The Ohio State Buckeyes took care of business Saturday by demolishing a bad UNLV team, 54-21, but Associated Press voters still did not seem impressed.
The Buckeyes stayed at No. 9 in the Coaches Poll, but fell (again) to No. 11 in the AP Top 25. It’s the second-consecutive week they have fallen one spot in the AP Poll despite featuring two consecutive blowout victories.
In case you weren’t watching any college football Saturday night, you missed quite the game in Iowa. The Hawkeyes, who were supposed to be a tough test against Penn State, were that and more. Luckily for the Nittany Lions, they were still able to come away with a victory by scoring a touchdown on the last play of the game to silence the Iowa crowd.
There are still four Big Ten teams in the Top 11 of both polls, including the Buckeyes: (AP poll, Coaches poll)
- Penn State: No. 4, No. 4
- Michigan: No. 8, No. 7
- Wisconsin: No. 10, No. 10
In the AP Poll, both No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 TCU jumped Ohio State. The Bulldogs beat previously No. 17 Mississippi State handily, 31-3, while the Horned Frogs upset previously No. 6 Oklahoma State.
In the Coaches Poll, while the Cowboys fell behind the Buckeyes, Georgia jumped Ohio State as well. TCU jumped to No. 11, two spots behind the scarlet and gray.
As seen by Ohio State continuing to fall in the polls even while winning games, the poll voters seem to believe that strength of schedule matters. Luckily for the Buckeyes, they will take on both Penn State and Michigan later in the season, so the scarlet and gray have the possibility to prove to the voters that they have improved since losing to Oklahoma.
Then again, although these two polls give us a good idea of where teams will be stacked up, neither will matter once the College Football Playoff committee releases their rankings. Those are the only rankings that truly matter.