AP Top 25: No. 7 Stanford leads 4 Pac-12 teams, Cal jumps in at No. 24

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No. 7 Stanford leads a quartet of Pac-12 teams in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, with Washington checking in at No. 11, Oregon at No. 19 and Cal checking in for the first time this year at No. 24. The top four of the AP poll remains unchanged with Alabama at No. 1, Georgia at No. 2, Clemson at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 4.

Stanford

Whoa, baby. In what was one of the most entertaining games of the day across the country (we see you, Old Dominion-Virginia Tech), Stanford somehow found a way to come back and beat Oregon 38-31 in overtime despite being down 24-7 at halftime, 31-21 with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter and never having the lead in regulation. The Cardinal made the big plays when it mattered most, however, and by the time the game got to OT, Uncle Mo was squarely on the Cardinal’s side. Thanks to the heroics of Joey Alfieri, Sean Barton, KJ Costello, Colby Parkinson and Paulson Adebo, to name a few, the Cardinal stays at No. 7 after securing its first 4-0 start since 2013. No time to pat themselves on the back, though, because the Farm Boys will be in South Bend next weekend to take on No. 8 Notre Dame. If Stanford wins that game, then it’s time to really start considering the Cardinal as an early College Football Playoff contender.

Washington

Welcome to the 10,000-yard club, Jake Browning. The senior from the Sacramento area became the second Husky signal-caller to reach quintuple digits through the air for his collegiate career by throwing for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Dawgs’ 27-20 win over an Arizona State team that has given Washington troubles over the last decade or so. The Huskies did drop a spot from a tie for 10th to 11th, but the Huskies were able to keep pace with the Cardinal and get to 2-0 in the Pac-12 North. Washington rounds out its non-conference schedule with anything but a cupcake when it welcomes No. 20 BYU to Montlake on Saturday.

Oregon

Oh what could have been, Oregon. A review away from going up 30-7 with the PAT pending, the Ducks stumbled down the stretch in their overtime loss to the Cardinal. Justin Herbert looked fantastic (26-33, 346 yards passing), as did wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (14 catches, 239 yards), but the two fumbles – the 80-yard scoop-and-score for Joey Alfieri and Sean Barton’s fumble recovery on a play that could have iced the game for the Ducks – are the plays that will haunt Oregon fans for some time. Despite the loss, Oregon actually moved up one spot to No. 19; after all, Oregon dominated the No. 7 team in the country for 50-plus minutes and a ton of teams in the top 25 suffered much worse losses. Next week won’t be any easier, as Mario Cristobal and Co. now have to trek to Berkeley to take on a 3-0 Cal team coming off a bye week.

California

Welcome to the rankings, Golden Bears. Cal was off this week but as able to jump in at No. 24 as a result of all the top-25 chaos from Saturday with losses by Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M and Boston College (that win over BYU continues to look very good, too). This is the first time Cal has been ranked since the Oct. 18, 2015 poll, when the Golden Bears were slotted 20th. Cal can make a statement with a Saturday win over No. 19.

Colorado (83), Utah (9) and Arizona State (4) also received votes. The Buffs were the first team left out of the top 25 this week, falling 23 voting points short of 25th-ranked Texas Tech.

Here’s the AP Top 25 in full:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. LSU
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Stanford
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Penn State
  10. Auburn
  11. Washington
  12. West Virginia
  13. UCF
  14. Michigan
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Miami (FL)
  17. Kentucky
  18. Texas
  19. Oregon
  20. BYU
  21. Michigan State
  22. Duke
  23. Mississippi State
  24. Cal
  25. Texas Tech
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