Buckeyes move up to No. 3


By Ralph D. Russo - AP College Football Writer



Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns, left, watches as Central Michigan wide receiver Jesse Kroll, right, being tackled by Oklahoma State corner back Ramon Richards, bottom, tosses the ball back to Central Michigan wide receiver Cory Willis resulting in a touchdown during the final seconds of an NCAA college football game between in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Central Michigan won 30-27. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)


Oklahoma State dropped out of The Associated college football poll after a controversial loss, and Georgia and Clemson fell after close calls against lightly regarded opposition.

Alabama is still No. 1, receiving 56 out of 61 first-place votes Sunday. No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan all moved up one spot. The Seminoles got four first-place votes and Michigan received one.

Clemson fell from second to fifth after a four-point win against Troy. No. 16 Georgia dropped seven spots after beating FCS Nicholls by two.

Oklahoma State was ranked 22nd when it lost 30-27 to Central Michigan on a final play touchdown Saturday. Officials admitted after the game they misinterpreted a rule, and the play should not have been granted. The Cowboys were three-touchdown favorites against Central Michigan.

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POLL POINTS

UP

— No. 10 Louisville is in the top 10 for the first time since October 2013. Just in time to host one of the biggest games in school history. Florida State plays at Louisville on Saturday.

IN

— No. 24 Arkansas is ranked for the first time this season after beating TCU on the road 41-38 in double overtime. The Razorbacks are ranked for the first time since early last season.

— No. 23 Florida is back in the rankings after slipping out after the opening weekend.

OUT

— TCU is unranked for the first time since September 2014.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Southeastern Conference has eight teams ranked in one regular-season poll for the eighth time. The record is 10, held by the SEC.

Big Ten — 5

ACC — 4

Pac-12 — 3

Big 12 — 3

American — 1

Independent — 1

RANKED VS. RANKED

Loaded first weekend. No ranked matchups in week two. Week three is loaded again.

No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Mississippi. Rebels have two straight wins against the Crimson Tide.

No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville. Can the Seminoles slow Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson?

No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma. The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the AP all-time rankings.

No. 12 Michigan State at No. 18 Notre Dame. Regular rivals who have not met since 2013.

Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns, left, watches as Central Michigan wide receiver Jesse Kroll, right, being tackled by Oklahoma State corner back Ramon Richards, bottom, tosses the ball back to Central Michigan wide receiver Cory Willis resulting in a touchdown during the final seconds of an NCAA college football game between in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Central Michigan won 30-27. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_112392289-a1d475402d77436eaa037a555f575102.jpgOklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns, left, watches as Central Michigan wide receiver Jesse Kroll, right, being tackled by Oklahoma State corner back Ramon Richards, bottom, tosses the ball back to Central Michigan wide receiver Cory Willis resulting in a touchdown during the final seconds of an NCAA college football game between in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Central Michigan won 30-27. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

By Ralph D. Russo

AP College Football Writer

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