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College football rankings: Ohio State up to 5 in AP Top 25, 4 in Coaches Poll

The Buckeyes move up some in the first major poll released Sunday, but not enough. The Coaches Poll thinks they're in.

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We're all waiting for 12:45 p.m. ET and the unveiling of the only rankings that still truly matter, the final 2014 College Football Playoff rankings. But will the traditional polls be barometers for what's to come?

The AP Top 25 bucked their usual 2:00 p.m. ET release time and went first for a change, unveiling that both Baylor (No. 4) and Ohio State (No. 5) had jumped TCU (No. 6). Given Baylor's head-to-head win over the Horned Frogs, that's certainly something that makes some logical sense. But unfortunately if the Associated Press is on to something, the Big Ten champion Buckeyes would be left out of the playoff picture if the College Football Playoff selection committee draws a similar conclusion.

The Coaches Poll was more forgiving, putting the Buckeyes up to No. 4. Baylor and TCU were fifth and sixth respectively.

If Ohio State is on the outside looking in, Buckeye backers will have a legitimate gripe. If OSU's resilience in spite of losing multiple Heisman Trophy candidate quarterbacks and their historic 59-0 Big Ten title game win over Wisconsin turned enough opinions, then it'll be party time in Columbus.

Here's the complete AP Top 25, Coaches Poll, Massey Composite computer rankings and complete College Football Playoff rankings:

Playoff AP Coaches Massey computer composite
1 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
2 Oregon Florida State Florida State Oregon
3 Florida State Oregon Oregon TCU
4 Ohio State Baylor Ohio State Ohio State
5 Baylor Ohio State Baylor Florida State
6 TCU TCU TCU Baylor
7 Mississippi State Michigan State Michigan State Ole Miss
8 Michigan State Mississippi State Mississippi State Mississippi State
9 Ole Miss Ole Miss Georgia Tech Michigan State
10 Arizona Georgia Tech Kansas State Georgia
11 Kansas State Kansas State Arizona Auburn
12 Georgia Tech Arizona Ole Miss Kansas State
13 Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Tech
14 UCLA UCLA Missouri UCLA
15 Arizona State Arizona State UCLA Wisconsin
16 Missouri Missouri Arizona State Missouri
17 Clemson Wisconsin Wisconsin Arizona
18 Wisconsin Clemson Clemson LSU
19 Auburn Auburn Auburn Oklahoma
20 Boise State Louisville Louisville Clemson
21 Louisville Boise State Boise State Arizona State
22 Utah LSU Nebraska Boise State
24 USC USC Oklahoma Louisville
25 Minnesota Nebraska Utah Nebraska
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