By Michael Grimm
The Big Ten doesn’t start play until Oct. 24, but they have cracked the AP Top 10!
Ohio State is at No. 6 in the post-Week 4 poll after the AP deemed Big Ten and Pac-12 teams were again eligible for the poll after the conferences said they would start the season later this fall. With the Big Ten’s schedule up in the air, the poll had removed the conference’s teams from consideration after the preseason poll.
OSU was No. 2 in the preseason top 25.
Florida moved up to No. 3 behind Clemson and Alabama after winning on the road at Ole Miss. The Gators are ahead of Georgia after the Bulldogs struggled in the first half on the way to an eventual easy win over Arkansas.
Notre Dame is at No. 5 ahead of Ohio State. While the Buckeyes’ placement in the poll will undoubtedly rile up a segment of the fanbase, spending time agonizing over September rankings in this weird college football season can be an exercise in futility. Top 10 teams Oklahoma (No. 3) and LSU (No. 6) lost on Saturday to unranked opponents. And just six of the 10 FBS conferences are currently playing,
The Sooners fell 15 spots to No. 18 while LSU fell 14 to No. 20. Mississippi State, the team that beat LSU, moved into the top 25 at No. 16.
In addition to Ohio State, the Big Ten has Penn State at No. 10, Wisconsin at No. 19 and Michigan at No. 23 in this top 25. The only Pac-12 team in the top 25 is Oregon at No. 14.
Miami moved up four spots to No. 8 after it drubbed Florida State on Saturday night. The Hurricanes are behind Auburn and ahead of Texas. The Tigers beat Kentucky at home to open the season while the Longhorns needed a crazy comeback to force overtime and eventually beat Texas Tech.
5. Notre Dame
6. Ohio State
10. PENN STATE
12. North Carolina
13. Texas A&M
16. Mississippi State
17. Oklahoma State