Record changes in AP Top 25 after 11 ranked teams lose
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Record changes in AP Top 25 after 11 ranked teams lose

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    Virginia wide receivers Joe Reed (2), Hasise Dubois (8) and Tavares Kelly (27) celebrate with fans after Virginia’s win in an NCAA football game against North Carolina on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia beat North Carolina, 31-21.

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No. 22 Syracuse and No. 23 Virginia broke long runs of being unranked and were among a record seven teams to move into The Associated Press college football poll after a season-high 11 ranked teams lost this weekend.

The top of the rankings was mostly unchanged. No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Michigan were idle and unchanged. No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame won easily.

The College Football Playoff selection committee releases its first ranking of the season on Tuesday.

The back end of the AP Top 25 was overhauled after nine of the 11 teams ranked Nos. 15-25 lost. Seven teams going from unranked to ranked is the most since the AP poll expanded to 25 in 1989. Eleven ranked teams overall losing is the most since the weekend of Nov. 26, 2016. And eight ranked teams losing to unranked teams is also a record for the Top 25 era.

Syracuse is ranked for the first time since 2001 and Virginia is in for the first time since 2011.

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