After three of the top six teams lost on Saturday, the newest AP Top 25 Poll is out and features major movement in the Top 10, including a new No. 1 team.
The Clemson Tigers have taken over the top spot in the AP Top 25 poll after a 16-13 home win over No. 19 Florida State, who dropped two spots. Clemson supplants Ohio State after the Buckeyes defeated Minnesota, 28-14, in Columbus. The Tigers were No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings last week and now gain the top spot on the AP Poll with 31 first place votes to Ohio State’s 26.
The Buckeyes move down to No. 2 while Alabama moves up to No. 3 after beating LSU, 30-16, in Tuscaloosa. Baylor beat Kansas State on the road by a touchdown but moved down two spots to No. 4.
The largest jump came from Oklahoma State, who moved up seven spots to No. 5 after defeating TCU by 20 points in Stillwater. The Horned Frogs took a large drop to No. 13, one spot ahead of Michigan State, who fell to No. 14 after losing to Nebraska. The largest drop goes to No. 25 Memphis, who moved down 10 spots after losing at home to No. 22 Navy, a newcomer to the poll.
No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Iowa and No. 12 Oklahoma each moved up two spots with wins while No. 10 Utah rounds out the top 10 after a road win in Washington. Florida stayed put at No. 11 despite locking up the SEC East. The Fighting Irish, who were No. 5 in the first playoff ranking, likely find themselves in the top four on Tuesday night after the loss by LSU.
No. 17 North Carolina, No. 18 UCLA and No. 20 Mississippi State each jumped four spots after blowout wins while No. 16 Houston and No. 21 Temple from the AAC moved up two spots each.
No. 23 Wisconsin and No. 24 Northwestern are the new additions to the polls after beating Maryland and Penn State, respectively.
Full AP Top 25 Rankings:
2) Ohio State
5) Oklahoma State
6) Notre Dame
14) Michigan State
17) North Carolina
19) Florida State
20) Mississippi State