Ohio State Stays At No. 5 In AP Poll

By October 24, 2021 (2:42 pm)Sports

Ohio State and Penn State looked poised for a top 10 matchup on Oct. 30, but a poorly timed loss from the Nittany Lions causes the Halloween weekend game to feel a little lackluster.

Ohio State remained at No. 5 in the new AP Top 25 poll after dominating Indiana 54-7 on Saturday. However, a 20-18 nine-overtime home loss to Illinois sent the Nittany Lions tumbling from the seventh-ranked spot to No. 20.

Georgia keeps the unanimous No. 1 spot, followed by undefeated Cincinnati. Alabama is the third team, flipping spots with Oklahoma, who now takes over the fourth spot. The Crimson Tide cruised to a 52-24 win over Tennessee, while the Sooners struggled in a narrow 35-23 victory against Kansas.

Michigan sits at No. 6 behind Ohio State and travels to No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 30. It is the first meeting between the in-state rivals when both teams had a 7-0 record or better.

Oregon, who is responsible for Ohio State’s lone loss, claims the No. 7 spot after a 34-31 win at UCLA on Saturday, while Iowa and Ole Miss round out the top 10.

There are four undefeated teams sitting outside the top 10, including No. 13 Wake Forest (7-0), No. 19 SMU (7-0), No. 21 San Diego State (7-0) and No. 23 UTSA (8-0).

Here are the full rankings:

1GEORGIA7–01,575 (63)1SEC
2CINCINNATI7–01,4772American Athletic
4OKLAHOMA8–01,3833Big 12
5OHIO STATE6–11,3115Big Ten
6MICHIGAN7–01,2706Big Ten
8MICHIGAN STATE7–01,1609Big Ten
9IOWA6–11,03511Big Ten
10OLE MISS6–11,03412SEC
11NOTRE DAME6–192213IA Independents
14TEXAS A&M6–270017SEC
15OKLAHOMA STATE6–16828Big 12
16BAYLOR6–151320Big 12
19SMU7–047321American Athletic
20PENN STATE5–24717Big Ten
21SAN DIEGO STATE7–039022Mountain West
22IOWA STATE5–2298Big 12
23UTSA8–023524Conference USA
24COASTAL CAROLINA6–113214Sun Belt
25BRIGHAM YOUNG6–244IA Independents
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