Texas ranked in AP Poll for 1st time with Strong

Texas is ranked for the first time under coach Charlie Strong, coming in at No. 11 in the latest Associated Press college football rankings after a rousing opening victory against Notre Dame.

The last time the Longhorns were ranked was November 2013, Mack Brown’s last as coach.

No. 10 Wisconsin also made a big jump into the Top 25 after beating LSU. The Tigers and Fighting Irish were among seven ranked teams that lost during the first weekend of the season.

Wisconsin, which beat LSU 16-14 at Lambeau Field, matched a record for the best season debut in the Top 25 with its No. 10 ranking. Arizona also went from unranked to No. 10 in 2014 after the Wildcats won at Oregon.

Alabama is still No. 1. The Crimson Tide picked up 21 first-place votes to total 54 after its 52-6 victory against USC. Clemson remained No. 2. Florida State moved up to No. 3. Ohio State is No. 4 and Michigan is No. 5.

Houston jumped nine spots, from 15th to No. 6 after their 33-23 victory over Oklahoma. The Sooners dropped 11 spots after the loss, from third to No. 11. The Cougars boast their highest ranking since Nov. 4, 1990 when they were ranked No. 3.

Georgia also jumped nine spots, from 18th to No. 9 after 33-24 victory over North Carolina.

No. 7 Stanford and No. 8 Washington also appear in the top 10. Washington has its highest rank since Nov. 4, 2001 after its 48-13 victory over Rutgers.

LSU fell from No. 5 to No. 21 after its loss to Wisconsin. The 16-spot drop is the fourth largest in poll history.

No. 17 Tennessee, No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 19 Mississippi all fell eight spots. The Volunteers dropped after an overtime victory against Appalachian State.

Texas AM is in the poll at No. 20 after beating UCLA, then No. 16, in overtime. Miami slipped into the rankings at No. 25.

USC, UCLA and North Carolina dropped out of the poll. Florida, which was No. 25, fell out after beating Massachusetts 24-7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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