After Ohio State rolled to an easy 56-o shutout win at Rutgers Saturday night, plenty can be made of the Buckeyes dominating win. While it’s against a Scarlet Knights team who they also beat 58-0 in 2016, the scarlet and gray should plenty of improvement on both sides of the ball. With that said, AP voters must feel the same way. With their dominate performance over the weekend, Ohio State moved up in the AP Poll for the first time since losing the Oklahoma. They are now back in the Top 10 at No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and hold steady at No. 9 in the Coaches Poll.
With USC, who was a top-5 team in both polls, losing at Washington State, it allowed the Buckeyes to potentially move up in both rankings. While they did so in the AP Poll, Wisconsin, who was previously one behind them, leapfrogged Ohio State in the Coaches Poll for the scarlet and gray to remain No. 9.
There are still four Big Ten teams in the Top 10 of both polls, including the Buckeyes: (AP poll, Coaches poll)
- Penn State: No. 4, No. 4
- Michigan: No. 7, No. 7
- Wisconsin: No. 9, No. 8
In their remaining seven games of the season, Ohio State will have a chance to take on both Penn State and Michigan. If the Buckeyes win out and make it to the Big Ten Championship, they will take on Wisconsin, assuming the Badgers remain undefeated. So essentially, they have a chance to play three teams ranked above them if they continue to win.
Although Alabama seems like the clear-cut No. 1 team in the country, Clemson isn’t far behind. The Tigers, who beat the Crimson Tide in the national championship last January, have beaten three top-15 teams while going 5-0 so far this year. They lost a boatload of talent, but Dabo Swinney has that team playing their best football already. Unless one of them losing, Alabama and Clemson could be on a collision course to play one another for the national title for the third time in as many years.