Longhorns fall to 15th; No. 12 WVU up next

Longhorns fall to 15th; No. 12 WVU up next

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Longhorns fall to 15th; No. 12 WVU up next

A loss Saturday at Oklahoma State dropped Texas to 15th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Longhorns were part of an upset-riddled Saturday that sets up a showdown with West Virginia. The Mountaineers are No. 12 in the AP poll.

The teams meet this week with a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff time.

Here’s a rundown of the latest rankings:

A major week of upheaval had no effect on the top of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Eleven ranked teams lost and a record seven fell out of the poll, but the top five teams remained entrenched with the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season set to be unveiled Tuesday.

Alabama received all 61 first-place votes while remaining No. 1 with fellow unbeatens Clemson and Notre Dame following at second and third, respectively. LSU remains fourth heading into its showdown with the Crimson Tide, while Michigan stayed at No. 5.

Washington State continued its rise and moved up to No. 10 after beating Stanford on Saturday. The Cougars, who were unranked in the preseason and stood at No. 25 two polls ago, gained momentum when they defeated then-No. 12 Oregon the previous week.

Georgia stands at No. 6 with Oklahoma at No. 7. Ohio State moved back into the top 10 at No. 8 after falling out the previous week when it was routed by Purdue.

Undefeated Central Florida — which doesn’t play in a power conference — is No. 9.

Florida and Texas fell out of the top 10. The Gators fell four spots to No. 13 after losing to Georgia, while Texas dove nine spots to No. 15 after losing to Oklahoma State.

Texas A&M also plummeted nine spots to No. 25 by falling to Mississippi State.

Washington experienced a deeper decline, going from No. 15 to unranked after a stunning loss to lowly California.

Other ranked teams that lost and fell out of the poll are Oregon (No. 19), Wisconsin (No. 20), South Florida (No. 21), North Carolina State (No. 22), Stanford (No. 24) and Appalachian State (No. 25).

The large number of ranked teams losing led to five teams cracking the poll for the first time this season: No. 17 Houston, No. 18 Utah State, No. 20 Fresno State, No. 22 Syracuse and No. 23 Virginia.

Syracuse is ranked for the first time since 2001. Virginia is part of the Top 25 for the first time since 2011.

Mississippi State (No. 21) and Boston College (No. 24) re-entered after being ranked earlier this season.

Meanwhile, a surprising Kentucky squad is just outside the top 10 at No. 11.

West Virginia is No. 12 and Penn State is No. 14.

Iowa was the other ranked team to lose. The Hawkeyes dropped one spot to No. 19 after losing to Penn State.

–Field Level Media

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