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College football rankings: Baylor jumps TCU to No. 2 in AP, but what do stats say?

Here are four big rankings all in one spot, and we've also combined them into a single top 25.

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In this week's AP and Coaches Polls, Baylor moves ahead of fellow Big 12 competitor TCU for the No. 2 ranking in the country. As it's been all season, Ohio State remains the top-ranked team. But in an advanced-stats ranking and in a collection of dozens of ratings, the Buckeyes aren't all that close.

For some teams near the top of the rankings, Week 6 was about survival. Ohio State won by three touchdowns but struggled plenty with Maryland. Michigan State let Rutgers play a dangerously competitive game before the Scarlet Knights literally spiked the ball on fourth down. TCU had to push its "Activate Trevone Boykin" button to avoid a loss to Kansas State. Utah needed a late stand to seal a win against Cal in a thriller.

For others, the weekend was about revival. Michigan was already clearly good, but the Wolverines formally announced themselves as one of the country's best by pummeling Northwestern. Texas won't show up in many rankings this week, but the Longhorns' upset over Oklahoma was nonetheless impressive. And Tennessee, which looked dead in the water a week ago, beat Georgia to set up a possible turning point.

AP Coaches Massey S&P+
1 Ohio State (27) Ohio State (47) Utah Clemson
2 Baylor (13) Baylor (8) TCU Alabama
3 TCU (3) TCU (5) Florida Michigan
4 Utah (16) Michigan State (1) Clemson Florida State
5 Clemson (1) LSU (1) Michigan Florida
6 LSU Clemson Ohio State USC
7 Michigan State Utah (1) Texas A&M Notre Dame
8 Florida State Florida State Baylor West Virginia
9 Texas A&M (1) Alabama Alabama Oklahoma
10 Alabama Texas A&M Notre Dame Stanford
11 Florida Florida LSU LSU
12 Michigan Ole Miss Oklahoma State Northwestern
13 Ole Miss Notre Dame Stanford Utah
14 Notre Dame Michigan Florida State Duke
15 Stanford Oklahoma State Iowa Texas A&M
16 Oklahoma State Stanford Ole Miss Ole Miss
17 Iowa Iowa Northwestern TCU
18 UCLA UCLA Oklahoma Louisville
19 Oklahoma Oklahoma UCLA Western Kentucky
20 Northwestern Boise State Boise State Arkansas
21 Boise State Northwestern California Toledo
22 Toledo Memphis Michigan State Baylor
23 California California Toledo Washington
24 Houston Duke Temple UCLA
25 Duke Toledo USC Iowa
Composite ranking Change Average ranking
1 Clemson 4
2 TCU +8 6.25
2 Utah +5 6.25
4 Alabama -1 7.5
4 Florida +2 7.5
6 LSU -1 8.25
7 Baylor +4 8.5
7 Florida State +1 8.5
7 Michigan +5 8.5
10 Ohio State -6 9
11 Texas A&M -2 10.25
12 Notre Dame +5 11
13 Stanford -1 13.5
14 Ole Miss 1 14.25
15 Oklahoma -14 16.25
16 Northwestern +2 17.5
17 Michigan State -1 18.25
18 Iowa +2 18.5
19 Oklahoma State NR 19.25
20 UCLA +4 19.75
21 Duke +1 22.25
22 Toledo 22.75
23 USC -11 24.75
24 Boise State NR 26.25
25 California NR 29

The four rankings used here

The Associated Press Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. Didn't have any official bearing on the latter years of the BCS, and won't have any official bearing on the Playoff. Expect it to set the course for the committee, however, as most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP's rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in November. Usually comes out on Sundays about 2 p.m. ET.

The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. It tends to be more conservative than the AP's. Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, we still want multiple human polls in here, and this is the other big one. Releases early Sunday afternoons.

The Massey computer composite: A collection of ... every rating out there, which will be included as soon as it is updated. By including it here, we're giving extra weight to the two human polls, since they're already two of the dozens of ratings included in the Massey. It changes over the course of the week as more rankings arrive.

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings: Connelly's efficiency- and explosiveness-based metric parses each team's performance and adjusts it for strength of opposition. These ratings ultimately become part of each FBS team's advanced statistical profile. They're entirely computer-generated and don't signal an agenda against anybody's favorite team.


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