AP Poll: Baylor jumps Ohio State, Duke enters the Top 25 rankings after Week 12
As if Ohio State fans didn't feel slighted enough already. The Buckeyes, who won their 22nd consecutive game with Saturday's 60-35 victory over Illinois, dropped to No. 4 in the newly released AP Poll on Sunday. Baylor jumped Urban Meyer's team into the No. 3 spot following a 63-34 rout of Texas Tech. The Bears finished with 1,351 points. Ohio State checked in with 1,343.
Remember, the Coaches' Poll -- not the AP Poll -- is factored into the BCS standings. The Buckeyes still sit at No. 3 in the Coaches' Poll heading into Week 13.
Of course, undefeated Alabama and Florida State continue to hold the top two spots. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles will likely face off for the national championship should both keep winning. The complete AP Poll (with first-place votes in parentheses) is below:
1. Alabama (55)
2. Florida State (5)
4. Ohio State
9. Texas A&M
11. Oklahoma State
12. South Carolina
13. Michigan State
15. Fresno State
19. Arizona State
20. Northern Illinois
24. Ole Miss
A few more thought from this week's poll:
• Duke, which beat ACC Coastal foe Miami 48-30 this week, entered the rankings at No. 25. The Blue Devils are 8-2 and have won six straight games since losing 58-55 at Pitt on Sept. 21. Just how rare is it to see Duke sitting in the poll?
• Fresno State remains five spots ahead of fellow non-AQ-conference unbeaten Northern Illinois. NIU (10-0) is coming off a 48-27 victory over Ball State on Wednesday, and may have few remaining opportunities to leap the Bulldogs (9-0) if coach Tim DeRuyter's team stays perfect.
• USC, which hasn't been ranked since a 10-7 loss to Washington State on Sept. 7, cracked the poll this week at No. 23. The Trojans have won five of their last six games under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, none more impressive than Saturday night's 20-17 upset of Stanford.