Alabama still No. 1 in AP poll
NEW YORK -- With most of the top teams merely tuning up, there was little movement in The Associated Press college football poll this week. Alabama remained No. 1 and the first 14 teams in the rankings held their positions from last week.
Associated Press Poll
The top five teams in the Associated Press poll:
The Crimson Tide did lose some support from the media panel, dropping from 59 first-place votes last week to 56. Alabama beat Colorado State 31-6 on Saturday in a game that was 17-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Oregon, which didn't play, received the remaining four first-place votes.
No. 4 Ohio State was one of four ranked teams to score at least 70 points Saturday. Never before had more than two ranked teams reached 70 points on the same weekend since the rankings went to top 25 in 1989.
No. 25 Fresno State was the only team to enter the rankings. Arizona State dropped out after losing 42-28 at home to No. 5 Stanford.
During a weekend filled with blowouts, Michigan's second consecutive close call against an inferior opponent dropped the Wolverines in the rankings and sent them into an off week trying to figure out how to hold onto the football.
The Wolverines (4-0) fell three spots to No. 18 after a 24-21 victory at Connecticut, the second straight week Michigan won and dropped in the rankings. Last week, four Michigan turnovers kept Akron in the game, and the Wolverines came away with a 28-24 victory.
Four more turnovers Saturday, three by quarterback Devin Gardner, had UConn leading 21-7 early in the third quarter before Michigan rallied in East Hartford, Conn.
"You can't be loose with the ball, and we do that a little too much,'' Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "But we just try to keep working and be conscious of how we are handling the situation at times. Throwing the ball out of bounds is pretty good because we get the ball back. Or you can punt."
Fresno State (3-0) is ranked for the first time since Sept. 28, 2008. The Bulldogs have won two of the craziest games of the season, beating Rutgers 52-51 in overtime and Boise State 41-40.
After snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Broncos on Friday night, Fresno State launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Derek Carr, who has passed for 12 touchdowns and one interception.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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