Following their win over the Indiana Hoosiers, the Ohio State Buckeyes remained in the same position in the latest AP Top 25 as they were last week, remaining No. 3 in the rankings with only one first-place vote. Like they have been all season, the scarlet and gray are still behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia.
The Buckeyes struggled at times and started fairly slow in their win over the Hoosiers, but it didn’t affect how voters viewed them. Then again, a let-down game seems to be what happens for many teams after such a big win the week prior. Luckily for Ohio State, they were still able to beat Indiana handily and keep their No. 3 ranking even if they were still tired from the previous game. I guess that’s one of the benefits being in the Big Ten at times. Teams that are in conferences like the SEC have to play some of the toughest teams in the country in back-to-back weeks.
Following three top-10 teams losing this past weekend, Notre Dame moved up to No. 5 (from No. 6), West Virginia to No. 6 (from No. 9), and Penn State to No. 8 (previously No. 11). With two top-8 teams, the Big Ten also has four teams in the top 25, all of which are in the top 15. Along with the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions, No. 12 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin also join their Big Ten peers.
Led by former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow, LSU suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, falling to Florida. Following the loss, the Tigers dropped from No. 5 all the way to No. 13. Looking ahead to this upcoming weekend, LSU not only has a chance to help themselves but Burrow’s former team as well. They will host Georgia Saturday afternoon, a matchup that is expected to be quite a good one in Death Valley.
Former Buckeyes interim coach and long-time defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has led his Cincinnati Bearcats to their first top-25 ranking in quite some time. The Bearcats are No. 25 following a perfect 6-0 start to their season.