Oregon, Iowa jump into top 5 in AP poll

Field Level Media

September 12, 2021 at 7:55 pm.

The Oregon Ducks and Iowa Hawkeyes shot up into the top five of the Associated Press Top 25 poll Sunday after securing big road wins against highly ranked opponents.

Oregon climbed eight spots to No. 4 after hitting the road to defeat then-No. 3 Ohio State 35-28 on Saturday. Iowa is right behind the Ducks, jumping five spots to No. 5 after taking down in-state rival Iowa State, formerly ranked ninth, 27-17.

No. 1 Alabama (60 first-place votes) and No. 2 Georgia (three votes) held steady and Oklahoma took over the No. 3 spot.

Clemson, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Penn State rounded out the top 10.

Texas A&M dropped two spots after eking out a 10-7 victory over Colorado following an injury to Aggies starting quarterback Haynes King. The Buckeyes dropped six spots after their surprise loss.

Arkansas entered the rankings for the first time since 2016 after routing visiting Texas 40-21. The Razorbacks debuted at No. 20, joining No. 23 BYU and No. 25 Michigan as the three teams to enter the poll this week.

The Longhorns, formerly No. 15, plummeted out of the rankings following that upset loss, as did then-No. 14 Southern California after losing to rival Stanford. Utah also bowed out after BYU prevailed in their rivalry game, 26-17.

Three games next Saturday will pit two ranked teams against one another. Alabama will visit No. 11 Florida in the SEC opener for both teams. Penn State will host No. 22 Auburn with ESPN’s “College GameDay” in town. No. 19 Arizona State will travel to face BYU.

The complete top 25:
1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Oklahoma
4. Oregon
5. Iowa
6. Clemson
7. Texas A&M
8. Cincinnati
9. Ohio State
10. Penn State
11. Florida
12. Notre Dame
13. UCLA
14. Iowa State
15. Virginia Tech
16. Coastal Carolina
17. Ole Miss
18. Wisconsin
19. Arizona State
20. Arkansas
21. North Carolina
22. Auburn
23. BYU
24. Miami (FL)
25. Michigan