After a lackluster performance against the Conference USA’s Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0, 0-0 B1G) have jumped up to fourteenth in the latest Associated Press Top-25.
While the Buckeyes are entering conference play with a perfect record through four non-conference games, their trip to East Lansing this week will be by far the most difficult test of the young season. Michigan State (3-1, 0-0 B1G) and RB Le’Veon Bell has racked up 610 yards in their four contests, including 253 yesterday against Eastern Michigan.
Alabama remains number-one, holding on to 59 of a possible 60 first place votes (LSU received the other). The Oregon Ducks, coming off a 49-0 blowout of previously 22nd ranked Arizona, has moved up to #2 this week ahead of the LSU Tigers who are #3.
Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas State, Stanford, West Virginia and Notre Dame round out the top-10.
After the Buckeyes at fourteenth, the B1G is also represented this week by Michigan State (20th) and Nebraska (22nd).
The Michigan Wolverines fell out of the top-25 for the first time this year after falling 13-6 to Notre Dame last night in a game that saw QB Denard Robinson throw four interceptions and lose one fumble.
Other B1G teams receiving votes but not cracking this week’s poll: Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin and Purdue.
Here is the official release from the Associated Press:
NEW YORK — Oregon has moved past LSU to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 behind Alabama after the Ducks rolled to a victory and the Tigers struggled to remain unbeaten.
Oregon routed Arizona 49-0 on Saturday night in Eugene. No. 3 LSU hung on to win at Auburn 12-10.
Florida State remained No. 4 after its 49-37 victory against Clemson, and Georgia held steady at No. 5. No. 6 South Carolina gives the Southeastern Conference four of the top six teams in the nation.
Alabama got 59 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel, with LSU receiving the other.
Kansas State moved up eight spots to No. 7 after beating Oklahoma 24-19, the Wildcats’ best ranking since September 2006.
The Sooners dropped from sixth to 16th.