Clemson Up To No. 2, LSU Drops Big: NCAAF AP Top 25 – Week 4

MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — Defending champion Clemson moves to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings, as the top five was shaken up this week.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — Defending champion Clemson moves to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings, as the top five was shaken up this week.

The Tigers (3-0), who knocked off then-No. 14 Louisville 47-21 on Saturday night, received 15 first-place votes for 1,446 points to replace Oklahoma at No. 2 and rest behind top-ranked Alabama.

Clemson will next face Boston College on Sept. 23.

Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide (3-0) notched their third successive win on the season, a 41-23 victory over Colorado State to retain their place at the top of the rankings.

Alabama picked up 45 first-place votes for 1,504 points to sit No. 1 in the AP poll in Week 4.

Oklahoma, which received the final first-place vote, slipped to No. 3, despite hammering Tulane 56-14 on Saturday.

Moving up one place to No. 4 is Penn State after the 56-0 shutout of Georgia State, while USC, which survived a double-overtime contest from Texas to stay undefeated this season, slipped one place to No. 5.

Oklahoma State moves up three slots to No. 6, following the convincing 59-21 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday evening.

The Cowboys will next face Big 12 rivals TCU, which improved four spots to No. 16 after beating SMU 56-36.

Completing the Top 10 are Washington at No. 7, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State, which slipped to two places to No. 10.

Georgia is up two notches to No. 11, with the inactive Florida State dropping again to No. 12. Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) are both up three places to 13th and 14th, while Auburn remained stable at No. 15.

Mississippi State (3-0), which stunned last week’s No. 12 ranked LSU 37-7 over the weekend, leads four newcomers in the rankings at No. 17, with Washington State and Florida also in the Top 20.

The final five in the rankings are South Florida at No. 21, as well as San Diego State, Utah and Oregon — all making their debuts in the AP rankings this season — and LSU, which fell 13 places to No. 25.

Dropping from the rankings this week are Kansas State (18), Stanford (19), Tennessee (23) and UCLA (25).

AP Top 25
RK TEAM REC PTS

1 Alabama(45) 3-0 1504
2 Clemson(15) 3-0 1446
3 Oklahoma(1) 3-0 1432
4 Penn State 3-0 1306
5 USC 3-0 1241
6 Oklahoma State 3-0 1154
7 Washington 3-0 1141
8 Michigan 3-0 1081
9 Wisconsin 3-0 1031
10 Ohio State 2-1 1015
11 Georgia 3-0 940
12 Florida State 0-1 922
13 Virginia Tech 3-0 730
14 Miami 1-0 606
15 Auburn 2-1 596
16 TCU 3-0 553
17 Mississippi State 3-0 532 NR
18 Washington State 3-0 419
19 Louisville 2-1 356
20 Florida 1-1 308
21 South Florida 3-0 272
22 San Diego State 3-0 201 NR
23 Utah 3-0 194 NR
24 Oregon 3-0 158 NR
25 LSU 2-1 153

Dropped from rankings: Kansas State 18, Stanford 19, Tennessee 23, UCLA 25

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 114, Colorado 93, Maryland 84, Vanderbilt 83, Notre Dame 57, Memphis 21, California 19, Stanford 16, Kentucky 11, Duke 10, Kansas State 10, Tennessee 6, Texas Tech 4, Iowa 2, Wake Forest 2, Michigan State 1, Houston 1

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