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Clemson No. 2, App St. earns 1st ranking

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Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes , for the first time this season.

The Tigers trailed only Alabama in the preseason rankings, but a couple of close wins in September - combined with seemingly impressive performances by other highly ranked teams - dragged Clemson to as low as No. 4.


Purdue stuns No. 2 Ohio State with rout

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Jeff Brohm decided to go for it against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.

The Buckeyes buckled under the pressure.


Michigan beats MSU after pregame spat

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan had plenty of reasons to be motivated to beat Michigan State, barely defeating its in-state rival over the last decade and losing to every ranked team on the road for a dozen years.

The Wolverines, though, were even more fired up to win after a pregame spat with the Spartans.


No. 3 Clemson overwhelms No. 16 NC State

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Trevor Lawrence came in wanting to leave little doubt about No. 3 Clemson's championship goals this season and about his ability to take the Tigers there.

He accomplished both Saturday in a 41-7 rout of No. 16 North Carolina State, helping Clemson dominate the showdown between the Atlantic Coast Conference's last remaining undefeated teams.


No. 25 WSU holds off No. 12 Oregon

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) One of the biggest days in program history for Washington State started with a celebration outside the gates of Martin Stadium and ended with fans partying on the field.

Gardner Minshew threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon in the back of the end zone with 3:40 left and No. 25 Washington State beat No. 12 Oregon 34-20 on Saturday night.


Targeting penalty overshadows LSU's win

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Boos rained down from the Tiger Stadium stands, even as quarterback Joe Burrow kneeled to close out No. 5 LSU's latest convincing victory over a ranked opponent.

It was an unusual scene spawned by an unfortunate play that could carry considerable implications going forward.


Without QB Milton, UCF's streak hits 20

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) No. 10 UCF didn't have its Heisman Trophy hopeful, so the Knights' opportunistic defense kept taking the ball from East Carolina and giving it to their backup quarterback.

Darriel Mack Jr. stepped in for McKenzie Milton and rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and UCF forced five turnovers in beating East Carolina 37-10 for its 20th straight victory.


No. 9 Oklahoma rebounds with win at TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense piled up yards and scored points like they have been all season.

Kenneth Murray and the Sooners defense did their part as well as ninth-ranked Oklahoma bounced back from its only loss, winning 52-27 at TCU on Saturday in the first game since defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was fired.


Top-ranked Tide start fast to rout Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Alabama continued its season-long penchant for fast starts and quickly finished off Tennessee.

Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and the top-ranked Crimson Tide reached the end zone on their first four possessions, trouncing the Volunteers 58-21 for their 12th straight victory in this annual series.


Washington pulls away late to top Buffs

SEATTLE (AP) Jake Browning and Aaron Fuller saw the pressure Colorado was about to bring and the open field that awaited.

One quick slant connection between Browning and Fuller was finally enough for No. 15 Washington to shake the Buffaloes.

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