AP Basketball Poll Makes History With 5 Different Teams At No. 1 Just 6 Weeks Into Season

In the latest Associated Press poll rankings for college basketball, the Kansas Jayhawks hold the top spot, which is the first time the poll has had five different teams at No. 1 before New Year's Day.

The Jayhawks join Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville as the other No. 1–ranked teams throughout the first six weeks of the season. The record for the most No. 1–ranked teams throughout an entire season is seven, but both the AP poll and college basketball have never had this number of ranking changes in such a short span of time.

With a 9-1 record, the Jayhawks received 47 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll. Kansas lost its first game of the season to Duke but has since won every game, helping it to take the No. 1–ranked spot.

The amount of changes in No. 1–ranked teams shows how there has yet to be a single dominant team in all of college basketball. The first change in No. 1 rankings came after Michigan State lost to Kentucky in its first game of the season. Kentucky's win moved it into the No. 1 spot for Week 2 in the AP rankings.

The Kentucky Wildcats spent one week as the No. 1 team, but after suffering a loss to unranked Evansville at home, they were replaced by Duke during Week 3's rankings.

Weeks 3 and 4 saw Duke as the No. 1 team in college basketball, but not for long. Like Kentucky, as the No. 1 team Duke lost to an unranked team, Stephen F. Austin, State, in an overtime nail-biter.

Following Duke's loss, it dropped to No. 7, while the Louisville Cardinals took the No. 1 spot. As the No. 1 team, Louisville went on to beat No. 14–ranked Michigan, retaining the top spot for two straight weeks with an 8-0 record.

Like the previous No. 1–ranked teams, Louisville would eventually drop in rankings after losing to No. 24–ranked Texas Tech and was replaced by Kansas in the most recent rankings.

Other than their loss to Duke in their season opener, the Jayhawks have no other losses to top 25 teams and have won five games by at least 15 points. They are led by point guard Devon Dotson, who is averaging 19.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

The number of different No. 1 teams in just six weeks of play was not the only piece of history to come out of the newest AP rankings. North Carolina was left out of this week's rankings, marking the first time since 2014 (106 consecutive weeks) it has been unranked. The Tar Heels are 6-4 and have seen three straight losses to No. 5 Ohio State, No. 9 Virginia and unranked Wofford.

Kansas will look to build on its record and avoid similar outcomes suffered by the previously No. 1–ranked teams in its upcoming game against No. 18 Villanova.

Week 7's top 25 teams are listed below:

1. Kansas
2. Gonzaga
3. Louisville
4. Duke
5. Ohio State
6. Kentucky
7. Maryland
8. Oregon
9. Virginia
10. Baylor
11. Memphis
12. Auburn
13. Dayton
14. Michigan
15. Michigan State
16. Arizona
17. Butler
18. Villanova
19. Florida State
20. San Diego State
21. Tennessee
22. Washington
23. Penn State
24. Texas Tech
25. West Virginia

Kansas Jayhawks
The University of Kansas Jayhawks have made AP poll history as the fifth No. 1–ranked team in just six weeks of play. Jamie Squire/Getty