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College football rankings: Ohio State still no. 1 in AP, Coaches Poll Top 25 but Michigan State’s gaining ground

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The Buckeyes stay atop both the AP and Coaches Polls, but lose first place AP votes to a Big Ten foe.

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In what seemed to be a tough week for anybody ranked in the top 25, Ohio State (unsurprisingly) remained the top team in the Amway Coaches Poll and the AP Poll once again this week, after a sluggish 38-0 win over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. In the AP Poll, the Buckeyes received 59 first place votes, losing two to Michigan State. The Buckeyes received 62 of 63 first place votes in the Coaches Poll, with 1 going to Alabama, who defeated Middle Tennessee State this past week.

The top 5 remained almost the same in the AP Poll from last week, with Ohio State, Alabama, TCU, and Michigan State jumping Baylor for the No. 4 spot. Previously 6 and 7, Auburn and Oregon fell to 18 and 12 respectively. New additions to the poll included Northwestern at No. 23 and Oklahoma State at No. 25. Arkansas, Tennessee, and Boise State all fell out of the rankings. It should also be noted that schedule expert Bret Bielema and his Arkansas squad did not receive a single vote after losing to Toledo.

In the Coaches Poll, Michigan State jumped to No. 4 after a big home win against Oregon, who fell to No. 13. After struggling with FCS foe Jacksonville State, Auburn found themselves falling to No. 15. Tennessee fell out of the top 25 after a close contest with Oklahoma, as well as Arkansas, who lost to Toledo at home. Boise State also fell out of the top 25 after a loss at BYU, who made their top 25 debut at No. 22. Northwestern also cracked the rankings at No. 24, giving the Big Ten four teams in the top 25.

Here are the complete AP and Coaches Polls:

AP Coaches
1 Ohio State (59) Ohio State (62)
2 Alabama Alabama (1)
3 TCU TCU
4 Michigan State (2) Michigan State
5 Baylor Baylor
6 USC Florida State
7 Georgia USC
8 Notre Dame Georgia
9 Florida State Clemson
10 UCLA Notre Dame
11 Clemson Ole Miss
12 Oregon UCLA
13 LSU Ole Miss
14 Georgia Tech LSU
15 Ole Miss Auburn
16 Oklahoma Georgia Tech
17 Texas A&M Oklahoma
18 Auburn Texas A&M
19 BYU Arizona
20 Arizona Missouri
21 Utah Utah
22 Missouri BYU
23 Northwestern Wisconsin
24 Wisconsin Northwestern
25 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State