AP Top 25 poll: Notre Dame makes its big move to No. 9, Michigan falls out

On the heels of a 49-14 boat race of USC in South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame jumped four spots to No. 9 in the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25 college football rankings and has established itself as a realistic threat to make a push for the College Football Playoff. The 6-1 Fighting Irish have won five straight after a one-point loss to No. 3 Georgia, have a bona fide Heisman Trophy contender in running back Josh Adams and coach Brian Kelly has responded well to an offseason loaded with pressure.

Meanwhile, USC and Michigan suffered the two biggest falls in the latest edition of the poll. The Trojans dropped 10 spots to No. 21 as a result of the lackluster performance, and the Wolverines dropped from No. 19 to out of the top 25 completely due to a 42-13 loss at No. 2 Penn State in which the offense couldn't keep up with the high-octane Nittany Lions. 

The only new member of this week's AP Top 25 is Iowa State, which snuck into the No. 25 spot.

Here's how the new AP Top 25 looks heading into Week 9.

  1. Alabama (61 first-place votes)
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oklahoma 
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Washington
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. NC State
  15. Washington State
  16. Michigan State
  17. South Florida
  18. UCF
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. USC
  22. West Virginia
  23. LSU
  24. Memphis
  25. Iowa State

Dropped from rankings: Michigan (previously No. 19)

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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, analyst for CBS Sports HQ and host for the SiriusXM college... Full Bio

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