AP Top 25 college football rankings: Georgia rises after big win over LSU

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Another top-ten SEC clash sees the two teams head in opposite directions in the AP Poll.

The top of the Associated Press Top 25 poll remains mostly the same, with LSU falling to No. 10 and Georgia climbing to No. 6 after the Bulldogs beat the Tigers in Athens. Oklahoma State also takes a big drop, from No. 11 to No. 21, after losing to a West Virginia team that had been blown out of the water by Maryland the week before.

Alabama holds on to the top spot after a convincing win over Ole Miss, with Oregon and Clemson right behind after similarly dominating wins in conference play.

Arizona State is back in the rankings after a thrashing of USC, while Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Wisconsin fall after losses. Maryland also makes their first appearance in the Top 25 since 2010, gearing up for a big showdown with Florida State on Saturday.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 2
3 Clemson 4-0 1,354 3
4 Ohio State 5-0 1,305 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1,280 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1,171 9
7 Louisville 4-0 1,091 7
8 Florida State 4-0 1,069 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10
10 LSU 4-1 979 6
11 Oklahoma 4-0 838 14
12 UCLA 3-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 3-1 812 12
14 Miami (FL) 4-0 753 15
15 Washington 4-0 665 16
16 Northwestern 4-0 550 17
17 Baylor 3-0 536 19
18 Florida 3-1 481 20
19 Michigan 4-0 471 18
20 Texas Tech 4-0 264 24
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 230 11
22 Arizona State 3-1 192 NR
23 Fresno State 4-0 187 25
24 Mississippi 3-1 132 21
25 Maryland 4-0 119 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Illinois 104, Virginia Tech 49, Wisconsin 46, Nebraska 20, Missouri 14, Notre Dame 12, UCF 6, Michigan State 5, Rutgers 2

The AP Poll is simultaneously meaningful and not. Voted on by people whose job it is to watch the games, the poll does not count in the BCS rankings, meaning it is useful only for estimation.

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