It was an interesting first full weekend of college football. From upsets to overtime escapes to blowout victories, it was a mixed bag for the Top 25, and those changes were reflected in the latest edition of the AP Poll released on Tuesday afternoon.
Following their 77-31 victory over Oregon State, the Ohio State Buckeyes climbed a spot to No. 4; they were ranked fifth in the preseason poll. After blowing out Louisville, Alabama maintained its top spot, followed closely by No. 2 Clemson—following a 48-7 defeat of Furman. Georgia comes in at No. 3, with Wisconsin—whom the Buckeyes jumped—falling to fifth.
After a rocky weekend for many of the Buckeyes’ Big Ten East brethren, the loses and near-upsets had an impact on the impression that the voters had of the division. Penn State fell to No. 13, Michigan State dropped to No. 15, and Michigan to No. 21.
Ohio State’s Week 3 opponent, the TCU Horned Frogs remained at No. 16.
In the Coaches Poll, Ohio State fell from No. 3 to No. 4, with Georgia leapfrogging them. However, the Buckeyes did get the lone first place vote that didn’t go to Alabama (59) or Clemson (3).
Week 2 AP Poll
|4||Ohio State||Big Ten||5||1-0|
|13||Penn State||Big Ten||10||1-0|
|14||West Virginia||Big 12||17||1-0|
|15||Michigan State||Big Ten||11||1-0|
|20||Boise State||Mountain West||22||1-0|