LSU, Bama remain atop AP poll ahead of showdown

Field Level Media

November 03, 2019 at 8:09 pm.

The top of the college football Associated Press poll remained unchanged Sunday, setting up the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash since 2011.

LSU narrowly held on to the No. 1 spot over No. 2 Alabama – 1,479 points for the Tigers to 1,472 for the Crimson Tide – as the two prepare to meet on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Both teams are coming off byes.

Ohio State was in third place, just five points behind Alabama, trailed by Clemson and Penn State. Ohio State and Penn State also didn’t play while Clemson defeated FCS program Wofford 59-14.

All five teams remain undefeated.

Moving up two spaces to claim the No. 6 position was Georgia (7-1), fresh off its 24-17 win over Southeastern Conference rival Florida (7-2), which fell to No. 10. In between the two are a trio of one-loss teams: Oregon at No. 7, followed by Utah and Oklahoma.

Penn State (8-0) also will face another undefeated ranked team next week – No. 13 Minnesota (8-0) — in a Big Ten matchup.

Making the biggest climb this week was No. 19 Memphis, which rose from No. 24 last week, after its 54-48 win over SMU. With the loss, the Mustangs tumbled eight places to No. 23.

Memphis (8-1) and SMU (8-1) were among four American Athletic Conference teams in the latest poll, joining No. 17 Cincinnati (7-1) and Navy (7-1), which moved into the poll at No. 25.

Also included are two Mountain West Conference teams: No. 21 Boise State (7-1) and No. 24 San Diego State (7-1).

Appalachian State (No. 20 last week) dropped out of the rankings after losing 24-21 to Georgia Southern.