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Clemson moved up from third to No. 2 in the Amway coaches' poll on Sunday while Oklahoma is now No. 2 in The Associated Press rankings.

Alabama remains No. 1 in both polls.

Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday, creating an early shake-up near the top of the AP Top 25. The Sooners jumped three spots after winning 31-16 at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes slipped from No. 2 to eighth.

Clemson held its AP spot at No. 3 after beating Auburn and Southern California moved up two places to sixth following a victory against Stanford. Penn State is No. 5.

The Crimson Tide received 59 first-place votes. Oklahoma has two and Clemson one.

Kentucky: Better late than never

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky's upside while digging out of yet another double-digit hole against Eastern Kentucky was having time to get things right.

The Wildcats took nothing for granted though, and rallied with an urgency that helped them finish better than they started and remain unbeaten despite their flaws.

"We could've done much better at the beginning of the game, but we picked it up eventually," said quarterback Stephen Johnson, who played perhaps the most critical role in the Wildcats' 27-16 win over the FCS Colonels on Saturday after trailing 13-3 in the second quarter.

The Wildcats outgained EKU 436-318 in their home opener and scored the game's final 17 points. Most important, they showed signs of the team that's expected to build on last year's bowl appearance.

It was better late than never, which coach Mark Stoops will take.

"We're 2-0. That feels very good," the coach said. "The nice thing is that we know, and our players know, there are a lot of things we need to improve on. And they'll do that. We'll get better."

Dawg Walk at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Georgia got to Dawg Walk out of Notre Dame Stadium with a victory, dozens of its fans forming a line from the locker room to the buses to congratulate the Bulldogs after their first trip to this part of the country in more than 50 years.

Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy led a swarming Georgia defense and the No. 15 Bulldogs got enough plays from an offense starting a freshman quarterback to beat No. 24 Notre Dame 20-19 on Saturday night.

The first regular-season meeting between the storied programs was a hard-hitting, penalty filled tug-o-war, and when it was done the Bulldogs gathered in the corner of the stadium to celebrate with and salute thousands of their fans who made the pilgrimage.

Mayfield, Sooners on roll

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Not only did Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield beat Ohio State in Columbus and avenge last year's embarrassing Buckeyes blowout, he also powered his way into the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Mayfield is on a roll, and so are the Sooners.

The confident quarterback, a Heisman finalist last season, carved up the No. 2 Buckeyes in a national TV game Saturday night by repeatedly scrambling away from a robust pass rush and firing precision passes to receivers often wide open in the secondary. He completed 27 of 35 throws for 386 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-16 win. Meanwhile, Ohio State's offense could never get out of second gear.

The game really wasn't as close as the score, as Oklahoma fumbled the ball away on consecutive possessions in the first quarter and was locked in a 3-3 tie with the Buckeyes at the half. The Sooners took the lead for good near the end of the third quarter, and Mayfield poured it on in the fourth.

"We should have won by a lot more," Mayfield said.


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