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Coaches Poll: Top spots shuffled as Baylor is bumped to No. 2; Ohio State still No. 1


The top four teams in the coache spoll remain unchanged this week, although the order has been switched up. No. 1 Ohio State remains on top, but No. 2 Baylor moved up two spots following a demolishing of Kansas while No. 3 TCU and No. 4 Michigan State each dropped a spot following closer-than-expected road tests at Kansas State and Rutgers, respectively.

The Buckeyes received 47 first-place votes in the coaches poll. Baylor picked up eight first-place votes, TCU received five and Michigan State, No. 5 LSU and No. 7 Utah each received one. No. 6 Clemson, despite not receiving any first-place consideration, managed to stay one spot ahead of the Utes following a late Saturday night victory over No. 23 Cal (Bears dropped just one spot despite having more turnovers than any top 25 team should have any given week).

Georgia and USC fell out of the top 25 this week following losses. The Bulldogs fell from No. 16 after their second striaght loss (first to Alabama and then at Tennessee), and the Trojans were dumped after being upset at home by Washington on Thursday night after being ranked No. 17. With Georgia and USC out, that made room for No. 24 Duke and No. 25 Toledo at the bottom of this week’s poll. Undefetaed Houston and Temple are each on the doorstep.

No team had a bigger fall within the top 25 this week than Oklahoma. The Sooners fell 10 spots down to No. 19 after being upset in the Red River Rivalry by Texas. No. 14 Michigan rocketed up seven spots following its latest shutout victory, which dropped Northwestern down to No. 21 (five spots behind No. 16 Stanford, whose only loss came in Evanston).

In the eyes of the coache spoll voters, No. 9 Alabama is the best one-loss team in the country, with a home loss to No. 12 Ole Miss. You coudl make the argument that distinction belongs to No. 14 Michigan, whose only loss was on the road on a Thursday night at No. 7 Utah.

Here is this week’s coaches poll, with first-place votes noted)

  1. Ohio State (47)
  2. Baylor (8)
  3. TCU (5)
  4. Michigan State (1)
  5. LSU (1)
  6. Clemson
  7. Utah (1)
  8. Florida State
  9. Alabama
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Florida
  12. Ole Miss
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Michigan
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Stanford
  17. Iowa
  18. UCLA
  19. Oklahoma
  20. Boise State
  21. Northwestern
  22. Memphis
  23. California
  24. Duke
  25. Toledo

Report: Drew Ott tears ACL in Iowa’s win over Illini

IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 5: Defensive lineman Drew Ott #95 of the Iowa Hawkeyes makes a sack in the first half grabbing the ankle of quarterback Tre Roberson #5 of the Illinois State Redbirds on September 5, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, IA. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Iowa’s win that kept the Hawkeyes perfect on the season may have come at a steep cost.

While there has been nothing official from the school, Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette tweeted out that senior Drew Ott sustained a torn ACL in Saturday’s 29-20 win over Illinois.  Ott suffered the non-contact injury in the third quarter as part of the punt-block team and, after being taken off the field and evaluated, spent the remainder of the contest on crutches.

If the report is accurate, not only would Ott’s 2015 season be over but so would his collegiate career.

Ott is one of the top defensive ends ion the Big Ten, entering today’s contest with four sacks.  He added another against the Illini to finish his truncated season with five.

Ott had started 31 of the last 32 games for the Hawkeyes, including a string of 19 straight over the past two seasons.  Following the 2014 season, he was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

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The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.

No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.

New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State