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Ohio State moves to No. 1 in SP+ rankings, falls in AP Poll

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LSU jumps the Buckeyes in both polls.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes were off this week, but that doesn’t mean that they were staying steady in the national standings while sitting at home prepping for a Friday night game against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Thanks to the LSU Tigers defeating the Florida Gators, the Buckeyes have been jumped in the AP Poll. After being in a tie for third with the Georgia Bulldogs last week, LSU leapfrogged both OSU and Clemson to claim the No. 2 spot in the rankings, behind only the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama and LSU will face off in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Ohio State falls back down to fourth, one spot ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners who round out the top five. The Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions both moved up two spots to Nos. 6 and 7 respectively, ahead of Notre Dame, Florida, and Georgia in the top 10.

Other Big Ten teams in the rankings include No. 16 Michigan, No. 20 Minnesota, and No. 23 Iowa. The Buckeyes’ Week 2 opponent, the Cincinnati Bearcats are at No. 21.

Check out the full AP Poll Top 25:

AP Poll | Oct. 13

Rank Teams Last Week Points
Rank Teams Last Week Points
1 Alabama 1 1,503
2 LSU 5 1,449
3 Clemson 2 1,427
4 Ohio State 3 1,404
5 Oklahoma 6 1,333
6 Wisconsin 8 1,245
7 Penn State 10 1,129
8 Notre Dame 9 1,042
9 Florida 7 1,041
10 Georgia 3 995
11 Auburn 12 985
12 Oregon 13 906
13 Utah 15 729
14 Boise State 14 716
15 Texas 11 672
16 Michigan 16 648
17 Arizona State 18 524
18 Baylor 22 470
19 SMU 21 398
20 Minnesota N/A 330
21 Cincinnati 25 308
22 Missouri N/A 233
23 Iowa 17 210
24 Appalachian State N/A 148
25 Washington N/A 107

On the Coaches Poll front, the Buckeyes were jumped by the LSU Tigers for the third spot in the rankings. Ohio State is a single point behind Joe Burrow and the Bayou Bengals. Alabama and Clemson remain the top two teams in the poll.

Wisconsin and Penn State are in sixth and seventh in the Coaches Poll as well. Michigan stays put at sixteenth, Minnesota climbs to No. 20, and Iowa falls to 22nd. Cincinnati enters the Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 21.

Check out the full Coaches Poll Top 25:

Coaches Poll | Oct. 13

Rank Team Record Points 1st Place Votes Last Week
Rank Team Record Points 1st Place Votes Last Week
1 Alabama 6-0 1601 44 1
2 Clemson 6-0 1536 14 2
3 Louisiana State 6-0 1455 3 6
4 Ohio State 6-0 1454 4 4
5 Oklahoma 6-0 1414 0 5
6 Wisconsin 6-0 1297 0 8
7 Penn State 6-0 1182 0 9
8 Notre Dame 5-1 1107 0 10
9 Florida 6-1 1057 0 7
10 Georgia 5-1 1049 0 3
11 Auburn 5-1 998 0 12
12 Oregon 5-1 955 0 13
13 Boise State 6-0 795 0 14
14 Utah 5-1 768 0 15
15 Texas 4-2 695 0 11
16 Michigan 5-1 674 0 16
17 Arizona State 5-1 504 0 24
18 Baylor 6-0 501 0 23
19 Southern Methodist 6-0 421 0 22
20 Minnesota 6-0 419 0 25
21 Cincinnati 5-1 298 0 NR
22 Iowa 4-2 230 0 18
23 Washington 5-2 149 0 NR
24 Appalachian State 5-0 140 0 NR
25 Temple 5-1 88 0 NR

While the polls seems to still have at least a few reservations about the Buckeyes, our supreme robot overlords do not, as Ohio State has claimed the top spot in ESPN’s SP+ rankings.

OSU — who had been steadily climbing — passed the Crimson Tide for No. 1 in the advanced analytic rankings. For weeks, the Buckeyes had been the only school in the top five in both the offensive and defensive SP+ rankings, but during the off week, they slipped to No. 6 on offense. However, combined with their No. 4 defensive ranking, they are joined by Penn State as the only team in which both units are in the top 10; the Nittany Lions are No. 10 on both sides of the ball.

Check out the SP+ Top 25 below, full 130-team rankings here:

SP+ Top 25 | Oct. 13

Team (Record) Rating Offense Defense Special Teams
Team (Record) Rating Offense Defense Special Teams
1. Ohio St. (6-0) 30.9 42.6 (6) 11.8 (4) 0.1 (35)
2. Alabama (6-0) 29.8 45.9 (3) 16.0 (14) -0.1 (75)
3. Oklahoma (6-0) 27.3 48.0 (1) 20.6 (30) 0.0 (68)
4. Wisconsin (6-0) 26 37.3 (16) 10.9 (2) -0.3 (116)
5. LSU (6-0) 25.9 46.8 (2) 21.5 (37) 0.5 (3)
6. Penn St. (6-0) 24.4 38.7 (10) 14.6 (10) 0.3 (26)
7. Georgia (5-1) 24.4 38.1 (12) 14.2 (9) 0.4 (6)
8. Clemson (6-0) 23.1 36.7 (19) 13.6 (7) -0.1 (82)
9. Oregon (5-1) 20.1 31.0 (49) 10.7 (1) -0.2 (95)
10. Missouri (5-1) 19.5 34.3 (32) 15.2 (13) 0.4 (13)
11. Florida (6-1) 19.1 35.4 (24) 16.7 (16) 0.4 (12)
12. Auburn (5-1) 19.1 33.8 (35) 15.2 (12) 0.5 (5)
13. Michigan (5-1) 18.8 30.3 (53) 11.5 (3) 0.0 (62)
14. Utah (5-1) 18.7 37.6 (13) 19.0 (25) 0.1 (50)
15. Iowa St. (4-2) 17.6 34.5 (31) 16.9 (17) 0.0 (64)
16. Baylor (6-0) 17.2 35.6 (22) 18.2 (23) -0.3 (111)
17. Minnesota (6-0) 17 38.9 (9) 22.0 (38) 0.0 (65)
18. Washington (5-2) 16.5 37.1 (17) 21.2 (33) 0.6 (2)
19. Iowa (4-2) 15.6 28.6 (65) 13.2 (6) 0.2 (27)
20. UCF (4-2) 15.5 33.3 (39) 17.8 (20) 0.0 (67)
21. Notre Dame (5-1) 15.1 37.0 (18) 22.3 (40) 0.4 (7)
22. Texas (4-2) 15.1 42.7 (5) 28.0 (67) 0.4 (8)
23. Texas A&M (3-3) 15.1 35.3 (25) 20.2 (29) 0.0 (70)
24. Memphis (5-1) 14.9 34.2 (33) 19.9 (27) 0.5 (4)
25. Indiana (4-2) 14.8 35.6 (23) 21.2 (32) 0.4 (14)

Additionally, the Buckeyes maintain a commanding league in the Résumé SP+ rankings. As the SP+ mastermind Bill Connelly explains, “Résumé SP+ compares your results & scoring margin to what an average top-5 team would expect to do against your schedule.”