Miami at No. 2 in AP poll

Sports Xchange

November 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm.

Miami has jumped up to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, equaling the program’s highest ranking since 2003.

The Hurricanes jumped up five spots due to their 41-8 dismantling of then-No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday in Sunday’s newest rankings. Miami was last ranked No. 2 in late October of 2003.

The Hurricanes also received four first-place votes and are one of just four remaining unbeaten teams. Top-ranked Alabama, No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 14 Central Florida are the others.

The ACC is in great position to land at least one team in the College Football Playoff with defending national champion Clemson remaining No. 4 in the AP poll. Miami and Clemson will meet in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2.

Alabama remained atop the poll after defeating Mississippi State 31-24. The Crimson Tide received the other 57 first-place votes.

Georgia, which was ranked second, plummeted to seventh after being routed 40-17 by Auburn. The Tigers moved up four spots to No. 6.

The losses by Georgia and Notre Dame opened the door for Oklahoma, and the Sooners took advantage by recording a 38-20 victory over TCU in a Big 12 showdown. The Sooners moved up two spots to No. 3, jumping Clemson.

Wisconsin moved up one spot to No. 5 by rolling to a 38-14 victory over Iowa.

Ohio State is eighth, just ahead of Notre Dame, which dropped six spots. Oklahoma State rounds out the Top 10.

TCU fell three spots to 11th due to its loss to the Sooners. USC is 12th and Penn State is 13th.

Washington State stands 15th, just ahead of bitter rival Washington. The Huskies fell seven spots after losing to Stanford on Friday, a defeat that also assured a Pac-12 team won’t be part of the four-team CFP.

Mississippi State is 17th, followed by Memphis, Michigan and Stanford. The Cardinal were unranked last week prior to the win over Washington.

LSU re-enters the poll at No. 21. Michigan State fell nine spots to 22nd after being steamrolled 48-3 by Ohio State.

South Florida (No. 23), West Virginia and North Carolina State round out the Top 25. The Wolfpack are back in the rankings after a one-week absence.

Virginia Tech and Iowa State fell out of the rankings after second straight losses. Iowa also dropped out after the loss to Wisconsin.




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