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Nick Wagner, Deseret News
Utah running back Armand Shyne (23) signals to the sky after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona in Salt Lake City Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Utah battled back from a first-half deficit to defeat Arizona 36-23.

The Big Ten has four teams in the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll during the regular season for the first time since 1960, and No. 24 Western Michigan is ranked for the first time in school history.

The Utes moved up three spots to No. 21 after besting Arizona 36-23 on Saturday. They join Washington as the only two Pac-12 teams in the top 25.

No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 10 Nebraska joined No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan in the first 10 of the AP Top 25 released Monday. The poll release was delayed one day because two FBS games were postponed until Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew.

Alabama remains No. 1. The Crimson Tide received 56 first-place votes. Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson each received two first-place votes. Michigan had one first-place vote.

Washington was fifth as the top five went unchanged after all had decisive victories last weekend.



The Big Ten had four teams ranked in the top 10 in the preseason poll of 1999, but the last time it happened during the regular season was Oct. 3, 1960, with No. 3 Iowa, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 7 Purdue.


No. 24 Western Michigan is 6-0 for the first time since 1941 and is in position to contend for a spot in a New Year's Six bowl. The Broncos have already beaten two Big Ten teams (Northwestern and Illinois) and have continued a steady rise since coach P.J. Fleck, the second-youngest head coach in the FBS at 35, took over in 2013 and went 1-11. WMU was 8-5 the past two seasons, reaching bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.

— No. 23 Auburn is ranked for the first time this season.

— No. 25 poll

Navy is ranked after upsetting Houston on Saturday.


— Stanford dropped out of the rankings for the first time since early in the 2015 season.

— North Carolina is out again after losing at home to Virginia Tech 34-3.

— After a two week stay, Colorado dropped out after losing at USC.


— No. 14 Florida State has been all over the rankings through the first six weeks of the regular season. After dropping to No. 23 last week, the Seminoles jumped nine spots after beating Miami.

— No. 17 Virginia Tech moved up eight spots after beating North Carolina. The Hokies are ranked in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2013.


— No. 13 Houston slipped seven spots after losing its first game of the season.

— No. 16 Miami dropped six.

— No. 22 Arkansas fell six spots after losing to Alabama.


The SEC regained sole possession of the top of the conference standings after being matched by the ACC last week.

SEC — 7

ACC — 5

Big Ten — 4

Big 12 — 3

Pac-12 — 2. The last time the Pac-12 had only two teams ranked was Sept. 6, 2011.

American — 2

Mountain West — 1

MAC — 1

Top 25 poll

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking.

1. Alabama (56)6-015201
2. Ohio St. (2)5-014442
3. Clemson (2)6-014063
4. Michigan (1)6-013394
5. Washington6-012865
6. Texas A&M6-012028
7. Louisville4-111937
8. Wisconsin4-1102011
9. Tennessee5-19629
10. Nebraska5-095812
11. Baylor5-093413
12. Mississippi3-280014
13. Houston5-17016
14. Florida St.4-262823
15. Boise St.5-059019
16. Miami4-157610
17. Virginia Tech4-154625
18. Florida4-148318
19. Oklahoma3-247620
20. West Virginia4-042422
21. Utah5-128724
22. Arkansas4-220316
23. Auburn4-2166-
24. W. Michigan6-0154-
25. Navy4-1122-

Others receiving votes: Georgia 59, Arizona St. 53, North Carolina 51, LSU 50, Oklahoma St. 48, North Dakota St. 36, Stanford 26, Colorado 22, South Florida 20, TCU 14, NC State 9, Washington St. 9, Iowa 3, Air Force 2, San Diego St. 2, Wake Forest 1.