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Ohio State advances to No. 2 in AP Top 25; Begins preparation for Michigan

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 college football poll that was released Sunday.

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The Buckeyes advanced past the Michigan Wolverines, who fell to No. 3.

Ohio State soundly defeated Minnesota, 37-3, with a solid second-half performance.

The Wolverines played their closest game of the season to date Saturday beating Maryland, 31-24, for its 1,000 victory in program history.

Michigan is still without suspended head coach Jim Harbaugh.

As for the rest of the top five, Georgia remains No. 1 following a dominating win at Tennessee on Saturday.

Washington moved up one spot to No. 4 after their road win at Oregon State.

Florida State dropped one place to No. 5 after beating North Alabama but lost starting quarterback Jordan Travis to a season-ending injury.

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Ohio State and Michigan begin preparation for “The Game” Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Both teams are 11-0. The winner clinches the Big Ten East and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game on December 2.

The Wolverines have won the last two meetings between the schools They won, 42-27, in 2021 at Ann Arbor and knocked off the Buckeyes, 45-23, in Columbus last season.

Kickoff is at noon on Saturday afternoon.

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