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Despite win over Air Force, Michigan slips to No. 8 in AP Top 25 Poll

Despite win over Air Force, Michigan slips to No. 8 in AP Top 25 Poll
Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-17 17:30:09-04

(AP) -- Clemson moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, jumping Oklahoma and closing in on Alabama after beating a team ranked in the Top 15 for the second straight week.

The Tigers received 15 first-place votes, the most the defending national champions have received this season, and 1,446 points Sunday after beating Louisville 47-21 on the road. Alabama remains No. 1 with 45 first-place votes and 1,504 points.

Oklahoma slipped one spot to No. 3. The Sooners received the remaining first-place vote.

Penn State moved up a spot to No. 4, flip-flopping with No. 5 Southern California. Oklahoma State rose three spots to No. 6, its best ranking since late in the 2013 season.

Washington is No. 7 and three Big Ten teams round out the top 10: Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

POLL POINTS

TIGER TALE
   Clemson started the season at No. 5 because of some uncertainty at quarterback, where it had to replace Deshaun Watson, and other offensive positions. The Tigers quickly have shown they are still a legitimate threat to win a national title by smothering Auburn last week and then routing Lamar Jackson and Louisville on Saturday.
   Clemson has been ranked no lower than sixth in the AP poll since Oct. 4, 2015, and has been ranked in the top five for 28 straight polls, the longest such active streak in the country. Alabama is second at 26 straight weeks.

IN
   Six ranked teams lost on Saturday, including five to unranked teams, shaking up the bottom of the Top 25.
   -- No. 17 Mississippi State made the biggest move among the newcomers, entering the rankings for the first time this season at No. 17. The Bulldogs bashed LSU 37-7 in Starkville. Mississippi State had not been ranked since Nov. 22, 2015.
   -- No. 22 San Diego State beat a Pac-12 team for the second straight week -- this time Stanford -- to enter the rankings. The Cardinal fell out, but two more Pac-12 teams moved into the rankings.
   -- No. 23 Utah and No. 24 Oregon are both off to 3-0 starts.

OUT
   Joining Stanford in tumbling out of the rankings were:
   -- Kansas State, which lost 14-7 at Vanderbilt.
   -- Tennessee, which was beat by Florida on a last-play touchdown pass.
   -- UCLA, which lost 48-45 at Memphis.

UP
   -- No. 16 TCU jumped four spots with its third straight double-digit margin victory. The Horned Frogs beat SMU 56-36.
   -- No. 20 Florida moved up four spots, thanks in part to losses by a few other teams near the bottom of the rankings.

DOWN
   -- No. 25 LSU dropped 13 spots, barely holding on to a spot in the rankings.

CONFERENCE CALL
   SEC -- 6
   ACC -- 5
   Pac-12 -- 5
   Big Ten -- 4
   Big 12 -- 3
   American -- 1
   Mountain West -- 1
   ------

RANKED vs. RANKED
   No. 20 TCU at No. 9 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys get most of their toughest Big 12 games at home, starting with the Horned Frogs.
   No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 13 Georgia. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald faces Georgia's nasty defense.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
                                                Record        Pts    Pvs
  1.  Alabama  (45)                  3-0      1,504      1
  2.  Clemson  (15)                  3-0      1,446      3
  3.  Oklahoma  (1)                  3-0      1,432      2
  4.  Penn  St.                          3-0      1,306      5
  5.  Southern  Cal                  3-0      1,241      4
  6.  Oklahoma  St.                  3-0      1,154      9
  7.  Washington                      3-0      1,141      6
  8.  Michigan                          3-0      1,081      7
  9.  Wisconsin                        3-0      1,031    10
10.  Ohio  St.                          2-1      1,015      8
11.  Georgia                            3-0          940    13
12.  Florida  St.                    0-1          922    11
13.  Virginia  Tech                3-0          730    16
14.  Miami                                1-0          606    17
15.  Auburn                              2-1          596    15
16.  TCU                                    3-0          553    20
17.  Mississippi  St.            3-0          532      -
18.  Washington  St.              3-0          419    21
19.  Louisville                      2-1          356    14
20.  Florida                            1-1          308    24
21.  South  Florida                3-0          272    22
22.  San  Diego  St.                3-0          201      -
23.  Utah                                  3-0          194      -
24.  Oregon                              3-0          158      -
25.  LSU                                    2-1          153    12

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 114, Colorado 93, Maryland 84, Vanderbilt 83, Notre Dame 57, Memphis 21, California 19, Stanford 16, Kentucky 11, Kansas St. 10, Duke 10, Tennessee 6, Texas Tech 4, Iowa 2, Wake Forest 2, Michigan St. 1, Houston 1.