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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes Sunday, for the first time this season.

The Tigers trailed only Alabama in the preseason rankings, but a couple of close wins in September -- combined with seemingly impressive performances by other highly ranked teams -- dragged Clemson to as low as No. 4.

Coming off a lopsided win against North Carolina State, Clemson rose a spot this week. Notre Dame is No. 3 and LSU is No. 4, setting the stage for a top-five matchup between the Tigers and Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Nov. 3. Both have an open date this week.

Michigan is No. 5 and Ohio State dropped to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue.

POLL POINTS

No. 25 Appalachian State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers (5-1) have not lost since opening the season with an overtime defeat at Penn State.

"It's awesome to be recognized," Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said Sunday. "We've had a lot of positive things happen to our program the last three to four years. The first time we go bowl eligible, which was awesome. Then we go win our first bowl game. That was really cool. And then to go win our first Sun Belt championship two years ago. That was awesome. So there's been a lot of first for us over the last three years. This is another first."

App State transitioned to the FBS, the highest level of Division I football, in 2014 after years as an FCS power. Under former coach Jerry Moore, the Mountaineers were a regular playoff participant. The program peaked in the mid-2000s, winning three straight FCS (Division I-AA) championships from 2005-07. And App State pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in college football history against Michigan in 2007.

Moore retired after the 2012 season and was replaced by Satterfield, a former App State quarterback and assistant coach. The move up in class and into the Sun Belt has been practically seamless. The Mountaineers are 46-23 under Satterfield, with two Sun Belt titles. The only other Sun Belt team to ever be ranked was Troy on Nov. 13, 2016.

"To be recognized in the FBS level football and for our program to be a team that just went through transition four years ago and now to be ranked is pretty remarkable," Satterfield said. "We have a lot of pride, a lot of tradition in our program."

This season's team was expected to contend for another conference championship. A case could be made it is exceeding even those high expectations after replacing four-year starting quarterback Taylor Lamb, two four-year starting offensive linemen, four defensive players that were four-year starters and veteran defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who left for Georgia Tech.

Satterfield said this is may be his fastest team at App State and credited senior safety Josh Thomas, senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout and fourth-year junior offensive tackle Victor Johnson with providing leadership for one of the least experienced rosters in the FBS. Running back Jalin Moore, another senior who was lost for the season to a knee injury two weeks ago, has become a de facto assistant coach for App State.

Since falling to Penn State, the Mountaineers have outscored their opponents 231-49. Next up is a key game for first place in the Sun Belt East at Georgia Southern (6-1, 3-0) on Thursday night.

UP

  • No. 14 Washington State was the only big mover to rise in the rankings this week, jumping 11 spots after beating Oregon.

DOWN

  • Ohio State dropped out of the top 10 for the first this season, tumbling nine spots
  • No. 19 Oregon dropped seven spots after taking its second loss
  • No. 22 North Carolina State fell six spots after losing for the first time this season

IN

  • No. 23 Utah is ranked for the first time this season, making it five straight years the Utes started the season unranked but moved into the rankings at some point. From 2014-16, Utah started the season outside the Top 25 but finished it ranked. Utah has won three straight, scoring at least 40 points in each game
  • No. 24 Stanford is back in the rankings after falling out two weeks ago

OUT

  • Michigan State and Mississippi State fell out of the rankings again after losing for the third time this season
  • Cincinnati's first loss of the season, in overtime to Temple, cost the Bearcats their first ranking since 2012

CONFERENCE CALL

  • SEC -- 6 teams (1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16).
  • Big Ten -- 5 (5, 11, 17, 18, 20).
  • Pac-12 -- 5 (14, 15, 19, 23, 24).
  • Big 12 -- 3 (6, 8, 13).
  • ACC -- 2 (2, 22).
  • American -- 2 (10, 21).
  • Sun Belt -- 1 (25).
  • Independent -- 1 (3).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The first of two games involving the Bulldogs that will decide the SEC East. Georgia faces Kentucky on Nov. 3.

  • No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford. Cougars try to grab control of the Pac-12 North.
  • No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State. The Nittany Lions will help decide the Big Ten West with home games against the Hawkeyes and No. 20 Wisconsin.

The best sports bars in Washington D.C. for SEC football

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NBC Sports Washington

The best sports bars in Washington D.C. for SEC football

College football is fast approaching, and it's important to establish your gameday spot — and a seat at the bar — early. At NBC Sports Washington, we've compiled the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' rock the red, the beautiful game, and where to hit March-October around Nationals Park and Camden Yards too. For now, here's to looking at you, SEC!

The University of Alabama

  • Willie's Brew and Que: 300 Tingey Street SE

Willie's has hosted many official Alabama Alumni events with the D.C. chapter and is just steps from Nats Park for those looking to have the sportiest day possible and catch some baseball as well. Willie's has recently found themselves under new management, but retain an Alabama Slammer on their drinks menu. Cheers! 

  • Union Pub: 201 Massachusetts Avenue NE

Union Pub claims official Crimson Tide HQ for all 'Bama fans far from home. All weekend long, UP rocks $12-15 beer bucket deals, perfect for overtime.

