AP Top 25 poll: OSU remains #3 despite not playing Saturday


COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 7: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes completes a second quarter pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on November 7, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Despite having its game against Maryland canceled due to COVID-19 issues, the Ohio State Buckeyes remained No. 3 in this week’s AP Top 25 college football poll.

The Buckeyes are set to face Indiana this Saturday in the Hoosiers first-ever game between two Top 10 opponents. Sunday marked Indiana’s first Top 10 ranking since 1967.

No. 25 Tulsa is ranked in college football poll for the first time in 10 years.

The AP Top 25 was mostly stagnant Sunday after four of the top five teams did not play and only one ranked team lost this weekend.

Alabama is No. 1 for the second straight week, with 60 first-place votes. No. 2 Notre Dame received one first-place vote and No. 3 Ohio State got the other. The rest of the top eight was unchanged: Clemson is No. 4, followed by Texas A&M, Florida, Cincinnati and BYU.

Indiana moved up one spot to ninth — the Hoosiers’ best ranking since they were fourth in the 1967 poll — heading into a matchup with Ohio State on Saturday.

Tulsa moved into the rankings after beating American Athletic Conference rival SMU, knocking the Mustangs from the Top 25.

The Golden Hurricane were last ranked in the final poll of the 2010 season at No. 24. The last time Tulsa was ranked during the regular season was two years before that, when coach Todd Graham had the Golden Hurricane as high at No. 19.

In addition to OSU (No. 3) and Indiana (No. 9), two other teams were ranked in the Top 25: Wisconsin (No. 10) and Northwestern (No. 19). The Buckeyes are not scheduled to face either team.

OSU’s remaining schedule is:

Nov. 21 — Indiana at Ohio State
Nov. 28 — Ohio State at Illinois
Dec. 5 — Ohio State at Michigan State
Dec. 12 — Michigan at Ohio State


Clemson has now been ranked in the top five for 50 consecutive weeks, the longest active streak in college football and the third-longest streak in the history of the AP poll.

The Tigers reached No. 4 on Nov. 5, 2017, and have been in the top five ever since. The longest streak of top-five rankings belongs, of course, to Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s record streak was snapped last year at 68 consecutive polls.

The second-longest run of top-five appearances is Miami’s streak of 55 from 2000-03.


  • SEC — 5 (Nos. 1, 5, 6, 13, 23).
  • Big Ten — 4 (Nos. 3, 9, 10, 19).
  • Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 14, 17, 18, 22).
  • ACC — 3 (Nos. 2, 4, 12).
  • Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 11, 20).
  • American — 2 (Nos. 7, 25).
  • Sun Belt — 2 (Nos. 15 tie, 24).
  • Conference USA — 1 (No. 15, tie).
  • Independents — 2 (Nos. 8, 21).


No. 9 Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State. The Hoosiers’ dream season has a chance to reach new heights.

No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 19 Northwestern. Major Big Ten West ramifications.

No. 14 Oklahoma State at No. 18 Oklahoma. Bedlam could throw the Big 12 race into chaos.

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