AP Top 25: Ohio State jumps Michigan, moves into second place. Washington, FSU flounders at 4-5

Ohio State passed Michigan and moved into No. 2 in the Associated Press college football poll On Sunday, a week before the Big Ten rivals play another top-five matchup, No. 4 Washington also squares off with No. 5 Florida State.

Georgia remained in first place and received a season-high 61 first-place votes. The Bulldogs have been atop the rankings for 23 straight weeks, the second-best streak in poll history and 10 behind the record held by Southern California (2003-05).

The top five teams, all unbeaten, retained their places for five consecutive weeks. All improved to 11-0 on Saturday, but the standings changed on Sunday.

Michigan had been in second place since the preseason but dropped a spot after playing its closest game yet. The Wolverines are without suspended coach Jim Harbaugh. Beat Maryland 31-24.

The Buckeyes received one first-place vote after that Minnesota bombing.

Washington won 22-20 on the road against Oregon State. Which fell five places to 15th and rose one place. The Huskies have their highest seeding since reaching No. 4 in 2016, their only season in the playoffs and the last time the Pac-12 had a team in the College Football Playoff.

Florida State dropped one spot after that Defeating FCS North Alabama 58-13, But she suffered a much greater loss. Quarterback Jordan Travis was taken off the field in the first quarter with a serious injury to his lower left leg.

No. 6 Oregon, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Alabama and No. 9 Louisville all maintained their positions after the victories, and Missouri rose to No. 10.

Poll points

Michigan State and Ohio State will be a matchup between top-five teams for the 13th time, the most by any number of rivalries. The Buckeyes are 7-4-1 in those games.

Oklahoma-Texas is the only other rivalry with a top-five matchup in double digits. The Sooners and Longhorns have met 10 times as a top-10 team.

Nebraska and Oklahoma are next in eight top-10 matchups.

At home and abroad

Utah (7-4) is outside the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. The Utes dropped from 16th after that 42-18 loss at Arizona. Utah has lost three of four. The Wildcats reached 16th place.

The Utes saw their streak of 33 consecutive appearances in the poll snapped dating back to the 2021 season. That was the fifth-longest active streak in the country behind Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan.

North Carolina also fell again after that Losing to Clemson.

Moving into the poll was No. 23 Toledo (10-1) for the first time this season. The Rockets were ranked for the first time since November 1, 2015.

Iowa State is back at No. 20 after winning the Big West championship with a 15-13 win over Illinois.

Conference call

Toledo’s entry increased the number of schools from non-Power Five conferences in the Top 25 to a season-high of four.

The Rockets of the Mid-American Conference are joined by No. 18 Tulane of the American Athletic Conference, No. 22 Liberty of Conference USA, and No. 24 James Madison of the Sun Belt.

JMU remains in the poll after its first loss of the season. 26-23 in overtime to Appalachian State.

SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 8, 10, 12, 14, 25).

Pac 12 – 4 (Nos. 4, 6, 15, 16).

Big 12 – 4 (numbers 7, 13, 19, 21).

Big Ten – 4 (numbers 2, 3, 11, 20).

ACC — 2 (No. 5, 9).

American – 1 (No. 18).

Conference USA – 1 (No. 22).

Sunbelt — 1 (No. 24).

Central America – 1 (No. 23)

Independent — 1 (No. 17).

rank vs. Rank

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan, Saturday. The Buckeyes and Wolverines also lead in ranked matchups (that would be 49) and top 10 matchups (26).

No. 15 Oregon State at No. 6 Oregon, Friday. The sixth meeting with the two ranked teams and the second in a row.


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