After concluding their only bye week of the season, the Ohio State Buckeyes stayed at No. 6 in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll. Along with the scarlet and gray, the other teams in the Top 6 remained unchanged as well, with Alabama, Penn State, Georgia, TCU, and Wisconsin completed the Top 5 in both polls.
For what seems like the first time all season, the top-6 teams in the country remained the same after a weekend that didn’t include any big-time upsets. The Buckeyes may have already lost, but they lost early in the season and a win this weekend over Penn State will likely hoist them into the Top 4.
In all, there are now five Big Ten teams in the Top 25, including three top-6 teams: (AP Poll, Coaches Poll)
- Penn State: No. 2, No. 2
- Wisconsin: No. 5, No. 5
- Michigan State: No. 16, No. 18
- Michigan: Not Ranked, No. 25
Wisconsin, who is currently No. 5, has a very good chance to go undefeated in the weak Big Ten West division. Not only will they not have to play Ohio State in the regular season, but their division has become one of the worst in the country in this year’s college football season.
After getting trounced by the Nittany Lions, Michigan proved that they are once again an overrated team. Whether it’s Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines’ bad offense, or the fact that Penn State showed all of the flaws that the defense has, Michigan is hanging on to it’s very last thread in the Coaches Poll and not even ranked in the AP Top 25.
Notre Dame, who demolished USC Saturday night, jumped into the Top 10. The Trojans however suffered the biggest fall in the polls after getting trounced in South Bend.
The Buckeyes host No. 2 Penn State Saturday afternoon. It’s not only one of the most anticipated matchups of the season in college football, but with the Nittany Lions beating the Buckeyes in Happy Valley in 2016, which led to them winning the Big Ten, there is plenty on the line as well. The winner will likely have a front-row ticket to the Playoff along with the top spot in the Big Ten East division. That doesn’t even count the bragging rights, either. The Nittany Lions will be the highest ranked team to come to Columbus since The Game of the Century, when No. 1 Ohio State hosted No. 2 Michigan in 2006.
Ohio State takes on Penn State Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET at Ohio Stadium.