Return of the Pac? Six Pac-12 teams now ranked

Californiaand Arizona Statehave moved into the AP Top 25 college football poll to give the Pac-12 six ranked teams, the most for the conference in almost four years.

A weekend filled with blowouts left the top half of the AP media poll presented by Regions Bank mostly unchanged.

Clemsonremains No. 1, with 57 of the 62 first-place votes, as the top nine held their spots Sunday. Alabamawas No. 2, receiving five first-place votes, followed by Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Auburnand Florida.

The ninth-ranked Gators were the only top-10 team to play a competitive game. The others won by a combined 428-97.

Utah, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, moved up to No. 10. The last time the Pac-12 had six ranked teams was Nov. 8, 2015.

POLL POINTS

The Pac-12 took a fair amount of grief the first week of the season after it suffered a few upsets to Mountain West teams and Oregonlet a potentially big victory slip away against Auburn.

Now the conference has had a mini-resurgence despite issues with some of its typically strong teams.

Stanfordstarted the season ranked but is 1-2 after getting dominated by UCFon Saturday. USChad a brief stay at the bottom of the rankings last week, falling out after losing in overtime at BYUon Saturday.

Overall, the results were OK this past weekend for the Pac-12. The conference went 8-4 in nonconference play, including Arizona State's victory at Michigan Stateand Arizonabeating Texas Tech. Colorado's loss to Air Force, though,put the Pac-12 at 4-4 against the Mountain West this season.

Utah is in the top 10 for the first time since November 2015.

IN

No. 25 TCUalso joined the rankings this week for the first time this season. The Horned Frogs beat Purdue34-13 in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday.

OUT

Michigan State fell from the rankings after its 10-7 loss to Arizona State. The Spartans were swept in a home-and-home by the Sun Devils the past two seasons by a combined 26-20.

Marylandis out after one week. The Terrapins went from scoring 63 in a victory against Syracuseto losing 20-17 to Temple.

The next three games for USC are against Utah at home, at No. 22 Washington and at No. 7 Notre Dame.

CONFERENCE CALL

For a second straight week, the Southeastern Conference has three top-five teams and half of the top 10.

SEC -- 6 (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 17)

Pac-12 -- 6 (Nos. 10, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24)

Big Ten -- 5 (Nos. 6, 11, 13, 13 (tie), 18)

Big 12 -- 3 (Nos. 5, 12, 25)

ACC -- 2 (Nos. 1, 21)

American -- 11 (No. 15)

Mountain West -- 1 (No. 20)

Independent -- 1 (No. 7)

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia. Return match from Georgia's 20-19 victory in South Bend, Indiana, two years ago.

No. 11 Michiganat No. 13 Wisconsin. Fox's first Big Noon game, which is both big and starting at noon.

No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M. The whittling starts in the SEC West.

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