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AP Top 25 poll: Michigan replaces Ohio State at No. 2 in latest college football rankings

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Michigan walked away as the biggest winner of the weekend by jumping four spots up to No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25 after beating rival Ohio State 42-27 for the first time since 2011. The movement upwards, which marks the fourth different team to land at No. 2 in the AP poll in as many weeks, puts the Wolverines in the top two for the first time since 2016.

Conversely, the Buckeyes dropped five spots to No. 7, becoming the highest ranked two-loss team in the nation. Georgia kept its stranglehold on the No. 1 spot, while Cincinnati jumped Alabama to reach No. 3. Oklahoma State rounds out the top five after beating rival Oklahoma for the first time since 2014. 

Down the ballot, Texas A&M fell 10 spots to No. 24 after losing to 6-6 LSU on the road, while Arkansas moved up to No. 23. Kentucky re-entered the poll at No. 25, giving the SEC the last three teams in the poll. Wisconsin and UTSA both dropped out after ending the regular season with losses. Clemson re-entered the poll at No. 22 after a brief absence. 

Check out the full AP Top 25 below. First-place votes are in parentheses. 

  1. Georgia (62)
  2. Michigan
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Alabama
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Ohio State
  8. Ole Miss
  9. Baylor
  10. Oregon
  11. Michigan State
  12. BYU
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Utah
  15. Iowa
  16. Houston
  17. Pitt
  18. Wake Forest
  19. San Diego State
  20. Louisiana
  21. NC State
  22. Clemson
  23. Arkansas
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Kentucky

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 68, UTSA 58, Appalachian State 50, Minnesota 37, Purdue 21, Mississippi State 7, Penn State 5, Army 5, Fresno State 1

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