With a dominate performance by the offense and a questionable one by the defense, climbing one spot in the rankings seems appropriate. Although they won’t continue to put up 77 points a game, the offense will likely improve with Dwayne Haskins leading the charge and so many weapons surrounding him. The defense will certainly get better with the return of safety Jordan Fuller and younger players gaining more experience.
Ohio State is joined by four other Big Ten programs in the poll: No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 13 Penn State, No. 15 Michigan State, and No. 21 Michigan. After a disappointing weekend for other members of the East division that saw either losses or near upsets, the Buckeyes were the only team that improved their ranking, jumping the Badgers. The Nittany Lions dropped after beating Appalachian State in overtime, the Spartans fell after barely beating Utah State, and the Wolverines dropped seven spots after losing at Notre Dame.
In front of the scarlet and gray in AP Poll are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, and No. 3 Georgia. All three programs were in the College Football Playoff last season.
For those Ohio State fans that are tuned in to LSU this year after former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow transferred to the Tigers and won the starting quarterback job, LSU skyrocketed from No. 25 to No. 11 after taking down Miami Monday night. The Hurricans dropped from No. 8 to No. 22.
Luckily, early-season rankings don’t really matter, especially when they are the non-Playoff rankings. In the Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes fell from No. 3 to No. 4 after dominating the Beavers with a 46-point differential. They were jumped by Georgia, who beat an FCS opponent, 45-0. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?
Ohio State’s Week 3 opponent, the TCU Horned Frogs, remained at No. 16 in the latest AP rankings.