made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and and moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories.
A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked teams kept the top 10 almost unchanged.
No. 1picked up six more first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Bulldogs are up to 59 first-place votes and 1,569 points.
No. 2received three first-place votes, and No. 3 got one.
No. 4, No. 5 , No. 6 and No. 7 all held their spots. The only change in the top 10 was No. 8 flip-flopping with No. 9 . stayed at No. 10.
The top 10 teams, most playing overmatched nonconference opponents, won their games Saturday by a combined 521-120.
The shuffling came in the next 10.
No. 11moved up four spots. Penn State jumped eight to No. 14 after routing Auburn on the road. No. 15 Oregon moved up 10 spots after handily defeating BYU, which slipped seven places to No. 19.
to earn a ranking for the first time since the 2021 preseason poll. Washington has had two brief stays in the AP Top 25 the past two seasons but has been mostly unranked since the early part of the 2019 season.
“To get this win now is just going to continue to put this belief in our guys,” first-year Washington coach Kalen DeBoer told reporters after the game. “It’s only going to get better for us as we go to work in practice.”
Michigan State dropped all the way out after being No. 11.
Mississippi moved up four spots to No. 16, and No. 20 Florida slipped a couple of spots after barely getting past South Florida at home.
At the bottom of the rankings, Miami dropped 12 spots and landed at No. 25 after losing at Texas A&M. The Aggies rose one spot to No. 23.
The 10-0 weekend from the top 10 was the first instance since they all played and won in Week 2 of the 2019 season.
Overall, the AP Top 25 teams won 22 games, the most since 24 teams won in Week 1 of 2019.
— Washington’s leap into the poll from unranked to No. 18 was the best for the program since September 1989, when the Huskies beat Texas A&M and went from outside the rankings to No. 15.
The Pac-12 has its most ranked teams since the first regular-season poll of 2021, when it had five.
SEC — 8 (Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 16, 20, 23).
ACC — 5 (Nos. 5, 12, 21, 24, 25).
Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 6, 9, 17, 22).
Pac-12 — 4 (Nos. 7, 13, 15, 18).
Big Ten — 3 (Nos. 3, 4, 14).
Independents — 1 (No. 19).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest. For the first time since 1950, the Tigers and Demon Deacons will meet as ranked teams.
No. 20 Florida at No. 11 Tennessee. For the first time since 2017, the teams that used to own the SEC East are both ranked when they play.
No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M at Arlington, Texas. It’s not getting any easier for the Aggies.