Utah, FSU tumble in Top 25 poll after their first losses

Utah tumbled after its lopsided loss to USC on Saturday.

 

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Utah dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten and so did Florida State.

The two losses led to a shake-up in The Associated Press’ Top 25 college football poll.

Ohio State (8-0) strengthened its season-long hold on the top spot, adding 11 first-place votes in Sunday’s balloting after rolling over Rutgers.

Baylor (7-0) remained at No. 2, but lost five first-place votes and now total seven. Clemson (7-0) climbed three spots to No. 3 and has six first-place votes.

LSU (7-0) moved up a spot and received five first-place votes following its win over Western Kentucky. TCU (7-0) dropped a spot to No. 5 despite not playing over the weekend.

No. 7 Alabama (7-1), a spot behind Michigan State (8-0) in the poll, was the only one-loss team to receive a first-place vote after holding off Tennessee.

Utah (6-1) had been gaining on Ohio State, receiving 16 first-place votes last week while moving up to No. 3, their highest regular-season ranking.

Considered a contender for the College Football Playoff, Utah was no match for unranked Southern California, losing 42-24 as Cameron Smith returned one of his three interceptions 54 yards for a touchdown.

The loss dropped the Utes 10 spots to No. 13 and made them a long shot for a CFB spot.

Florida State (6-1) didn’t last long in the top 10, falling eight spots to No. 17.

BOWL WINNERS & LOSERS

The Seminoles were on the short end of the season’s second bizarre special teams ending, losing to Georgia Tech 22-16 after Lance Austin scooped up a blocked field goal and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play.

MOVING UP

— Michigan State moved up a spot to No. 6 after rolling over Indiana.

— Stanford moved up two spots to No. 8 after beating Washington.

— Notre Dame returned to the top 10, climbing two spots to No. 9 during its bye week.

— Iowa is in the top 10, too, up two spots to No. 10.

— No. 11 Florida and No. 12 Oklahoma State each moved up two places.

— No. 14 Oklahoma climbed three spots after crushing Texas Tech.

— The three AAC unbeatens each moved up: Memphis up two to 16, Houston up three to No. 18, Temple up one to No. 21

— No. 19 Mississippi moved up four spots after knocking off Texas A&M 23-3

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL UNIFORMS

— No. 22 Duke moved up one spot; No. 23 Pittsburgh climbed two.

FALLING DOWN

— In addition to Utah, Florida State and TCU dropping, Toledo fell one place to No. 20 despite beating UMass.

MOVING IN

— UCLA is back in the poll at No. 24 after knocking off California 40-24 last Thursday. The Bruins climbed as high as No. 7 before consecutive losses to Arizona State and Stanford dropped them from the Top 25.

— Mississippi State returns after beating Kentucky.

FALLING OUT

— Texas A&M dropped out from No. 15 after its loss to Mississippi

FOX FOUR AFTER WEEK 13

— Cal is out after its loss to UCLA.

RANKED VS. RANKED

Temple (7-0) is off to its best start in history, and the No. 19 Owls will host No. 9 Notre Dame (6-1) on Saturday night in Philadelphia, at Lincoln Financial Field.