Though its hold on the position grows more tenuous by the week, Ohio State is indeed the No. 1 team in the land again according to the Associated Press.
And since the Buckeyes held on to that spot for one more week, they have now earned that distinction more than any other program in college football history.
This week marks Ohio State’s 102nd week atop the Associated Press poll, surpassing Oklahoma for first all-time. Ohio State also owns the top spot for most total weeks in college football’s poll of record (845), which dates back to 1936.
The 10 most weeks as AP No. 1, according to data warehouse Winsipedia (updated through today).
- Ohio State – 102
- Oklahoma – 101
- Notre Dame – 98
- USC – 91
- Alabama – 73
- Florida State – 72
- Nebraska – 70
- Miami – 68
- Texas – 45
- Florida – 41
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)
- Ohio State (47)
- Baylor (8)
- TCU (5)
- Michigan State (1)
- LSU (1)
- Utah (1)
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State
What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.
“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”
The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.
Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:
Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.
“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.
Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.