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Irish crack AP top 10, Michigan bows out

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Notre Dame cracked the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 9, and Michigan fell out of the rankings for the first time in two years.

A week after a rash of upsets gave the poll a shake-up, the first eight teams in the Top 25 released Sunday were unchanged. Alabama remains a unanimous No. 1 in the media poll, with 61 first-place votes. Penn State is No. 2 and Georgia, which was idle, is No. 3.

Undefeated TCU and Wisconsin round out the top five.

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Texas QB Ehlinger probed for head injury

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger was held out of practice Sunday and is being evaluated by team doctors for a head injury.

The school announced the move Sunday night. Ehlinger played the entire game Saturday in a 13-10 overtime loss to No. 11 Oklahoma State that ended when he threw an interception in the end zone. Ehlinger had been tackled hard on a run at the start of the possession.

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Michigan failing to meet high standards

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Jammed into the visitor's interview room that could easily double as a tool shed underneath Beaver Stadium, Jim Harbaugh assessed where Michigan goes from here with his typical brevity.

"We solve it with our team and no one else can help us, but us. We put our best people on it, which is our players and our coaches," Harbaugh said late Saturday night after Michigan was routed 42-13 by No. 2 Penn State.

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No. 1 Alabama gears up for stretch run

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama is unbeaten, scarcely challenged and dominating on both sides of the ball.

Now, the top-ranked Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) gets an open date to ready for the stretch run. And it's clear the focus of coach Nick Saban & Co. is on finishing this one out, not spending much time savoring the accomplishments through eight games.

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Iowa St. enters key Big 12 stretch

It's getting real in Ames.

Iowa State (5-2, 3-1) is off to its best start in 15 years and on Sunday entered The Associated Press poll for the first time since 2005, at No. 25. And this week the Cyclones play fourth-ranked TCU on homecoming for - get this - a share of first place in the Big 12.

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No. 2 Penn St. boosted by offensive line

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) A plate of snacks is prepared and sent over to each Penn State offensive lineman, along with a reminder, the night before games.

It's an appreciated gesture by Trace McSorley's mom, Andrea, who includes a friendly note for Penn State's big men to protect her son. On Friday, doughnuts did the trick.

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Elko has Irish defense in takeaway mode

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) No one around the No. 9 Notre Dame football team will take offense if you say the defense is responsible for the Irish's climb in The Associated Press Top 25.

That certainly includes head coach Brian Kelly and members of his powerful offense that is taking advantage of the turnovers produced by first-year defensive coordinator Mike Elko's swarming and suffocating unit.

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2-5 Arkansas, Bielema facing criticism

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Bret Bielema knew the questions about his job security were coming after a 52-20 loss to No. 19 Auburn on Saturday night.

Knowing didn't make the moment any easier for the embattled fifth-year Razorbacks coach, who fell to 27-31 overall and 10-26 in the Southeastern Conference following the school's third straight blowout loss.

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0-6 Georgia Southern fires coach Summers

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Georgia Southern fired coach Tyson Summers on Sunday, halfway through his second season with the school and with the Eagles 0-6.

The Eagles were blown out 55-20 on Saturday by previously winless Massachusetts, dropping Summers' record to 5-13. Summers is a Georgia native who was defensive coordinator at Colorado State and Central Florida before being hired by Georgia Southern to replace Willie Fritz after the 2015 season.

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Virginia names Williams new AD

The University of Virginia has named Carla Williams as its athletic director.

School president Teresa Sullivan made the announcement Sunday. Williams, an athletics administrator at Georgia for the past 13 years and the deputy director of athletics since 2015, will become the first female African-American athletic director at a Power Five school. She'll replace Craig Littlepage, who is retiring after 16 years.

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