No Change in Ohio State's Poll Ranking

By Kyle Rowland on September 22, 2013 at 2:01p
Brutus is cool with the new rankings.

For the second straight week, Ohio State's position held in both polls. The Buckeyes are third in the Coaches and fourth in the AP. It sets up a No. 3 vs. No. 24/No. 4 vs. No. 23 showdown next Saturday in Ohio Stadium. College GameDay will not be at the Wisconsin game, all but confirming they'll be at Northwestern if OSU takes care of business. 

After yet another squeaker against an inferior opponent, Michigan fell multiple spots in each poll.

COACHES POLL               AP POLL
RK Team Record   RK Team Record
1 Alabama (59) 3-0   1 Alabama (59) 3-0
2 Oregon (3) 3-0   2 Oregon (1) 3-0
3 Ohio State 4-0   3 Clemson 3-0
4 Clemson 3-0   4 Ohio State  4-0
5 Stanford 3-0   5 Stanford 3-0
6 LSU 4-0   6 LSU 4-0
7 Louisville 4-0   7 Louisville 4-0
8 Florida State 3-0   8 Florida State 3-0
9 Texas A&M 3-1   9 Georgia 2-1
10 Georgia 2-1   10 Texas A&M 3-1
11 Oklahoma State 3-0   11 Oklahoma State 3-0
12 Oklahoma 3-0   12 South Carolina 2-1
13 South Carolina 2-1   13 UCLA 3-0
14 UCLA 3-0   14 Oklahoma 3-0
15 Miami 3-0   15 Miami 3-0
16 Northwestern 4-0   16 Washington 3-0
17 Michigan 4-0   17 Northwestern 4-0
18 Baylor 3-0   18 Michigan 4-0
19 Florida 2-1   19 Baylor 3-0
20 Washington 3-0   20 Florida 2-1
21 Ole Miss 3-0   21 Ole Miss 3-0
22 Notre Dame 3-1   22 Notre Dame 3-1
23 Fresno State 3-0   23 Wisconsin 3-1
24 Wisconsin 3-1   24 Texas Tech 4-0
25 Texas Tech 4-0   25 Fresno State 3-0



Comments Show All Comments

Idaho Helga's picture

Michigan should have dropped further.  They are turrible, turrible.

razrback16's picture

Definitely. They should be somewhere in the 20-25 range, IMO -- needed officiating assistance to beat Akron, and needed to have a zero-win UConn squad fold in the 4th quarter to win the game.

route4buckeye's picture

So Oregon beats Nicholls State and Clemson beats another FCS team. We shut ours out with a better point production and we don't jump...?

Bucknut-in-the-South's picture

Not to put too fine a point on it, Route4, but, last time I checked, NC State is still an FBS team. Not that defending Clemson is anything I am in the habit of doing. They looked more like the usual Clemson in beating the Wolfpack, and had a couple of very friendly calls along the way.

GoBucksOSU's picture

He was talking about South Carolina State which Clemson played in week 2.

Corvas's picture

One week we're all bitching about Oregon jumping us after beating an FCS team, and now everyone's mad that we aren't jumping Clemson for exactly the same reason.
Oregon has looked better than us, and Clemson has a win over a Top-10 team. Get over it.

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

I agree. And these things almost always work itself out. In the entire era of the BCS, I can only think of one time that there were three teams undefeated in power conferences... The big east (cincy) doesn't count. If we do t lose, history is on our side that we play for it all. And if we're not "picked", why would the voters be wrong? It's a vote and people have the right to hold their opinion. Who are we going to beat that's on the level if a GA, a Stanford? Also, since when is it an insult to be ranked 3/4? It's not like we're not getting any respect

Deadly Nuts's picture

If you seriously think Georgia is a top 10 team you are crazy... The SEC is insanely overrated this year. Georgia tied with North Texas half way through the 3rd. South Carolina playing crappy vs. North Carolina, losing to Georgia then beating Vandy by 10 who lost to Ole Miss and beat UMASS by only 17. Alabama is the only properly ranked team in that conference. Even they weren't handling Colorado State as we think Alabama should handle teams. LSU is getting way too much credit for beating Auburn who squeaked by Wazzou. They also get too much credit for beating TCU by ten who just lost to Texas Tech. Anyone else notice how Ole Miss jumps 4 spots in the polls in a bye week? The last team I would like to touch on is Florida. They struggle with Toledo then lose to Miami. Alabama is the #2 team right now and LSU at #8... No other SEC teams are top 15.


