Michigan State moves up again in AP Top 25

NEW YORK (AP) - Baylor overtook Ohio State in The Associated Press college football poll and Alabama became just the seventh team to hold the No. 1 ranking for 13 straight polls in a season.

The third-ranked Bears slipped ahead of the fourth-ranked Buckeyes after Baylor beat Texas Tech 60-34 and Ohio State won 60-35 at Illinois on Saturday. Baylor has 1,351 points and Ohio State has 1,343.

Alabama remained No. 1, with 55 first-place votes from the media poll released Sunday. No. 2 Florida State has five first-place votes.

Oregon was fifth and Auburn was sixth.

Alabama has been No. 1 since the preseason. Only six preseason No. 1 teams have had longer uninterrupted stays than the Tide, including Southern California in 2004 and Florida State in 1999, the only wire-to-wire champions.

The other four preseason No. 1 teams that have spent longer at No. 1 than Alabama all either lost in a bowl game (Nebraska, 1983; Southern California, 2005; Ohio State 2006) or lost in a conference title game (Oklahoma, 2003).

Moving into the rankings was No. 23 Southern California, No. 24 Mississippi and No. 25 Duke. The Blue Devils were last ranked in December 1994.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
                                                  Record    Pts      Pv
  1.  Alabama  (55)                  10-0      1,495      1
  2.  Florida  St.  (5)            10-0      1,445      2
  3.  Baylor                                9-0      1,351      4
  4.  Ohio  St.                          10-0      1,343      3
  5.  Oregon                                9-1      1,210      6
  6.  Auburn                              10-1      1,205      7
  7.  Clemson                              9-1      1,115      8
  8.  Missouri                            9-1      1,067      9
  9.  Texas  A&M                          8-2          956    10
10.  Stanford                            8-2          899      5
11.  Oklahoma  St.                    9-1          889    12
12.  South  Carolina                8-2          870    11
13.  Michigan  St.                    9-1          749    14
14.  UCLA                                    8-2          710    13
15.  Fresno  St.                        9-0          572    16
16.  Wisconsin                          8-2          559    17
17.  UCF                                      8-1          535    15
18.  LSU                                      7-3          439    18
19.  Arizona  St.                      8-2          430    21
20.  N.  Illinois                    10-0          426    20
21.  Louisville                        9-1          412    19
22.  Oklahoma                            8-2          318    22
23.  Southern  Cal                    8-3          187    NR
24.  Mississippi                      7-3          119    NR
25.  Duke                                    8-2            94    NR

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Cincinnati 1, Nebraska 1.

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