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Notre Dame stays at No. 7 in the new AP Top 25, with Big Ten teams eligible to return to the poll next week

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A week before Big Ten teams become eligible again for The Associated Press college football poll, No. 25 Marshall is ranked for the first time since 2014 and Miami jumped to No. 12 after a conference road victory.

Clemson remained a nearly unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday after another light week in college football. The Tigers received 59 of 61 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The rest of the top 10 was basically unchanged. No. 2 Alabama received one first-place vote. Oklahoma was No. 3, followed by Georgia, Florida and LSU at No. 6. The defending champion Tigers also received a first-place vote.

Notre Dame is seventh, Auburn and Texas are now tied for eighth and Texas A&M is No. 10.

A season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic cranks up next week. The Southeastern Conference, which has eight ranked teams, kicks off. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 have full slates of games. At least for now.

The Big Ten set a fall schedule Saturday, but it won’t kick off until the weekend of Oct. 24. Voters will be allowed to include Big Ten teams on their ballots starting next week. Seven Big Ten teams were ranked in the preseason Top 25, including Ohio State at No. 2.

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is the Sports Director for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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