The Ohio State Buckeyes may not have played this past weekend, but they made one of their biggest jumps if the season in the latest AP Poll, going from No. 11 to No. 8 while watching college football from the comfort of their own houses this past weekend.
Somehow, even though both teams were on a bye, the scarlet and gray jumped UCF in the AP Top 25. With both Florida and Texas losing, the two teams moved up in the rankings, but for some odd reason, the Buckeyes jumped up three spots while UCF only moved up one. It really does make no sense, and I’m sure Knights fans aren’t happy.
After falling all the way to No. 11 after their embarrassing, blowout loss at Purdue two weekends ago, Ohio State is suddenly back in the top 10 and still have a few some time to not only turn things around, but potentially prove that they are one of the best teams in the country if they do in fact make some adjustments and improve on some of their biggest weaknesses, downfalls that are glaringly obvious to anyone who watches the scarlet and gray week in and week out.
Joining the Buckeyes are three other ranked teams in the Big Ten: No. 5 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State, and No. 19 Iowa. The Hawkeyes fell one spot after a close loss to the Nittany Lions on the road this past Saturday. Northwestern is barely out of the Top 25, with the 27th-most voted points among AP voters. Michigan State is 29th.
The SEC has once again proved their dominance in the poll this week, much like they have for most of the season. They have seven teams in the top 25, including five top-13 teams: No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 13 Florida, No. 21 Mississippi State, and No. 25 Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide are by far the best team in the country, receiving all 60 first-place votes.
While polls such as the AP Top 25 give us a general idea, they don’t truly matter in the end. That’s especially the case beginning the last week of October when the College Football Playoff committee releases their first rankings of the season. Beginning this week, no rankings matter besides with the CFP committee believes, considering those are the rankings that will decide who makes the Playoff and somewhat determines many of the other bowl games outside of the Final Four as well. Ohio State may be No. 8 in the latest AP Poll, but we truly don’t know where the committee will place them in the rankings, which will show how they feel about the Buckeyes and their season to date. The first Playoff rankings of the season debut Tuesday night.