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Ohio State falls to 4th in Week 3 AP Top 25 poll

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Despite the Buckeyes looking more the part against San Diego State, Urban Meyer's team finds falling to fourth after winning by "just" 35 against the Aztecs.

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After bouncing back from a Week 1 performance in which by and large Ohio State failed to placate lofty expectations, Urban Meyer's Buckeyes were more even overall against the San Diego State Aztecs, but still find themselves in a downward spiral from an AP voting perspective, this week falling to fourth.

Clemson, who had an impressive Week 1 showing at home against Georgia (who defeated South Carolina in a shootout yesterday), moves to third, while Oregon remains second this week. Both the Ducks and Tigers join Ohio State as the lone teams with first place votes other than strong #1 Alabama.

Ohio State are joined in the poll by #11 Michigan, who moved up six spots after their win against Notre Dame. Northwestern made a two point jump after a dominant victory over Syraucse. Wisconsin, who continued to look strong against relatively weak opposition, moved up one spot to 20. Nebraska fell a spot despite moving to 2-0 on the year Saturday.

Here was the Week 3 AP Top 25 in its entirety:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (57) 1-0 1,494 1
2 Oregon (1) 2-0 1,385 2
3 Clemson (1) 2-0 1,332 4
4 Ohio State (1) 2-0 1,327 3
5 Stanford 1-0 1,271 5
6 Texas A&M 2-0 1,133 7
7 Louisville 2-0 1,105 8
8 LSU 2-0 1,075 9
9 Georgia 1-1 1,036 11
10 Florida State 1-0 1,011 10
11 Michigan 2-0 872 17
12 Oklahoma State 2-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 1-1 829 6
14 Oklahoma 2-0 675 16
15 Miami (FL) 2-0 615 NR
16 UCLA 1-0 488 18
17 Northwestern 2-0 452 19
18 Florida 1-1 405 12
19 Washington 1-0 392 20
20 Wisconsin 2-0 378 21
21 Notre Dame 1-1 333 14
22 Baylor 2-0 295 23
23 Nebraska 2-0 277 22
24 TCU 1-1 170 24
25 Mississippi 2-0 78 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 64, Michigan State 26, Texas 26, Fresno State 26, Northern Illinois 21, Virginia Tech 15, Brigham Young 14, Georgia Tech 10, Illinois 9, Arizona 9, Penn State 7, Bowling Green 7, Boise State 3, Tennessee 1