Ohio States moves up to No. 4 in AP Top 25 Poll

Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs for a touchdown in front of Nebraska cornerback Dicaprio Bootle (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, replacing preseason No. 1 Clemson after the Tigers had a close call.

Alabama received 29 of 61 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel as the Tigers' one-point victory at North Carolina gave the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank the first shake-up at the top this season. Clemson slipped to No. 2 and received 18 first-place votes.

The last time a No. 1 team won and dropped was Ohio State on Nov. 7, 2015, after the Buckeyes beat Minnesota 28-14 at home. It has happened 74 times previously since the poll started in 1936.

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Ohio State moved up to No. 4 and received seven first-place votes.

LSU was No. 5 and Oklahoma sixth. No. 7 Auburn received three first-place votes.

At the other end of the rankings, No. 24 SMU is ranked for the first time since the program received the so-called death penalty for NCAA rules violations in 1987 and did not compete for two seasons.

AP Top 25 Poll:

1 Alabama

2 Clemson

3 Georgia

4 Ohio State


6 Oklahoma

7 Auburn

8 Wisconsin

9 Notre Dame

10 Florida

11 Texas

12 Penn State

13 Oregon

14 Iowa

15 Washington

16 Boise State

17 Utah

18 UCF

19 Michigan

20 Arizona State

21 Oklahoma State

22 Wake Forest

23 Virginia

24 Southern Methodist

25 Texas A&M

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