Top four hold positions; Alabama falls to No. 8
Heading into the conference championship games, LSU remained the No. 1 team followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia in the same order as last week. All four teams easily won their games during Rivalry Week. LSU claimed 29 first-place votes, Ohio State 16 and Clemson one.
Alabama’s close loss at Auburn cost the Crimson Tide three spots, dropping them to No. 8. The other losers among poll members were Minnesota (to Wisconsin) and Michigan (to Ohio State). Minnesota dropped to No. 14 after absorbing its second loss of the season, and Michigan dropped completely out of the poll after getting blitzed by Ohio State. Memphis entered the poll at No. 16.
Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor, in that order, moved into slots 5-7 after all posting impressive victories.
The SEC led all conferences with five teams in the poll, followed by the Big Ten with four. The Big 12 and Pac-12 had two each. The ACC, American and Independents had one each.
- GAMES THIS WEEK
- No. 1 LSU vs No. 4 Georgia in Atlanta;
- No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Wisconsin in Indianapolis;
- No. 3 Clemson vs. Virginia in Charlotte;
- No. 5 Utah vs. No. 13 Oregon in Santa Clara (Friday);
- No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Baylor in Arlington, TX;
- Cincinnati at No. 16 Memphis.
Week 14: games played through Nov. 30, 2019
|TEAM||POINTS||FIRST-PLACE VOTES||LAST WEEK’S RANK|
|2.||Ohio State (12-0)||705||16||2|
|12.||Penn State (10-2)||252||11|
|15.||Notre Dame (10-2)||127||15|
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Michigan (33), Boise State (15), Iowa (13), Cincinnati (4), Texas (3).
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