The Football Fever: Bucks tumble in polls, Meyer promises fix, coordinators fall on sword
COLUMBUS -- (AP) Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press college football poll behind Alabama after the Sooners scored the most impressive victory of Week 2 over the homestanding Buckeyes.
Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday, creating an early shake-up near the top of the AP Top 25. The Sooners jumped three spots after winning 31-16 at Ohio State. The last time the Sooners were this close to being No. 1 was in 2011.
The Buckeyes slipped from No. 2 to eighth.
Clemson held its spot at No. 3 after beating Auburn, and Southern California moved up two places to sixth following a victory against Stanford. Penn State is No. 5 after beating Pitt.
The Crimson Tide received 59 first-place votes. Oklahoma has two and Clemson one.
The Buckeyes have their lowest ranking since November 2014. Ohio State that hopes this season takes a similar path.
Lincoln Riley described Oklahoma's win over Ohio State as "emotional" and "special," but he knows it will all be for naught if the Sooners stumble later in the season.
Baker Mayfield's legend grows with swaggering win over Ohio State
With revenge on his mind, the mercurial Oklahoma QB carried the Sooners into Columbus. Three touchdowns, some trash talk and a spiked flag at midfield later, Mayfield added to his legend and gave OU the season's biggest win so far.
In 2014, the Buckeyes lost at home to Virginia Tech and fell from No. 8 to No. 22 in the rankings. The Buckeyes did not lose again and won the national championship in Urban Meyer's third season as coach in Columbus.
The Buckeyes did extend their streak of 41 polls ranked in the top 10, which dates back to Nov. 9, 2014.
Notre Dame's stay in the Top 25 lasted one week. The Fighting Irish lost 20-19 at home to Georgia, which moved up two spots to No. 13. The Irish were the only team to fall out of the rankings.