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Big Ten, Pac-12 return to unusual poll

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No. 6 Ohio State, No. 10 Penn State and No. 14 Oregon returned to The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, weeks before they start playing, creating a Top 25 as unusual as this season.

At the top of the rankings this week, Clemson remained No. 1 with 55 first-place votes, followed by Alabama at No. 2 with three first-place votes.

The rest of the rankings was rattled by the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and Mid-American conferences reversing course and deciding to play fall football after initially postponing because of COVID-19 concerns.


Costello throws for 623, MSU upsets LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) New Mississippi State coach Mike Leach put his "Air Raid" offense in the hands of a transfer quarterback who showed up over the summer and the results were like nothing defending national champion LSU or the Southeastern Conference has ever seen.

K.J. Costello passed for an SEC record 623 yards and five touchdowns and the Bulldogs knocked off sixth-ranked LSU 44-34 on Saturday.


Kansas State stuns No. 3 Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) A Kansas State squad that lost its opener to Arkansas State two weeks ago, had its roster depleted by COVID-19, and entered Saturday's game against No. 3 Oklahoma as a four-touchdown underdog overcame it all to pull off one of the biggest stunners of the season.

Skylar Thompson passed for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns, and the Wildcats rallied from 21 points down to beat the third-ranked Sooners 38-35, a 50-yard field goal by Blake Lynch with 4:32 remaining providing the margin of victory.


Texas scores 2 late TDs, tops TTU in OT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas was trailing Texas Tech by 15 points with just more than 3 minutes to play when Sam Ehlinger walked over to his coach and delivered a message.

The No. 8 Longhorns weren't out of it, the senior quarterback said. Far from it. Texas would leave the field a winner.


Jones leads No. 2 Alabama over Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.

Then again, he'd never had one like this.


No. 12 Miami starts fast, rips FSU 52-10

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Miami avoided a lightning delay, amped up the offense and overwhelmed its in-state rival.

D'Eriq King threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and the No. 12 Hurricanes beat Florida State 52-10 on Saturday night.


Trask throws 6 TDs, No. 5 Florida rolls

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Kyle Pitts gives Florida an almost unfair advantage.

The star tight end caught four of Kyle Trask's six touchdown passes and No. 5 Florida spoiled the head coaching debut of Mississippi's Lane Kiffin with a 51-35 victory Saturday.


Bennett leads No. 4 Georgia by Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Stetson Bennett transferred away from Georgia after a freshman year spent far down the depth chart. Back then, in early 2018, he didn't think he'd ever get a chance to lead his home-state Bulldogs to a win.

Things change.


No. 10 A&M survives mistakes, tops Vandy

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher admitted that he'd be mad all week after the way his 10th-ranked team played against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

But the veteran coach was able to look on the bright side of his situation after the game.


No. 8 Auburn pulls away from Kentucky

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The first half ended with both teams feeling as if they were robbed of touchdowns.

The second half was about Bo Nix, Seth Williams and Auburn's passing game.

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