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Arizona gets single vote in AP rankings; ASU to face No. 11 Oklahoma State

Sep 6, 2022, 11:46 AM | Updated: 2:16 pm
Rayshon Luke #20 of the Arizona Wildcats runs with the ball against Dallas Branch #12 of the San Di...
Rayshon Luke #20 of the Arizona Wildcats runs with the ball against Dallas Branch #12 of the San Diego State Aztecs on September 3, 2022 at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

The Arizona Wildcats received a single point in The Associated Press college football rankings after opening the season with a victory against San Diego State on Saturday.

The Wildcats went on the road to beat SDSU 38-20 in the first game at the Aztecs’ new home, Snapdragon Stadium. The Aztecs are coming off a 12-2 season in 2021 and were selected to finish second in the Mountain West this year.

Omaha World-Herald reporter Sam McKewon selected Jedd Fisch’s Wildcats as the No. 25 team in his poll submitted.

Released Tuesday, the AP poll also saw the Arizona State Sun Devils’ Week 2 opponent rise.

The No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys host ASU in Stillwater, Okla., this Saturday after beating Central Michigan on Saturday, 58-44. OSU was 12th in the poll this preseason.

The Sun Devils are coming off a 40-3 win against Northern Arizona in their opener.

The Pac-12 went 9-3 in the opening week of play, with two of its ranked teams losing high-profile battles.

Previously 11th-ranked Oregon lost to No. 3 Georgia, 49-3, while No. 7 Utah fell at unranked Florida, 29-26.

The Ducks dropped to a spot outside the top-25, while the Utes fell six spots. The USC Trojans are the highest-ranked Pac-12 school at No. 10 and moved up four spots from a week ago with a 66-14 victory against Rice.

Alabama remained No. 1 in the AP poll, receiving 44 of 63 first-place votes from the media panel.

Georgia moved up to No. 2 in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season, passing Ohio State, after the defending national champions dominated their opener.

The Bulldogs narrowed the gap on the Crimson Tide after beating Oregon. Georgia received 17 first-place votes.

Ohio State slipped to No. 3 and received two first-place votes. Michigan moved up four spots to No. 4.

Clemson dropped a spot to No. 5.

Florida debuted at No. 12 after its thrilling victory at home against Utah on Saturday night.

The rest of the top 10 was Texas A&M at No. 6, followed by Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Baylor and Southern California.

USC is in the top 10 for the first time since the final regular-season poll of 2017, when the Trojans were eighth.

The eighth-ranked Fighting Irish dropped three spots out of the top five after losing 21-10 at Ohio State.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

AP college football rankings

Team Record Pts Prv
1. Alabama (44) 1-0 1552 1
2. Georgia (17) 1-0 1511 3
3. Ohio St. (2) 1-0 1471 2
4. Michigan 1-0 1299 8
5. Clemson 1-0 1280 4
6. Texas A&M 1-0 1241 6
7. Oklahoma 1-0 1130 9
8. Notre Dame 0-1 1085 5
9. Baylor 1-0 1057 10
10. Southern Cal 1-0 898 14
11. Oklahoma St. 1-0 818 12
12. Florida 1-0 763
13. Utah 0-1 717 7
14. Michigan St. 1-0 690 15
15. Miami 1-0 679 16
16. Arkansas 1-0 678 19
17. Pittsburgh 1-0 535 17
18. NC State 1-0 513 13
19. Wisconsin 1-0 476 18
20. Kentucky 1-0 373 20
21. BYU 1-0 266 25
22. Mississippi 1-0 254 21
23. Wake Forest 1-0 246 22
24. Tennessee 1-0 194
25. Houston 1-0 143 24

Others receiving votes: Oregon 131, Penn St. 122, Texas 118, Cincinnati 63, Florida St. 42, UCF 22, Minnesota 22, Fresno St. 22, Kansas St. 18, Auburn 15, Mississippi St. 10, Air Force 8, Oregon St. 5, North Carolina 3, South Carolina 2, UCLA 1, Arizona 1, Purdue 1.

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