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Penn State drops to No. 13 in latest AP poll; WVU at 14

| Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, 3:39 p.m.
Appalachian State defensive back Austin Exford, left, tries to stop Penn State running back Miles Sanders during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in State College, Pa. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)
Appalachian State defensive back Austin Exford, left, tries to stop Penn State running back Miles Sanders during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in State College, Pa. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)

No. 11 LSU and No. 12 Virginia Tech made the biggest jumps in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season while No. 4 Ohio State leapfrogged No. 5 Wisconsin after a week in which most off the top teams were unchallenged.

Alabama remained No. 1 with a blowout of Louisville, and No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia held their spots in the poll released Tuesday. The Crimson Tide received 48 first-place votes, Clemson had 12 and Wisconsin had one. The Buckeyes are just four points ahead of the Badgers and only nine points ahead of No. 6 Oklahoma.

LSU, which was ranked No. 25 in the preseason, moved up 14 spots after beating Miami 33-17 in one of four games that matched ranked teams. The Hurricanes dropped from No. 8 to No. 22. Virginia Tech won 24-3 at Florida State and moved up eight spots.

The Seminoles fell out of the rankings after being 19th. Texas, which was No. 23 in the preseason poll, didn’t receive any votes in the latest poll.

No. 4 Ohio State moved up a spot after scoring 77 points against Oregon State. Auburn jumped two spots to No. 7 after beating Washington.

The ninth-ranked Huskies dropped three places. No. 8 Notre Dame moved up four spots after beating Michigan, which fell from 14 to No. 21.

AP Top 25

  1. Alabama (48 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson (12)
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Wisconsin (1)
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Washington
  10. Stanford
  11. LSU
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Penn State
  14. West Virginia
  15. Michigan State
  16. TCU
  17. USC
  18. Mississippi State
  19. UCF
  20. Boise State
  21. Michigan
  22. Miami
  23. Oregon
  24. South Carolina
  25. Florida

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