Oklahoma remains No. 1; Ohio State exits poll
New York, NY – Oklahoma remained the top team in the latest Associated Press college football poll, while Ohio State is unranked for the first time in seven years.
Ohio State had been among the top 25 for 103 straight polls and was ranked 17th before a 24-6 loss to Miami-Florida on Saturday. That setback came after a narrow 27-22 win at home against Toledo the previous week. The last time Ohio State was unranked was November 20, 2004.
Oklahoma maintained its spot at the top after a 23-13 win over then-No. 5 Florida State in Tallahassee. The Sooners received 37 first-place votes this week, five more than a week ago, and a total of 1,471 points from a nationwide media panel.
LSU and Alabama swapped places for the third consecutive week. LSU is No. 2 this week after its 19-6 win at Mississippi State, while Alabama dropped a spot to third following a 41-0 rout of overmatched North Texas. The Tigers received 14 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide picked up seven.
Boise State, which rolled to a 40-15 win at Toledo on Friday, earned the other two first-place votes and remained fourth. Stanford moved up one spot to fifth, while Florida State's loss sent the Seminoles tumbling six spots to 11th.
Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oregon round out this week's top 10.
Following Florida State, the second 10 also consists of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia, Baylor, South Florida, Texas and TCU. South Carolina dropped two spots from 10th after a 24-21 win over Navy.
The last five teams ranked this week are all newcomers in Clemson, Michigan, Southern California, Illinois and Georgia Tech.
Clemson ended Auburn's 17-game winning streak with a 38-24 win at Death Valley, sending Auburn out of the poll for the second time this year, while Michigan followed up its 35-31 win over Notre Dame from last week with a 31-3 rout of Eastern Michigan to remain unbeaten.
Southern California is back in the poll after starting the year No. 25 in the preseason. The Trojans also stayed unbeaten after a 38-17 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.
Illinois knocked off then-No. 22 Arizona State on Saturday, 17-14, while Georgia Tech has racked up 178 points in victories over Western Carolina, Middle Tennessee and Kansas.
In addition to Ohio State, Auburn and Arizona State, Michigan State and Mississippi State also departed this week's poll. Michigan State was No. 15 before dropping a 31-13 decision at Notre Dame, while Mississippi State was ranked 25th before its loss to LSU.
Next week's top-25 scoreboard will include four ranked matchups. LSU and West Virginia will tangle in Morgantown, while an ACC tussle will feature the old Bowden Bowl -- minus the Bowdens -- between Florida State and Clemson in South Carolina. This week's marquee SEC matchup pits Arkansas and Alabama in Tuscaloosa, while Oklahoma State will visit College Station for a top-10 Big 12 matchup with Texas A&M.