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Michigan State, Arizona make big moves in AP poll

Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Michigan State has moved into The Associated Press college football poll after its thrilling victory against Notre Dame, while No. 14 Arizona received its best regular-season ranking in 12 years after the Wildcats knocked off Iowa.

There was no movement at the top of the rankings. The top five of Alabama, Ohio State, Boise State, TCU and Oregon was unchanged from last week.

The 25th-ranked Spartans (3-0) used a faked field goal in overtime to beat the Fighting Irish 34-31 and move into the rankings for the first time since 2008.

On Sunday, Michigan State announced that coach Mark Dantonio had symptoms consistent with a heart attack after the game. He was hospitalized Sunday and expected to make a full recovery.

The AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 18, 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 (53) 3-0 1,492 1

2. Ohio St. (5) 3-0 1,435 2

3. Boise St. (1) 2-0 1,333 3

4. TCU 3-0 1,280 4

5. Oregon 3-0 1,238 5

6. Nebraska 3-0 1,175 8

7. Texas (1) 3-0 1,164 6

8. Oklahoma 3-0 1,114 7

9. Florida 3-0 1,044 10

10. Arkansas 2-0 903 12

11. Wisconsin 3-0 803 11

12. South Carolina 3-0 739 13

13. Utah 3-0 703 14

14. Arizona 3-0 663 24

15. LSU 3-0 654 15

16. Stanford 3-0 606 19

17. Auburn 3-0 600 16

18. Iowa 2-1 482 9

19. Miami 1-1 472 17

20. Southern Cal 3-0 414 18

21. Michigan 3-0 291 20

22. West Virginia 3-0 258 21

23. Penn St. 2-1 198 22

24. Oregon St. 1-1 75 25

25. Michigan St. 3-0 45 –

Others receiving votes: Air Force 44, Nevada 41, Florida St. 40, Pittsburgh 40, Fresno St. 35, Missouri 30, Oklahoma St. 22, Clemson 14, Georgia Tech 14, N.C. State 14, James Madison 8, Kansas St. 4, Arizona St. 3, California 3, Northwestern 3, Houston 1, Notre Dame 1, Temple 1, Texas A&M 1.


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