Ohio State has moved up four spots this week to 14th after their 56-10 victory Saturday over the Miami (OH) RedHawks in Ohio Stadium. Their preseason ranking in the AP Poll was 18th, coming as a surprise to some who thought the 6-7 Buckeyes of a year ago may have to work their way into the top-25.
The Bucks aren’t eligible for postseason play this year, therefore they’re also not eligible to be ranked in the USAToday Coaches’ poll, which is tied directly to the current Bowl Championship Series system.
Other Big Ten teams cracking this week’s AP top-25 include Michigan State (11) after their win at home over Boise State, Wisconsin (13), Nebraska (16) and the Michigan Wolverines (19) who dropped eleven spots after their 41-14 blowout loss to newly number-one Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night.
Here is the official release from the Associated Press:
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving past Southern California after its resounding victory against Michigan.The Ohio State Buckeyes jumped four spots to 14 after a 56-10 dismantling of Miami on Saturday.The Crimson Tide swayed more than enough voters with its 41-14 win Saturday night in Texas to overtake the preseason No. 1 Trojans, who beat Hawaii 49-10. USC entered that game a 40-point favorite at home.The Tide receives 45 first-place votes, up 28 from last week. USC draws 11 first-place votes and No. 3 LSU four.It’s the 47th time Alabama has been No. 1, the 16th under coach Nick Saban.This is the 86th time in the 76-year history of the AP media poll that the top-ranked team won and dropped in the rankings. It’s happened at least once every year since 2007.