Ducks down: Oregon out of AP Top 25 for 1st time since 2009

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Posted: Sep 27, 2015 2:41 PM
Ducks down: Oregon out of AP Top 25 for 1st time since 2009

Oregon is out of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2009, snapping its streak of consecutive Top 25 appearances at 98.

The Ducks were blasted at home 62-20 by Utah on Saturday night. It was the most points ever allowed by the Ducks at Autzen Stadium and gave them two September losses for the first time since 2004.

The top six teams in the AP media poll were the same as last week with Ohio State No. 1, Michigan State No.2 and Mississippi No. 3.

One small difference, TCU was tied with Ole Miss last week. The Horned Frogs are now fourth after escaping from Texas Tech with a victory. Baylor is fifth and Notre Dame sixth.

Utah surged eight spots to No. 10 after beating the Ducks and received one first-place vote.

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STREAKS

Oregon's streak of consecutive AP Top 25 appearances was the second-best current streak in the nation. Here are the top three now that the Ducks' streak is done.

Alabama — 120.

Florida State — 58.

Ohio State — 55.

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FIRST-PLACE VOTES

Ohio State — 45, up three from last week.

Ole Miss — 10, down one.

Michigan State — 5, down two.

Utah — 1. It is the first time the Utes have received a first-place vote in an AP regular season poll.

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IN

There were five new teams in the rankings this week, including a couple of traditional powers that had been on an extended hiatus.

— No. 22 Michigan and No.25 Florida are in the rankings for the first time since 2013.

— No. 23 West Virginia is ranked for the first time this season.

— No. 24 California is back in the rankings for the first time since 2009.

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OUT

Like Oregon, Arizona fell from the rankings after getting routed at home on Saturday night. The Wildcats lost 56-30 to UCLA and had quarterback Anu Solomon leave with a possible head injury.

Georgia Tech, Missouri and BYU also fell out.

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RANKED VS. RANKED

The first sort'em out Saturday of the season:

No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 25 Florida. Gators back?

No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson. Two teams winning despite key losses and injuries.

No. 13 Alabama at No. 8 Georgia. The Tide has not started 3-2 since 2007, coach Nick Saban's first season.

No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 14 Texas A&M. Aggies got clanged by Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs in Starkville last year.

No. 23 West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma. Big 12 schedule maker did the Mountaineers no favors: Face Sooners, TCU and Baylor on the road over the next four weeks.

Plus these games matching ranked teams against unbeaten teams:

No. 1 Ohio State at Indiana (4-0)

Iowa (4-0) at No. 19 Wisconsin.

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