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Syracuse football ranked in AP Top 25 for first time in 17 years

The Orange defeated North Carolina State 51-41 on Saturday to improve their record to 6-2 on the season.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 10:09 AM

SYRACUSE, NY (AP) - No. 22 Syracuse broke a long run of being unranked and is among a record seven teams to move into The Associated Press college football poll after a season-high 11 ranked teams lost this weekend.

The top of the rankings was mostly unchanged. No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Michigan were idle and unchanged . No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame won easily.

The College Football Playoff selection committee releases its first ranking of the season on Tuesday.

The back end of the AP Top 25 was overhauled after nine of the 11 teams ranked Nos. 15-25 lost. Seven teams going from unranked to ranked is the most since the AP poll expanded to 25 in 1989. Eleven ranked teams overall losing is the most since the weekend of Nov. 26, 2016. And eight ranked teams losing to unranked teams is also a record for the Top 25 era.

Syracuse is ranked for the first time since 2001 and #23 Virginia is in for the first time since 2011. The Orange defeated North Carolina State 51-41 on Saturday to improve their record to 6-2 on the season.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 27, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Rank - Team - Record - Points -  Prev. rank
1. Alabama (60) 8-0 1500 1
2. Clemson 8-0 1433 2
3. Notre Dame 8-0 1374 3
4. LSU 7-1 1317 4
5. Michigan 7-1 1240 5
6. Georgia 7-1 1202 7
7. Oklahoma 7-1 1132 8
8. Ohio St. 7-1 1022 11
9. UCF 7-0 1014 10
10. Washington St. 7-1 938 14
11. Kentucky 7-1 905 12
12. West Virginia 6-1 891 13
13. Florida 6-2 734 9
14. Penn St. 6-2 733 17
15. Texas 6-2 719 6
16. Utah 6-2 593 23
17. Houston 7-1 403 -
18. Utah St. 7-1 340 -
19. Iowa 6-2 323 18
20. Fresno St. 7-1 261 -
21. Mississippi St. 5-3 204 -
22. Syracuse 6-2 192 -
23. Virginia 6-2 175 -
24. Boston College 6-2 169 -
25. Texas A&M 5-3 132 16
Others receiving votes: Washington 120, Northwestern 86, Georgia Southern 62, Michigan St. 51, Cincinnati 45, Iowa St. 42, South Florida 29, Stanford 26, Oklahoma St. 24, UAB 17, Oregon 13, Wisconsin 12, Auburn 7, San Diego St. 6, Army 6, NC State 5, California 2, Buffalo 1.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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