NEW YORK — Alabama remains No. 1 in The Associated Press poll this week and the first 14 teams in the rankings held their positions from last week.
The Crimson Tide did lose some support from the media panel, dropping from 59 first-place votes last week to 56.
No. 2 Oregon, which didn’t play, received the remaining four first-place votes.
Washington moved up one spot to No. 16. Other ranked Pac-12 schools were No. 5 Stanford and No. 13 UCLA. Arizona State dropped out.
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No. 25 Fresno State was the only team to enter the rankings.
• Sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Battle will miss No. 3 Clemson’s next game against Wake Forest after he was ejected for punching North Carolina State defensive back Jarvis Byrd.
• Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury in his left leg and quarterback David Ash is being evaluated for symptoms of a head injury.
• Rutgers running back Paul James, averaging 143.3 yards per game, will be sidelined for two games with a lower leg injury.
• Ben Flick, a freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati, was killed and two freshman receivers were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Oxford, Ohio.