• Georgia jumps two spots in AP poll ahead of first playoff rankings out Tuesday

    By: The Associated Press

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    With nine ranked teams off this weekend, including four of the top five, there was little movement throughout the AP Top 25.

    LSU is No. 1 for a second consecutive week and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers and Crimson Tide on Saturday will play the first regular-season 1-2 game since the same two did it in 2011. 

    Georgia jumped two spots to No. 6 after beating Florida in the weekend’s biggest game. The Gators slipped four spots to No. 10. 

    [RELATED: Georgia runs past Florida again, 24-17, for 3rd straight win]

    Navy joins fellow three American Athletic Conference members No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 19 Memphis and No. 23 SMU in the Top 25. Four ranked teams matches a high for the 7-year-old American, which was born from the collapse of the Big East. 

    Ohio State is No. 3 as the margin among the top three teams widened a bit after last week’s historically close vote. The first-place vote distribution stayed the same. The Tigers received 1,479 points and 17 first-place votes, Alabama had 1,472 points and 21 first places, and Ohio State got 1,467 points and 17 firsts. No. 4 Clemson received the other seven first-place votes and Penn State remained No. 5. 

    POLL POINTS 

    The first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings come out Tuesday night. 

    Since the selection committee started ranking teams around this point in the season, only last year did it have the same four teams in the top as the AP poll that was released two days earlier. And never has the first CFP rankings' first four matched the preceding AP top four. 

    [RELATED: UGA's path to the playoff isn't an open road]

    Top fours in order: 

    2014 

    AP: Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn 
    CFP: Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi 

    2015 

    AP: Ohio State, Baylor, Clemson, LSU 
    CFP: Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama 

    2016 

    AP: Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington 
    CFP: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M 

    2017 

    AP: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Wisconsin 
    CFP: Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson 

    2018 

    AP: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU 
    CFP: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame 

    OUT 

    Appalachian State was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week. The Sun Belt Conference's lone representative lost for the first time this season, falling at home to Georgia Southern on Thursday. 

    [RELATED: Georgia Southern stuns No. 20 Appalachian State again]

    CONFERENCE CALL 

    The American also had four ranked teams on Nov. 8, 2015 (Houston, Temple, Navy, Memphis). The Midshipmen are ranked for the first time since 2017 and already have more than doubled their win total from last season's disappointing 3-9 finish. 

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

    RANKED vs. RANKED 

    No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama. A playoff eliminator? Or is this just for seeding? 

    No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota. Coach P.J. Fleck’s unbeaten Gophers could row the boat right into playoff contention. 

    No. 19 Iowa at No. 18 Wisconsin. Huge game in the Big Ten West. 

    COMPLETE TOP 25:

    1. LSU 
    2. Alabama
    3. Ohio State
    4. Clemson
    5. Penn State
    6. Georgia
    7. Oregon
    8. Utah
    9. Oklahoma
    10. Florida
    11. Baylor
    12. Auburn
    13. Minnesota
    14. Michigan
    15. Notre Dame
    16. Wisconsin
    17. Cincinnati
    18. Iowa
    19. Memphis
    20. Kansas State
    21. Boise State
    22. Wake Forest
    23. SMU
    24. San Diego State
    25. Navy

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