Charboneau’s AP vote: Michigan State moves into top 4

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Michigan State defenders pull down Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. for a loss in the second quarter.

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.

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Matt Charboneau’s Top 25

1. Ohio State

2. TCU

3. Alabama

4. Michigan State

5. Baylor

6. Notre Dame

7. Georgia

8. Southern Cal

9. Auburn

10. Florida State

11. Oregon

12. Clemson

13. LSU

14. UCLA

15. Georgia Tech

16. Oklahoma

17. Ole Miss

18. Arizona

19. Texas A&M

20. BYU

21. Missouri

22. Wisconsin

23. Arizona State

24. Utah

25. Arkansas