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Fighting Irish fall out of Top 25

Published September 29, 2013 11:22 pm

College football • Arizona State rises after topping USC.
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Notre Dame has dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll after losing its second game of the season, and Arizona State moved in after the Sun Devils' win prompted Southern California to fire coach Lane Kiffin.

Alabama remained No. 1 as the top five held their spots for the third consecutive week. All five won Saturday, with only Ohio State getting challenged. The Buckeyes, in their first test of the season, beat Wisconsin 31-24 in Columbus. The Badgers dropped out of the rankings. Urban Meyer's Buckeyes bring their 17-game winning streak to No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes, and No. 2 Oregon got the rest from the media panel, one more than last week. Clemson is third, followed by Ohio State and Stanford. Georgia moved up to No. 6 after its 44-41 victory against LSU, which slipped four spots to 10th.

Notre Dame (3-2), coming off a loss in the BCS championship game, began the season No. 14 but is now out of the Top 25 after losing 35-21 at home to Oklahoma, which moved up three spots to 11th. The Fighting Irish (3-2) look a long way from last year's team that was so stingy on defense and balanced offensively. The offense misses quarterback Everett Golson, who is sitting out this season after an academic suspension, and the defense has regressed. The Fighting Irish next play No. 22 Arizona State. The Sun Devils (3-1) beat USC 62-41 on Saturday night.

No. 25 Maryland (4-0) is ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2010 season. —

AP Top 25 poll

Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 1

2. Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 2

3. Clemson 4-0 1,354 3

4. Ohio St. 5-0 1,305 4

5. Stanford 4-0 1,280 5

6. Georgia 3-1 1,171 9

7. Louisville 4-0 1,091 7

8. Florida St. 4-0 1,069 8

9. Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10

10. LSU 4-1 979 6

11. Oklahoma 4-0 838 14

12. UCLA 3-0 834 13

13. South Carolina 3-1 812 12

14. Miami 4-0 753 15

15. Washington 4-0 665 16

16. Northwestern 4-0 550 17

17. Baylor 3-0 536 19

18. Florida 3-1 481 20

19. Michigan 4-0 471 18

20. Texas Tech 4-0 264 24

21. Oklahoma St. 3-1 230 11

22. Arizona St. 3-1 192 NR

23. Fresno St. 4-0 187 25

24. Mississippi 3-1 132 21

25. Maryland 4-0 119 NR

Others receiving votes • N. Illinois 104, Virginia Tech 49, Wisconsin 46, Nebraska 20, Missouri 14, Notre Dame 12, UCF 6, Michigan St. 5, Rutgers 2.