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LSU, North Carolina enter AP top 25, Alabama remains ahead

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight talks with head coach Jim Harbaugh during a timeout in the second quarter of UM's 51-14 win over Central Florida University, Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. (Photo by Lon Horwedel/ICON Sportswire)
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The Associated Pres released their top 25 poll for Week 8, which despite a few major shifts, still has everyone in the shadow of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Crimson Tide scored four touchdowns in the second half to dispatch the No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers, 49-10. Alabama is now 7-0 with Texas A&M coming up next week. The Volunteers fell to N0. 18 with their second loss of the season.

Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson and Washington round out the top five with no changes from last week outside of Michigan leaping over Clemson for the No. 3 spot. This is the third consecutive week in which those five teams sat atop the rankings.

LSU made it into the poll after a 45-10 win over Southern Mississippi. The Tigers are now 2-0 since firing Les Miles and sit at No. 25, with over 40 points separating them from No. 24 Navy.

Undefeated West Virginia shot up from No. 20 to No. 12 after a 48-17 win over Texas Tech. Despite Red Raiders’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing for 305 yards, the Mountaineers held the high-powered offense down and got a big win.

Another notable point from the latest poll is the resilience of Ole Miss, who despite being 3-3 still remain at No. 23 after falling from No. 12. The Rebels were even at the half with Arkansas, but ended up taking a 34-30 loss.

North Carolina was the only other new face in the poll this week with Miami and Virginia Tech dropping out for the week. North Carolina beat Miami 20-13 on Saturday while the Hokies fell short against Syracuse for their second loss of the year.

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