The Crimson Tide were the unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week, and the top seven teams were unchanged for a fifth consecutive poll.
Alabama’s poll-appearance streak passed Florida’s run of 209 under Steve Spurrier from 1990 to 2002. Up next is Florida State‘s streak of 211 during the Bobby Bowden era from 1989 to 2001. The record belongs to Nebraska at 348 from 1981 to 2002.
No. 24 Buffalo is ranked for the first time in school history, breaking into the Top 25 this week without playing a down. The Bulls had their game at Ohio called off on Friday while on their way to Athens because the Bobcats were having COVID-19 issues.
Buffalo is the first MAC team to be ranked this season, giving every FBS league at least one ranked team during this pandemic-altered season.
The Bulls have been an FBS school playing in the MAC since 1999 and had only two non-losing seasons before Lance Leipold took over as coach in 2015. Leipold, who built a Division III powerhouse at Wisconsin-Whitewater, is in the midst of his fourth straight season of .500 or better at Buffalo.
IN AND OUT
While the top seven teams remained in a holding pattern, the back half got a shake-up with Buffalo and the Colorado Buffaloes stampeding into poll.
For Oklahoma State, its third loss of the season knocked the Cowboys out of the rankings for the first time this season.
Marshall fell out all the way from No. 15 after getting shut out by Rice at home Saturday in one of the most surprising upsets of the season.
The Ducks’ and Huskies’ exits left the Pac-12 with two ranked teams: No. 16 USC, which was scheduled to play Sunday night against Washington State in a game delayed because of COVID-19 issues, and No. 21 Colorado.
Under first-year coach Karl Dorrell, the Buffaloes (4-0) are ranked for the first time since a two-week stint in 2018. They started 5-0 that season but ended with a seven-game losing streak and a coaching change.
Big Ten: 5 (Nos. 3, 8, 15, 19, 25)
SEC: 4 (Nos. 1, 5, 6, 12)
ACC: 4 (Nos. 2, 4, 9, 20)
Big 12: 3 (Nos. 10, 13, 23)
American: 2 (Nos. 7, 18)
Pac-12: 2 (Nos. 16, 21)
Sun Belt: 2 (Nos. 11, 17)
MAC: 1 (No. 24)
Independent: 2 (Nos. 14, 22)
RANKED vs. RANKED
• No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 18 Tulsa. A rematch for Dec. 19 in the American Athletic Conference championship game is already assured, with only the site of the game to be determined.
• No. 20 North Carolina at No. 9 Miami. Interesting matchup between the ACC’s third- and fourth-best teams.