Clemson moved up to No. 3, and Ohio State retained the top spot – though there was a shakeup with Utah’s first loss of the season.
The Buckeyes (8-0) have been No. 1 all season, but had been losing first-place votes in recent weeks. This week, Ohio State had 39 first-place votes in the poll released Sunday after routing Rutgers.
Baylor, Clemson, LSU and TCU – the rest of the top 5 – also received first-place votes, as did No. 7 Alabama.
Utah had its highest regular-season ranking after climbing to No. 3 last week, but dropped 10 spots after losing to unranked Southern California.
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Florida State also dropped after its first loss of the season, falling eight places to No. 17. The Seminoles lost 22-16 to Georgia Tech on a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown on the game’s final play.
The top 25
1. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
9. Notre Dame
12. Oklahoma State
17. Florida State
25. Mississippi State