Enjoying taking a backseat to the upsets during week 7, Ohio State took advantage of their bye week and moved up two spots in the Amway Coaches Poll, as well as the AP Top 25 Poll, as they watched some highly ranked teams fall. From Auburn, to TCU, to Texas A&M, and finally Arizona, as teams above the Buckeyes dropped, Ohio State could only watch the upsets happen as they look to make a mid-season run into securing one of the top four spots in the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State prepares to play Big Ten opponent Rutgers this week, the second of the two newcomers to the conference. Last week, the Buckeyes dispatched Maryland on their turf and will look to do the same against the Scarlet Knights. With the homestretch finally here, there won't be any more bye weeks for Ohio State to lean on. As long as they continue their impressive winning ways, they could find themselves with another opportunity to be in contention for one of those four spots.
Mississippi State moves up to being ranked as the No. 1 overall team in both polls after their huge home win over the Auburn Tigers, while Baylor was able to keep their undefeated season alive and lock up the No. 4 spot in both polls after a comeback win against the Horned Frogs of TCU. Ole Miss beat Texas A&M in a fairly impressive fashion this weekend, as the Rebels remain undefeated and ranked No. 3 in both polls.
Arizona suffered its first loss of the season, losing a heartbreaker to USC after a missed field goal. Michigan State was able to tough out a win at Purdue in a surprisingly closer than expected win. Florida State remains No. 2 in both polls.
Below are the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll in their entirety, including the Sagarin rankings.
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Ole Miss|
|3||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Mississippi State|
|5||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Baylor|
|13||Ohio State||Ohio State||Notre Dame|
|14||Kansas State||Kansas State||Michigan State|
|15||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||Ohio State|
|17||Arizona State||Arizona||Kansas State|
|18||East Carolina||Arizona State||Clemson|
|21||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||USC|