AP top 25 football: Alabama jumps Oklahoma to No. 3; Penn State falls to 20th

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young runs the ball against Tennessee.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young runs the ball during the second half against Tennessee on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
(Vasha Hunt / Associated Press)

Alabama inched up to No. 3 in the Associated Press college football Sunday behind top-ranked Georgia and No. 2 Cincinnati.

The Bulldogs (63 first-place votes) are a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest AP top 25 presented by Regions Bank, and the Bearcats remain second.

The Crimson Tide jumped up a spot past Oklahoma after blowing out Tennessee. The now fourth-ranked Sooners were shut out in the first half against Kansas before scoring 35 in the second half and pulling away late.


No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Michigan both held their spots.

Oregon moved up three spots to No. 7. No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa and No. 10 Mississippi round out the top 10.

In a week with no games matching ranked teams, five ranked teams lost, including two in the top 10. Penn State dropped 13 spots to No. 20 after losing in a record nine overtime periods to Illinois. Oklahoma State fell from No. 8 to 15th after losing at Iowa State.

USC is still making bone-headed mistakes and lacks accountability, the run game showed promise and more takeaways from the team’s loss to Notre Dame.

Oct. 24, 2021

1. Georgia
2. Cincinnati
3. Alabama
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan
7. Oregon
8. Michigan State
9. Iowa
10. Mississippi
11. Notre Dame
12. Kentucky
13. Wake Forest
14. Texas A&M
15. Oklahoma State
16. Baylor
17. Pittsburgh
18. Auburn
19. Southern Methodist
20. Penn State
21. San Diego State
22. Iowa State
23. Texas, San Antonio
24. Coastal Carolina
25. Brigham Young

Others receiving votes:

Arkansas 36, Louisiana-Lafayette 32, North Carolina State 28, Houston 12, Virginia 9, Oregon State 7, Arizona State 7, Texas 6, Appalachian State 5, Florida 3, Minnesota 1, UCLA 1.