AP Top 25: Texas A&M falls to No. 10 after loss to No. 1 Alabama
Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford were ranked in the Top 5 of the new Associated Press Top 25 college football rankings.
The heavyweight showdown of Alabama and Texas A&M lived up to the billing, as the Crimson Tide took control of the SEC West title race with a 49-42 victory over the Aggies. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel insisted after the game that Saturday was not the Aggies "Super Bowl," and the plan from here is to run the table and hope to move back into BCS title game contention.
Ohio State, Stanford and Louisville all passed their first road test of the season, while Notre Dame barely escaped with a 31-24 win at Purdue and Washington wore down Illinois at Soldier Field while Wisconsin fell to Arizona State due to an absurd series of events in the final minute.
The Top 25 looked like it was going to be shaken up when Nebraska jumped out to an 18-point lead on UCLA at home, but the Bruins rallied back to shred Cornhuskers defense for 504 yards of offense in a 41-21 win. UCLA moved up to No. 13 in the polls this week, while Nebraska (along with TCU) fell from the Top 25.
Other notable moves:
• One takeaway from the late-game debacle in Arizona State's victory over Wisconsin is that neither team really won, but neither team lost. Such thinking is reflected in the polls, as the Sun Devils moved up three spots to No. 23, just ahead of the Badgers at No. 24. Often times a loss will knock the No. 20 team from the rankings, but not the kind of loss Wisconsin suffered on Saturday night.
• Michigan fell from No. 11 to No. 15 after narrowly escaping with a win against Akron. The Wolverines had flashes of 2007 as the Zips took a 24-21 lead with 4:14 left, but Devin Gardner, Jeremy Gallon, and Fitz Toussaint stepped up with a go-ahead touchdown to secure a 3-0 start for Big Blue.
• The biggest jump within the Top 25 came from Ole Miss, moving up four spots to No. 21 after the Rebels' 44-23 win against Texas in Austin.
The full AP Top 25:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (59)
2. Oregon Ducks (1)
3. Clemson Tigers
4. Ohio State Buckeyes
5. Stanford Cardinal
6. LSU Tigers
7. Louisville Cardinals
8. Florida State Seminoles
9. Georgia Bulldogs
10. Texas A&M Aggies
11. Oklahoma State Cowboys
12. South Carolina Gamecocks
13. UCLA Bruins
14. Oklahoma Sooners
15. Michigan Wolverines
16. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes
17. Washington Huskies
18. Northwestern Wildcats
19. Florida Gators
20. Baylor Bears
21. Ole Miss Rebels
22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
23. Arizona State Sun Devils
24. Wisconsin Badgers
25. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Dropped Out: TCU, Nebraska
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