Top five unchanged; Wisconsin falls to No. 12
Alabama remained No. 1 with the next four teams holding the same order as last week. But Wisconsin’s upset loss at Illinois dropped the Badgers six spots from No. 6 to No. 12. Oklahoma and Penn State kept winning, completing the six unbeaten teams at the top of the poll.
The Nittany Lions’ win came against Michigan, kicking the Wolverines out of the poll, and Boise State fell from the rankings after losing to BYU. They were replaced by unbeatens Baylor and Minnesota who joined the poll for the first time this season.
Alabama (24), LSU (11), Ohio State (7), Clemson (3) and Oklahoma (1) received the first-place votes from the 46 selectors.
The SEC led all leagues with five teams, the Big Ten had four, Big 12 three, and the Pac-12 two. The ACC and Independents each had one.
GAMES THIS WEEK:
Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama;
No. 10 Auburn at No. 2 LSU;
No. 12 Wisconsin at No.3 Ohio State;
Boston College at No. 4 Clemson;
No. 5 Oklahoma at Kansas State;
No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State;
No.7 Florida is idle;
No. 8 Notre Dame at Michigan;
No. 9 Georgia is idle;
Washington State at No. 11 Oregon;
California at No. 13 Utah;
No. 14 Baylor is idle;
No. 15 Texas at TCU;
Maryland at No. 16 Minnesota.
Week 8: games played through October 19, 2019
|TEAM||POINTS||FIRST-PLACE VOTES||LAST WEEK’S RANK|
|3.||Ohio State (7-0)||649||7||3|
|6.||Penn State (7-0)||487||7|
|8.||Notre Dame (5-1)||375||9|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: SMU (47), Michigan (18), Boise State (8), Cincinnati (8), Appalachian State (8), Arizona State (6), Texas A&M (5), Iowa State (1).
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