OKLAHOMA CITY, Sporting Alert – Baylor and Utah were two of the positive movers in the top five of the latest AP top 25 2015 College Football Rankings – Week 7, released on Sunday.
While defending champion Ohio State (6-0) expectedly stayed at No. 1, the Bears (5-0) leaped over TCU to go No. 2, while the Utes (5-0) moved to No. 4 from fifth last week.
The Buckeyes picked up their sixth successive game this season with a 49-28 victory over Maryland and although still not looking like the best team in the country, the voting panel had no choice but to keep Urban Meyer’s team at the top.
Ohio State collected 27 first-place votes, the lowest since being the unanimous No. 1 at the start of the season, while collecting 1411 points.
Baylor which received 13 first-place votes from the panel for 1390 points, blewout Kansas 66-7 on Saturday and was rewarded for the efforts with the second-ranked place.
TCU, which needed to dig deep to see off Kansas State, after falling behind early, dropped to No. 3, while Clemson (5-0) capped off the top five this week, after moving up one slot.
Michigan State (6-0) is still undefeated, but they are still sliding.
Despite winning six games in a row and staying unbeaten in Big Ten league action, the Spartans slipped three places to No. 7.
LSU (5-0) jumped one place up to No. 6
The Florida Gators (6-0) are up three spots to No. 8, with Texas A&M, which was inactive this week staying No. 9 and Alabama dropping two slots to No. 10.
Following the shocking upset defeat to Texas, the Oklahoma Sooners (4-1) dipped nine places to No. 19, while Northwestern (4-1), after losing to Michigan 38-0 dropped seven slots to No. 20.
Houston and Duke – both having pretty solid season – have entered the AP top 25 rankings for the first time this season.
The Cougars (5-0) enter this week’s poll at No. 24, while the Blue Devils (5-1) are at No. 25.
USC and Georgia which both underperformed again this weekend, dropped from the AP top 25 rankings after suffering defeats.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs, who have been receiving votes, will feel unlucky not to be back in this week’s rankings.
AP Top 25
1 Ohio State(27)
7 Michigan State
9 Texas A&M(1)
11 Florida State
13 Ole Miss
14 Notre Dame
16 Oklahoma State
21 Boise State
Dropped from rankings: USC 17, Georgia 19
Others receiving votes: Temple 96, Memphis 59, Arizona State 27, Mississippi State 19, Georgia 16, Texas Tech 10, BYU 8, Western Kentucky 5, USC 5, Kentucky 4, Penn State 4, Navy 3, North Carolina 1