Ohio State fell from fifth to eighth in the Associated Press' writers poll and from sixth seventh in the coaches' poll. Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State jumped the Buckeyes in both polls heading into its marquee weekend showdown with a top-five Oregon squad in Eugene this Saturday.
Defending national champion Florida State held the top spot after a closer-than-expected win vs. Oklahoma State in Dallas, while the same could be said of No. 2 Alabama, which got by West Virginia in Atlanta.
Oregon stayed No. 3 in the AP poll after demolishing an overmatched South Dakota team, while Oklahoma held the No. 4 spot after an easy opening win vs. Louisiana Tech.
In the new coaches' poll, Ohio State fell one spot to No. 7. The Buckeyes were hopped by only Michigan State and are also below No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Alabama, third-ranked Oklahoma, fourth-ranked Oregon, No. 5 Auburn and the Spartans.
Ohio State's upcoming opponent for this weekend's prime-time showdown in Ohio Stadium, Virginia Tech, was receiving votes in each poll.
The polls are not any official part of the new College Football Playoff rankings. A committee will use the polls and many other statistical measures as it determines the four-team field for the playoff in December.