Ohio State opened on top of the College Football Playoff rankings, but it had no bearing on the Buckeyes’ positioning in the AP Top 25, as the most recent rankings released Sunday had Ohio State at No. 3 in the country.
Ohio State’s ranking comes after it went on the road and delivered a 35-16 loss to Rutgers, which featured a second-half comeback after trailing 9-7 heading into the locker room.
The Buckeyes checked in at No. 3 behind No. 2 Michigan and No. 1 Georgia, with No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Washington rounding out the top five. In fact, there was no movement among the top nine spots, with No. 6 Oregon, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Alabama and No. 9 Penn State all staying put. Ole Miss, which moved up one spot to No. 10, was the only shift in the top 10.
The largest rise in the poll belonged to No. 13 Utah and No. 14 Tennessee, which each rose five spots, while No. 22 Notre Dame fell 10 spots after a 31-23 loss to unranked Clemson.