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Memphis football falls to No. 17 in AP Top 25, No. 20 in coaches poll

Commercial Appeal Memphis logo Commercial Appeal Memphis 9/20/2020 Evan Barnes, Memphis Commercial Appeal
a group of baseball players playing a game of football: Memphis Tigers running back Timothy Taylor slices through the defense of the Arkansas State Red Wolves during their game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. © Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal Memphis Tigers running back Timothy Taylor slices through the defense of the Arkansas State Red Wolves during their game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.

Memphis was off this weekend, but the Tigers took a slide in both polls Sunday.

The Tigers slid one spot to No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and five spots in the Amway Coaches Poll to No. 20. Last week, they jumped 10 spots in the AP poll and 15 in the coaches poll after being unranked before the season.

The good news is Memphis remained a top-20 team as the Big Ten was not eligible to have teams in this week's polls despite announcing it will resume play on Oct. 24

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Memphis remained the third-highest ranked team from the AAC in both polls behind Central Florida and Cincinnati. UCF, which defeated Georgia Tech 49-21 on Saturday, slid two spots to No. 15 in the coaches poll and Cincinnati fell two spots to No. 16 after a 55-20 win over Austin Peay.

UCF rose a spot to No. 13 in the AP poll, one ahead of Cincinnati.

Memphis won't play a game for a third consecutive week as the Tigers' canceled their Friday contest with Texas-San Antonio after positive tests within the program. The Tigers resumed practice Saturday after pausing football activities on Sept. 11.

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This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Memphis football falls to No. 17 in AP Top 25, No. 20 in coaches poll

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