’Bama out of top 10 for first time since 2015
The Gazette, Colorado Springs
No. 13 Alabama is out of the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in eight years, and Georgia remained No. 1 on Sunday. Georgia received 57 firstplace votes in the AP Top 25. Michigan held at No. 2 with two first-place votes. No. 3 Texas flipped spots with No. 4 Florida State. The Longhorns received three firstplace votes and the Seminoles got one. After scraping by South Florida on Saturday, Alabama (2-1) saw its streak of consecutive AP poll appearances ranked in the top 10 snapped at 128. That was the second-longest such streak in the history of the poll behind Miami’s 137 from 1985-93. The Crimson Tide are out of the top 10 for the first time since Sept. 27, 2015. The Tide dropped out of the top 10 that September after losing at Mississippi but moved back in on Oct. 3 and went on to win a national championship. Georgia now has the longest active run of top-10 rankings with 37. The ugly 17-3 win against USF marked Alabama’s first game against a non-power Five conference opponent since 2007 in which the Tide failed to score at least 20 points. In its previous 42 games against non-power Five opponents, Alabama was unbeaten, with an average margin of victory of 40 points. The rest of the top 10 included No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 10 Oregon. The Buckeyes will visit the Fighting Irish next Saturday as the centerpiece of a huge schedule of ranked vs. ranked games. Poll points Alabama still has the longest streak in the country of consecutive weeks being ranked at 249. That’s the second best of all time but still a long way behind the record. Nebraska, under Tom Osborne, was ranked for 348 straight weeks from 19812002. The next-best active streak behind Alabama belongs to Ohio State at 182, though the Buckeyes were not eligible for the first few regular-season polls of the 2020 season. Georgia’s streak is at 102. Michigan is fourth best at 34 and Utah has the fifth-longest active Top 25 streak at 25. In and out Kansas State was the only team to fall out of the ranking this week after losing at Missouri on a 61-yard field goal as time expired. No. 25 Florida moved back in for the first time since Sept. 24 of last season after upsetting Tennessee. “It validates your plan, what you’re selling to a degree,” Florida coach Billy Napier said after the game. “That’s what you want as a leader. ... That’s a lot more fun.” The Vols dropped 12 spots to No. 23. With the Gators back in the AP Top 25, Florida State, Miami and Florida are all ranked for the first time since Sept. 17, 2017.