Michigan State is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll released Sunday, the program’s highest AP ranking since it finished the 1966 season at No. 2. Ohio State remains No. 1, meaning this is the first time the Big Ten has had the top two teams since No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan played at the end of the 2006 regular season.
The Buckeyes received 40 first-place votes after a lackluster victory against Northern Illinois. The 3-0 Spartans, coming off a 35-21 home win over Air Force on Saturday, got seven first-place votes after receiving two last week.
Mississippi, fresh off Saturday’s upset win at then-No. 2 Alabama, got 11 first-place votes and moved up from No. 15 to No. 4. TCU stayed at No. 3, tied with Mississippi, which got 11 first-place votes and made a big jump from 15th to third after winning at Alabama. The Tide dropped 10 spots to No. 12.
Baylor is No. 5. Notre Dame is sixth, followed by LSU, Georgia, UCLA and Florida State. LSU’s Tigers receives one first-place vote.
• Michigan State cornerback Vayante Copeland will miss the rest of the season because of a fractured vertebra. Copeland, a redshirt freshman, did not play in Michigan State’s victory over Air Force on Saturday. He started the first two games of the season.
Rebels on a roll
Mississippi is on the rise again after knocking off Alabama in a game full of turnovers and lucky bounces.
The Rebels (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) ran off to a big lead and then held on for a 43-37 win in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night. The Rebels say they’re ready to be one of the nation’s elite after their first win in Tuscaloosa since 1988.
“It feels so comfortable, the team’s so comfortable with each other, and we’re not worried about anybody else or even the West rankings,” Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche said. “We’re just worried about being in this moment and savoring it. Everybody’s believing it.”
It’s easy to understand why Ole Miss feels so confident.
The offense has scored at least 43 points in three straight games for the first time. There’s also the defense. It gave up some points and yards to Alabama, but also forced five turnovers. Tony Bridges had a crucial interception in the fourth quarter to end one Tide drive in the fourth quarter. The Rebels played solid team defense in the final minute, forcing Alabama’s Jake Coker into four straight incompletions to seal the victory.
• No. 10 UCLA 24, No. 19 BYU 23: Nate Starks scored on a 3-yard run with 3:25 remaining and Paul Perkins rushed for 219 yards in the Bruins’ come-from-behind victory in Pasadena, Calif. Adam Hine rushed for 149 yards and a TD for BYU (2-1), which is 1-6 vs. top-10 teams under coach Bronco Mendenhall.
• No. 21 Utah 45, Fresno State 24: Devontae Booker ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, and the Utes (3-0) Utah had two scores on special teams and one on defense — a 37-yard fumble return by defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, in Fresno, Calif.
• South Carolina center Alan Knott is expected to miss several weeks after suffering a high left ankle sprain during a loss to Georgia. Coach Steve Spurrier said freshman Zack Bailey will start when the Gamecocks (1-2) play Central Florida (0-3) on Saturday.