Arkansas Has Second-Biggest Drop in History of AP Football Poll

Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The University of Arkansas dropped out of the Associated Press college football poll following the Razorbacks’ overtime loss to unranked Louisiana-Monroe.

The team’s fall from the No. 8 spot to outside the top 25-ranked U.S. college football teams marks the second-biggest drop in the poll’s history. The University of Michigan dropped from the No. 5 spot to out of the poll following the Wolverines’ opening-week loss to Appalachian State in 2007.

Alabama remains No. 1 followed by the University of Southern California, Louisiana State University and Oregon. Florida State and Oklahoma are tied for fifth. Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State complete the top 10.

Arkansas, which lost 34-31 to Louisiana-Monroe after losing quarterback Tyler Wilson to an injury, was one of four schools to drop out of the weekly ranking along with Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State.

UCLA, at No. 22, and No. 23 Tennessee return to the poll for the first time in four years, according to the AP. No. 24 Arizona is ranked for the first time since November 2010 and No. 25 Brigham Young University returned to the poll for the first time since the final 2009 poll, the AP said.

The Associated Press has run a football poll annually since 1936.

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