AP Poll: Notre Dame falls out of Top 25; Alabama still No. 1 after Week 5 action
Coming off a loss in the BCS championship game and an undefeated regular season, Notre Dame dropped out of the AP Poll on Sunday after losing its second game of the year.
The Irish fell 35-21 at home to Oklahoma to bring their record to 3-2 through five games.
Meanwhile, the top five in the poll held their spots for the third consecutive week. Alabama took top honors once again, followed by Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford.
The full AP Poll:
1. Alabama (55)
2. Oregon (5)
4. Ohio State
8. Florida State
9. Texas A&M
13. South Carolina
20. Texas Tech
21. Oklahoma State
22. Arizona State
23. Fresno State
24. Ole Miss
A few thoughts:
• Slowly but surely, more people are beginning to believe in Oregon — or perhaps fewer people are believing in Alabama. The Ducks claimed five first-place votes, one more than last week, as the Tide garnered 55 votes for the top spot. Oregon blasted Cal 55-16 on Saturday for its fourth lopsided win of the season. Alabama, meanwhile, took out Ole Miss 25-0 at home, and while the defense was particularly strong, the Tide’s offense took some time to get going against the Rebels. We’ve yet to see a truly dominant performance from the defending BCS champs.
• Georgia’s wild 44-41 win over LSU propelled the Bulldogs past the Tigers in the top 10. Though Georgia dropped its opener against Clemson, two victories over SEC opponents in September have the Bulldogs nearly as high as they were when they started the season at No. 5.
• South Carolina squeaked out a win against UCF on the road, and those struggles surfaced in the latest poll. Despite the win, the Gamecocks dropped one spot from No. 12 to No. 13.
• Maryland’s surprising surge continued as the Terps jumped into the Top 25 at No. 25 after a bye week. Coach Randy Edsall’s group is off to a 4-0 start.