Ohio State jumps to No. 6 in AP poll after stomping Michigan |
U.S./World Sports

Ohio State jumps to No. 6 in AP poll after stomping Michigan

The Associated Press
Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, right, pressures Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan 62-39. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State moved up to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after trouncing rival Michigan.

The Buckeyes jumped four spots and the Wolverines fell four to No. 8 on Sunday, but overall the rankings were relatively stable after the last weekend of the regular season. Going into next week, when each FBS conference will play a championship game, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are the top three for the sixth straight poll.

Georgia moved up a spot to No. 4 and Oklahoma is fifth. Unbeaten UCF also moved up a spot to No. 7. No. 9 Texas and Washington round out the top 10.

Washington State and LSU both dropped out of the top 10 and are tied for No. 12.



Alabama has been ranked No. 1 for 14 straight weeks. The Crimson Tide are the first team to have three seasons of 14 straights weeks at No. 1, starting from the preseason. The Tide also accomplished the feat in 2016, when it went 15 polls at No. 1 before losing the College Football Playoff championship game to Clemson, and in 2012, when it lost to Auburn on the Kick Six during the final weekend of the regular season.

Southern California is the only other school to go 14 straight weeks in a season at No. 1, doing it in 2004 and 2005. The Trojans won the national championship, becoming just the second wire-to-wire AP No. 1, and lost the BCS championship game to Texas to end the 2005 season.



No. 22 Texas A&M moved back into the ranking after beating LSU 74-72 in a game that tied the FBS record with seven overtimes and broke the record for total points.

No. 25 Fresno State also moved back into the rankings.



Utah State (10-2) dropped out after losing to Boise State in a game that decided a spot in the Mountain West championship game against Fresno State. The Aggies had reached No. 14.

Pitt is out after losing to Miami. The Panthers had already clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference and will face No. 2 Clemson unranked and with a 7-5 record.



SEC — 7 teams (1, 4, 11, 12t, 16, 20, 22).

Big Ten — 4 (6, 8, 14, 21).

Big 12 — 4 (5, 9, 15, 24).

Pac-12 — 3 (10, 12t, 17).

ACC — 2 (2, 18).

Independent — 2 (3, 23).

Mountain West — 2 (19, 25).

American — 1 (7).



Conference championship weekend.

No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 1 Alabama, SEC championship Saturday in Atlanta. Winner goes to the playoff. Maybe the loser, too.

No. 9 Texas vs. No. 5 Oklahoma, Big 12 championship Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Playoff and Sugar Bowl ramifications.

No. 17 Utah vs. No. 10 Washington, Pac-12 championship Friday in Santa Clara, California. Winner goes to the Rose Bowl.

No. 21 Northwestern vs. No. 6 Ohio State, Big Ten championship Saturday in Indianapolis. Playoff and Rose Bowl ramifications.

No. 25 Fresno State at No. 19 Boise State, Mountain West championship Saturday. Winner could end up in New Year’s Six bowl.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.