The Ohio State Buckeyes had their toughest test of the season so far against then-No. 25 Michigan State. Not only have the Spartans put the scarlet and gray on upset alert quite a few times in the last decade, but head coach Mark Dantonio has also had his team prepared for the Buckeyes, no matter how good both the teams were in the matchup. This year was no different.
Prior to this week, Ohio State dominated their opposition, winning each of their first five games of the season by at least 40 points per game. Saturday night, Michigan State’s stout defense looked superb in the first quarter. Then the second quarter happened and the Buckeyes took care of business from there, beating the Spartans, 34-10. With their win over a ranked opponent at the time, Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 3 in this week’s AP Poll, jumping LSU, and is now tied with Georgia, who previously had No. 3 all to themselves. They also have 10 first-place votes while No. 1 Alabama (32) and Clemson (15) ahead of them.
Not a bad start to the season for the scarlet and gray, especially with a first-year head coach, first-year starting quarterback, and a bunch of other questions on their roster leading into the season.
With the Buckeyes leading the way in the conference, the Big Ten has four other teams in the rankings: Wisconsin (No. 8), Penn State (10), Michigan (16), and Iowa (17) The SEC is leading the way with six teams in the top 25: Alabama (No. 1), Georgia (3), LSU (5), Florida (7), Auburn (12), Texas A&M (24).
While some love to argue that the Buckeyes have dominated so much because “they haven’t played anyone yet”, just remind those people that Ohio State beat then-No. 25 Michigan State by 24 this past weekend. Oh, and with Cincinnati then-No. 18 UCF this past Friday night, the Bearcats joined the top 25 for the first time this season, finding themselves at No. 25 in the latest AP Poll. The Buckeyes dominated Cincinnati, 42-0, in Week 2. So much for the “Ohio State hasn’t played anyone yet” people, huh?
Along with jumping one spot in the AP Top 25, the Buckeyes also climbed one spot in the latest Coaches Poll, moving ahead of Oklahoma to No. 4. Although they are the fourth-ranked team, Ohio State has the third-most first-place votes (three) in the rankings, behind only No. 1 Alabama (42) and Clemson (20).