Alabama out of Top 5 for first time in 4 years

By RALPH D. RUSSO
Posted 12/2/19

Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five.The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by …

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Alabama out of Top 5 for first time in 4 years

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Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five.
 
The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia.
 
The Buckeyes gained on LSU after their blowout victory at Michigan, receiving 19 first-place votes. The Tigers had 40, down 10 from last week. Clemson received three first-place votes.
 
Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor.
 
The Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in a wild Iron Bowl on Saturday to give it two regular-season losses for the first time since 2010. The four-spot drop by Alabama broke a string of top-five appearances that began Nov. 8, 2015.
 
The week before the Tide’s run started it had been seventh, and it had been as low as 12th earlier that season. Alabama passed the old record for consecutive top-five appearances of 55 by Miami (Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003) last season.
 
Wisconsin moved up three spots to No. 10 after routing Minnesota. The Gophers dropped six spots to No. 15.
 
POLL POINTS
 
Alabama could still finish ranked in the top five with a victory in its bowl game, but it would need some losses by teams ahead of it to make that big of a jump. There will be one more regular-season Top 25 after next weekend’s conference championship games and then the final poll after all the bowls and national championship game have been played.
 
The last time the Crimson Tide finished a season outside the top five was 2013, when it lost the Iron Bowl on the famous Kick-Six and then dropped the Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma.
 
Other notable top-five streaks:
 
55 — Miami, Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003 (30 weeks at No. 1).
 
48 — Alabama, Preseason 2011-Dec. 8, 2013 (25 at No. 1).
 
48 — Oklahoma, Nov. 16, 1953-Nov. 11, 1957 (23 at No. 1).
 
48 — Ohio State, Preseason 1973-Sept. 20, 1976 (24 at No. 1).
 
Alabama did pass another milestone, extending its streak of consecutive weeks ranked to 210 (2008 preseason-present), moving past Florida for the third-longest streak in poll history. Florida was ranked for 209 straight weeks from Sept. 9, 1990-Oct. 5, 2002.
 
Nebraska has the longest streak at 348 weeks (Oct. 12, 1981-Sept. 22, 2002) and Florida State is second with 211 weeks (Sept. 24, 1989-Nov. 11, 2001).
 
IN
 
— No. 22 Virginia returned to the Top 25 after beating Virginia Tech on Friday to win the ACC Coastal Division for the first time.
 
— No. 25 Air Force is ranked for the first time since 2010. With Navy at No. 23, there are two service academies ranked at the same time for the first time since Oct. 14, 1985, when Air Force was No. 10 and Army was No. 19.
 
OUT
 
— Oklahoma State dropped out after losing to rival Oklahoma.
 
— Virginia Tech fell out after two weeks ranked.
 
CONFERENCE CALL
 
Big Ten — 6 (Nos. 2, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18).
 
SEC — 5 (Nos. 1, 4, 7, 9, 11).
 
American — 3 (Nos. 16, 21, 23).
 
Pac 12 — 3 (Nos. 5, 13, 24).
 
ACC — 2 (Nos. 3, 22).
 
Big 12 — 2 (Nos. 6, 8).
 
Mountain West — 2 (Nos. 19, 25).
 
Sun Belt — 1 (No. 20).
 
Independent — 1 (No. 14).
 
RANKED vs. RANKED
 
Pac-12 championship: No. 5 Utah vs. No. 13 Oregon at Santa Clara, California, on Friday.
 
Southeastern Conference championship: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Georgia at Atlanta.
 
Big Ten championship: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Wisconsin at Indianapolis.
 
Atlantic Coast Conference championship: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 22 Virginia at Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
Big 12 championship: No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Baylor at Arlington, Texas.
 
American Athletic Conference: No. 21 Cincinnati at No. 16 Memphis.
 
The AP Top 25
 
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:<
 
RecordPtsPv
1. LSU (40)12-015281
2. Ohio St. (19)12-014982
3. Clemson (3)12-014373
4. Georgia11-113564
5. Utah11-112756
6. Oklahoma11-112577
7. Florida10-211358
8. Baylor11-1107411
9. Alabama10-29955
10. Wisconsin10-297113
11. Auburn9-395716
12. Penn St.10-289012
13. Oregon10-279914
14. Notre Dame10-273415
15. Minnesota10-26839
16. Memphis11-161517
17. Michigan9-360310
18. Iowa9-353719
19. Boise St.11-146320
20. Appalachian St.11-128822
21. Cincinnati10-223718
22. Virginia9-3231NR
23. Navy9-221624
24. Southern Cal8-415725
25. Air Force10-265NR
Others receiving votes: SMU 50, Oklahoma St. 36, Kansas St. 36, UCF 6, Virginia Tech 6, Iowa St. 5, Arizona St. 4, California 3, Washington 2, North Dakota St. 1.
 
 
Amway Coaches Top 25 Poll
 
The Amway Top 25 football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 30, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:
RecordPtsPvs
1. LSU (43)12-015771
2. Ohio State (17)12-015482
3. Clemson (4)12-014823
4. Georgia11-113944
5. Utah11-113266
6. Oklahoma11-112947
7. Florida10-211358
8. Baylor11-1111710
9. Alabama10-210685
10. Wisconsin10-295214
11. Penn State10-294612
12. Auburn9-389716
13. Oregon10-287813
14. Notre Dame10-277615
15. Minnesota10-26889
16. Memphis11-163018
17. Boise State11-155819
18. Michigan9-354211
19. Iowa9-350220
20. Appalachian State11-133122
21. Cincinnati10-228317
22. Virginia9-3192NR
23. Navy9-218824
24. Southern California8-417125
25. Air Force10-2129NR
 
Others receiving votes: Southern Methodist 65 Oklahoma State 40 Kansas State 24 UL Lafayette 21 Indiana 14 Hawaii 7 Central Florida 7 Arizona State 6 Tennessee 3 San Diego State 3 Iowa State 3 Virginia Tech 2 Temple 1.

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