Louisiana-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in AP rankings

  • Louisiana-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in AP rankings

Louisiana-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in AP rankings

The UCF football team hasn't played a single down yet this season, but the Knights already find themselves climbing up the latest top 25 rankings.

That meant Alabama moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the coaches poll virtually by default, taking over for Ohio State, which will be sidelined this fall along with the rest of the Big Ten and Pac-12. Clemson received 60 first-place votes in the AP, while LSU received one.

With those teams gone, Alabama moved up to No. 2. Defending champion LSU, with one first-place vote, is No. 6.

The Sun Belt Conference has two teams ranked for the first time since the conference began sponsoring football in 2001, with Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 19 and Appalachian State at No. 23, tied with Kentucky. The polls opted to include those teams in preseason rankings to show where those schools would have been ranked if they played this season.

Missouri received votes in Sunday's poll after receiving none in the preseason poll.

Iowa State went from 23rd to unranked after a loss to Louisiana. The Hurricanes join on the strength of a 31-14 victory Thursday against Conference USA contender UAB. With the Panthers up 42-0 at halftime, the teams agreed to play 10-minute quarters in the second half.