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Sooner Surge: Oklahoma up to No. 2 behind Alabama in AP poll

Oklahoma moves to No. 2 in AP poll 

(AP) -- Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind Alabama after the Sooners scored the most impressive victory of week two.

The Crimson Tide received 59 first-place votes. Oklahoma has two and Clemson one.

Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday, creating an early shake-up near the top of the AP Top 25. The Sooners jumped three spots after winning 31-16 at Ohio State. The last time the Sooners were this close to being No. 1 was 2011.

The Buckeyes slipped from No. 2 to eighth. They have their lowest ranking November of the 2014 season. Ohio State hopes this season takes a similar path.

In 2014, the Buckeyes lost at home to Virginia Tech and fell from No. 8 to No. 22 in the rankings. The Buckeyes did not lose again and won the national championship in Urban Meyer's third season as coach in Columbus.

The Buckeyes did extend their streak of 41 polls ranked in the top 10, which dates back to the Nov. 9, 2014.

Clemson held its spot at No. 3 after beating Auburn and Southern California moved up two places to sixth following a victory against Stanford. Penn State is No. 5.

Notre Dame's stay in the Top 25 lasted one week. The Fighting Irish lost 20-19 at home to Georgia, which moved up two spots to No. 13. The Irish were the only team to fall out of the rankings.

UCLA followed up its remarkable comeback victory in week one against Texas A&M with a more routine blowout of Hawaii and landed at No. 25 in the latest rankings. The Bruins moved into the rankings for the first time since starting 2016 at No. 16.

The Bruins stumbled to a four-win season last year, but quarterback Josh Rosen and the offense seem to be blossoming under new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

Record Pts

1. Alabama (58) 2-0 1,522

2. Oklahoma (2) 2-0 1,447

3. Clemson (1) 2-0 1,380

4. Southern Cal 2-0 1,324

5. Penn St. 2-0 1,299

6. Washington 2-0 1,124

7. Michigan 2-0 1,107

8. Ohio St. 1-1 1,003

9. Oklahoma St. 2-0 1,002

10. Wisconsin 2-0 993

11. Florida St. 0-1 944

12. LSU 2-0 935

13. Georgia 2-0 882

14. Louisville 2-0 658

15. Auburn 1-1 591

16. Virginia Tech 2-0 559

17. Miami 1-0 542

18. Kansas St. 2-0 475

19. Stanford 1-1 364

20. TCU 2-0 352

21. Washington St. 2-0 233

22. S. Florida 2-0 188

23. Tennessee 2-0 159

24. Florida 0-1 146

25. UCLA 2-0 119

Others receiving votes: Utah 101, South Carolina 72, Colorado 66, West Virginia 63, Oregon 61, Maryland 42, Notre Dame 31, San Diego St. 16, Houston 10, Mississippi St. 3, Boise St. 3, Texas Tech 2, Iowa 2, California 2, Vanderbilt 2, Michigan St. 1.

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