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Ohio State climbs to No. 4 in the latest AP Poll

Other Big Ten teams drop after rough opening weekend.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

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

# Team Conference Prev Rank Record
# Team Conference Prev Rank Record
1 Alabama SEC 1 1-0
2 Clemson ACC 2 1-0
3 Georgia SEC 3 1-0
4 Ohio State Big Ten 5 1-0
5 Wisconsin Big Ten 4 1-0
6 Oklahoma Big 12 7 1-0
7 Auburn SEC 9 1-0
8 Notre Dame Indep. 12 1-0
9 Washington Pac-12 6 0-1
10 Stanford Pac-12 13 1-0
11 LSU SEC 25 1-0
12 Virginia Tech ACC 20 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
16 TCU Big 12 16 1-0
17 USC Pac-12 15 1-0
18 Mississippi State SEC 18 1-0
19 UCF American 21 1-0
20 Boise State Mountain West 22 1-0
21 Michigan Big Ten 14 0-1
22 Miami (FL) ACC 8 0-1
23 Oregon Pac-12 24 1-0
24 South Carolina SEC N/A 1-0
25 Florida SEC N/A 1-0