Following the the loss to USC, Stanford dropped out of the top five in the Harris Poll while Baylor keeps a firm hold on the 4th spot. The Bears beat Texas Tech on Saturday to a tune of 63-34, and are on Ohio State's heels trying to jump the Buckeyes in the polls to get in the best chance of catching Alabama and Florida State. The Harris Poll Top 25 makes up 1/3 of the BCS formula, along with the USA TODAY Coaches Top 25. In both polls, Ohio State stays at 3rd, with Baylor ranked 4th.
The Buckeyes' margin over Baylor is 32 points, which while less than the 69 point margin they held a week ago, is still larger than their edge over the Bears in the traditionally more conservative USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 (OSU leads Baylor by just 18 points there). While OSU partisans likely wish the margin over Baylor was larger, it could certainly be worse; Wisconsin, arguably the second most consistent team in the Big Ten, is ranked but 19th in this week's poll. The American front runners UCF finds themselves five spots down from Louisville, a team they beat head-to-head earlier in the season.
Ohio State's remaining schedule is against Indiana, at Michigan, and then the Big Ten championship game, where the Buckeyes are likely to face Michigan State team that very well may be in the top 10 by the time of the game. Michigan State checks in at 13th in both the USA TODAY Coaches Top 25 and the Harris Poll Top 25. Other Big Ten teams making the Harris Poll are Wisconsin at 19th and Minnesota at 25th.
Alabama and Florida State are still the top two teams in the country, with Ohio State, Baylor, and Oregon rounding out the top five.
Here's the entire Harris Poll Top 25 for Week 13:
|2||Florida State (5)||10-0||2,517||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi 110, Georgia 37, Cincinnati 14, Texas 14, Miami (FL) 8, Nebraska 6, East Carolina 3, Notre Dame 3, Michigan 2, Ball State 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Texas Tech 1.|