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Utah and Utah State vault into top 20 in both polls; Aggies ranked for first time since 2012

Both Utah State and Utah are ranked in the top 20 in this week's Associated Press and Coaches polls.
Both Utah State and Utah are ranked in the top 20 in this week's Associated Press and Coaches polls.
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For the first time since 2012, Utah State is in the top 25. It's also a good week to be a Ute.

The Aggies (7-1, 4-0 MWC) jumped into the top 20 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls, to No. 18 in the AP and No. 20 in the Coaches polls released Sunday. It's their first time being ranked since finishing the 2012 season No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the Coaches Poll. That Utah State team went 11-2.

Utah (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12), meanwhile, leaped to No. 16 in both polls, a jump of seven spots in the AP and eight in the Coaches after soundly defeating UCLA 41-10 at the Rose Bowl. The seven teams immediately in front of the Utes in last week’s Coaches Poll all lost, as well as six of the seven in front of them in the AP poll.

The Aggies drubbed New Mexico 61-19 on Saturday for Utah State’s seventh straight win, while Utah’s blowout win over the Bruins was its fourth straight victory, all in Pac-12 play.

Utah is joined by fellow Pac-12 teams Washington State (No. 10 AP, No. 11 Coaches) and Washington (No. 19 Coaches) in the polls. The Huskies, who lost to unranked Cal 12-10, dropped from No. 15 to all the way out of the AP top 25.

Fellow Mountain West member Fresno State joined Utah State by jumping into this week's polls at No. 20 in the AP and No. 23 in the Coaches.

Both polls saw seven new teams join the ranks this week. That's the biggest single-week change in the AP top 25 era (1989-present).

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2018 season will be released Tuesday.

Associated Press Top 25 poll

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 27, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (60) 8-0 1,500 1

2. Clemson 8-0 1,433 2

3. Notre Dame 8-0 1,374 3

4. LSU 7-1 1,317 4

5. Michigan 7-1 1,240 5

6. Georgia 7-1 1,202 7

7. Oklahoma 7-1 1,132 8

8. Ohio St. 7-1 1,022 11

9. UCF 7-0 1,014 10

10. Washington St. 7-1 938 14

11. Kentucky 7-1 905 12

12. West Virginia 6-1 891 13

13. Florida 6-2 734 9

14. Penn St. 6-2 733 17

15. Texas 6-2 719 6

16. Utah 6-2 593 23

17. Houston 7-1 403 NR

18. Utah St. 7-1 340 NR

19. Iowa 6-2 323 18

20. Fresno St. 7-1 261 NR

21. Mississippi St. 5-3 204 NR

22. Syracuse 6-2 192 NR

23. Virginia 6-2 175 NR

24. Boston College 6-2 169 NR

25. Texas A&M 5-3 132 16

Others receiving votes: Washington 120, Northwestern 86, Georgia Southern 62, Michigan St. 51, Cincinnati 45, Iowa St. 42, South Florida 29, Stanford 26, Oklahoma St. 24, UAB 17, Oregon 13, Wisconsin 12, Auburn 7, San Diego St. 6, Army 6, NC State 5, California 2, Buffalo 1.

Coaches Top 25 poll

The Amway Top 25 football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 27, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Alabama (62) 8-0 1,598 1

2. Clemson (2) 8-0 1,537 2

3. Notre Dame 8-0 1,458 3

4. LSU 7-1 1,403 4

5. Michigan 7-1 1,295 5

5. Georgia 7-1 1,295 6

7. Oklahoma 7-1 1,190 8

8. Ohio State 7-1 1,096 9

9. Central Florida 7-0 1,082 10

10. West Virginia 6-1 992 12

11. Washington State 7-1 962 15

12. Kentucky 7-1 932 14

13. Penn State 6-2 791 16

14. Florida 6-2 743 11

15. Texas 6-2 721 7

16. Utah 6-2 620 24

17. Houston 7-1 380 NR

18. Iowa 6-2 356 18

19. Washington 6-3 285 13

20. Utah State 7-1 281 NR

21. Mississippi State 5-3 226 NR

22. Virginia 6-2 207 NR

23. Fresno State 7-1 191 NR

24. Syracuse 6-2 183 NR

25. Boston College 6-2 171 NR

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 167; Cincinnati 116; South Florida 87; Michigan State 48; Wisconsin 41; North Carolina State 40; Northwestern 40; Miami (Fla.) 38; Georgia Southern 32; Oklahoma State 31; Alabama at Birmingham 24; Auburn 21; Stanford 21; Oregon 20; San Diego State 16; Buffalo 14; Army 13; South Carolina 11; Florida International 6; Iowa State 6; Virginia Tech 5; Duke 3; Pittsburgh 3; Boise State 2.