Ohio State gains votes on Clemson, stays 4th in AP Top 25

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State remains fourth but gains ground on Clemson while being idle.

Those cynically stating that despite the losses of Stanford and a close call by Clemson against lowly Boston College Ohio State would fall in the polls this week (they didn't last week after a close win) are sadly mistaken again.

For yet another week, Ohio State finds themselves fourth in the AP Top 25 poll trailing Alabama, Oregon, and Clemson. Following the Tigers' close call, Ohio State actually gained ground on Clemson, moving to just a 22 vote deficit after being 54 back a week prior.

The Top 25 was kind to the ACC this week with three of the conference's teams making up the top 10 (four if you count future brethren Louisville). Representing the Big Ten along with Ohio State is only Wisconsin, who's last second debacle against Arizona State continues to haunt them with them only garnering enough votes to rank 25th. Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Northwestern were all teams also receiving votes.

Here was the Week 8 AP Top 25 in its entirety:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 6-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 6-0 1,438 2
3 Clemson 6-0 1,352 3
4 Ohio State 6-0 1,330 4
5 Florida State 5-0 1,242 6
6 LSU 6-1 1,137 10
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1,105 9
8 Louisville 6-0 1,077 8
9 UCLA 5-0 1,017 11
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 912 13
11 South Carolina 5-1 896 14
12 Baylor 5-0 849 15
13 Stanford 5-1 824 5
14 Missouri 6-0 749 25
15 Georgia 4-2 615 7
16 Texas Tech 6-0 590 20
17 Fresno State 5-0 383 21
18 Oklahoma 5-1 380 12
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 352 24
20 Washington 4-2 309 16
21 Oklahoma State 4-1 264 22
22 Florida 4-2 249 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 185 23
24 Auburn 5-1 156 NR
25 Wisconsin 4-2 153 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 118, Nebraska 94, Michigan State 69, Utah 47, Notre Dame 39, Oregon State 21, UCF 19, Texas 16, Northwestern 7, Arizona State 7, Houston 3, Rutgers 1
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