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Ohio State moves up to #2 in the AP Top 25 poll

The Buckeyes slide up a spot in this week's AP Top 25, perhaps setting the table for a similar move in the Harris Poll.

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Following a wild, unforgettable ride against archrival Michigan in their annual The Game (and the good fortune of Auburn downing Alabama in even more improbable fashion), Ohio State now finds themselves potentially one win away from a berth in their first national title game since 2008 (for the 2007 season)'s BCS Championship Game.

The Buckeyes are now back in their season high place of two in the Associated Press' Top 25 poll. Though Auburn is on their heels at #3 (and many feel that despite Auburn's two touchdown loss to 3-loss LSU they should be rated higher than Ohio State), pending tonight's computer polls, assuming the Harris Poll reflects similarly, OSU should be in pretty solid shape. The margin of points between Ohio State and Auburn in the AP voting was just 31. Auburn got two first place votes (over OSU & FSU).

This also marks a season high for Ohio State's Big Ten Championship Game opponent, the Michigan State Spartans. While the Buckeyes will surely have their hands full with Sparty Saturday in Indianapolis, a win over a team as highly touted as MSU can only help OSU's case at this point (as if two consecutive seasons without losses wouldn't be enough).

Here's the Week 15 AP Top 25 Poll in its entirety:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Florida State (58) 12-0 1,498 2
2 Ohio State 12-0 1,418 3
3 Auburn (2) 11-1 1,387 4
4 Alabama 11-1 1,294 1
5 Missouri 11-1 1,281 5
6 Oklahoma State 10-1 1,197 7
7 Stanford 10-2 1,067 8
8 South Carolina 10-2 1,066 10
9 Baylor 10-1 1,020 9
10 Michigan State 11-1 1,002 11
11 Arizona State 10-2 843 13
12 Oregon 10-2 815 12
13 Clemson 10-2 813 6
14 LSU 9-3 690 15
15 UCF 10-1 621 17
16 Northern Illinois 12-0 596 18
17 UCLA 9-3 510 22
18 Oklahoma 9-2 503 20
19 Louisville 10-1 482 21
20 Duke 10-2 348 24
21 Wisconsin 9-3 299 14
22 Texas A&M 8-4 186 19
23 Texas 8-3 156 NR
24 Fresno State 10-1 124 16
25 Georgia 8-4 111 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati 45, USC 28, Miami (FL) 26, Notre Dame 26, Iowa 23, Vanderbilt 16, Washington 6, Minnesota 2, North Dakota State 1