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Ohio State falls to No. 6 in AP, Coaches Polls following 42-0 victory; rise in SP+

Michigan falls, while Maryland joins the party.

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

The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 42-0 at home on Saturday. The LSU Tigers defeated the Texas Longhorns 45-38 on the road on Saturday. While UC had been receiving votes in polls, UT was No. 9 last week. So, despite the fact that both OSU and LSU had strong performances, the Tigers jumped the Buckeyes in both the AP and Coaches Top 25 Polls following Week 2 action.

The AP top five has the Clemson Tigers at No. 1, followed by the Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 2, the Georgia Bulldogs at No. 3, LSU at No. 4 and the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 5.

Thanks to their disappointing 24-21 double-overtime win over Army, the Michigan Wolverines fell to No. 10, but the Maryland Terrapins entered the Top 25 at No. 21 thanks to their 63-20 win over the previously No. 21 Syracuse Orange.

Other Big Ten teams in the in the AP Top 25 include No. 13 Penn State, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan State, and No. 19 Iowa. Thanks to their 34-31 defeat by the Colorado Buffaloes, the Nebraska Cornhuskers — who had been ranked at No. 25 — fall out of the rankings this week.

Check out the full AP Poll:

AP Poll | Sept. 8

Rank Team Record Points Previous
Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Clemson 2-0 1544 1
2 Alabama 2-0 1489 2
3 Georgia 2-0 1385 3
4 Louisiana State 2-0 1336 6
5 Oklahoma 2-0 1315 4
6 Ohio State 2-0 1291 5
7 Notre Dame 2-0 1072 8
8 Auburn 2-0 1056 10
9 Florida 2-0 997 11
10 Michigan 2-0 936 7
11 Utah 2-0 905 13
12 Texas 2-0 877 9
13 Penn State 2-0 781 15
14 Wisconsin 2-0 714 17
15 Oregon 1-1 677 16
16 Texas A&M 2-0 643 12
17 Central Florida 2-0 544 18
18 Michigan State 2-0 495 19
19 Iowa 2-0 473 20
20 Washington State 2-0 343 22
21 Maryland 2-0 207 N/A
22 Boise State 2-0 164 24
23 Washington 2-0 161 14
24 Southern California 2-0 137 N/A
25 Virginia 2-0 122 N/A

In the Coaches Poll, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, and LSU comprised the top 5, with Ohio State in sixth. The other Big Ten teams in these rankings include No. 10 Michigan, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Michigan State, and No. 25 Maryland.

Minnesota (5) and Nebraska (1) also received votes, but the Cornhuskers dropped out of the poll, following their loss to the Buffaloes on Saturday.

Check out the full Coaches Poll:

Coaches Poll | Sept. 8

Rank Team Record Points First Place Previous
Rank Team Record Points First Place Previous
1 Clemson 2-0 1572 60 1
2 Alabama 2-0 1513 3 2
3 Georgia 2-0 1415 0 3
4 Oklahoma 2-0 1362 0 4
5 Louisiana State 2-0 1314 0 6
6 Ohio State 2-0 1309 0 5
7 Notre Dame 2-0 1118 0 8
8 Florida 2-0 1064 0 10
9 Auburn 2-0 993 0 13
10 Michigan 2-0 945 0 7
11 Penn State 2-0 868 0 14
12 Utah 2-0 839 0 15
13 Texas 2-0 823 0 9
14 Wisconsin 2-0 739 0 16
15 Texas A&M 2-0 668 0 11
16 Central Florida 2-0 584 0 17
17 Oregon 1-1 568 0 18
18 Iowa 2-0 496 0 19
19 Michigan State 2-0 446 0 20
20 Washington State 2-0 418 0 21
21 Washington 2-0 314 0 12
22 Boise State 2-0 214 0 24
23 Mississippi State 2-0 134 0 NR
24 Southern California 2-0 120 0 NR
25 Maryland 2-0 109 0 0

While the reporters and coaches don’t think that the Buckeyes are a top five team right now, the maths do! Connelly’s system had the Buckeyes at No. 7 heading into the game against the Bearcats.