A week before Big Ten teams become eligible again for the Associated Press college football poll, No. 25 Marshall is ranked for the first time since 2014 and Miami (Fla.) jumped to No. 12 after a conference road victory.
The Thundering Herd beat Appalachian State on Saturday to improve to 2-0 and grab a spot in the Top 25. App State was the only team to drop out of the Top 25, after being No. 23.
Marshall was last ranked in the final poll of the 2014 season. The Herd went 13-1 that season, reaching as high as No. 18 in the rankings, and won the Conference USA championship behind quarterback Rakeem Cato and running back Devon Johnson.
Clemson remained a nearly unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday after another light week in college football. The Tigers received 59 of 61 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama received one first-place vote. Oklahoma was No. 3, followed by Georgia, Florida and LSU at No. 6.
A season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic cranks up next week. The Southeastern Conference, which has eight teams ranked, kicks off. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 have full slates of games. At least for now.
No takers for Tar Heels
North Carolina announced that it was unable to find an opponent for next weekend to replace a game against Charlotte that was canceled Saturday because of COVID-19 protocols. That will make two weeks off for the Tar Heels between their 31-6 victory over Syracuse and their next scheduled game Oct. 3 at Boston College. UNC was informed Thursday that Charlotte could not field enough offensive linemen after a number of players were placed in quarantine.