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Michigan, Michigan State surge in AP, coaches polls

September 23, 2018

Michigan was among the biggest climbers in the latest Associated Press Top 25, released Sunday.

The Wolverines (2-1), fresh off a 56-10 belting of Nebraska, jumped five spots to No. 14 in the poll. Michigan State (2-1), meanwhile, also moved up, climbing three positions to No. 21 after its 35-21 road victory over Indiana.

Michigan jumped six spots to No. 15 in the coaches poll, while Michigan State climbed to No. 18 — up five spots.

After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover. Five teams entered the Top 25 on Sunday, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007.

At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. LSU moved up to No. 5, swapping places with Oklahoma after the Sooners needed overtime to get by Army. Alabama received a season-high 60 first-place votes . Clemson had one.

Kentucky is unbeaten and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1977. The last time the Wildcats were ranked was Nov. 11, 2007. Kentucky reached No. 8 under coach Rich Brooks that season and upset No. 1 and eventual national champion LSU but finished unranked.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

Record

Pts

Pv

1. Alabama (60)

4-0

1523

1

2. Georgia

4-0

1422

2

3. Clemson (1)

4-0

1409

3

4. Ohio State

4-0

1363

4

5. LSU

4-0

1238

6

6. Oklahoma

4-0

1201

5

7. Stanford

4-0

1143

7

8. Notre Dame

4-0

1067

8

9. Penn State

4-0

1001

10

10. Auburn

3-1

987

9

11. Washington

3-1

946

10

12. West Virginia

3-0

923

12

13. UCF

3-0

727

16

14. Michigan

3-1

698

19

15. Wisconsin

3-1

662

18

16. Miami

3-1

571

21

17. Kentucky

4-0

541

NR

18. Texas

3-1

308

NR

19. Oregon

3-1

297

20

20. BYU

3-1

270

25

21. Michigan State

2-1

256

24

22. Duke

4-0

244

NR

23. Mississippi State

3-1

241

14

24. California

3-0

118

NR

25. Texas Tech

3-1

106

NR

Others receiving votes: Colorado 83, Boise St. 58, Virginia Tech 55, South Florida 50, Oklahoma St. 44, Texas A&M 41, Iowa 31, South Carolina 31, Florida 29, NC State 28, Syracuse 25, TCU 24, North Texas 10, Cincinnati 10, Utah 9, Mississippi 7, Missouri 7, Buffalo 6, Maryland 6, San Diego St. 5, Arizona St. 4.

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