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Texas Longhorns enter AP Top 25 after near-upset of Alabama

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite the loss, the Texas Longhorns made the AP College Football Top 25 for the first time this year.

The Longhorns moved up to 21st in polls released Sunday. They were two spots in the polls after the first week of the season, but their performance in a 20-19 loss to Alabama was enough to convince voters to put them in the top 25.

The Longhorns are considered the first team since Missouri in 1997 to lose and still make the AP’s top 25.

Texas’ performance also convinced voters that the Crimson Tide isn’t the best team in the country, at least for now. Alabama fell to No. 2 after the win, which was fairly common in the era of AP polling. The No. 1 team has won and lost in the polls 91 times since polls began in 1936.

After the Bulldogs defeated Sanford 33-0, the media panel moved defending national champion Georgia State to first place.

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Bulldogs, this season bydefeated Oregon 49-3, received 53 of the top 63 from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama received nine first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State received one first-place vote.

Texas A&M dropped out of the rankings almost entirely after a 17-14 loss to unranked Appalachian State University at Kyle Field. The Aggies fell to No. 24 in the polls after entering the game at No. 6. It could also cost them the chance to get ESPN College GameDay at College Station next week when the Aggies host No. 13 Miami. . ESPN chose to travel to Appalachia for the game against Troy on September 17.

Houston dropped the polls after a 33-30 loss to Texas Tech in two overtimes, while Baylor rose from No. 9 in a 26-20 two-overtime loss to Brigham Young to No. 17.

Michigan was No. 4 and Clemson was No. 5, but the rest of the top 10 was mixed.

Oklahoma moved up a spot to No. 6. Southern California jumped three places to No. 7, its highest ranking since September 2017.

The rest of the top 10 is a relative newcomer: No. 8 Oklahoma State moved up three spots. No. 9 Kentucky jumped 11 spots to the highest ranking since reaching No. 8 in October 2007. No. 10 Arkansas moved up six spots.

Heading into the weekend, the No. 8 Notre Dame was completely dropped from the polls after a 26-21 loss to unranked Marshall at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish are unseeded for the first time since Sept. 17, 2017, appearing in the polls 80 times in a row, and fourth in the nation behind Alabama, Ohio and Georgia in an active campaign.

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