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Irish crack AP top 10, Michigan bows out

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Notre Dame cracked the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 9, and Michigan fell out of the rankings for the first time in two years.

As week after a rash of upsets gave the poll a shake-up, the first eight teams in the Top 25 released Sunday were unchanged. Alabama remains a unanimous No. 1 in the media poll, with 61 first-place votes. Penn State is No. 2 and Georgia, which was idle, is No. 3.

Undefeated TCU and Wisconsin round out the top five.


No. 2 PSU rips Michigan, gets payback

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) The whiteout at Penn State is one of the most mesmerizing scenes in college football. With more than 100,000 fans dressed in white, Beaver Stadium virtually glows as night falls in Happy Valley.

Penn State coach James Franklin tells his players to drink in the spectacle when they take the field.


No. 13 Irish rout error-prone No. 11 USC

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Coach Brian Kelly expected 13th-ranked Notre Dame to win big against No. 11 Southern California. He even wrote it down on a piece of paper in the locker room before the game.

"I said if we didn't win really big, I would be disappointed," he said.


No. 1 Tide dominates reeling Tennessee

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama went into halftime up by three touchdowns and not particularly happy.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide was in a better mood after finishing off a 45-7 victory over Tennessee on Saturday, setting off the rivalry's traditional lighting of celebratory cigars throughout Bryant-Denny Stadium.


No. 1 Alabama gears up for stretch run

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama is unbeaten, scarcely challenged and dominating on both sides of the ball.

Now, the top-ranked Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) gets an open date to ready for the stretch run. And it's clear the focus of coach Nick Saban & Co. is on finishing this one out, not spending much time savoring the accomplishments through eight games.


Hill's 5 TDs help No. 4 TCU crush Kansas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU's KaVontae Turpin went backward to set up a dazzling 90-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Kansas offense just mostly went backward.


Taylor tops 1,000 yards, Badgers now 7-0

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jonathan Taylor came to Wisconsin prepared for a heavy workload, even if he was buried deep on the depth chart when training camp opened.

How things have changed in three months at Camp Randall Stadium.


Miami holds off Orange, win streak at 11

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) By Miami's new standards, this game was decided early.

That means with a couple minutes to spare.


No. 9 Sooners edge K-State on late TD

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Oklahoma has made a habit of squandering early leads much of this season.

The Sooners went the other way Saturday night.


Ole Miss QB Patterson out for season

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The school announced on Sunday that an MRI revealed a torn posterior cruciate ligament in Patterson's right knee. The sophomore appeared to suffer the injury during the second quarter of the Rebels' 40-24 loss to No. 24 LSU on Saturday night.

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