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Top 5 unchanged in final AP poll without Big Ten teams

Nick Bromberg
·2-min read

There was no movement at the top in the Week 3 AP Top 25.

Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida stayed as the top-five teams from a week ago. But that status quo is likely to change in a week.

With the Big Ten’s announcement that it’s starting the football season on Oct. 24, teams from the conference will be eligible for the AP poll once again. After the conference postponed its season in August the poll decided that Big Ten teams — along with Pac-12, MAC and MWC teams — weren’t eligible for the top 25 after the preseason poll.

Ohio State was the No. 2 team in the preseason poll and will likely be at or near that position in a week. Penn State will also probably be at the bottom of the top 10.

The most significant drop in this week’s AP poll came courtesy of Oklahoma State. The Cowboys struggled to beat Tulsa at home on Saturday and fell from No. 11 to No. 15. Miami, meanwhile, moved up five spots to No. 12 after a convincing win at Louisville. The Cardinals are now at No. 24.

Marshall is also in this week’s poll. The Thundering Herd beat previously-No. 23 App State on Saturday.

Full Top 25

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma

4. Georgia

5. Florida

6. LSU

7. Notre Dame

8. Texas

8. Auburn

10. Texas A&M

11. North Carolina

12. Miami

13. UCF

14. Cincinnati

15. Oklahoma State

16. Tennessee

17. Memphis

18. BYU

19. Louisiana

20. Virginia Tech

21. Pitt

22. Army

23. Kentucky

24. Louisville

25. Marshall

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the defense after a Wake Forest turnover in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
Clemson is still No. 1 in the AP top 25 after beating The Citadel. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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