AP Top 25: No. 23 Army ranked for 1st time since 1996

(MGN Online)
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Army is ranked for the first time since 1996, moving into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 23 as it begins preparations to face rival Navy on Dec. 8.

The Black Knights (9-2) have been edging toward the Top 25 in recent weeks, and they finally broke through on Sunday. The rankings were mostly unchanged after a weekend with few big games or surprising results.

Led by unanimous No. 1 Alabama, the top six stayed the same as last week. Clemson was No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma.

Washington State moved up a spot to No. 7 and UCF jumped three spots to No. 8, season highs for both schools. LSU tied Central Florida at No. 8 and Ohio State was 10th.

Also debuting in the Top 25 this season is Pittsburgh at No. 24.

RK TEAM REC PTS TREND
1 Alabama(61) 11-0 1525 —
2 Clemson 11-0 1455 —
3 Notre Dame 11-0 1412 —
4 Michigan 10-1 1327 —
5 Georgia 10-1 1288 —
6 Oklahoma 10-1 1182 —
7 Washington State 10-1 1149 1
8 UCF 10-0 1064 3
LSU 9-2 1064 2
10 Ohio State 10-1 1019 1
11 Texas 8-3 856 2
12 West Virginia 8-2 822 5
13 Florida 8-3 707 2
14 Utah State 10-1 667 —
15 Penn State 8-3 659 1
16 Washington 8-3 631 1
17 Kentucky 8-3 508 3
18 Utah 8-3 491 3
19 Syracuse 8-3 427 7
20 Northwestern 7-4 307 4
21 Boise State 9-2 287 2
22 Mississippi State 7-4 260 3
23 Army 9-2 176 NR
24 Pittsburgh 7-4 129 NR
25 Iowa State 6-4 123 7

Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati 19, Boston College 22

Others receiving votes: Fresno State 100, NC State 45, Cincinnati 43, Missouri 34, Texas A&M 29, Auburn 11, Stanford 8, Iowa 8, UAB 5, Houston 3, Wisconsin 2, Troy 1, Buffalo 1