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Buckeyes remain No. 9 in Coaches Poll, fall to No. 10 in AP Poll

Brooke LaValley / The Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio State Buckeyes may have taken care of business against Army on Saturday, but they remained the No. 9 ranked team in the Coaches Poll and dropped from No. 8 to No. 10 in the AP Top 25.

They bounced back but dropping in the AP Poll isn’t a good sign. Then again, Ohio State controls their own destiny moving forward. While they have a loss, if they win out, including the Big Ten Championship game, they will make the College Football Playoff. It is far down the road, but the Buckeyes shouldn’t worry about where they are ranked and focus on winning games.

How can they have such a guarantee? Well, there are still four Big Ten teams in the Top 10 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. 10

While the scarlet and gray easily beat the Black Knights, teams Wisconsin and Oklahoma State had dominated their opponents on the road, hence why they jumped the Buckeyes. The Cowboys seem like the real deal as they might even be able to match the Oklahoma Sooners amongst the most high-powered offenses in college football.

If Saturday didn’t prove it already, there are a lot of really good teams in college football this year. That, along with how many good offenses there are, make Saturdays fun. While Ohio State is still trying to find the high-powered offense they once had, other teams around the country are scoring 45 to 50 points in the first half.

Alabama is dominant once again, Clemson is quite good even as they reload their talent pool, Ohio State fans already know how good the Sooners are, Penn State is good both offensively and defensively, USC has one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and Oklahoma State has arguably the best offense in college football. That’s just the Top 6, folks.

Ohio State sure has their hands full the rest of the regular season and beyond if they are fortunate enough to force themselves back into the national conversations.