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Sean Manning’s Week 9 AP top 25 ballot: LSU moves into playoff position

MORGANTOWN — With Ohio State’s blowout loss at Purdue and LSU’s 19-3 win over Mississippi State, the Tigers made their way into the top four of my Week 9 AP top 25 ballot. The Tigers move into the third spot behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson and ahead of Notre Dame, which came in at No. 4.

Group of 5 Central Florida is on the outside looking in at No. 5, while the rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Michigan, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma.

West Virginia moved up one spot from 13th to 12th during its bye week, passing Oregon, which fell to Washington State on the road. The Cougars moved from 21st to 15th with the win.

The Mountaineers will host Baylor at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dropping out of the rankings are N.C. State, Cincinnati and Mississippi State, and jumping in are Utah (23rd), Wisconsin (24th) and Appalachian State (25th).

The Utes continued their impressive stretch, knocking of USC and scoring 40-plus in their third straight game. Wisconsin was my first team out last week and after a dominant win over Illinois, the Badgers are back in. Appalachian State keeps finding ways to win after an overtime loss to Penn State to open the season.

The AP poll will be released at 2 p.m. Sunday.

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. LSU
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Central Florida
  6. Michigan
  7. Geogia
  8. Ohio State
  9. Texas
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. West Virginia
  13. Washington
  14. Kentucky
  15. Washington State
  16. Iowa
  17. South Florida
  18. Penn State
  19. Oregon
  20. Texas A&M
  21. Virginia
  22. Miami
  23. Utah
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Appalachian State