Big Ten in­vades AP top five rank­ings

Ohio State, Michi­gan, Wis­con­sin among ti­tle con­tenders

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

The Big Ten placed three teams in the top five of The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege foot­ball poll for the first time in 56 years, set­ting up a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup for Ohio State and Michi­gan.

Alabama was a unan­i­mous No. 1 in the poll re­leased Sun­day.

The Buck­eyes were No. 2 and Wolver­ines No. 3. They meet in Colum­bus, Ohio, on Satur­day in a game with Big Ten and na­tional cham­pi­onship im­pli­ca­tions.

Clem­son is No. 4, and No. 5 Wis­con­sin gives the Big Ten three of the first five for the first time since Nov. 7, 1960, when Min­nesota was No. 1, Ohio State was No. 3 and Iowa was No. 5.

Louisville dropped eight spots to No. 11 af­ter get­ting trounced by Hous­ton, which jumped in at No. 18.

POLL POINTS

The 113th meet­ing of Michi­gan and Ohio State will mark the 11th time the ri­vals will both be ranked in the top five and the first since 2006, when they had their only 1-2

matchup. The Buck­eyes won that game 42-39 in Colum­bus to earn a spot in the BCS ti­tle game.

— Alabama’s Nick Sa­ban won his 41st game while coach­ing a No. 1 team, pass­ing Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Florida State’s Bobby Bow­den for the most vic­to­ries with a top-ranked squad.

IN

Hous­ton be­gan the sea­son ranked No. 15 and made its way to No. 6 as it started 5-0. Losses to Navy and SMU knocked the Cougars from the rank­ings, but they surged back in af­ter beat­ing the Car­di­nals 36-10 at

home. Those con­fer­ence losses will keep Hous­ton out of the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game, but the Cougars are the AAC’s only ranked team this week.

— Ten­nessee moved back in at No. 24.

OUT

— Troy’s first ap­pear­ance in the rank­ings last a week. The Tro­jans dropped out af­ter los­ing to Arkansas State.

— San Diego State again spent just one week in rank­ings. Since 1977, the Aztecs are 0-4 as a ranked team.

UP

— No. 13 Florida moved up eight spots af­ter nar­rowly slip­ping past LSU with a late goal-line stand.

— No. 9 Colorado, No. 10 Ok­la­homa State and No.

12 USC all moved up three spots.

DOWN

— No. 19 West Vir­ginia fell nine spots af­ter los­ing to Ok­la­homa.

— No. 21 Utah dropped 10 spots af­ter a last-sec­ond loss to Ore­gon.

CONFERNCE CALL

SEC—6 Pac-12 — 5 Big Ten — 5 ACC—3 Big12—3 Amer­i­can — 1 MAC—1 Moun­tain West — 1

RANKED VS. RANKED

No. 16 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama. The Crim­son Tide have al­ready clinched the SEC West and could likely lose and still make the play­off.

No. 3 Michi­gan at No. 3 Ohio State. Jim Har­baugh vs. Ur­ban Meyer II.

No. 6 Wash­ing­ton at No. 23 Wash­ing­ton State, Fri­day. The Ap­ple Cup will de­cide the Pac-12 North.

No. 21 Utah at No. 9 Colorado. The Buffs win the Pac12 South with a vic­tory. A loss gives the divi­sion to USC.

No. 13 Florida at No. 15 Florida State. The Ga­tors and Semi­noles both still have hopes to score a ma­jor bowl bid.

No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 25 LSU. Beat­ing the Ag­gies helped Les Miles save his job — tem­po­rar­ily as it turned out — last year. Can another LSU vic­tory against A&M help Ed Org­eron keep coach­ing the Tigers?

AL GOLDIS — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ohio State quar­ter­back J.T. Bar­rett looks to throw against Michi­gan State dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of Buck­eyes’ 17-16 win on Satur­day.

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