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Ohio State maintains No. 4 ranking in AP Poll

The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will officially be a top-10 battle.

NCAA Football: Tulane at Ohio State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

After the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Tulane Green Wave 49-6, the new version of AP Poll didn’t reflect much change, as the Bucks maintained their No. 4 ranking for another week. The Buckeyes’ next opponent, Penn State, entered the week tied as the No. 10 team in the country. Now, they are No. 9. After a close scare with Illinois for the first two and a half quarters, the Nittany Lions pulled away—scoring 42-straight points en route to a 63-24 win on the road. Next week, Ohio State travels to State College, Penn., for a colossal matchup of Big Ten East powers. It’ll be a top-10 meeting, and ESPN’s College Gameday will be there at PSU.

Ahead of the Scarlet and Gray are the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers. All three had relatively easy victories on the weekend, too. Alabama defeated Texas A&M convincing at home, Clemson rolled past Georgia Tech, and Georgia handled Missouri on the road.

After an overtime scare with Army, the Oklahoma Sooners dropped one spot to No. 6. With that drop, LSU, quarterbacked by former Buckeye Joe Burrow, was able to move up to No. 5.

Michigan moved up five spots to No. 14 after a beatdown of Nebraska. Wisconsin moves right behind the Wolverines to No. 15, and Michigan State moved up three spots to No. 21 after beating Indiana.

Virginia Tech had the biggest drop of any team in the poll after a very surprising loss to Old Dominion, 49-35, on the road. The Hokies entered the game No. 13, and are now unranked.

And, yes, Texas is back. After beating TCU, the Longhorns appear at No. 18 in the poll after being previously unranked.

Below is the whole Top 25 poll.

AP Poll (Nov. 3, 2018)

Rank Team [First Place Votes] Record
Rank Team [First Place Votes] Record
1 Alabama [60] 9-0
2 Clemson 9-0
3 Notre Dame 9-0
4 Michigan 8-1
5 Georgia 8-1
6 Oklahoma 8-1
7 West Virginia 7-1
8 Ohio State 8-1
9 LSU 7-2
10 Washington State 8-1
11 UCF 8-0
12 Kentucky 7-2
13 Syracuse 7-2
14 Utah State 8-1
15 Texas 6-3
16 Fresno State 8-1
17 Boston College 7-2
18 Mississippi State 6-3
19 Florida 6-3
20 Washington 7-3
21 Penn State 6-3
22 North Carolina State 6-2
23 Iowa State 5-3
24 Michigan State 6-3
25 Cincinnati 8-1