Maryland isn’t a top-25 team, but the the Terrapins aren’t that bad either. Due to the Ohio State Buckeyes demolishing Maryland, 62-14, on Saturday, along with a few other upsets in the Top 10, the scarlet and gray moved up in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll. In the AP Top 25, the Buckeyes rose to No. 9, while they climbed one spot to No. 8 according to the coaches.
Both Oklahoma and Michigan were upset at home. The Sooners, who were huge favorites over Iowa State, suffered their first loss against the Cyclones while Michigan State took down their in-state rival at the Big House.
With Michigan’s loss, the Big Ten no longer has three teams in the Top 11 of both polls. But, with Sparty’s upset win, the conference now has five teams in the Top 25, including the Buckeyes: (AP Poll, Coaches Poll)
- Penn State: No. 3, No. 3
- Wisconsin: No. 7, No. 6
- Michigan: No. 17, No. 16
- Michigan State: No. 21, No. 22
Two top-10 teams lost, but Ohio State only climbed one spot in both polls because they were jumped by Washington State in the AP Poll, who is currently 6-0 and have beat USC and Oregon in their last two games. The Cougars leapfrogged from No. 11 after their win over the Ducks. The Bucks were jumped by TCU in the Coaches Poll after the Horned Frogs beat West Virginia on Saturday.
Some seem too think that Oklahoma and Michigan getting upset could have a drastic affect on Ohio State, but you could argue that those people may be overreacting, at least right now. While the Sooners and Wolverines don’t look as good as they did prior to Saturday, if the Buckeyes take care of business in win out, including in the Big Ten Championship, their Playoff chances should be just fine.
At this point, Alabama, Clemson, and Penn State seem to be by far the top teams in the country. While the Buckeyes won’t have a chance to take on the first two in the regular season, they can show just how good they are against the Nittany Lions on October 28, when Penn State travels to Columbus to take on the scarlet and gray. At this point, that seems to be the next test for the Bucks.