AP Poll: Arizona State Football Narrowly Misses Top 25

Michael Eubank knows it will take one more win to crack the Top 25. - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Sun Devil football team needs a win against Wisconsin to crack the Top 25.

The USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns lost their spots in the Associated Press poll, but that was not enough to catapult the Arizona State Sun Devils into the Top 25.

The AP released its week three poll on Sunday morning and the Sun Devils found themselves on the outside looking in for the third consecutive vote. Todd Graham's team is on the fringe of a national ranking and inched ever closer to a coveted spot with a 55-0 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday.

Arizona State received 64 votes in the latest edition which puts the Sun Devils at 26th overall. The Sun Devils have never been ranked under Graham, but the 64 votes represent the most that Arizona State has received during his tenure.

The Wisconsin Badgers come to Tempe armed with a No. 20 ranking after a 48-0 victory against Tennessee Tech on Saturday. The Sun Devils will face ranked opponents in three of their next four games including No. 5 Stanford and No. 21 Notre Dame.

The Alabama Crimson Tide retained the No. 1 ranking this week but will face tough competition next weekend as they travel to College Station to take on Johnny Manziel and the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (57) 1-0 1,494 1
2 Oregon (1) 2-0 1,385 2
3 Clemson (1) 2-0 1,332 4
4 Ohio State (1) 2-0 1,327 3
5 Stanford 1-0 1,271 5
6 Texas A&M 2-0 1,133 7
7 Louisville 2-0 1,105 8
8 LSU 2-0 1,075 9
9 Georgia 1-1 1,036 11
10 Florida State 1-0 1,011 10
11 Michigan 2-0 872 17
12 Oklahoma State 2-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 1-1 829 6
14 Oklahoma 2-0 675 16
15 Miami (FL) 2-0 615 NR
16 UCLA 1-0 488 18
17 Northwestern 2-0 452 19
18 Florida 1-1 405 12
19 Washington 1-0 392 20
20 Wisconsin 2-0 378 21
21 Notre Dame 1-1 333 14
22 Baylor 2-0 295 23
23 Nebraska 2-0 277 22
24 TCU 1-1 170 24
25 Mississippi 2-0 78 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 64, Michigan State 26, Texas 26, Fresno State 26, Northern Illinois 21, Virginia Tech 15, Brigham Young 14, Georgia Tech 10, Illinois 9, Arizona 9, Penn State 7, Bowling Green 7, Boise State 3, Tennessee 1
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