Ohio State passed Michigan and moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, a week before the Big Ten rivals play another top-five matchup, and No. 4 Washington flip-flopped with No. 5 Florida State.
Georgia remained No. 1 and received a season-high 61 first-place votes. The Bulldogs have been atop the rankings for 23 straight weeks, the second-best streak in the history of the poll and 10 behind the record held by USC (2003-05).
The top five teams, all unbeaten, had held their places for five straight weeks. All improved to 11-0 on Saturday, but the order changed Sunday.
Michigan had been No. 2 since the preseason but slipped a spot after playing its closest game yet. The Wolverines, without suspended coach Jim Harbaugh, beat Maryland 31-24.
The Buckeyes received one first-place vote after blowing out Minnesota.
Washington moved up a spot after a 22-20 win on the road against Oregon State, which slipped five spots to No. 15. The Huskies have their highest ranking since reaching No. 4 in 2016, their lone playoff season and the last time the Pac-12 had a team in the College Football Playoff.
Florida State dropped a spot after beating FCS foe North Alabama 58-13, but it suffered a far more significant loss. Quarterback Jordan Travis was carted off the field in the first quarter with what appeared to be a serious injury to his lower left leg.
Michigan and Ohio State will be a matchup of top-five teams for the 13th time, the most of any rivalry. The Buckeyes are 7-4-1 in those games.
Oklahoma-Texas is the only other rivalry that has double-digit top-five matchups. The Sooners and Longhorns have met 10 times as top-five teams.
Nebraska and Oklahoma are next at eight top-five matchups.
MOVING IN; MOVING OUT
The Utes saw their streak of 33 straight poll appearances dating back to the 2021 season snapped. It was the fifth-longest active streak in the country behind Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan.
Moving into the poll was No. 23 Toledo (10-1) for the first time since Nov. 1, 2015.
Toledo's entry increased the number of schools from non-Power 5 conferences in the Top 25 to a season-high four.
SEC: 6 (Nos. 1, 8, 10, 12, 14, 25)
Pac-12: 4 (Nos. 4, 6, 15, 16)
Big 12: 4 (Nos. 7, 13, 19, 21)
Big Ten: 4 (Nos. 2, 3, 11, 20)
ACC: 2 (Nos. 5, 9)
American: 1 (No. 18)
Conference USA: 1 (No. 22)
Sun Belt: 1 (No. 24)
Mid-American: 1 (No. 23)
Independent: 1 (No. 17)
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan: The Buckeyes and Wolverines also lead in ranked matchups (this will be 49) and top-10 matchups (26).
No. 15 Oregon State at No. 6 Oregon: Sixth meeting (and second consecutive) with both teams ranked.