Week 11: Associated Press College Football Top 25: Nov. 8

TULSA, OK, Sporting Alert – As we predicted on Saturday, Clemson is now the new No. 1 team in the Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings on Sunday.

The Tigers, who improved to 9-0 on the season with a 23-13 victory over Florida State to remain undefeated on the season, received 31 first place votes from the media voting panel for 1489 points.

Clemson, with Saturday’s impressive victory, jumped two places to displace Ohio State as the No. 1 team in the AP top 25 in Week 11.

This now means the Tigers are No. 1 in the AP and ESPN NCAA College Football Power Rankings, although Ohio State remains the top-ranked team in the Coaches Poll.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes slipped to No. 2 in the Associated Press college football top 25 on Sunday, despite improving to 9-0 on the season as well.

The defending national champions received 26 first place votes and 1460 points this week, but were overtaken at the top after failing to impress the voters in their 28-14 win over Minnesota.

Alabama picked up two first-placed votes and improved four slots to No. 3, after the Crimson Tide (8-1) impressively handed LSU its first loss of the season with the positive 30-16 result on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the defeat for LSU (7-1) saw the Tigers slipping five places to No. 9.

Baylor, got two first place votes, won again to stay undefeated and improved to 8-0 on the season, but the Bears slipped two slots to No. 4 in this week’s rankings.

Are the Big 12 reigning co-champions really being punished for the strength of their schedule, or the teams around them are just playing better?

The Bears, who kept its college football playoff hope alive with a 31-24 win Thursday over Kansas State, collected 1351 points.

The impressive Oklahoma State (9-0) which hammered TCU (8-1) 49-29 in a Big 12 important battle on Saturday to stay undefeated, rounded out the top five this week.

Notre Dame (8-1), Stanford (8-1), Iowa (9-0), LSU (7-1) and Utah (8-1) completed the top 10.

Florida (8-1) and Oklahoma stayed static at No. 11 and No. 12 respectively, but Michigan State (8-1) dipped eight spots to No. 14, just below TCU, which also fell big to 13th place.

North Carolina was rewarded for its productive win over Duke – moving four spots to No. 17.

Navy, which handed Memphis its first loss of the season, are in the Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings this week at No. 22.

Memphis fell 10 places to No. 25.

Meanwhile, Ole Miss 19, Toledo 20 and Texas A&M 25 are all out of the top 25 this week.

Associated Press College Football Top 25 Rankings

1 Clemson(31) 9-0
2 Ohio State(26) 9-0
3 Alabama(2) 8-1
4 Baylor(2) 8-0
5 Oklahoma State 9-0
6 Notre Dame 8-1
7 Stanford 8-1
8 Iowa 9-0
9 LSU 7-1
10 Utah 8-1
11 Florida 8-1
12 Oklahoma 8-1
13 TCU 8-1
14 Michigan State 8-1
15 Michigan 7-2
16 Houston 9-0
17 North Carolina 8-1
18 UCLA 7-2
19 Florida State 7-2
20 Mississippi State 7-2
21 Temple 8-1
22 Navy 7-1
23 Wisconsin 8-2
24 Northwestern 7-2
25 Memphis 8-1

Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 19, Toledo 20, Texas A&M 25
Others receiving votes: USC 104, BYU 35, Ole Miss 22, Texas A&M 6, Boise State 6, Toledo 4, Washington State 2, Western Kentucky 2

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