Charboneau’s AP vote: Michigan State moves into top 4
Two weeks into the college football season and the rankings keep on shuffling.
Michigan State moves up a spot after its victory over Oregon, and that might bother some Baylor folks. But the margin I had between the two was slim and it’s hard to ignore a win over a top-10 team.
That puts the Spartans in my top four while Ohio State, TCU and Alabama did nothing to change their standing.
Notre Dame makes a jump with its impressive last-minute victory along with Auburn’s struggles against FCS foe Jacksonville State. The Irish might have trouble holding that spot after losing quarterback Malik Zaire for the season and Auburn is sure to play better, but for this week, that’s where they stand.
Oklahoma also made a big jump up to No. 16 after rallying from a 17-point deficit to beat Tennessee in double overtime.
Big moves on the bad side include Arkansas, who barely stayed in the poll at No. 25, moving down eight spots after its loss to Toledo. That came, of course, just days after Arkansas coach Bret Bielema criticized Ohio State for playing schools from the Mid-American Conference.
Boise State dropped from No. 21 out of the rankings after its loss to BYU and Mississippi State’s stay in Top 25 was brief after a loss to LSU. On the flip side, BYU jumps in at No. 20 while Utah enters the poll at No. 24.
Matt Charboneau’s Top 25
1. Ohio State
4. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
8. Southern Cal
10. Florida State
15. Georgia Tech
17. Ole Miss
19. Texas A&M
23. Arizona State