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Buckeyes Fall From the Top Spot on the AP Top 25 For First Time This Season

For the first time this season the Buckeyes will wake up on Monday and not be at the number one spot in the Top 25 AP Poll, as they have been overtaken by Clemson.

The Tigers now at the number one spot end Ohio State’s 10-week run at the top spot of the rankings. The defending national champion Buckeyes have been first since the preseason, when they became the first team to be a unanimous preseason No. 1 in the 79-year history of the AP rankings.

It is the first time that Clemson is the top-ranked team in the AP Top 25 since the final poll of the 1981 season, when Clemson won its only national title.

Clemson beat Florida on Saturday, while the Buckeyes stayed unbeaten, but again were lackluster, topping Minnesota at home 28-14. Baylor defeated Kansas State 31-24 on Thursday night in Manhattan, Kansas.

LSU, TCU and Michigan State, Nos. 4-6 in the rankings last week, all lost on Saturday. The Tigers fell to Alabama 30-16, TCU lost to Oklahoma State 49-29 and Michigan State was stunned 39-38 on a controversial touchdown in the last minute of the game by Nebraska.

Rk Team (First-place votes) Points Previous
1 Clemson (31) 1,489 3
2 Ohio State (26) 1,460 1
3 Alabama (2) 1,376 7
4 Baylor (2) 1,351 2
5 Oklahoma State 1,256 12
6 Notre Dame 1,219 8
7 Stanford 1,144 9
8 Iowa 1,091 10
9 LSU 1,050 4
10 Utah 900 13
11 Florida 887 11
12 Oklahoma 858 14
13 TCU 841 5
14 Michigan State 807 6
15 Michigan 684 16
16 Houston 561 18
17 North Carolina 506 21
18 UCLA 403 22
19 Florida State 379 17
20 Mississippi State 357 24
21 Temple 310 23
22 Navy 218 NR
23 Wisconsin 183 NR
24 Northwestern 177 NR
25 Memphis 137 15

 

Others receiving votes: USC 104, BYU 35, Mississippi 22, Boise State 6, Texas A&M 6, Toledo 4, Western Kentucky 2, Washington State 2.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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