Corvas's picture

Let me know who is a top 10 team then, because I'm having trouble finding any other teams with the merit to say so. I'm not going to argue over whether or not the SEC is overrated (which it is), but saying Georgia isn't a top ten team is ridiculous. At least they have beaten a team that is receiving votes, which is shamefully something that only 6 ranked teams can claim right now.
Also, 2009 Oregon would like to have a chat about using the transitive property in sports.

Deadly Nuts's picture

They would be Oregon, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford, Louisville, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State and I guess You have to throw in Texas A&M over Oklahoma at #10.
In no way am I saying that UMass and Texas Tech are on the same level as SCAR or LSU. It just makes those "big" wins seem lesser. It's the same shit we are gonna receive if we don't beat scUM by 20+.


Bucksfan's picture

UCLA and Washington are also worthy of being higher than where they are.  There are no shortage of teams that can make a claim at the top-10, and most of the SEC teams that are highly questionable.  The Pac-12 is probably the best conference this year.

CincyOSU's picture

Georgia tied with North Texas half way through the 3rd. South Carolina playing crappy vs. North Carolina, losing to Georgia then beating Vandy by 10 who lost to Ole Miss and beat UMASS by only 17.

I agree with your point about the SEC this year(except Bama, A&M, and maybe LSU), but please try to avoid using the transitive property. We as OSU fans are better than that.

Deadly Nuts's picture

I agree that transitive property is completely useless in sports but it has the potential to ruin our season if we go undefeated. If scUM only beat UCONN by 3 points then Ohio State must beat scUM by 21 or else we suck. Same with Wisco and ASU. If Ohio State is going to be judged by the transitive property then so should every SEC team. 


Idaho Helga's picture

Granted I am a long time Red Raider fan of Texas Tech, but if TTUN played them next week they would lose.   They should swap spots in the polls.

DaiTheFlu's picture

Um, Oregon moved up after beating a bad FCS team 66-3, while we drop after beating Buffalo and SDSU handily in consecutive weeks but then remain idle after hammering another FCS team 76-0, similar to what Oregon got rewarded for doing. Not sure that I see the equity there, nor do I see a reason for you to chastise Ohio State fans for being rightfully pissed.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

Corvas's picture

Sorry; I didn't mean to sound like a dick.
All I meant is that Oregon has looked better on both sides of the ball, albeit against equally terrible competition. It didn't help that Ohio State looked pretty crappy after the first quarter against Buffalo. I'm not defending the fact that Oregon jumped us after week 1, because it pissed me off too. I'm just saying it's a bit hypocritical for us to be mad that we didn't jump Clemson this week.
In the grand scheme of things, it won't mean anything if we go undefeated, because almost always only 2 or fewer teams do.

Nutbuck1959's picture

These things take multiple weeks to iron themselves out...Patience.

CUBS's picture

Them Cats be climbing. I think both polls are decent reflections on how these teams have performed. Although Michigan is playing like an unranked, middle of the road team. 

HandsOfSweed's picture

Man, I don't like you guys having a bye week to prepare for us while we slug it out with the Badgers. Paying you guys a visit isn't going to be any cakewalk for us.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

That definitely has me a little worried too.  The Wisky game is always extremely physical.  I think we'll win a hard fought battle there.  However, then to have to travel to Evanston to face a very good Northwestern team will be a challenge.  I still like the Bucks chances, but Pat Fitzgerald is a very good coach who will have the Cats ready to go.  Hopefully the Bucks have it in them to be able to get it up for two weeks in a row! 
Go Bucks!!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Depends on what you define as a cake walk.

