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Ohio State rises to No. 3 in both AP, Coaches polls

Following the Ohio State Buckeyes incredible comeback win over previously ranked No. 2 Penn State on Saturday, the scarlet and gray jumped to No. 3 in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll.

For the Buckeyes, they not only jumped three spots in both polls, but they also kept their Big Ten title and Playoff hopes alive as well. At No. 3, they are now behind only two SEC teams: No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia, both of whom are undefeated. For what it’s worth, the two do not go against one another in the regular season but would face each other in the SEC Championship game if they both remain undefeated.

Seven weeks ago, many wrote off the Buckeyes, now they’re in the driver’s seat for their third Playoff appearance in four years. Not bad, eh? Never count out Urban Meyer, J.T. Barrett, or the Ohio State football team, guys.

In all, there are now five Big Ten teams in the Top 25 of one (or both of) the polls, including three top-7 teams: (AP Poll, Coaches Poll)

  • Wisconsin: No. 4, No. 4
  • Penn State: No. 7, No. 7
  • Michigan State: No. 24, Not Ranked
  • Michigan: Not Ranked, No. 24

The Nittany Lions obviously lost to Ohio State which caused them to drop in both polls. Michigan State was upset by Northwestern, which also cause them to drop significant as well. Although Wisconsin is one of the few remaining undefeated teams in the country, they were jumped by the one-loss Buckeyes due to the Badgers’ schedule. Wisconsin has a very weak schedule, and it has already began to hurt them. They (somehow) avoid playing Ohio State and Michigan State this year and get Michigan at home. It’s quite lucky, but also can cost them, as it already has. Then again, if they win the Big Ten championship, it won’t matter.

The Buckeyes’ upset win over Penn State coupled with TCU only scoring seven points and getting upset by Iowa State allowed Ohio State to jump up three spots in both polls. They now control their own destiny both in terms of the Playoff and Big Ten title game.

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be revealed Tuesday night. Once those come out, the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll don’t really carry much meaning. While they can be used as a reference point, the only poll that will matter going forward is the one from the Playoff committee.

  • RGB

    Harbaugh FINALLY made the QB change and went with the QB he should have started the season with. Does this mean they’re suddenly a title contenders now? No, but the offense shouldn’t put up goose eggs against Bucky, and SUoO.
    Bucky at #4? Has anyone looked at their schedule? Gar-bage. Another 59-0 B1G Title Game beating is on the way.

  • Saggy

    We should really be reveling in our Buckeye fandom more often. Nowhere else do the teams we root for get the benefit of the doubt. THIRD??? I mean, I love it, but there are some other solid teams out there – one of which BEAT the Buckeyes in the Shoe – yet tOSU gets the coaches’ nod.

    When you’re the best college football program in history, you get the benefit of some bias (see: College Football Playoff, 2017). We should drink it up.

  • mgbode

    I have no idea how Wisconsin is No. 4. It is worse than having tOSU ahead of OU. I look forward to the CFP ranks that hopefully correct some of the more egregious errors in these rankings.

  • RGB

    The $EC could get two in, but Georgia still has to win at Auburn, and stay within single digits of Alabama to have any chance of making the Playoff.
    Going to be a lot of one-loss teams politicking for spots this year.
    Chaos = eventual 8-team playoff. πŸ˜€

  • Buurga Topek

    tOSU is not anywhere near the same team that lost to Oklahoma.They may have the best talent in the nation, and they have a QB that is playing better than almost anyone.

  • mgbode

    I think this is the year a 2-loss team gets in. True madness of November about to be unfurled.

  • JM85

    I don’t see OSU losing again. Win out and they’re in.

  • mgbode

    There is really no reason to play the games then. Might as well have played Tulsa.

    I cheer for the Buckeyes but want the process to be fair about it. We’ll see on Tuesday what the CFP committee says.

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