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Upsets of #1 Teams

Last Update: 3.9.2020

The first week of the season saw Associated Press #1 Michigan State loses to Kentucky. The next week, Kentucky took over the #1 spot and promptly lost to unranked Evansville. The next week, Duke move to #1 and holds it for two weeks before losing in overtime to unranked Steven F. Austin, AT HOME. All this happened in November. Louisville becomes #1 in December for a couple of weeks and loses to unranked Texas Tech. Kansas takes over and can't handle the heat of being ranked at the top and loses to Villanova. Gonzaga bubbles to the top and holds it several weeks and sadly becomes a victim of their weaker conference. Baylor takes over the top spot and holds it for five weeks until Kansas breaks their 23 game winning streak. The Jayhawks are the eighth team to be number one in the same season, holding their #1 ranking for the third week.

In the 70+ years of the Associated Press poll, this is the first time that more than one #1 team has lost in November. Duke hasn't lost a regular season non-conference game since 2000 (150 straight games). There has never been SIX #1 teams lose before January (3 was the max). We have a new record of EIGHT teams to be number one in the same season. Gonzaga is still #2 and Dayton remains the same at third. Florida State has moved into the fourth slot, their highest ranking since being #2 in December of 1972. Baylor has slid to fifth, rounding out the top five.

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