AP Top 25: Utah up to No. 5, Alabama falls to No. 9 after Iron Bowl loss

Alabama fell all the way down to No. 9 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll following its loss to Auburn.

The Crimson Tide, previously No. 5 and still in the mix for a College Football Playoff spot, lost the Iron Bowl in dramatic fashion, 48-45. Alabama’s loss allowed Utah to move into the No. 5 spot with Oklahoma at No. 6.

Utah clinched the Pac-12 South by beating Colorado on Saturday night, putting the Utes at 11-1 heading into the Pac-12 title game against No. 13 Oregon. Oklahoma knocked off rival Oklahoma State and will get another showdown against Baylor — this time with the Big 12 title on the line. Baylor, which crushed Kansas on Saturday, moved up from No. 11 to No. 8 in the rankings. 

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Oklahoma and Baylor, both 11-1, will meet in next weekend’s Big 12 title game. OU beat Baylor earlier in the year.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Florida at No. 7 and Big Ten West champion Wisconsin at No. 10. Auburn moved up five spots to No. 11 with its Iron Bowl victory. 

Also of note: LSU remained at No. 1 ahead of Ohio State. In the latest College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State was the top-ranked team while LSU came in at No. 2. 

Michigan and Minnesota both had substantial falls after losses. The Wolverines went from No. 10 to No. 17 after getting blown out by the Buckeyes yet again. Minnesota dropped from No. 9 to No. 15 following the loss to Wisconsin — a game that decided the Big Ten West.

Auburn defensive lineman Nick Coe (91) celebrates after Alabama missed a field goal that would have tied the game in a 48-45 win over Alabama. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn defensive lineman Nick Coe (91) celebrates after Alabama missed a field goal that would have tied the game in a 48-45 win over Alabama. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Here is the full top 25:

1. LSU

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Georgia

5. Utah

6. Oklahoma

7. Florida

8. Baylor

9. Alabama

10. Wisconsin

11. Auburn

12. Penn State

13. Oregon

14. Notre Dame

15. Minnesota

16. Memphis

17. Michigan

18. Iowa

19. Boise State

20. Appalachian State

21. Cincinnati

22. Virginia

23. Navy

24. USC

25. Air Force

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