Ohio State’s win over Minnesota wasn’t easy. In fact, it was quite ugly at times. But a win is a win. That seemed even more obvious after four top-10 teams lost on Saturday. With Georgia, who was previously ranked No. 2, losing at LSU, the Buckeyes jumped to No. 2 in the latest AP Poll, their highest ranking of the season.
The Buckeyes may not have played well for much of Saturday’s game, but winning and remaining undefeated is what’s most important, and Ohio State was able to do just that. No matter who the opponent is, getting the W is what’s most important at the end of the day. The chaotic (and ugly) day this past weekend showcased that.
Surviving and getting a win like the scarlet and gray did can’t be said for Georgia, West Virginia (previously No. 6), Washington (previously No. 7), and Penn State (previously No. 8), who were the four top-1o teams who lost on Saturday, therefore falling out of the top 10.
Ohio State is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25, including two top-six teams. Michigan (No. 6), Penn State (No. 18), Iowa (No. 19), Wisconsin (No. 23), and Michigan State (No. 24) are the other ranked teams in the conference.
Led by former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow, LSU jumped eight spots to No. 5 after beating previously undefeated Georgia. Former Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell’s Cincinnati Bearcats remained undefeated and climbed to No. 20.
Ohio State has just two ranked opponents remaining on their schedule: Michigan State and Michigan. Although their strength of schedule may not be the best, if the Buckeyes can find a way to stay undefeated, they will make the College Football Playoff. With that said, given their schedule and struggles throughout the bottom half of the Big Ten, Ohio State cannot lose a game if they want to make the Playoff, unlike in years past.
Although Purdue isn’t ranked, the Buckeyes’ trip to West Lafayette next weekend won’t be easy. With it being a night game, the Boilermakers will bring everything they have to try and ruin the scarlet and gray’s season. Then again, with the way Buckeye Nation travels and how close Purdue is to Columbus, it may seem like a home game for Ohio State.
It was an ugly and quite a chaotic Saturday in college football, but the Buckeyes were able to fight through their struggles and keep their undefeated record intact, therefore moving up to No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25.