The University of Georgia

  • Public Bar Live: 1214 18th Street NW

Dawgs fans LOVE Public Bar in Dupont. They were temporarily closed and added a live music venue to their space, but will still serve as home to everything UGA in the District.

Auburn University

  • Johnny Pistolas: 2333 18th Street NW

Johnny P's in the heart of Adams Morgan is officially listed on the Auburn Alumni Association's website as their game watch location inside D.C. proper. With an extensive taco and brunch menu, Tigers gameday eats are guaranteed to be amazing.

The University of Florida

  • Lou's City Bar: 1400 Irving Street NW

With 24 beers on tap, 23 flat screens and a huge projector, you won't miss a single Gator down at Lou's. For the DC Gator Club, they run happy hour deals all game long.

Louisiana State University

  • Rhodeside Grill: 1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Unfortunately, you won't find much organized "Geaux" chants in the District, but if you hop just outside, the official LSU Alumni DC chapter will welcome you. They enthusiastically throw events for many Tigers sporting events and host a rowdy crowd at Rhodeside.

University of Mississippi

  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern: 639 Indiana Avenue NW

Most commonly called home by Capitals fans, the DC Ole Miss Alumni Association throws down at PQST on game days. Be sure to take advantage of their great brunch deals from 11 a.m. - 2 pm. before kickoff! 

University of Tennessee 

  • Blackfinn Ameripub: 16120 I St. NW

There are only a handful of official Vols gathering places outside Tennessee, but luckily, Blackfinn has you covered in the District. Orange and White gamedays would be incomplete without bottomless mimosas (consider them made of Orange and White) until 3 p.m.

University of Kentucky

  • Town Tavern: 2323 18th Street NW

A nightlife staple in Adams Morgan, Town Tavern offers Big Blue Nation, as well as members of the DC UK Alumni group, gameday specials like $4 Bud and Bud Light bottles, $7 burger baskets and $14 Bud Light pitchers.

Don't see your team here? Check out our list of the best sports bars in D.C. Someone has to have your game on! 

Top ACC bars in D.C.

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Top ACC bars in D.C.

What makes a sports bar great? Is it a delicious food selection, drink specials or multiple TV’s?  

We know that the start of college football will be here within the blink of an eye and we know that you’ll want to catch the game somewhere worthwhile. 

This list includes the top D.C. sports bars that cater to your favorite Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college teams. 

Clemson 

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub 
3207 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

O’Sullivan’s features a menu with traditional Irish food and drinks, specializing in whiskey. By just watching the game at O’Sullivan’s you are supporting our Club’s Memorial Endowed Scholarship to help local high school students attend Clemson. Both bars are generously donating 5% of all first half food and drink sales back to our Scholarship Fund.

Florida State University

Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC 20002

Located in Capitol Hill the Union Pub features Westcott Fountain pitchers named after an iconic FSU structure. Union Pub also has garnet and gold wings offered as an ode to the school colors.  If you're a fan of specials this is the spot for you. Union Pub has all-day specials on beers, shots and rail drinks as well as brunch and bottomless cocktails that are served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

Boston College 

Across The Pond 
1732 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20009

Located in Dupont Circle, this neighborhood restaurant pub has freshly cooked, homemade style dining, beer specials, and a friendly atmosphere. Across The Pond has a Boston sports fans meetup group and welcomes Boston fans to come out and watch the games on projections screens and many HD TVs with house sound. 

Duke 

Blackfinn Ameripub DC 
1620 I St NW Washington, District Of Columbia  20003

Blackfinn Ameripub offers a variety of crave-able items including Nashville hot chicken sliders, street tacos, and local and regional crafts. DC welcomes fellow Duke alumni family and friends to football watch parties this upcoming season. 

University of Miami 

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern 
639 Indiana Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20004

Enjoy traditional American favorites like nachos, wings, and burgers at the bar, in a booth or outside on the enclosed heated patio. $12 pitchers of beer and half-priced foods are available during weekday happy hour after 7 p.m. Many University of Miami alumni call Penn Quarter Sports Tavern home and often gather there on game days. 

University of Virginia (UVA)

Rebellion
1836 18TH Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

After several faithful years, Rebellion has partnered with UVA to bring the DC Hoos an unforgettable game-day experience. Located in Dupont circle, Rebellion strives to provide a true neighborhood feel. From great food to a vibrant bar scene, Rebellion is all about promoting a fun fan experience. It has a bar, dining area, and open-air rooftop patio seating. 

North Carolina State 

Ugly Mug
723 8th St SE Washington, D.C. 20003

The Ugly Mug is a casual bar with a rooftop deck. This bar specializes in classic American fare and a great old time with $30 towers of Miller Lite available on game days. 

Georgia Tech 

Penn Social 
801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Looking to get cozy and enjoy the game? Penn Social has couches and seating for groups of all sizes. Penn Social also has a spacious viewing room with large projector screens and HD TV’s placed along the walls. There are three bars and over 30 drafts. 

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