DALLAS, Sporting Alert – Alabama continues to lead The Associated Press college football top 25 rankings in Week 9, but Ohio State dropped four spots on Sunday.
As expected, the Crimson Tide, who secured their eighth win of the season by crushing then-No. 6 Texas A&M, 33-14 on Saturday, received 60 of the 61 first-place votes from the voting panel for 1,524 points.
Alabama leads six SEC teams in this week AP college football top 25 rankings.
In the meantime, Ohio State dropped four places to No. 6 in the poll after suffering its first loss of the season.
The Buckeyes (6-1), who blow a 14 points lead, were very untidy on Saturday and were upset 24-21 by Penn State, which moved into the top 25 rankings for the first time since 2011.
Ohio State’s defeat made way for fellow Big Ten outfits Michigan to move up one place to No. 2 this week, following its comfortable 41-8 victory over Illinois at the weekend.
The Wolverines, who picked up the other vote for first place, have now won seven straight games to start the season and are favourites to win the Big Ten Conference regular season title.
Clemson, which was on a bye week, also took advantage of Ohio State’s loss, moving one slot up to No. 3, with the impressive Washington, which down Oregon State 41-17 at the weekend for its seventh straight victory this season moving up one spot to No. 4.
Completing the top five this week is Louisville (5-1), which is up two places after beating NC State 54-13.
Nebraska is No. 7, Baylor is eighth, Texas A&M, which suffered its first loss of the season to Alabama, slipped three inches to No. 9, while West Virginia moved up two places to round out the top 10.
Meanwhile, Penn State comes into this week’s AP Top 25 Rankings at No. 24 and they are joined by Colorado, at No. 23 and Virginia Tech, at No. 25, as the new teams in the poll on Sunday.
Auburn was up six spots this week, improving from 21st to 15th after crushing then-No. 17 Arkansas, 56-3.
The Associated Press College Football Top 25 rankings in Week 9
1 Alabama (60)
2 Michigan (1)
6 Ohio State
9 Texas A&M
10 West Virginia
12 Florida State
13 Boise State
20 Western Michigan
21 North Carolina
24 Penn State
25 Virginia Tech