Much like the Coaches Poll, the Ohio State Buckeyes poll position in the Associated Press Top 25 remained the same, checking in at No. 4 following their dominant win over Rutgers this past Saturday. Once again, they are behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, and No. 3 Georgia. After a performance where the scarlet and gray were able to showcase both their offense and defense against a not-so-good Rutgers program, it seems as though voters weren’t too thrilled about Ohio State’s ability to absolutely dominate their conference foe.
Although some Big Ten teams seemed to have struggled throughout the second week of the season, there’s still plenty of Joining the Buckeyes in the top 25 are four other Big Ten teams. Wisconsin fell from No. 5 to No. 6, jumped by Oklahoma; Penn State jumped two spots to No. 11 after beating Pittsburgh; Michigan jumped two spots to No. 19; Michigan State fell 10 spots to No. 25 after losing at Arizona State.
For those Buckeye fans that like keeping track of LSU and quarterback Joe Burrow like myself, the Tigers dropped one spot, from No. 11 to No. 12, after taking care of business against dismal opponent Saturday afternoon.
Saturday night, they will take on TCU in their biggest non-conference matchup of the season. The Horned Frogs jumped from No. 16 to No. 15 in the most recent rankings. According to the coaches, TCU is No. 14. Early-season rankings may seem like a media-hype thing more than anything the first few weeks of the season, a matchup that features Ohio State against another ranked out-of-conference opponent, the Buckeyes taking on a top-20 team will likely get plenty of attention Saturday night.
Although the game will take place in AT&T Stadium, often known as Jerry’s World and home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, College Gameday will take place live on TCU’s campus in Forth Worth, Texas. That right there tells you how important the game between the Buckeyes and Horned Frogs truly is.