SEC breaks record with eight teams in AP Top 25

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The Southeastern Conference set a record for most schools in The Associated Press college football poll with eight ranked teams.


The Top 25 was shaken Sunday after seven ranked teams lost, including five to teams that were unranked or lower ranked. Stanford dropped eight spots and Michigan fell from the poll.

The top four was unchanged, with No. 1 Alabama receiving 55 of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 is Oregon, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. Florida State moved up to No. 5 to set up a top-five matchup at Clemson next week.

Stanford lost 27-20 at Utah and is now No. 13, becoming the first top-10 team this season to lose to an unranked team. Michigan drops out after losing 43-40 in four overtimes at Penn State.

No. 24 Auburn moved into the rankings for the first time this season to join No. 6 Louisiana State, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 14 Missouri, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida. Missouri jumped 11 spots after a 41-26 victory at Georgia (4-2).

PENN STATE: Coach Bill O’Brien said he momentarily decided to go for a two-point conversion and the win after the Nittany Lions scored the final touchdown of regulation with 27 seconds to play.

But he quickly reconsidered, and had Sam Ficken kick the extra point that tied the game at 34 to force overtime, which ended with Penn State posting a wild 43-40 victory.

“Yeah, I wanted to win the game there,” O’Brien said. “I felt an urge to just go and win the game right there. I really feel good about our two-point plays. But at the same time I said, ‘You know what? Let’s go for one and see how it goes in overtime.’”

NEBRASKA: The bye week will give the Huskers time to heal up and possibly reset their offensive line.

All-Big Ten right guard Spencer Long injured his left knee on the Huskers’ fifth play from scrimmage Saturday when Purdue defensive end Ryan Russell’s right leg cut across Long’s left as he tried to make a tackle. Mike Moudy replaced Long, who was to undergo an MRI on Sunday.

Receiver Sam Burtch was knocked out of the game in the first half with an upper-body injury, the result of a collision on a pass play. Tight end Cethan Carter was shaken up in the first half when he fell awkwardly after catching a pass.

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