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Baylor leapfrogs Ohio State in AP poll

Bryce Petty AP

Unlike the coaches, the media has decided the status quo inside the Top Five was not to their liking.

In a development that’s not completely unexpected, Baylor leapfrogged Ohio State and moved to No. 3 of the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Bears had entered Week 12 seven points behind the Buckeyes.  Thanks to a combination of 29-point BU win over Texas Tech — after falling behind early — and OSU’s 25-point win over Illinois that was a two-score game late, the Bears now own an eight-point lead on the Buckeyes.

(It’s at this point in the program where we feel compelled to remind you that the AP is not one of the two polls utilized by the BCS.)

Of course, Alabama and Florida State remain 1-2 for the second consecutive week.  The Seminoles picked up two first-place votes and now have five, while the Tide claimed the remaining 55.

Thanks to Stanford’s loss, Oregon (No. 5), Auburn (No. 6), Clemson (No. 7), Missouri (No. 8) and Texas A&M (No. 9) all moved up one spot from a week ago.  The Cardinal stayed inside the Top 10 at No. 10.

Despite each winning, UCF (No. 17) and Louisville (No. 21) were the only teams other than Stanford to drop more than one spot this week.  Arizona State, from No. 21 to No. 19, was the only team to move up more than one spot.

Texas (No. 23), Miami (No. 24) and Georgia (No. 25 all fell out of the Top 25, replaced by USC, Ole Miss and Duke at Nos. 23-25, respectively.  The Blue Devils, incidentally, are ranked for the first time since Dec. 6, 1994.

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36 Responses to “Baylor leapfrogs Ohio State in AP poll”
  1. vincentbojackson says: Nov 17, 2013 4:57 PM

    Apparently there are consequences when you give up 35 points to a pitiful Illinois team while the team behind you destroys a quality opponent.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 5:05 PM

    Makes sense. Baylor and Ohio State are pretty evenly matched though.

  3. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 5:27 PM

    Thanks for the reminder, JT. Some of us (me) seem to need them :)

  4. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 5:29 PM

    I mean the reminder that the AP poll isn’t used for the BCS. For some reason, that often slips my mind.

  5. John Taylor says: Nov 17, 2013 5:43 PM

    You’re welcome, Deb. Just one of the myriad services I provide for our readers. :-)

  6. dkhhuey says: Nov 17, 2013 6:13 PM

    Complete bullshit!!! Now that the media darling Stanford swallowed their tongue against a horrible USC team, it appears Baylor is the new girlfriend! They struggled with an unranked team for almost 3 quarters and they still move above OSU who put up a similar effort against an unranked team as well. Oh well, the Buckeyes will just need to keep on winning and let the chips fall where they may.

  7. 4buckiz says: Nov 17, 2013 6:18 PM

    AP also reporting Obamacare rollout was a success!

  8. BrownsTown says: Nov 17, 2013 6:30 PM

    Two inevitabilities: chicks dig the longball and newspaper nerds dig video game football.

    Correction..three: Hoke is fat.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 6:36 PM

    I have got to admit… part of me just likes watching dkhhuey squeal about the injustice of Ohio State football not getting into the NC while not playing anyone.

  10. dkhhuey says: Nov 17, 2013 6:41 PM

    @lambert – no once have I mentioned the NC game – I’m saying that to date, OSU has played a tougher schedule than Baylor, was never behind yesterday, unlike Baylor, and had a margin of victory of an unranked team like Baylor… please explain to me how Baylor deserves to jump OSU?

  11. realfootballfan says: Nov 17, 2013 6:51 PM

    Time to plant a story for Baylor, right Urban?

  12. longborer69 says: Nov 17, 2013 7:15 PM

    Trust the tOSU fans. Baylor beats a team that was 7-3 by 29 points. tOSU beats a team that was 3-6 by 25 points. And they wonder why some people think the Baylor performance was more impressive.

    As if a 7-3 unranked team and a 3-6 unranked team are equivalent….

  13. normtide says: Nov 17, 2013 7:46 PM

    The B1G us letting you down OSU. Congratulations, you clearly dominate your league, unopposed. The down side is people don’t take those wins seriously. Does rooting for your league-mates still seem stupid? It would have helped if those B1G teams could have won those games against the PAC.

  14. BrownsTown says: Nov 17, 2013 7:59 PM

    Yes, Norm, it’s still stupid. I just checked with the other 80% of America and confirmed.

  15. normtide says: Nov 17, 2013 8:08 PM

    Yes, because Cleveland fans should set the standard

  16. normtide says: Nov 17, 2013 8:12 PM

    Oh, and lets count BCS crystal. But by all means, let’s let the worst league show the best how it is done.

  17. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Nov 17, 2013 8:27 PM

    1) tOSU, FSU and Baylor each have beaten one team currently ranked.

    2) tOSU never trailed in the Illinois game

    3) FSU plays Idaho, Florida and most likely Duke

    3) If tOSU wins out, they will face a defense better than Baylor and FSU have faced in MSU.

    I contend wins over Wisconsin and MSU are better than Clemson and Miami. We shall see.

  18. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Nov 17, 2013 8:30 PM


    I take nothing away from Bama. However, only two of those MNC wins comes over B1G teams. Bowl wins head to head between the two are practically even. The SEC does not dominate the B1G in the manner you suggest.

  19. armstrongsmissingball says: Nov 17, 2013 8:41 PM

    tOSU once again just keeps on winning while everyone else will fall.

