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Ohio State remains 4th in Harris Poll Top 25 for Week 9

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The Bucks remain 4th in the poll that makes up 1/3 of the BCS standings that are to be released tonight.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With the AP relegated to an afterthought until January, all eyes are turned on the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll Top 25. Each of the latter two comprise 1/3 of the BCS standings a piece, the first of which will be released later this evening on ESPN.

For the second straight week, Ohio State finds themselves fourth in the Harris Poll. Florida State, as what occurred in each of the other two major polls, jumped the Buckeyes after soundly dismissing Clemson on the road. Alabama and Oregon remain the only other two teams in front of the Bucks.

Though the Harris Poll is only in its second week of release the season (they subscribe to the principle many advocate that polls shouldn't begin ranking teams until 6+ weeks into the season), there are a number of prominent shortcomings between it and the other major rankings. The unbeaten trio of Baylor, Missouri, and Miami (FL) are just behind the Buckeyes, much like in the AP and Coaches Polls. Another knock on the poll is that two-loss Texas A&M is ranked 13th while on-loss Auburn, who just defeated the Aggies head-to-head last night, are ranked two slots lower.

Joining the Buckeyes in representing the Big Ten are #22 MIchigan, #23 Nebraska, and #24 Wisconsin. This echoes the Coaches Poll, which we've been on record as saying isn't as indicative of the conference's members' actual order of superior as the AP's rankings of the trio. Michigan State just narrowly misses inclusion finding themselves as the school with the 26th most total points in the poll.

Here is the Week 9 (second week overall) Harris Poll Top 25 as a whole:

Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (95) 7-0 2615
2 Oregon (8) 7-0 2520
3 Florida State (2) 6-0 2401
4 Ohio State 7-0 2321
5 Baylor 6-0 2038
6 Missouri 7-0 2026
7 Miami (FL) 6-0 2008
8 Stanford 6-1 1952
9 Texas Tech 7-0 1662
10 Clemson 6-1 1616
11 UCLA 5-1 1323
12 LSU 6-2 1212
13 Texas A&M 5-2 1177
14 Oklahoma 6-1 1110
15 Auburn 6-1 1105
16 Louisville 6-1 1046
17 Oklahoma State 5-1 951
18 Fresno State 6-0 920
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 841
20 South Carolina 5-2 673
21 Northern Illinois 7-0 518
22 Michigan 6-1 415
23 Nebraska 5-1 414
24 Wisconsin 5-2 281
25 Central Florida 5-1 238
Other teams receiving votes: Michigan State 196; Oregon State 168; Arizona State 124; Georgia 113; Notre Dame 61; Florida 30; Mississippi 21; Texas 14; Ball State 8; Houston 4; Washington 2; Boise State 1. Dropped out of Top 25: Georgia, Florida, Washington.