Alabama Crimson Tide jump past Oklahoma Sooners to No. 3 in AP Top 25 college football poll

Alabama pulls away late in win over Tennessee (1:47)

The Crimson Tide take control of the game in the fourth quarter, leading to a 52-24 win vs. Tennessee. (1:47)

Alabama inched up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, behind top-ranked Georgia and No. 2 Cincinnati.

The Bulldogs (63 first-place votes) are a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest AP Top 25, and the Bearcats remain second.

The Crimson Tide jumped up a spot past Oklahoma after blowing out Tennessee. The now-fourth-ranked Sooners were shut out in the first half against Kansas before scoring 35 in the second half and pulling away late.

No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Michigan both held their spots.

Oregon moved up three spots to No. 7. No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa and No. 10 Ole Miss round out the top 10.

In a week with no games matching ranked teams, five ranked teams lost, including two in the top 10. Penn State dropped 13 spots to No. 20 after losing in a record nine overtimes to Illinois. Oklahoma State fell from No. 8 to No. 15 after losing at Iowa State.


Alabama dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 two weeks ago after losing at Texas A&M, putting its record streak of top-five appearances in danger.

Since then, the Crimson Tide won two games and A&M has built on that upset with two easy victories. The Aggies, unranked when they beat Alabama, are up to No. 14.

The combination of the two has allowed the Tide to run their top-five streak to 69 straight weeks. The second-best top-five streak in poll history came to an end early this season, when Clemson's was snapped at 57.

The second-best active top-five streak is Georgia at eight weeks.

• No. 10 Ole Miss has its best ranking since finishing the 2015 season at No. 10.

• No. 17 Pitt cracked the top 20 for the first time since starting the 2010 season at No. 15. The last time the Panthers were ranked this high this deep into a season was when they reached No. 8 and finished No. 15 in 2009.


A couple of teams that spent time in the AP Top 25 earlier this season are back in this week.

• No. 22 Iowa State returned after dropping out in mid-September. The Cyclones started the season No. 7 and lost two of their first four games.

• No. 25 BYU broke a two-game losing streak by beating Washington State. The Cougars are 4-0 against Pac-12 teams.


Purdue is out after one week in the rankings. The Boilermakers (4-3), who lost at home to Wisconsin, haven't been ranked for more than one week in any season since 2005.

NC State slipped out of the rankings after a close loss to Miami.


SEC - 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 10, 12, 14, 18)
Big Ten - 5 (Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9, 20)
Big 12 - 4 (Nos. 4, 15, 16, 22)
ACC - 2 (Nos. 13, 17)
American - 2 (Nos. 2, 19)
Pac-12 - 1 (No. 7)
Conference USA - 1 (No. 23)
Mountain West - 1 (No. 21)
Sun Belt - 1 (No. 24)
Independents - 2 (Nos. 11, 25)


No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State. This will be the sixth straight meeting with both teams ranked, but the Nittany Lions are trending in the wrong direction.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State. The first top-10 meeting between the rivals since 1964.

No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn. Two teams still very much in the SEC West race.