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LSU is out of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2017 and is the first defending national champion to drop from the rankings in nine years.


No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia held steady at the top of the rankings Sunday, setting up a top-three matchup Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Bulldogs.


Clemson received 59 first-place votes. Alabama got two and Georgia one. Notre Dame moved up to No. 4 and North Carolina is No. 5.


LSU dropped out from No. 17 after falling to 1-2 with a 45-41 loss at previously winless Missouri. The Tigers had been ranked in 43 straight polls, dating to Nov. 5, 2017. That was the seventh-longest active streak in the nation.


The last defending national champion to be unranked was Auburn in 2011. Following Cam Newton’s departure the Tigers spent much of the ’11 season outside the Top 25, finishing 8-5 and unranked.


No. 22 Kansas State is ranked for the first time this season. The Wildcats made a few brief appearances in the Top 25 last year.




No. 25 Southern California is the latest of the teams still waiting to start their seasons to re-enter the Top 25. 


No. 11 Texas A&M jumped 10 spots after beating No. 10 Florida in a thriller at College Station. The Gators slipped six spots.


The Big Ten is two weeks away from playing and there are still 10 voters who are waiting for No. 6 Ohio State and other still ramping up teams to start playing before ranking them.


No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama. First regular-season meeting since 2015 and first time in Tuscaloosa since 2007.


The Coaches Poll top 25 saw a lot of movement on Sunday after a hectic weekend in college football, but no team saw a more significant bump than Texas A&M. The Aggies moved up nine spots from No. 20 to No. 11 after upsetting Florida 41-38 at Kyle Field on Saturday. That probably won't be enough of a climb in many Aggies fans' minds, however, considering Florida is still ranked two spots ahead of A&M at No. 9. Florida fell six spots from No. 3 last week.


Elsewhere in the top 10, the only team to drop out entirely was Miami following a 42-17 loss to Clemson, which remained at No. 1. North Carolina and Oklahoma State both saw a slight boost, as each climbed three spots to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.


Aside from Florida and Miami, the other big droppers this week were Tennessee, which fell five spots from No. 12 to No. 17 after a 44-21 loss to No. 3 Georgia, and Virginia Tech falling from No. 18 to No. 23 after a 56-45 loss to North Carolina.

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