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Notre Dame moves up to No. 8 in latest AP college football Top 25 poll

Clemson and Alabama hold onto the top two spots in this week’s poll.

Notre Dame linebacker Bo Bauer reacts during Monday’s victory over Louisville. The Fighting Irish moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week’s AP college football poll.
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Notre Dame’s victory over Louisville followed a weekend pattern. The AP Top 25 went 23-0 against unranked teams to open the season, leaving the rankings mostly unchanged with No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama at the top of the first regular-season AP college football poll of 2019.

The Fighting Irish moved up a spot to No. 8.

The Tigers received 54 first-place votes out of 62 in the media poll, up two from the preseason. The Crimson Tide received the remaining eight in the poll presented by Regions Bank.

The only Top 25 team to lose was Oregon, which slipped to 16 after dropping a thriller to Auburn. The Tigers moved up to 10th.

The last time the Top 25 teams went undefeated against unranked foes in a full, regular-season weekend was October 2017 (15-0 the week of Oct. 15). The last time only one ranked team lost in a full weekend of games was Sept. 21, 2013.

The top seven teams in the preseason rankings held their spots Tuesday. Clemson and Alabama were followed by No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Michigan. Texas was ninth and Florida slipped three spots to No. 11.

AP Top 25

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Georgia

4. Oklahoma

5. Ohio St.

6. LSU

7. Michigan

8. Notre Dame

9. Texas

10. Auburn

11. Florida

12. Texas A&M

13. Utah

14. Washington

15. Penn St.

16. Oregon

17. Wisconsin

18. UCF

19. Michigan St.

20. Iowa

21. Syracuse

22. Washington St.

23. Stanford

24. Boise St.

(tie) 25. Nebraska

(tie) 25. Iowa St.

Others receiving votes: Virginia 73, TCU 61, Mississippi St. 50, Cincinnati 48, Army 31, Miami 10, Oklahoma St. 8, Memphis 6, Arizona St. 4, Appalachian St. 4, Minnesota 2, Southern Cal 1, Boston College 1, North Carolina 1.