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Ohio State 8th in poll; WVU climbs into top 10

The Associated Press

No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits.
Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained unchanged, and No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma each moved up a spot. The Mountaineers surged from No. 12 after beating Texas on a go-ahead 2-point conversion in final minute.
Ten ranked teams lost this weekend, four in games against other ranked teams. Over the last two weeks, 21 ranked teams have lost, the most over a two-week span since the AP poll expanded to 25 in 1989.
Iowa State was ranked for the first time this season, one of five teams to move into the ranking this week.
POLL POINTS
There are seven teams in the ranking after Week 10 of the regular season that already have lost three times. If that seems like a lot, it is. Last season after Week 10, there were three teams in the Top 25 that had lost three games. In the previous five years, from 2012-16, there were a total of five teams ranked in the Week 10 AP poll that already had lost three times.
What’s going on?
A few logistical changes to the college football season are at least in part to blame for the increase. The Big Ten went to a nine-game conference schedule, joining the Big 12 and Pac-12, in 2016, meaning more opportunities for those teams to pick each other off.
Also, the Big 12 restarted its conference championship game last year after six-year hiatus. That condensed the conference’s regular season, which from 2011-16 ran through the first weekend of December.
Still, the only scheduling change throughout the Football Bowl Subdivision this season is in the Sun Belt, which became the final conference to add a championship game.
In conclusion: There are more opportunities for teams to lose, so the new normal is likely somewhere between this season’s seven ranked three-loss teams by Week 10 to last season’s three.

AP football poll
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (60) 9-0 1,500 1
2. Clemson 9-0 1,435 2
3. Notre Dame 9-0 1,381 3
4. Michigan 8-1 1,304 5
5. Georgia 8-1 1,263 6
6. Oklahoma 8-1 1,181 7
7. West Virginia 7-1 1,065 12
8. Ohio St. 8-1 1,025 8
9. LSU 7-2 1,020 4
10. Washington St. 8-1 1,010 10
11. UCF 8-0 1,001 9
12. Kentucky 7-2 780 11
13. Syracuse 7-2 624 22
14. Utah St. 8-1 586 18
15. Texas 6-3 559 15
16. Fresno St. 8-1 506 20
17. Boston College 7-2 490 24
18. Mississippi St. 6-3 486 21
19. Florida 6-3 400 13
20. Washington 7-3 342 –
21. Penn St. 6-3 278 14
22. NC State 6-2 264 –
23. Iowa St. 5-3 230 –
24. Michigan St. 6-3 215 –
25. Cincinnati 8-1 141 –
Others receiving votes: Utah 110, Auburn 93, Wisconsin 37, Army 32, UAB 31, Northwestern 28, Iowa 17, Boise St. 15, Purdue 14, Buffalo 11, Oregon 9, San Diego St. 5, Duke 4, Texas A&M 3, Houston 3, Texas Tech 2.

Coaches’ poll
The Amway Top 25 football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 3, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (63) 9-0 1599 1
2. Clemson (1) 9-0 1537 2
3. Notre Dame 9-0 1464 3
4. Michigan 8-1 1390 5
5. Georgia 8-1 1347 5
6. Oklahoma 8-1 1272 7
7. Ohio State 8-1 1109 8
8. West Virginia 7-1 1108 10
9. Washington State 8-1 1076 11
10. Louisiana State 7-2 1063 4
11. Central Florida 8-0 1054 9
12. Kentucky 7-2 761 12
13. Syracuse 7-2 625 24
14. Boston College 7-2 580 25
15. Mississippi State 6-3 567 21
16. Utah State 8-1 565 20
17. Fresno State 8-1 490 23
18. Washington 7-3 463 19
19. Texas 6-3 433 15
20. Penn State 6-3 375 13
21. Florida 6-3 340 14
22. NC State 6-2 327 NR
23. Cincinnati 8-1 207 NR
24. Utah 6-3 184 16
25. Iowa State 5-3 151 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 144; Auburn 106; Iowa 87; Wisconsin 64; UAB 64; Oregon 51; Houston 41; Army 34; Buffalo 22; Texas A&M 16; San Diego State 15; Purdue 13; Boise State 12; Duke 11; Pittsburgh 10; South Florida 10; South Carolina 7; Missouri 2; Appalachian State 2; Northwestern 1; North Texas 1.