MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Ohio State moved four places up in the college football AP Top 25 rankings on Sunday, while Michigan, Clemson and Washington all fell in Week 12.
Alabama, as expected, continues to lead the list after receiving all 61 first-place votes from the media panel for 1,525 points.
The Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC) made light weight of Mississippi State at the weekend, crushing the Bulldogs 51-3 to stay undefeated this season.
The Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten), meanwhile, improved to No. 2 this week after hammering Maryland 62-3 to collect back-to-back identical scores over an opponent, following the win over then-No. 9 Nebraska a week ago.
Ohio State, which is expected to do some moving in the next release of the College Football Playoff rankings, collected 1,455 points this week.
Louisville improved to No. 3 in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings after taking care of Wake Forest, 44-12 on Saturday.
Three of the top four from last week slipped in this week’s poll, with Michigan falling two places to No. 4, Clemson down to No. 5 from No. 3 and Washington dropping three spots to No. 7.
The Clemson Tigers were shocked by Pittsburgh 43-42 on Saturday after going into the game as strong favourites, while Michigan failed to get going on offense and was beaten 14-13 on a late field goal at Iowa.
Washington was beaten at USC on Saturday.
All three teams went into the weekend’s college football fixtures with undefeated records.
Wisconsin moved up a spot to No. 6, while Oklahoma, Penn State and West Virginia complete the top 10.
Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Western Michigan and USC are 11 through 15.
LSU is No. 16 and it’s followed in the rankings by Florida State, Auburn, Nebraska and Washington State in the top 20.
San Diego State, at No. 24 and Troy, which is ranked for the first time in school history, at No. 25 are the new teams in the AP Top 25 Rankings this week, while Virginia Tech, North Carolina dropped and Baylor all dropped out of the poll.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings
Week 12: Sunday, November 13
1 Alabama (61) 10-0
2 Ohio State
9 Penn State
10 West Virginia
13 Oklahoma State
14 Western Michigan
17 Florida State
20 Washington State
22 Boise State
23 Texas A&M
24 San Diego State
Others receiving votes: Houston 49, North Carolina 40, Virginia Tech 36, Tennessee 21, Navy 20, Stanford 16, W. Kentucky 11, Pittsburgh 9, South Florida 8, Arkansas 7, Iowa 4, Mississippi 2, Minnesota 1