Ohio State back in 3rd in AP Top 25 Poll for Week 14

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor's loss coupled with Ohio State's impressive final home game has the Buckeyes firmly entrenched as the third ranked team in this week's AP Top 25 poll.

A week removed from being jumped by the then Big 12 front running Baylor Bears, BU's sound defeat at the hands of other OSU, Oklahoma State, in conjunction with the Buckeyes' thorough dismissal of Indiana has the Buckeyes back in the third spot in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes have an 81 point lead over 4th ranked Auburn.

Though the AP poll isn't formally part of the BCS any longer, they do reward a championship at year's end of equal standing as the BCS' (arguably greater given historical context) and are usually a safe barometer for the Harris Poll Top 25 which comprises a third of the formula.

The weeks may change, but the narrative remains the same: OSU needs to win out, and needs some help. If Auburn or Missouri/South Carolina can dethrone Alabama and/or Florida State falters against either Florida or Duke/Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech/Miami, the Buckeyes will have a chance to play for a national title. If Bama and FSU win over, the Buckeyes will have to settle for a less fulfilling trip to Pasadena.

Here's the Week 14 AP Top 25 as a whole:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (56) 11-0 1,496 1
2 Florida State (4) 11-0 1,444 2
3 Ohio State 11-0 1,375 4
4 Auburn 10-1 1,294 6
5 Missouri 10-1 1,202 8
6 Clemson 10-1 1,196 7
7 Oklahoma State 10-1 1,177 11
8 Stanford 9-2 1,002 10
9 Baylor 9-1 976 3
10 South Carolina 9-2 960 12
11 Michigan State 10-1 929 13
12 Oregon 9-2 731 5
13 Arizona State 9-2 690 19
14 Wisconsin 9-2 684 16
15 LSU 8-3 642 18
16 Fresno State 10-0 619 15
17 UCF 9-1 588 17
18 Northern Illinois 11-0 470 20
19 Texas A&M 8-3 429 9
20 Oklahoma 9-2 386 22
21 Louisville 10-1 383 NR
22 UCLA 8-3 300 14
23 USC 9-3 262 23
24 Duke 9-2 135 25
25 Notre Dame 8-3 68 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia 15, Texas 10, Cincinnati 10, Mississippi 7, Nebraska 6, Arizona 6, Minnesota 5, Vanderbilt 1, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1
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