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Ohio State drops to No. 9 in latest AP Poll

The Buckeyes’ win over Michigan State keeps them in the conversation for the College Football Playoff, but drops them in the polls.

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After a 26-6 win at Michigan State, the Ohio State Buckeyes now sit at No. 9 in the latest AP Poll. Last week, OSU appeared at No. 8 in the AP’s rankings. As of last Tuesday, OSU is currently tenth in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes were jumped by the Pac-12’s Washington State.

The Buckeyes’ win wasn’t the most impressive, but they got the job done. However, they didn’t get much help in front of them in the polls.

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia (all in the top five) won convincingly. ‘Bama rolled past Mississippi State, shutting them out; Clemson held off Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Notre Dame creamed Florida State in South Bend, Ind., nearly 25 years after the “Game of the Century” was played; Georgia got regular season redemption against Auburn; and Michigan obliterated a lowly Rutgers team into the Twilight Zone.

For the Big Ten, ranked teams Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State winning all won, but the other top-25 teams lost. Obviously MSU fell to the Buckeyes, and Iowa lost to the newly crowned Big Ten West champion Northwestern Wildcats. NU, after receiving 86 votes last week for a ranking, now appears at No. 24. Michigan State (31) and Iowa (8) both still received votes.

Check out the full AP Poll here:

Week 12 AP Poll

Rank Team Conference Record
Rank Team Conference Record
1 Alabama SEC 10-0
2 Clemson ACC 10-0
3 Notre Dame Independent 10-0
4 Michigan Big Ten 9-1
5 Georgia SEC 9-1
6 Oklahoma Big 12 9-1
7 West Virginia Big 12 9-1
8 Washington State Pac-12 9-1
9 Ohio State Big Ten 9-1
10 LSU SEC 8-2
11 UCF American 9-0
12 Syracuse ACC 8-2
13 Texas Big 12 7-3
14 Utah State Mountain West 9-1
15 Florida SEC 7-3
16 Penn State Big Ten 7-3
17 Washington Pac-12 8-3
18 Iowa State Big 12 6-3
19 Cincinnati American 9-1
20 Kentucky SEC 7-3
21 Utah State Pac-12 7-3
22 Boston College ACC 7-3
23 Boise State Mountain West 8-2
24 Northwestern Big Ten 6-4
25 Mississippi State SEC 6-4