COLUMBUS, Ohio — A season-opening 52-17 victory over Nebraska helped Ohio State climb in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The Buckeyes jumped two spots to No. 3, behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama. The Tigers (52) and Crimson Tide (10) accounted for all of the No. 1 votes.
Ohio State was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll but had not climbed higher than fifth since the Big Ten canceled the fall season. Some voters had opted not to vote for Big Ten teams until the league season actually began.
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Notre Dame dropped one spot to No. 4 and Georgia dropped one to No. 5.
Other Big Ten teams include No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 13 Michigan, both of which rose five spots. Indiana debuted in the poll at No. 17 after its victory at Penn State, which dropped from No. 8 to 18.
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Others receiving votes: Memphis 105, Liberty 85, Tulsa 80, Louisiana-Lafayette 50, Army 44, Auburn 41, Minnesota 40, Utah 36, Northwestern 20, Washington 15, Arkansas 15, Purdue 8, Arizona State 7, Appalachian State 6, California 4, Boston College 2, Texas 2, San Diego State 1
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