The Ohio State Buckeyes might have shutout the Cincinnati Bearcats, 42-0, on Saturday, but they still found themselves falling in the AP Top 25, and deservedly so, honestly. There was nothing else the scarlet and gray could have done, but with then-No. 6 LSU taking down then-No. 9 Texas on the road, With that win, the Tigers jumped both Ohio State and Oklahoma, moving the Buckeyes down one spot from No. 5. to No. 6 this week.
While you could argue that Ohio State shouldn’t have dropped in the polls given that they shutout the Bearcats, LSU just had the most impressive win of the season so far. Not only did they beat a top-10 team, but they did so on the road and in a hostile environment in Austin. Keep in mind, the Tigers are led by former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow. The gunslinger dominated Texas’ defense, carving them up for 471 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception while completing 31-of-39 passes.
With LSU jumping to No. 4, the SEC now has three of the top-four ranked teams in the country. The only outlier is Clemson, who is atop the rankings with 56 first-place votes.
They might only have one team in the top six, but the Big Ten once again has seven representatives in the top 25. Along with the Buckeyes, Michigan (No. 10), Penn State (13), Wisconsin (14), Michigan State (18), Iowa (19), and Maryland (21) join the Buckeyes in the poll. Due to their loss at Colorado Saturday afternoon, Nebraska fell from No. 25 to unranked this week.
The Terrapins are ranked for the first time this season after outscoring their opponents, 142-20, through two games so far this season, including beating then-No. 21 ranked Syracuse, 63-20, this past Saturday. Meanwhile, the Wolverines dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 after barely edging Army at home in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Honestly, judging by their first two games of the season, Michigan is lucky to still be a top-10 team.
Along with moving back to No. 6 in the AP Poll, the Buckeyes also fell to No. 6 in the Coaches Poll as well. The only difference is that the coaches only had LSU jump one spot to No. 5 and kept Oklahoma at No. 4.
Ohio State takes on Indiana Saturday afternoon in not only their first road game of the season but the Big Ten opener as well.