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Arizona State inches up in AP Top 25 rankings after Week 1 win

Sep 7, 2021, 11:56 AM
Arizona State running back Rachaad White (3) celebrates his touchdown with tight end Curtis Hodges ...

Arizona State running back Rachaad White (3) celebrates his touchdown with tight end Curtis Hodges (86) against Southern Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

A handful of shakeups in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings after the first week of the college football season bumped the Arizona State Sun Devils up two slots, to No. 23, after opening the year No. 25.

Most notable was a result involving a fellow Pac-12 squad.

The No. 20 Washington Huskies lost to the Montana Grizzlies 13-7 in the opening week of the season. The Huskies weren’t the only ones to fall out of the top-25 altogether.

No. 23 Louisiana lost to the 21st-ranked Texas Longhorns by a 38-18 result. Other teams that fell out of the top-25 completely include formerly No. 16 LSU after a loss to UCLA and formerly No. 17 Indiana, which fell to Iowa.

Additional top-20 teams that took Week 1 hits included: No. 3 Clemson’s loss to No. 5 Georgia; No. 10 North Carolina’s loss to Virginia Tech; No. 12 Wisconsin’s defeat at the hands of No. 19 Penn State; No. 14 Miami’s loss to top-ranked Alabama.

Arizona State held its ranked status firmly with a 41-14 defeat of Southern Utah last Thursday.

The Sun Devils were favored over the Big Sky team by more than six touchdowns.

ASU found itself on more than just the AP Poll on Tuesday, landing at No. 25 on the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. The Sun Devils moved up three spots in that ranking.

Here’s the AP Poll heading into Week 2, where the Sun Devils will face the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.

Associated Press Top 25 rankings

1
Alabama(59)
1-0 1571
2
Georgia(4)
1-0 1507
↑3
3
Ohio State
1-0 1437
↑1
4
Oklahoma
1-0 1374
↓2
5
Texas A&M
1-0 1288
↑1
6
Clemson
0-1 1231
↓3
7
Cincinnati
1-0 1136
↑1
8
Notre Dame
1-0 1070
↑1
9
Iowa State
1-0 1045
↓2
10
Iowa
1-0 942
↑8
11
Penn State
1-0 908
↑8
12
Oregon
1-0 883
↓1
13
Florida
1-0 842
14
USC
1-0 789
↑1
15
Texas
1-0 683
↑6
16
UCLA
2-0 668
NR
17
Coastal Carolina
1-0 384
↑5
18
Wisconsin
0-1 376
↓6
19
Virginia Tech
1-0 359
NR
20
Ole Miss
1-0 335
NR
21
Utah
1-0 334
↑3
22
Miami
0-1 229
↓8
23
Arizona State
1-0 222
↑2
24
North Carolina
0-1 198
↓14
25
Auburn
1-0 83
NR

 

Others receiving votesTCU 80, NC State 69, UCF 61, Liberty 57, LSU 57, Michigan 52, Oklahoma State 39, Indiana 37, Michigan State 28, Nevada 23, Kansas State 13, Louisiana 12, BYU 10, Boston College 8, Ball State 7, Maryland 6, Arizona 5, UAB 5, Florida State 4, Kentucky 3, Texas Tech 2, Army 2, Appalachian State 1

Dropped from rankingsLSU 16, Indiana 17, Washington 20, Louisiana 23

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