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Virginia drops to No. 23 in AP Poll after ND loss

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Cavaliers one of three teams from the ACC ranked after Week 5.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Virginia at Notre Dame Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There’s a new No. 1 team in college football as the Alabama Crimson Tide took over the top spot in the AP Poll. Clemson fell to No. 2 after struggling on the road at North Carolina and only escaping with a win after Coach Mack decided to gamble with a two-point conversion instead of tying the game.

Virginia dropped from No. 18 to No. 23 after its 35-20 loss on the road to No. 10 (now No. 9) Notre Dame. The 5-0 Wake Forest Demon Deacons joined the rankings for the first time this season at No. 22, giving the ACC three ranked teams.

Other movement at the top includes Ohio State jumping LSU to get into the No. 4 spot, and Notre Dame switching places with Florida.

Arizona State, Oklahoma State, and SMU all joined Wake as newcomers to the poll this week. To make space for that quartet, a pair of Pac-12 teams — Cal and USC — fell out of the rankings, along with Kansas State and Michigan State.

Here are the full rankings:

AP Poll - Week 6

Rank Team Previous Rank
Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Alabama 2
2 Clemson 1
3 Georgia 3
4 Ohio State 5
5 LSU 4
6 Oklahoma 6
7 Auburn 7
8 Wisconsin 8
9 Notre Dame 10
10 Florida 9
11 Texas 11
12 Penn State 12
13 Oregon 13
14 Iowa 14
15 Washington 17
16 Boise State 16
17 Utah 19
18 UCF 22
19 Michigan 20
20 Arizona State NR
21 Oklahoma State NR
22 Wake Forest NR
23 Virginia 18
24 SMU NR
25 Texas A&M 23
Also Receiving Votes: Michigan State 147, California 141, Memphis 71, Appalachian State 50, Army 44, Missouri 26, Baylor 19, Colorado 19, Minnesota 15, USC 7, Tulane 1, Kansas State 1