Much like they did the first two weeks of the season, the Ohio State Buckeyes made it look quite easy on Saturday, taking care of Indiana, 51-10, in their first road game of the season and the Big Ten opener for both teams. Although the scarlet and gray took care of business in blowout fashion, they remained at No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25. The top five: Clemson (57 first-place votes), Alabama (five), Georgia, LSU, and Oklahoma.
In fact, due to there being no ranked vs. ranked matchups this past weekend, many teams in the top 25 won, which turned into the top-9 teams in the rankings not changing. The only change in the top 10 was that Michigan fell to No. 11 after their bye week and Utah jumped one spot to No. 10.
After three fulls weeks of football, the Big Ten has five teams in the rankings, including Ohio State. The others are Michigan (No. 11), Wisconsin and Penn State (tied No. 13), and Iowa (18). Michigan State (previously No. 18) and Maryland (previously No. 21) both dropped out of the rankings after losing to unranked opponents this past Saturday. In terms of other conferences, the SEC has six teams in the Top 25, all of which are in the top 17: Alabama (No. 2), Georgia (3), LSU (4), Auburn (8), Florida (9), and Texas A&M (17).
Looking ahead, the Buckeyes have just three opponents left on their schedule that are currently ranked: Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin. Ohio State will not play against a ranked team until they host the Badgers on October 26. The other two ranked opponents will be the last two games of the regular season.
After Week 3 of the season did not feature any game with two ranked teams, Week 5 will be quite different next weekend. Next weekend’s top matchups: No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M, and No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia.
Much like the AP Top 25, the Buckeyes are also No. 6 in the latest Coaches Poll.