Michigan football cracks Associated Press top 10, Michigan State up to No. 11

Associated Press

The climb continues for Michigan and Michigan State.

Michigan moved up to No. 9, and Michigan State No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 college football poll.

Michigan receiver Daylen Baldwin catches a touchdown pass in front of Wisconsin's Dean Engram during the second half Saturday.

Michigan moved up five spots after Saturday's 38-17 victory at Wisconsin. Michigan State moved up six spots after a 48-31 victory over Western Kentucky in East Lansing.

Meanwhile, Iowa is gearing up for its biggest home game since the 1980s, Cincinnati has its highest ranking in 12 years and Clemson is on the outside looking in for the first time since 2014.

Alabama and Georgia are the only constants during this topsy-turvy college football season. They held down the top two spots for a fifth straight week in the AP Top 25, which is presented by Regions Bank.

Alabama received 53 of a possible 62 first-place votes Sunday, with Georgia picking up the rest.

After those two teams, the movement up and down and in and out of the Top 25 was about what would be expected after a week in which nine ranked teams lost, including four in the top 10.

Through the first five weeks of the season, 34 ranked teams have lost, the most in poll history.

Iowa leapfrogged Penn State to take the No. 3 spot after its 51-14 road win over previously unbeaten Maryland. The Hawkeyes have their highest ranking since 2015. Penn State beat Indiana 24-0 at home and remained No. 4.

No. 5 Cincinnati, coming off a 24-13 road win over Notre Dame, has its best ranking since Brian Kelly’s 2009 Bearcats were No. 4 in the first week of November.

Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan and BYU round out the top 10.

Clemson’s 19-13 home win over previously unbeaten Boston College didn’t impress voters enough to keep the Tigers in the Top 25. Thus ends their streak of 107 consecutive weeks in the rankings. The last time the Tigers were unranked was the week of Oct. 5, 2014.

They are one spot out of the Top 25, 15 points behind San Diego State.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama (53 first-place votes), 5-0, 1541 points (last week: 1)

2. Georgia (9), 5-0, 1497 (2)

3. Iowa, 5-0, 1381 (5)

4. Penn State, 5-0, 1360 (4)

5. Cincinnati, 4-0, 1320 (7)

6. Oklahoma, 5-0, 1248 (6)

7. Ohio State, 4-1, 1094 (11)

8. Oregon, 4-1, 1069 (3)

9. Michigan, 5-0, 1053 (14)

10. BYU, 5-0, 990 (13)

11. Michigan State, 5-0, 852 (17)

12. Oklahoma State, 5-0, 749 (19)

13. Arkansas, 4-1, 745 (8)

14. Notre Dame, 4-1, 701 (9)

15. Coastal Carolina, 5-0, 694 (16)

16. Kentucky, 5-0, 662 (NR)

17. Mississippi, 3-1, 601 (12)

18. Auburn, 4-1, 448 (22)

19. Wake Forest, 5-0, 412 (24)

20. Florida, 3-2, 343 (10)

21. Texas, 4-1, 303 (NR)

22. Arizona State, 4-1, 297 (NR)

23. NC State, 4-1, 279 (23)

24. SMU, 5-0, 136 (NR)

25. San Diego State, 4-0, 111 (NR)

Others receiving votes: Clemson 96, Texas A&M 41, Oregon St. 27, Baylor 24, Mississippi St. 18, Virginia Tech 13, Stanford 11, UTSA 10, Pittsburgh 6, Fresno St. 5, Texas Tech 4, Western Michigan 3, Kansas St. 2, Appalachian St. 2, UCLA 1, Boston College 1.