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Ohio State jumps, now ahead of Oklahoma

Highlights from the penultimate ballot of the regular season …

*** The top three remained unchanged, with Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all holding place after rivalry game victories.

Michigan was removed from the No. 4 spot following the blowout loss to Ohio State. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, jumped three positions, to No. 5.

They remain behind Georgia, in addition to the top three noted above.

*** I slotted the Buckeyes ahead of Oklahoma based on the quality of the win over the Wolverines, which offsets the Sooners’ advantages in other data points.

(That narrow early-season victory over Army now must be considered a quality non-conference win for OU’s resume. The Black Knights are 9-2.)

*** Washington has been a tad higher on my ballot than in the overall AP poll for several weeks, and I expect that situation again today.

The Huskies are slotted 11th, an upward move of three positions, following the Apple Cup win.

Washington State is 13th, a four-spot drop.

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma
7. Michigan
8. Texas
9. UCF
10. Florida
11. Washington
12. Penn State
13. Washington State
14. LSU
15. West Virginia
16. Kentucky
17. Iowa State
18. Mississippi State
19. Syracuse
20. Texas A&M
21. Northwestern
22. Boise State
23. Utah
24. Cincinnati
25. Army



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