Upsets leave AP poll in shambles; Alabama No. 1
After Upset Saturday in college football, the Associated Press poll saw some major movement behind top-ranked Alabama.With Michigan, Clemson and Washington all losing for the first time this season, Ohio State moved up four spots to No. 2 behind ...
After Upset Saturday in college football, the Associated Press poll saw some major movement behind top-ranked Alabama.
With Michigan, Clemson and Washington all losing for the first time this season, Ohio State moved up four spots to No. 2 behind Alabama, while Louisville was right behind at No. 3 in the poll released Sunday.
Alabama (10-0) was voted a unanimous No. 1 for the first time this season after its 51-3 victory over Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide, who have been atop the rankings all season, are the first unanimous No. 1 since Ohio State early last season.
At No. 2, Ohio State (9-1) ascended to its highest ranking this season and Louisville (9-1) reached its highest point in school history.
Michigan (9-1) and Clemson (9-1) each slipped two spots to Nos. 4 and 5 after losses to Iowa and Pittsburgh, respectively.
Washington (9-1), which was fourth last week, dipped to No. 7 after it lost to Southern Cal at home.
Wisconsin (8-2) rose one spot to No. 6 after its 48-3 thumping of Illinois, and Penn State (8-2) climbed three spots to No. 9 after a 45-31 win at Indiana, giving the Big Ten four teams in the top nine.
No. 8 Oklahoma (8-2) is the highest-ranked Big 12 team, ahead of No. 10 West Virginia (8-1). The teams meet Saturday in a showdown in Morgantown, W.Va.
The only other remaining unbeaten besides Alabama is No. 14 Western Michigan (10-0).
Iowa 14, No. 3 Michigan 13
Freshman kicker Keith Duncan connected on a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Hawkeyes to a stunning upset over the Wolverines in a Big Ten game Saturday night in Iowa City.
The heavily favored Wolverines (9-1 overall, 6-1 Big Ten) were dealt a blow to their College Football Playoff chances. It appeared Michigan would salt away the win, but the Wolverines’ Grant Perry was called for a face mask during a Desmond King punt return, giving Iowa the ball at Michigan’s 36-yard line prior to the decisive field goal.
Akrum Wadley rushed for 115 yards and also had a receiving touchdown for Iowa (6-4, 4-3).
Southern Cal 26, No. 4 Washington 13
Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns as unranked USC upset the Huskies in Pac-12 play in Seattle.
The Trojans (7-3, 6-2) jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and held on for their sixth consecutive win. Darnold completed 23 of 33 passes and overcame two interceptions to improve to 6-1 as a starter.
USC’s defense held the Huskies to 276 total yards, including just 17 on the ground. Heisman Trophy candidate Jake Browning was held to 17-of-36 passing for 259 yards for Washington (9-1, 6-1).
Mississippi 29, No. 8 Texas A&M 28
Shea Patterson led a furious comeback and Gary Wunderlich nailed a 36-yard field goal with 37 seconds to lift Ole Miss past the Aggies in SEC play at College Station, Texas.
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze took the redshirt off Patterson after losing Chad Kelly to a knee injury last week. The true freshman and five-star signee rallied the Rebels from a 21-6 deficit in the second half by continually avoided pressure to find receivers or pick up chunks of yardage on the run.
Patterson threw for two touchdowns and completed 25 of 42 passes for 338 yards in his first action as a collegian. He led Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) on four straight scoring drives and to 24 points in the fourth quarter.