Prior to the season, the Ohio State Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Coaches preseason polls. Following their 49-21 win over Indiana in the opening weekend of the full college football slate, the scarlet and gray stayed at No. 2, behind only Alabama in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls. The Buckeyes earned one first-place vote in the AP poll compared to Alabama’s 60. Ohio State totaled two first-place votes in the Coaches poll compared to the Crimson Tide’s 59 and Clemson’s three.
For much Urban Meyer’s time at Ohio State, it seems as though his Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide are the top-ranked teams in the country and that has continued so far into 2017. Their dominance in recruiting has showcased itself on the field as well, along with both coaching staffs proving just how good they are while leading a bunch of talented young men as well.
There are four Big Ten teams in the top 11 of both polls, including Ohio State: (AP poll, Coaches poll)
- Penn State: No. 4, No. 4
- Michigan: No. 8, No. 8
- Wisconsin: No. 9, No. 11
The Big Ten has four top-11 teams while the SEC has six in the Top 25. The SEC was once known as the most dominant conference in college football, but there now seems to be a major drop off when talking about the rest of the conference outside of Alabama.
In their home opener Saturday night, the Buckeyes will host Oklahoma, who is ranked No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the Coaches poll after the Sooners jumped two spots in both polls. Ohio State’s secondary allowed Indiana to pass for 420 yards in the season opener and they will be tested once again by a very good Sooners’ passing attack led by quarterback Baker Mayfield.
It’s only Week 2, but the Ohio State-Oklahoma matchup at The Shoe in primetime Saturday night can have major dividends on the College Football Playoff at season’s end. Whoever wins the game will not only have a huge win on their resume, but could even put them in the driver’s seat for a spot in the Final Four early on as well.