LSU solidifies top spot in the AP Top 25 Poll

Associated Press
November 10, 2019 - 1:34 pm

No surprise at the top of this week's poll.

LSU solidified its hold on the #1 slot with Saturday's road win over Alabama.

The Tigers turned the Tide in Tuscaloosa.

A touchdown underdog going into the game, LSU Alabama, 46-41, in a matchup that lived up to the hype.

Alabama had won 31 straight home games and defeated LSU in their last 8 meetings. LSU has now beaten four top ten teams this season, on a path to an SEC West championship and their first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

That game and the 17th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers' upset of #4 Penn State, did shake up the rest of the rankings.

Louisiana Tech picked up 18 more supporters this week with their 52-17 win over North Texas

AP Top 25 Poll

WEEK 12 Released November 10

 Team                     PV Rank       Conference           Points

1 LSU (9-0)                 1                SEC                      1,542

2  Ohio State (9-0)    3                 Big Ten                  1,480

3 Clemson (10-0)      4                ACC                        1,441

4 Alabama (8-1)        2                SEC                         1,312

5 Georgia (8-1)          6               SEC                          1,267

6 Oregon (8-1)           7               Pac-12                      1,224

7 Minnesota (9-0)     13              Big Ten                     1,164

8 Utah (8-1)                8              Pac-12                       1,099

9 Penn State (8-1  )     5              Big Ten                     1,003

10 Oklahoma (8-1)     9              Big 12                       1,000

11 Florida (8-2)        10              SEC                             934

12 Baylor (9-0)         11              Big 12                          932

13 Auburn (7-2)        12              SEC                             871

14 Michigan (7-2)     14             Big Ten                        744

15 Wisconsin (7-2)    16             Big Ten                        657

16 Notre Dame (7-2) 15             IA Independents          593

17 Cincinnati (8-1)    17             American Athletic       567

18 Memphis (8-1)     19             American Athletic        510

19 Boise State (8-1)  21             Mountain West             371

20 SMU (9-1)           23              American Athletic        346

21 Navy (7-1)          25               American Athletic        228

22 Texas (6-3)                            Big 12                           199

23 Iowa (6-3)          18               Big Ten                         197

24 Indiana (7-2)                        Big Ten                          108

25  Oklahoma State (6-3)         Big 12                              77

Others receiving votes:

Appalachian State 73, Kansas State 67, Texas A&M 42, Wake Forest 38, Louisiana Tech 25, Virginia 12, San Diego State 7, Iowa State 4, Virginia Tech 4, Washington 3, Pittsburgh 2, UCF 2, Air Force 2, USC 1, Illinois 1

AP Top 25: LSU landslide No. 1; Minnesota jumps into top 10

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.

POLL POINTS

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

IN-N-OUT

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.

CONFERENCE CALL

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).

RANKED vs. RANKED

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.

 

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