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Arizona State back in AP Top 25 after impressive road showing at UCLA

Oct 3, 2021, 11:24 AM
Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) prepares for the snap during a college football game b...
Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) prepares for the snap during a college football game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins on October 02, 2021, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Following Arizona State’s 42-23 over UCLA in Pasadena Saturday night, the Sun Devils are back in the Top 25 of the Associated Press college football poll, coming in at No. 22.

The Sun Devils were led to victory behind a second-half shutout from the defense, as well as a strong performance offensively, led by junior quarterback Jayden Daniels.

The ASU signal caller threw for 286 yards on 13-of-18 passing with two scores and added 45 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Ricky Pearsall had a big night for the Sun Devils offense, turning in two touchdown receptions of over 50 yards. Pearsall finished the game with a career-high 132 yards on four catches.

With the win, the Sun Devils open conference play with a 2-0 record and are back in the Top 25 following a loss to No. 10 BYU in Week 3.

ASU may be on the rise, but the same can’t be said about the rest of the Pac-12 Conference. After falling on the road to Stanford, Oregon dropped in the rankings from No. 3 to No. 8.

The Sun Devils have a quick turnaround and will face Stanford in Tempe on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. MST, catch all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

AP Top 25 Poll

1
Alabama(53)
5-0 1,541
  –
2
Georgia(9)
5-0 1,497
  –
3
Iowa
5-0 1,381
↑2
4 Penn State 5-0 1,360
  –
5
Cincinnati
4-0 1,320
↑2
6
Oklahoma
5-0 1,248
  –
7
Ohio State
4-1 1,094
↑4
8 Oregon 4-1 1,069
↓5
9 Michigan 5-0 1,053
↑5
10
BYU
5-0 990
↑3
11
Michigan State
5-0 852
↑6
12
Oklahoma State
5-0 749
↑7
13
Arkansas
4-1 745
↓5
14
Notre Dame
4-1 701
↓5
15
Coastal Carolina
5-0 694
↑1
16 Kentucky 5-0 662
 NR
17
Ole Miss
3-1 601
↓5
18
Auburn
4-1 448
↑4
19
Wake Forest
5-0 412
↑5
20
Florida
3-2 343
↓10
21
Texas
4-1 303
NR
22
Arizona State
4-1 297
NR
23
North Carolina State
4-1 279
  –
24
SMU
5-0 136
NR
25
San Diego State
4-0 111
NR

Others receiving votes: Clemson 96, Texas A&M 41, Oregon State 27, Baylor 24, Mississippi State 18, Virginia Tech 13, Stanford 11, UTSA 10, Pittsburgh 6, Fresno State 5, Texas Tech 4, Western Michigan 3, Appalachian State 2, Kansas State 2, Boston College 1, UCLA 1

Dropped from the rankings: Clemson 25, Baylor 21, UCLA 20, Fresno State 18, Texas A&M 15

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