Mississippi State knocks Texas A&M out of latest AP Top 25

Collin Wilmes

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The Associated Press college football poll has a new look after another weekend of upsets across the nation.

Through five weeks, 34 ranked teams have lost, the most in poll history. Nine more lost this past weekend, including then-No. 3 Oregon Ducks, who fell to Stanford 31-24 in overtime. The Ducks now sit at No. 8.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs beat then-No. 15 Texas A&M 26-22 on Saturday, and although the Bulldogs didn’t crack this week’s AP Top 25, they did receive votes. The Aggies fell out of the poll after back-to-back losses.

Alabama and Georgia own the top two spots for the fifth consecutive week. The Crimson Tide received 53 of a possible 62 first-place votes, with the Bulldogs receiving the other nine.

In the Big Ten, Iowa moved up to No 3 after beating Maryland 51-14. Penn State is one spot behind the Hawkeyes at No. 4, setting up a big top-five matchup for Saturday when the Hawkeyes host the Nittany Lions at Kinnick Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bearcats round out the top five after beating then-No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 on the road. The Bearcats have their best ranking since 2009 under Brian Kelly when they were ranked No. 4.

The Kentucky Wildcats beat then-No. 10 Florida 20-13 and were rewarded with the No. 16 spot in the poll. No. 21 Texas and No. 22 Arizona State are back in the AP Top 25, while No. 24 SMU and No. 25 San Diego State round out the AP Top 25 newcomers of the week.

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Alabama (5-0)

2. Georgia (5-0)

3. Iowa (5-0)

4. Penn State (5-0)

5. Cincinnati (4-0)

6. Oklahoma (5-0)

7. Ohio State (4-1)

8. Oregon (4-1)

9. Michigan (5-0)

10. Brigham Young (5-0)

11. Michigan State (5-0)

12. Oklahoma State (5-0)

13. Arkansas (4-1)

14. Notre Dame (4-1)

15. Coastal Carolina (5-0)

16. Kentucky (5-0)

17. Ole Miss (3-1)

18. Auburn (4-1)

19. Wake Forest (5-0)

20. Florida (3-2)

21. Texas (4-1)

22. Arizona State (4-1)

23. North Carolina State (4-1)

24. SMU (5-0)

25. San Diego State (4-0)

Others receiving votes:

Clemson 96, Texas A&M 41, Oregon State 27, Baylor 24, Mississippi State 18, Virginia Tech 13, Stanford 11, UTSA 10, Pittsburgh 6, Fresno State 5, Texas Tech 4, Western Michigan 3, Appalachian State 2, Kansas State 2, Boston College 1, UCLA 1

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