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

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

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 (10-0)

2. Florida State (10-0)

3. Baylor (9-0)

4. Ohio State (10-0)

5. Oregon (9-1)

6. Auburn (10-1)

7. Clemson (9-1)

8. Missouri (9-1)

9. Texas A&M (8-2)

10. Stanford (8-2)

11. Oklahoma State (9-1)

12. South Carolina (8-2)

13. Michigan State (9-1)

14. UCLA (8-2)

15. Fresno State (9-0)

16. Wisconsin (8-2)

17. UCF (8-1)

18. LSU (7-3)

19. Arizona State (8-2)

20. Northern Illinois (10-0)

21. Louisville (9-1)

22. Oklahoma (8-2)

23. USC (8-3)

24. Ole Miss (7-3)

25. Duke (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

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