TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State.
Kentucky, the overall top seed in the NCAA Tournament, is the first team in 23 years to be No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll from the preseason rankings to the final Top 25.
Mississippi State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, replacing Florida State and making the fastest rise to the top spot in the history of the poll.
No. 8 Michigan State has its best preseason ranking since 1967, when the Spartans were No. 3.
Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll
Syracuse is a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the second straight week while SMU moved into the Top 25 for the first time in almost three decades.
Florida, Wichita State, the only other unbeaten in Division I, and San Diego State remained third through fifth and were followed by Villanova, Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State and Michigan.
Arizona and Syracuse are 1-2 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the eighth consecutive week.
Arizona and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 for a seventh straight week.
Arizona and Syracuse remain No. 1 and 2 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for a sixth straight week and six newcomers joined the Top 25.