Ohio State Surpasses Michigan in College Football Poll, Setting Up Top-Five Showdown
In a thrilling turn of events, Ohio State has surpassed Michigan in the latest college football poll, setting the stage for an epic top-five showdown. The Associated Press poll revealed that Ohio State has moved up to the coveted No. 2 spot, while Michigan slipped to No. 3 after a hard-fought victory against Maryland. This ranking switch sets the stage for an intense clash between two of the Big Ten’s biggest rivals next week.
Georgia, with a season-high 61 first-place votes, remains steadfast at the No. 1 spot for the 23rd consecutive week. This remarkable streak is only 10 weeks behind the record held by USC from 2003 to 2005. Meanwhile, No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Florida State have flip-flopped positions, maintaining the status quo of the top five unbeaten teams.
Ohio State’s rise to No. 2 is well-deserved, considering their dominant performance against Minnesota, which earned them a first-place vote. On the other hand, Michigan’s slip in the rankings reflects their narrow victory over Maryland in the absence of their suspended coach, Jim Harbaugh.
Washington’s triumph against Oregon State on the road propelled them to their highest ranking since 2016, when they reached No. 4 and made their lone playoff appearance. The Pac-12 has been eagerly awaiting another team’s inclusion in the College Football Playoff, and Washington’s strong showing adds to the conference’s hopes.
Florida State, despite securing a victory against FCS North Alabama, dropped a spot in the rankings. However, their win was overshadowed by the injury suffered by quarterback Jordan Travis, who was carted off the field with a potential serious lower left leg injury.
The top ten teams, including No. 6 Oregon, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Alabama, No. 9 Louisville, and No. 10 Missouri, maintained their positions after impressive victories. These teams are continuing to prove their mettle as the season progresses.
The upcoming clash between Michigan and Ohio State will mark the 13th top-five matchup between the two rivals, a record unmatched by any other rivalry in college football. The Buckeyes have a 7-4-1 advantage so far in these highly anticipated matchups.
It is worth noting that another top-five rivalry game, Oklahoma vs. Texas, has occurred 10 times in the past. Following closely behind are Nebraska and Oklahoma with eight top-five matchups.
Utah’s loss to Arizona caused them to drop out of the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. The Utes had held the 16th spot but plummeted due to their recent struggles. Meanwhile, Toledo enters the rankings at No. 23 for the first time this season, bringing the number of non-Power Five conference schools in the Top 25 to a season-high of four. Tulane (No. 18), Liberty (No. 22), and James Madison (No. 24) also maintain their positions in the rankings.
This exciting development in the college football poll sets the stage for upcoming highly-anticipated matchups as teams battle for coveted playoff spots. Fans can expect intense competition, and the rankings are sure to continue fluctuating as the season progresses. Stay tuned for more thrilling football action and the latest updates on your favorite teams.