an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game, Satur­day, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa , Ala.

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