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.