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Latest AP Poll yields static top five, surprises throughout

03 SEP 2016: Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban during the NCAA Advocare Classic between the USC Trojans and Alabama Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
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Due to postponed games on account of Hurricane Matthew’s path along the east coast of the country, the latest AP Poll arrives one day late. The poll shows no movement at the top with the Week 6 top five remaining intact in the same order once again.

However, despite a double-overtime loss to Texas A&M, Tennessee stayed at No. 9 in the AP Poll. The biggest mover within the most recent poll was Florida State, who moved up nine spots to No. 14 after their defeat of then-No. 10 Miami. Miami fell six spots to No. 16 on account of the loss.

Now at No. 24 sits Western Michigan, who is making their first appearance in the top 25 rankings in program history. They improved to 6-0 on the season with their 45-30 victory over Northern Illinois. Playing in a relatively weak Mid-American Conference, the Broncos have a realistic chance of holding their undefeated record through the end of the season. Their season-finale against Toledo on November 25th is perhaps the only remaining challenge on their schedule.

Navy snuck into the final spot in the rankings after pulling off a stunning 46-40 victory over Houston on Saturday. The loss sent the Cougars tumbling down the rankings from No. 6 to No. 13.

Relevant to the delay of the release of the AP Poll, Georgia received 59 votes, the most among teams outside of the top 25. Georgia played on the road against South Carolina on Sunday after their Saturday game was postponed due to the forecasted path of Hurricane Matthew. The Bulldogs won by a score of 28-14.

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