Tennessee and North Carolina State cracked the top 10 in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, and Florida State is back in the rankings for the first time in four years. .

Georgia remained No. 1 and received 55 of 63 first-place votes in the Top 25, presented by Regions Bank. No. 2 Alabama (four first-place votes), No. 3 Ohio State (four first-place votes), No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson all retained their spots .

Oklahoma’s upset loss to Kansas State allowed teams to advance, like Southern California to No. 6 and Kentucky to No. 7.

Tennessee climbed three spots to No. 8, its highest ranking since 2006 and its first top-10 appearance in a few weeks to ninth in the first half of 2016. It was the last time the Volunteers started 4- 0. The Vols knocked Florida out of the standings, ending a five-game losing streak in the rivalry.

Oklahoma State remained at nine and North Carolina State jumped two places to No. 10. The Wolfpack has its highest ranking since being 10th in 2002.

Texas and Miami both dropped out of the standings after being beaten by unseeded teams to fall to 2-2. The Longhorns blew a 14-point second-half lead and lost in overtime to Texas Tech. while Miami, which started the season at No. 16, was knocked down by four-touchdown underdog Middle Tennessee State.

As the Hurricanes and Gators slip away, No. 23 Florida State (4-0) takes hold. The Seminoles are off to their best start since 2015 and in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the start of the 2018 No. 19 season, snapping a streak of 69 straight unranked polls.

SURVEY POINTS

Florida State’s polling drought has been remarkable considering how the Seminoles have been a fixture in the Top 25 since the late 1970s.

Florida State’s streak of 211 consecutive weeks ranked from 1989 to 2001 is the third longest streak in poll history and its streak of 42 consecutive seasons appearing in at least one poll from 1977 to 2018 is fourth in all the time.

Prior to the current drought, Florida State had not gone consecutive seasons without being ranked for at least one poll since 1973-77, which was the late Bobby Bowden’s first season as coach.

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Two other teams make their Top 25 debut this week:

– Minnesota’s No. 21 enters the standings after crushing Michigan State on the road. The Gophers are ranked for the first time since a short stint in 2020.

– No. 25 Kansas State upset a top-10 ranked Oklahoma team for the third time in the last four seasons. The Wildcats have been ranked briefly in each of the past three seasons, but never more than three weeks.

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC — 7 (#1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 17, 20).

ACC — 5 (#5, 10, 22, 23, 24).

Big 12 — 4 (#9, 16, 18, 25).

Big Ten – 4 (#2, 4, 11, 21).

Pac-12 — 4 (#6, 12, 13, 15)

Independent – 1 (No. 19).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 10 North Carolina State at No. 5 Clemson. The 87th meeting will be the first match for the top 10 teams.

No. 7 Kentucky at No. 14 Mississippi. The Wildcats and Rebels have played 44 times since 1944 and were ranked only once in 1958.

No. 2 Alabama at No. 20 Arkansas. The tide is 6-0 when both teams are seeded.

No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 16 Baylor. The Cowboys and Bears played twice as ranked teams last season.

No. 22 Wake Forest at No. 23 Florida State. The only ranked encounter in 39 games was 2008, a victory for Wake.

The full poll (the first votes in parentheses):

1. Georgia (55) 4-0

2. Alabama (4) 4-0

3. Ohio State (4) 4-0

4. Michigan 4-0

5.Clemson 4-0

6.USC 4-0

7. Kentucky 4-0

8.Tennessee 4-0

9. Oklahoma State 3-0

10. NC 4-0 status

11. Penn State 4-0

12. Utah 3-1

13. Oregon 3-1

14. Ole Miss 4-0

15.Washington 4-0

16. Baylor 3-1

17. Texas A&M 3-1

18. Oklahoma 3-11

9.BYU 2-1

20. Arkansas 3-1

21. Minnesota 4-0

22. Wake Forest 3-1

23. Florida State 4-0

24. Pittsburgh 3-1

25. Kansas State 3-1

Others receiving votes: Kansas 125, Cincinnati 60, Florida 56, Washington State 31, Syracuse 22, Oregon State 16, Texas Tech 11, North Carolina 9, LSU 7, UCLA 3, Tulane 3, TCU 1

— Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press College Football writer