AP Top 25: Defending champion Clemson makes move to No. 2

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AP Top 25 college football poll: Should Clemson be ranked ahead of Alabama at No. 1?

Penn State slipped ahead of Southern California for the No. 4 spot after the Nittany Lions dispatched Georgia State while the Trojans won a double-OT thriller against Texas. I moved Penn State in front of USC this week in third and Clemson, Washington and Wisconsin in the fifth through seventh spots for the time being. Clemson has a strong case for No. 1, as it has been one of the nation's most complete teams, and the win over Louisville puts it in the driver's seat in the ACC race.

Clemson has been ranked no lower than sixth in the AP poll since October 4, 2015, and has been ranked in the top five for 28 straight polls, the longest such active streak in the country. The Sooners stayed at No. 3 in the Coaches Poll.

LSU fell all the way from 12th to 25th after getting smoked by Mississippi State, 37-7, on Saturday evening.

OU, which had two first-place votes last week, is still receiving a No. 1 nod from The Wichita Eagle's Kellis Robinett. Mountain West Conference member San Diego State knocked Stanford out of the rankings with a 20-17 victory over the Cardinal. Also falling out were Kansas State (No. 18), Tennessee (No. 23) and UCLA (No. 25).

Florida State earned the highest rank of the four, coming in at number 12, down one spot from a week ago. Miami (1-0), which is in the same predicament, jumped three spots to No. 14.

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