Pollin' It: Baylor Making Its Run At Ohio State

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor has made a strong push for next in line to the championship game, but Ohio State still sits barely in front.

AP Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 10-0 1,495 1
2 Florida State (5) 10-0 1,445 2
3 Baylor 9-0 1,351 4
4 Ohio State 10-0 1,343 3
5 Oregon 9-1 1,210 6
6 Auburn 10-1 1,205 7
7 Clemson 9-1 1,115 8
8 Missouri 9-1 1,067 9
9 Texas A&M 8-2 956 10
10 Stanford 8-2 899 5
11 Oklahoma State 9-1 889 12
12 South Carolina 8-2 870 11
13 Michigan State 9-1 749 14
14 UCLA 8-2 710 13
15 Fresno State 9-0 572 16
16 Wisconsin 8-2 559 17
17 UCF 8-1 535 15
18 LSU 7-3 439 18
19 Arizona State 8-2 430 21
20 Northern Illinois 10-0 426 20
21 Louisville 9-1 412 19
22 Oklahoma 8-2 318 22
23 USC 8-3 187 NR
24 Mississippi 7-3 119 NR
25 Duke 8-2 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Nebraska 1, Cincinnati 1

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
10-0 1544 56 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
10-0 1487 6 2 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
10-0 1404 0 3 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
9-0 1386 0 4 4/NR
5 Oregon
Ducks
9-1 1231 0 7 2 2/7
6 Clemson
Tigers
9-1 1217 0 6 4/10
7 Auburn
Tigers
10-1 1145 0 9 2 7/NR
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1129 0 8 7/NR
9 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
9-1 1030 0 10 1 9/20
10 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 928 0 11 1 6/15
11 South Carolina
Gamecocks
8-2 882 0 12 1 6/20
12 Stanford
Cardinal
8-2 865 0 5 7 4/13
13 Michigan State
Spartans
9-1 729 0 16 3 13/NR
14 UCLA
Bruins
8-2 700 0 15 1 10/21
15 Louisville
Cardinals
9-1 627 0 13 2 6/17
16 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 622 0 14 2 14/NR
17 Wisconsin
Badgers
8-2 511 0 20 3 17/NR
18 Oklahoma
Sooners
8-2 502 0 17 1 8/18
19 LSU
Tigers
7-3 478 0 18 1 6/19
20 Central Florida
Knights
8-1 446 0 19 1 19/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
10-0 418 0 21 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
8-2 352 0 22 22/NR
23 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 173 0 25 2 23/NR
24 Duke
Blue Devils
8-2 131 0 NR 24/NR
25 USC
Trojans
8-3 115 0 NR 22/NR

Baylor has begun to make its move.  The Bears jumped past Ohio State in the AP Poll and are within 20 votes in the poll that matters.  Considering Baylor has games left against Oklahoma State and Texas, it has a good chance to move past Ohio State.  However, the Buckeyes will have the conference title game against a now 13th ranked Michigan State team that could be the final bump OSU needs.  None of this could matter as Florida State and Alabama will probably win out anyway.

The Big Ten does have Minnesota in the Coaches Poll as well as Michigan State and Wisconsin both in the top 20.  It will be interesting to see if Wisconsin can move high enough to sneak into a BCS bowl if Michigan State loses the BTCG and Ohio State slides into the top two.

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