Besides, Northwestern has no clue which QB they'll be preparing for.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

buckeyedude's picture

With Michelin stinkin' the place up again this year, OSU needs N'western to play well and win, to help our SOS. ;)



Kurt's picture

Eventually - at some point mid-season - Nebraska will be ranked where we currently see Michigan.  That division will come down to the Wildcats and Huskers.

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

I don't have a problem with our ranking. If we go undefeated, there's an 80 percent chance (totally scientific) we go to play the SEC for the title. And, if we get left out, we can't blame anyone but ourselves for the ridiculous schedule. Where's the Texas, USC, anyone? I know we we're supposed to play Vandy, but come on, if that was supposed to be our quality opponent, along with Cal? Well, we can't really complain. Just come back the next year with a senior Braxton and go for it again

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

I see your point, but I honestly can't see how a team that would have won 25 games in a row gets left out of the championship game. 

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

cplunk's picture

Because 12 of those games don't count, and the other 13 may be a weaker 13 wins than two other undefeated teams.
it is shocking to me that we've reached a state where an undefeated Ohio State can be left out, but this is the result of all those B1G New Year's day massacres, Wisconsin Rose Bowl loses, and our last two title games. Perception is that wins in the B1G are little better than wins in the ACC, and sometimes worse. 
Very little of it has to with us, but it is what it is.

BuckeyeQ6's picture

I disagree.  The 12 don't officially count but they definitely factor into perception.  It would be REALLY hard to keep out an OSU team that hadn't lost in 2 years.  They mean just as much (hopefully more) than OSU's BCS title game losses 6-7 years ago and more recent B1G failures--why should those count when our recent success does not?  The B1G's struggles, our weak schedule, and last year's record will all play a role in determining the national perception of our team, which is reflected in the polls.  
Exhibit A & B: Prior success is definitely coloring the perceptions of Alabama and Oregon.  They are being given the benefit of the doubt and the same teams wouldn't be so highly rated (at least this early) if they were outside the top 10 over the last several years.
It will be a shame if Alabama, Oregon, and OSU all end up undefeated a year before the playoff.  One team would have to be shafted and it could easily be us.  A 25-0 record would be in our favor, and we could help our chances by handily beating every remaining opponent.  But let's just hope this doesn't happen!

Idaho Helga's picture

Exactly, especially with Urban Meyer as coach.   We need an Alabama loss, period.  

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

True, but wasn't the CAL game scheduled back when they were having a little bit of a better run?  I fully agree that we need to make sure that we do have that big school matchup to help out the schedule.  Part of the issues too is that everyone's schedule is set years in advance.  So it's hard when a team like Vandy backs out to get a good opponent.  Hopefully the Bucks run the table and we get a little bit of help along the way! 
Go Bucks!!

osubuck57's picture

-ichigan is the worst 4-0 team in the rankings. We'll climb once we smack a few Big contenders around. That should start this weekend with Wisky.


Hovenaut's picture

"We'll climb once we smack a few Big contenders around. That should start this weekend with Wisky."

Agreed, and I'm hoping we outright punch them straight in the face from the get.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I actually posted on Twitter last night that I would be willing to bet $25 that LSU and Stanford would jump us in the polls today because they played quality opponents (compared to tOSU playing FAMU) and hammered them....surprisingly, no one took the bet...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

MN Buckeye's picture

It is still early. If we keep winning, the polls will take care of themselves, especially if we can dominate some B1G teams that are considered respectable.

dan_isaacs's picture

We lost 10 AP votes, though.  :)

Dan Isaacs

harleymanjax's picture
  1. After Akron and UCONN, Meatchicken doesn't belong in the TOP 25!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

twalsh's picture

Clemson should have dropped as well, they should have lost to NC State (got some help from the refs). The AP is a joke, probably have to many esecpn writers. I don't see a team above us that we couldn't beat.
Go Bucks!!