A win over arch-rival Michigan was not enough for the Ohio State football team to move up to the top spot in the latest Associated Press poll.
The Buckeyes remain second in the AP poll. Ohio State is number one in the more important college football playoff rankings, with the next poll due out tomorrow. The top four teams following the season make the post-season playoff and an Ohio State win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game would essentially guarantee them a spot in the playoff.
The Buckeyes gained on LSU after their blowout victory at Michigan, receiving 19 first-place votes. The Tigers had 40, down 10 from last week. Clemson received three first-place votes.
The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia.
Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five.
Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor.
The Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in a wild Iron Bowl on Saturday to give it two regular-season losses for the first time since 2010. The four-spot drop by Alabama broke a string of top-five appearances that began Nov. 8, 2015.
The week before the Tide’s run started it had been seventh, and it had been as low as 12th earlier that season. Alabama passed the old record for consecutive top-five appearances of 55 by Miami (Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003) last season.
Wisconsin moved up three spots to No. 10 after routing Minnesota. The Gophers dropped six spots to No. 15.