Ge­or­gia edges past ‘Bama in Top-25 poll

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

Ge­or­gia edged past Alabama to No. 4 in The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege foot­ball poll after the Bull­dogs had a qual­ity road vic­tory and the Crim­son Tide lost star quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa for the sea­son.

LSU re­mained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 pre­sented by Re­gions Bank, re­ceiv­ing 54 first-places votes. No. 2 Ohio State (five first­place votes) and No. 3 Clem­son (three first-place votes) main­tained their spots. Ge­or­gia moved up one place after winning 21-14 at Auburn.

The Crim­son Tide beat Mis­sis­sippi State 38-7 on Satur­day, but Tago­v­ailoa dis­lo­cated his right hip while be­ing tack­led late in the sec­ond quar­ter and is done for the year. Alabama fell a spot to fifth.

Min­nesota and Bay­lor both lost for the first time and dropped in the rank­ings. The 11th-ranked Go­phers slipped four spots after los­ing at Iowa. No. 13 Bay­lor dropped one after blow­ing a 28-3 lead at

home to Ok­la­homa.

Iowa jumped four to No. 19 and Ok­la­homa moved up two spots to No. 8. POLL POINTS There is more sep­a­ra­tion at the top of col­lege foot­ball this sea­son than last. At this point in 2018, the AP Top 25 had:

— Four un­beaten teams.

— Eight one-loss teams.

— Three two-loss teams.

— Eight three-loss teams.

— Two four-loss teams.

The lat­est poll has: — Three un­beaten teams.

— 13 one-loss teams.

— Four two-loss teams.

— Five three-loss teams.

TOP-FIVE TIDE Alabama ex­tended its record for con­sec­u­tive weeks in the top five of the AP poll to 67, dat­ing back to Nov. 8, 2015. The sec­ond-long­est streak of top-five ap­pear­ances is Mi­ami, which had 55 from Oct.

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