Buckeyes Hold Steady in Rankings

By Kyle Rowland on October 13, 2013 at 1:42p
Ohio State picked a good week to be away from the stadium.

If you were a top-10 team and remained idle Saturday, it proved to be a good week for a bye. Three undefeated teams lost and three of the coaches top 10 fell in what was the wildest Saturday in an otherwise boring season. Ohio State avoided any inkling of an upset by not playing at all.

The Buckeyes remained third in the Coaches Poll and fourth in the AP. 

RK Team Record
1 Alabama (58) 6-0
2 Oregon (3) 6-0
3 Ohio State  6-0
4 Clemson (1) 6-0
5 Florida State 5-0
6 Louisville 6-0
7 Texas A&M 5-1
8 LSU 6-1
9 South Carolina 5-1
10 UCLA 5-0
11 Miami 5-0
12 Baylor 5-0
13 Stanford 5-1
14 Missouri 6-0
15 Texas Tech 6-0
16 Georgia 4-2
17 Oklahoma State 4-1
18 Oklahoma 5-1
18 Fresno State 5-0
20 Virginia Tech 6-1
21 Nebraska 5-1
22 Florida 4-2
23 Northern Illinois 6-0
24 Michigan 5-1
25 Washington 4-2
Rk Team Record
1 Alabama (55) 6-0
2 Oregon (5) 6-0
3 Clemson  6-0
4 Ohio State  6-0
5 Florida State 5-0
6 LSU 6-1
7 Texas A&M 5-1
8 Louisville 6-0
9 UCLA 5-0
10 Miami 5-0
11 South Carolina 5-1
12 Baylor 5-0
13 Stanford 5-1
14 Missouri 6-0
15 Georgia 4-2
16 Texas Tech 6-0
17 Fresno State 5-0
18 Oklahoma 5-1
19 Virginia Tech 6-1
20 Washington 4-2
21 Oklahoma State 4-1
22 Florida 4-2
23 Northern Illinois 6-0
24 Auburn 5-1
25 Wisconsin 4-2

The two clear losers from last night were Stanford and Michigan. Stanford took a nosedive in both polls, falling from a top five position to No. 13 in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll. Michigan fell out of the AP Poll after losing last night in State College in a sloppy, if exciting, four overtime contest. It still remains in the Coaches Poll, sitting at No. 24.

There are only two Big Ten teams in the AP Poll. Wisconsin rounds out the AP Poll at No. 25. Michigan and Nebraska are in the Coaches Poll, while Wisconsin is not.

While there is a lot of convergence near the top of both polls, both the Coaches Poll and AP Poll differ drastically in the higher teens and in the twenties. For example, Washington is No. 20 in the AP and No. 25 in the Coaches. Nebraska is No. 21 in the Coaches, but not ranked in the AP.

The story the AP advertised with its latest poll is that the SEC set a record by being the first conference to place eight teams in the AP Top 25. Fair enough, but Florida's position in the AP (and the Coaches, for that matter) is laughable. Florida keeps getting ranked this season because AP voters and coaches (or whoever is selecting on behalf of coaches) don't know that you don't have to keep ranking Florida.

Seriously, Florida stinks out loud as a team, living off its name while herp-a-derping past awful teams. Florida is the 2013 Michigan of the SEC. Stop voting for them until they prove otherwise.


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ExpatBuckeye's picture

The good news is Ohio State strengthened its position in the AP poll -- narrowing the gap by 32 votes vs. #3 Clemson and widening the distance between them and #5 by 61 votes.
The computer rankings should be interesting because several of the teams ahead of Ohio State lost.  People think that Ohio State's weak remaining schedule will only make them go further down in the computer rankings and that's not true.  There are still quite a few teams ahead of Ohio State in the computers that can't go unbeaten (because they play each other) so Ohio State can only go up in the computers if they keep winning.

cplunk's picture

The AP poll doesn't matter at all, unless you're after the AP championship.
The Harris Poll and the Coaches Poll are the two polls that combine with the computers to make the BCS rankings.
ESPN insists on showing teams' AP rankings when they show games, but the AP ranking is completely irrelevant to the BCS.