  20. normtide says: Nov 17, 2013 8:42 PM

    Yes, but perception-wise they are light years apart. Also, the SEC has five different teams with BCS titles. The B1G has one elite level team. All I was originally trying to say is that the B1G really needs more teams to step up. If having your undefeated team ranked last among AQ’s doesn’t show you that, nothing will.

    I do find it funny that some one named BrownsTown thinks he can tell others about success. Explain that one.

  21. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 17, 2013 8:48 PM

    Norm you are right. You should always root for your conference when they play out of conference games. It makes your conference look stronger. I bet you pull for LSU in out of conference games.

    Ohio State is probably close to Baylor, but Baylor has dominated many teams while OSU has struggled often.

  22. floriorules says: Nov 17, 2013 9:13 PM

    I love the fact that the south is being overrun by Yankees.

  23. BrownsTown says: Nov 17, 2013 9:18 PM

    BrownsTown is a reference to NFL football. For that reason, you’ll need to sit out this discussion until you’re legitimized with an NFL team. Or any professional sports team, for that matter.

  24. normtide says: Nov 17, 2013 9:20 PM

    Wouldn’t Cleveland have to sit that out too? On Nov 17, 2013 8:18 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > BrownsTown commented: “BrownsTown is a reference to NFL football. For > that reason, you’ll need to sit out this discussion until you’re > legitimized with an NFL team. Or any professional sports team, for that > matter.”

  25. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 10:04 PM

    This thread has deteriorated into complete silliness. Apparently BrownsTown invited all the OSU fans over and they’re either drinking Fire Water or Cuyahoga River water … or is that the same thing?

    The B1G has a spectacular history as a power in college football. But recently the power has been the SEC. It doesn’t matter to what extent individual SEC teams have dominated individual B1G teams. It only matters that the SEC has been dominant. That’s indisputable, and I wish B1G fans would just be sportsmanlike rather than whimpering nonsense about lack of pro teams (which is relevant to the college game how?) or Yankees overrunning the South (it’s happened before; we welcome your money).

    BrownsTown, you seem relatively intelligent, so it’s too bad you can’t understand conference pride. Guess that means you’ll never know why this Steelers diehard has a soft spot for your long-suffering Browns. Poor things.

  26. artisan3m says: Nov 17, 2013 10:20 PM

    Baylor has played a game and a half with their top receiver lost for the season and their top two running backs sidelined. Yet they manage to put up over 58 points on average over the past four games. I like their chances against Okla State and think they can run the table in the Big-12. I also think they can match up against anybody right now.

  27. BrownsTown says: Nov 17, 2013 10:51 PM


    It was nice to see Big Ben in stripes today. I guess they’re right when they say justice does ultimately prevail.

  28. Deb says: Nov 17, 2013 10:56 PM

    LOL … wish he’d wear them every week. We win in those unis. Besides, I like them :)

  29. classyjacklambert says: Nov 18, 2013 1:55 AM

    They really do look like convicts in a keystone cop movie though.

  30. longborer69 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:07 AM


    You are so wrong. Just ask any FSU fan. They will tell you that FSU beat A TOP TEN TEAM!!!! in Miami. They were top ten until they had to play FSU so they are obviously DOMINANT and a QUALITY WIN for FSU!!!! LOL.

    Yeah, a win over MSU would be a quality win, and the Wisconsin win definitely is. Their only other loss was at ASU, when they should have had a FG attempt to win.

    But the problem is, after the top 2-3 teams, the B1G just isn’t very good.

  31. waynefontes says: Nov 18, 2013 8:33 AM

    I also LOVE hearing the Ohio State sheep try to defend their pathetic out of conference schedule by stating that Vanderbilt backed out on them at the last minute.

    Vanderbilt? The same Vanderbilt that every tOSU fan says is awful, just like they say most of the SEC is. I guess Vandy is good depending on how it fits your situation.

    Then again, I guess Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota (and I love Minnesota’s story this year), Northwestern and Purdue really set the world on fire.

    Those same fans who bag on Arkansas, but is Iowa’s track record recently much better?

    What has Penn State done lately (besides, well you know…)

    Ohio State has some great OOC games in recent years – Texas, Miami, Southern Cal. Ohio State has had some great OOC games.

    Buffalo, San Diego State, and Cal? And Vandy?

    But go ahead Bucknuts, rag on the SEC’s out of conference scheduling. Not only do most SEC teams play at least one solid OOC game every year (if not two) and least SEC teams play in a great conference.

    Then again, the Big Ten does get Rutgers and Maryland. Wow.

  32. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 11:34 AM

    @classyjack …

    Bumblebees :)

  33. dkhhuey says: Nov 18, 2013 7:07 PM

    @Deb – come on… you actually like those unis? Holy moly! I couldn’t decide if they were bumblebees or prison escapees – or prison escapees covered in bumblebees!

  34. dkhhuey says: Nov 18, 2013 7:12 PM

    @artisan – and I’m guessing OSU’s best DB out with a broken ankle, their two starting linebackers out, and their beast DL who left the game in the 1st half might have had an impact on the OSU / Illini score!

  35. ohioguy614 says: Nov 19, 2013 12:51 PM

    I recall an Oregon team a few years ago that ‘should have’ played for the NC. They were scoring TONS of points and everyone said TOSU would lose. Final score, TOSU 26, Oregon 17. That’s why we play the games. You never know what the outcome will be. There is still PLENTY of football to be played, so just sit back and enjoy.

  36. Deb says: Nov 19, 2013 8:06 PM

    @dkhhuey …

    I really really like them! :)

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