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Cincinnati rises to No. 2; Purdue snaps poll drought

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Cincinnati rose to No. Georgia was ranked 2nd in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday. This is the first time that a team outside of the traditional power conferences has been ranked so high since 2010.

The unanimous No. 1 was the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs remained the unanimous No. 1 team with 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented to Regions Bank. The Bearcats moved up a spot taking advantage of Iowa losing to Purdue Saturday.

The Hawkeyes fell nine spots to No. 11, while the Boilermakers moved up to No. 25 – snapping the longest current AP Poll drought for a Power Five school. In 2007, the Boilermakers were ranked for the first time.

Oklahoma is the No. 3rd, followed by Alabama and Ohio State.

The American Athletic Conference’s unbeaten Cincinnati achieved a new program record and became the first team to achieve No. TCU was the second-placed team from outside of a Power Five or BCS conference in 2010. It also finished second in 2010 as a Mountain West member.

Boise State was then a member the Western Athletic Conference and spent three weeks at No. 2, in 2010.

Oklahoma State moved up one spot to No. 8 after Texas beat Oklahoma and is now in the top 10. This marks the 10th consecutive time that Oklahoma State has been in the top 10 since the beginning of the 2020 season.

POLL POINTS

Seven teams ranked in the top seven lost Saturday, five to unranked and the total season standings are now 47.

The top-three teams have lost to unranked teams in each of the past three weeks. Stanford was the first team to lose, followed by Oregon. 3 Oregon on October 2.

Texas A&M defeated then-No. 1 Alabama was defeated at home by Iowa last week

IN

The poll was shaken by the losses of ranked teams and five new teams were added to it this week. One team that had never been in the poll before.

— No. After a road win against Arkansas, 19 Auburn (5-2), is back in the top 20.

— No. 20 Baylor (6-1), returned to the Top 25 with an convincing win against BYU.

— No. No. 23 Pittsburgh (6-1) is ranked this season for the first time. On Saturday, Quarterback Kenny Pickett led the Panthers to a 6-0 win over Virginia Tech. Although Pitt was briefly ranked in the top four of the six previous seasons, it has never been higher than 21st.

Kansas is now at the top of the list for longest current runs, but it’s not ranked among the Power Five schools. Purdue (4-2) has also entered the rankings. Last October 2009 was the last time that the Jayhawks were ranked. Next up are Vanderbilt, Oregon State, Rutgers and Illinois.

— No. 24-Texas-San Antonio (7–0) is unbeaten, and has been ranked for only the second time in the program’s history. Since 2012, the Roadrunners have been playing at Division I’s highest level of football. They are the first Conference USA team in the Top 25 for this season.

OUT

After the Gators lost to LSU Saturday, Florida was knocked out of the rankings.

This leaves Florida’s state without any ranked teams. It is a rare event in poll history. It was 2011 when the Sunshine State had six consecutive seasons without a single ranked football team.

After a five-week run, Arkansas’ three-game losing streak has pushed the Razorbacks down the rankings.

After losing to Utah , Arizona State is back.

BYU was beaten by the University of Utah for the second week in a row and is now unranked for the first month.

Texas is back… to be unranked after the Longhorns took a double-digit lead in the second half for the second week.

CONFERENCE CALL

Big Ten — 6 (Nos. 5, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 25

SEC — 6 (Nos. 1, 4, 12, 15, 16, and 19

ACC — 3 (Nos. 16, 18, 23,

Big 12 — 3 (Nos. 3, 8, 20,

American — 2 (Nos. 2, 21

Pac-12 — 1 Pac-12 — 1 (No.

Conference USA — 1 24

Mountain West — 1 22

Sun Belt — 1 (No. 14

Independent — 1 (No. 13