AP Top 25: Baylor jumps Ohio State; USC, Duke enter rankings

Baylor raced past Texas Tech and jumped Ohio State in the AP rankings. (USATSI)
Baylor raced past Texas Tech and jumped Ohio State in the AP rankings. (USATSI)

Alabama and Florida State continued paving a path towards a meeting in the BCS Championship Game on Saturday, though the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the polls did so in different fashion. The Tide overcame a slow start against an inspired Mississippi State team, riding a strong defensive performance to a 20-7 victory. Florida State took care of business at home against Syracuse, dispatching its second division opponent by a 59-3 score. 

But the story of the day occurred down in Jordan-Hare Stadium, where Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Young delivered on a play that will go down in history -- if you haven't seen it yet or want to relive the Jordan-Hare prayer, we've got GIF's and videos here. The Tigers moved up to No. 6 after the win, setting up an Iron Bowl with SEC and BCS title implications.

USC broke into the Top 25 after its 20-17 upset of Stanford, improving the Trojans record to 5-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron. The Cardinal fell from No. 5 in the AP poll to no No. 10, but more importantly lost control of the Pac-12 North. Oregon now sits in the driver's seat for a spot in the Pac-12 title game, and moved up to that No. 5 spot after a 44-21 win against Utah.  

Baylor also jumped Ohio State into the No. 3 position following a convincing win against Texas Tech in Arlington, and Duke is now ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since the 1994 season.

Check out the full Top 25 below: 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)

2. Florida State Seminoles (10-0)

3. Baylor Bears (9-0)

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)

5. Oregon Ducks (9-1)

6. Auburn Tigers (10-1)

7. Clemson Tigers (9-1)

8. Missouri Tigers (9-1)

9. Texas A&M Aggies (8-2)

10. Stanford Cardinal (8-2)

11. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1)

12. South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2)

13. Michigan State Spartans (9-1)

14. UCLA Bruins (8-2)

15. Fresno State Bulldogs (9-0)

16. Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)

17. UCF Knights (8-1)

18. LSU Tigers (7-3)

19. Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2)

20. Northern Illinois Huskies (10-0)

21. Louisville Cardinals (9-1)

22. Oklahoma Sooners (8-2)

23. Southern California Trojans (8-3)

24. Ole Miss Rebels (7-3)

25. Duke Blue Devils (8-2)

However, Ohio State held on its No. 3 ranking in the Coaches Poll, which counts towards the BCS standings. The official BCS standings won't be released until 8:30 p.m. ET, but you can check out Jerry Palm's projections now.

Full Coaches Poll Top 25: 

1. Alabama

2. Florida state

3. Ohio State

4. Baylor

5. Oregon

6. Clemson

7. Auburn. 

8. Missouri 

9. Oklahoma State

10. Texas A&M 

11. South Carolina 

12. Stanford 

13. Michigan State

14. UCLA 

15. Louisville

16. Fresno State

17. Wisconsin

18. Oklahoma 

19. LSU

20. UCF 

21. Northern Illnois 

22. Arizona State

23. Minnesota 

24. Duke 

25. USC

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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