GoBucksOSU's picture

ESPN does show the BCS rankings once they start though.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Like I've been saying, if "everybody hates us," everybody has a weird way of showing it. There's an awful lot of undefeated teams ranked below us.
But yeah, the Florida thing is ridiculous.

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Fear The Elf's picture

I think having LSU ahead of Miami is even worse.

cinserious's picture

LSU is a pretty damn tough team this year while Miami will be exposed as a fraud soon. Miami is on an upward trajectory but havent arrived yet.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Knarcisi's picture

We actually gained a little on Clemson and closed a little on Oregon.  These upsets and close calls may actually help us and give the voters some perspective that looking good every week, let alone winning, is not easy.  These coaches should know it best.  Just win baby.

teddyballgame's picture

If FSU beats clemson do they jump us?

Hovenaut's picture

It'd be a another colossal amount of bs if they did, seeing how FSU wasn't on anyone's radar at the start of the year.

But now that I think about it, they probably will jump OSU should they beat Clemson.

Earle's picture

Count on it. FSU is the latest trendy pick.

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WC Buckeye's picture

Our friends at the WWL LOVE Wilson. Can't stop showing or talking about him.

Edit: Winston. Derp.

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Corvas's picture

The AP poll reminds me of the year Auburn finished in the Top 25 with a 7-5 record.
Florida, Auburn and Washington have no business being in the rankings.

ScarletGray43157's picture

Florida's QB is not impressive at all.  They do have a decent defense, but I wouldn't even have them in the top 25 with that QB.  IMHO.  

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J.Mo's picture

How does a 2-loss Florida team stay ranked so high? Wisconsin is better than them.
South Carolina is also overrated.

onetwentyeight's picture

I doubt it. General Rule of Thumb that I use: the other teams in the B1G are all usually as bad as the rankings reflect. We are the exception. 
This is why we need to stop yoking ourselves and our fate/reputation to their mediocrity. 

Fear The Elf's picture

Meanwhile, Doug Lesmerises ranks us #2.

DaiTheFlu's picture

I see what you're doing, but I gotta call BS on Doug. His entire quirky little method of ranking is supposedly based upon on field results and level of competition, while throwing out preseason rankings and name recognition. He has had us fifth or lower all year, even after beating two straight tanked teams, and NOW he moves up to #2, after a bye week? I call shenanigans.

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Jack Fu's picture

He has had us fifth or lower all year, even after beating two straight tanked teams, and NOW he moves up to #2, after a bye week? I call shenanigans.

You, like almost everyone else, need to let go of the notion that how someone votes one week has to be determined based on how they were voted the previous week. There's way too much "hey, how can you move us down after we won" here and elsewhere. He didn't "move us up after a bye week." He assessed the landscape after week seven, and, completely disregarding previous polls, ranked the teams as he saw them after week seven. There's no "shenanigans" whatsoever. Pollsters shouldn't be married to what they did the week before; that's what leads to nonsense like the old axiom that "if you're gonna lose, it's better to lose early than late." That saying is just a tacit acknowledgment of the poll atrophy that is one of the big reasons the polls are largely useless - when a team loses should have no bearing on whether or not they are one of the two best teams in the country.

Squirrel Master's picture

The most amazing thing is how the coaches don't take events into account as much as record, yet AP poll does.
How do the coaches not rank Wisconsin. They really should look at Wisconsin as a 1 loss team! They were robbed and the only real loss they have is against OSU. 

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cinserious's picture

At least the 'coaches' don't make it an all-out SEC worship like the AP does. The AP voters seem to get all their info from ESPN about how dominant the SEC is as well as other 'name' programs from the South and West.

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Nik's picture

whatever happened to that blogpoll thing you guys used to do?  did it fold, or does 11w just not participate anymore?

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'm thinking maybe it folded. SBNation isn't making any posts with it right now.

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'm more disappointed in the lack of the undefeated, Almighty Houston Cougars, AKA the team that knocks off Louisville and represents the AAC in the BCS title game this year against the Buckeyes

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Haybucks's picture

Seriously, Florida stinks out loud as a team

That, folks, is called a fart.

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willshire58's picture

Why is MSU not ranked? Their only loss is to ND and they have the #1 Defense(if that didn't change last week) in the country.

cinserious's picture

It will take a while before the AP recognizes any Northern teams or B1G teams.

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