AP Top 25 poll, Week 4: Alabama holds, Texas A&M slips after showdown

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama is still the top dog after a convincing win over Texas A&M.

A fun Week 3 of college football saw a relatively stagnant AP Poll from Week 2 to Week 3, as just four Top 25 teams lost -- and two of those to higher-ranked teams. Compare to the Coaches Poll, which will count toward the BCS in a few weeks.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (59) 2-0 1,499 1
2 Oregon (1) 3-0 1,413 2
3 Clemson 2-0 1,347 3
4 Ohio State 3-0 1,330 4
5 Stanford 2-0 1,241 5
6 LSU 3-0 1,134 8
7 Louisville 3-0 1,092 7
8 Florida State 2-0 1,058 10
9 Georgia 1-1 1,051 9
10 Texas A&M 2-1 1,001 6
11 Oklahoma State 3-0 848 12
12 South Carolina 2-1 821 13
13 UCLA 2-0 757 16
14 Oklahoma 3-0 692 14
15 Michigan 3-0 672 11
16 Miami (FL) 2-0 641 15
17 Washington 2-0 496 19
18 Northwestern 3-0 487 17
19 Florida 1-1 412 18
20 Baylor 2-0 355 22
21 Mississippi 3-0 300 25
22 Notre Dame 2-1 277 21
23 Arizona State 2-0 229 NR
24 Wisconsin 2-1 87 20
25 Texas Tech 3-0 60 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 59, Fresno State 27, UCF25, Northern Illinois 24, Georgia Tech 17, Nebraska 15, Arizona 11, Auburn 9, Boise State 4, Virginia Tech 3, TCU 3, Arkansas 2, Navy 1

After a seven-point loss to Alabama, Texas A&M has slipped a bit, while the Tide hold on strong to their top spot, claiming all but one first-place vote. Both Nebraska and TCU are out of the poll thanks to losses to UCLA and Texas Tech, respectively.

One interesting story is Wisconsin, who dropped after being completely screwed out of a win in one of the strangest endings you'll ever see. The team that won that game, Arizona State, is now in.

The AP Poll is everyone's favorite pre-BCS ranking system, even though it does not matter. It does not count in the BCS standings, which come out later this year and actually affect bowl placement, but is considered more reliable than the Coaches' Poll or Harris Poll, which do count in the BCS standings, because college football.

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