Ohio State 3rd in Coaches Poll

By Jason Priestas on November 10, 2013 at 12:22p
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RK Team Pts PVS Record
1 Alabama (58) 1,546 1 9-0
2 Florida State (4) 1,485 3 9-0
3 Ohio State 1,401 4 9-0
4 Baylor 1,376 5 8-0
5 Stanford 1,307 6 8-1
6 Clemson 1,164 7 8-1
7 Oregon 1,162 2 8-1
8 Missouri 1,083 9 9-1
9 Auburn 1,069 10 9-1
10 Oklahoma State 965 11 8-1
11 Texas A&M 898 13 8-2
12 South Carolina 830 15 7-2
13 Louisville 653 16 8-1
14 Fresno State 646 17 9-0
15 UCLA 641 18 7-2
16 Michigan State 620 19 8-1
17 Oklahoma 510 8 7-2
18 LSU 510 12 7-3
19 UCF 468 21 7-1
20 Wisconsin 460 22 7-2
21 Northern Illinois 445 20 9-0
22 Arizona State 262 24 7-2
23 Miami 228 14 7-2
24 Texas 176 NR 7-2
25 Minnesota 91 NR 8-2

Ohio State checks in at No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, with a little more separation between No. 4 Baylor than what is shown in the AP Poll. The Buckeyes, register 1,401 points, which is good for a 25-point cushion on the Bears, unlike the AP Poll, in which Ohio State maintains only a 7-point lead on Baylor.

Alabama continues to have a stranglehold on the Coaches Poll. The Tide are receiving 58 of the 62 first place votes, with the other four going to Florida State. Both teams are 9-0.

One surprise in the Coaches Poll is Clemson leaping Oregon. Both teams have one loss – to a team ranked in the top five – but the AP Poll has the Ducks 6th and the Tigers 7th, while those roles are reversed in the Coaches Poll.

Michigan State moves up three spots to No. 16 in the Coaches Poll, which still seems low given the tenacity of the Spartans defense. Wisconsin, likewise, moved up from No. 22 to No. 20 in the Coaches Poll. If you take away the Arizona State loss, in which they were boned by Pac-12 refs, the Badgers are likely a top 12 team in this poll, which would help Ohio State on in the computers, and also in the minds of human voters.

The Minnesota Gophers, fresh off their first four-game winning streak in Big Ten play since 1973, are No. 25 in the Coaches Poll, which should make any fan of football, or life, really, smile.

The Coaches Poll is a factor in the BCS standings, which will be released tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.


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Buckeye1996's picture

If they Switch South Carolina and MSU then it would be a start.

Phoenix824's picture

Agreed.  I think MSU would beat anyone ranked above them up to A&M.    

Maffro's picture

What an awful poll.
Why is Clemson ahead of Oregon? Why is Louisville ahead of UCF? Why is Fresno State 14th? Why is Wisconsin barely in the top 20? Why is Oklahoma still in the top 20? Why is Miami still ranked?

sbentz4's picture

I think there are some small mistakes, but UCF behind Louisville makes absolutely no sense.  Considering that UCF only lost to S. Carolina, who is apparently really good, and Louisville lost to UCF at home, how is Louisville ranked that much higher.  That is criminal.

BuckeyeChief's picture

So, if we get left out, maul Stanford in the Rose, and the BCS mnc is close and ugly, do we get a split?

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Phoenix824's picture

NO the AP voters would never vote us over a Bama or FSU winner and the Coaches are contractually obilgated to vote the BCS winner #1.  

Jeeves's picture

heh, LSU ranked that high with 3 losses, this late in the season I would drop every 2 loss team below all 0 and 1 loss teams, this LSU ranking is the lingering effect of early season high rankings, please no more polls after this year, please...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

How the heck is Oklahoma ahead of anyone?

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

AndyVance's picture

The egregious under-rating of Michigan State is almost criminal at this point - that team should be AT LEAST #13 on this list, even accepting the SEC nonsense of the polls, and more likely should be #10 or #11.
If anything, this debacle and the inanity of LSU remaining ranked in the Top 20 despite three losses, goes to prove how important pre-season polls actually are to how things shake out through the course of the season.
And Wisconsin being ranked behind such juggernauts as LSU, Fresno State and Louisville is mind-boggling.

GoBucksOSU's picture

I think it has more to do with SEC bias than preseason rankings. OSU would be unranked with 3 losses at this point in the season.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Just adds more credulence to the notion that teams should not officially be pre-ranked and rankings should not come out until after say week five of the season.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

How is Oklahoma ahead of Texas 7 spots?? Same records and UT trounced them a month ago.

Jack Fu's picture

Preseason rankings + poll atrophy. That explains almost all of the bizarre placement.
People just vote based on how they voted the previous week, and adjust for how the team in question did this week. That's the reason every damn SEC team got tons of credit early in the season for beating a Florida team that, it turns out, is goddamn terrible. But the teams already got the credit for it, and the pollsters won't take a step back and re-evaluate all of the teams' resumes every week. Which is what they should do.
You know, the way Doug Lesmerises - whose resume ballots every vilified early in the season - does. He currently has Central Florida 12th, significantly ahead of Louisville (22nd); MSU 13th; Arizona State & Wisconsin 16th and 17th, ahead of both Fresno (18th) and Northern Illinois (20th); Texas (19th) ahead of Oklahoma (23rd). He also has LSUa little lower, at 21 (though it must be said: they not only handed Auburn their only loss, they beat them by 2 TDs. That's very impressive). You're always going to have conundrums to deal with - like South Carolina > Missouri > Georgia > South Carolina - but Lesmerises's system is much more logically consistent than the apparent majority of voters.

RedStorm45's picture

They re-evaluate if it's Northwestern against Ohio State.

Knarcisi's picture

Mizzou and Auburn should both be in front of Clemson and Oregon. 

Phoenix824's picture

Did you forget your sarcasm font?

Knarcisi's picture

Actually I didn't. I hate the SEC, but I'm tiring of both Clemson and Oregon. The overall resumes are better. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I know Oregon lost, but they're definitely better than Mizzou and Auburn.

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

sivaDavis's picture

Switch MSU with South Carolina and Wisconsin with Fresno State. Then this awful poll looks somewhat better.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

Knarcisi's picture

When it's all said and done, we will have 2 wins against top 15 in MSU and Wisconsin. No one else will top that. 

Buckeyefan52's picture

The fact that we don't play Minnesota, Nebraska, or MSU in conference play isn't going to help us. At least we'll probably play MSU in the BIG title game, but if our conference schedule was stronger it would've helped.

Citrus's picture

Several of the teams ahead of MSU and Wiscy play one another. MSU could slip into the top 8-12 range. Wiscy will probably settle at about 15.

FSU has no one left on its schedule. Its win over Miami is likely to look less impressive as the season winds on (Miami plays at Duke and Pitt I think it loses both).
The key here is Clemson. Clemson plays South Carolina in its final game. A Clemson loss would probably drop them to the teens. Clemson plays GT this week. A GT win would probably result in both MSU and Wisky ahead of Clemson.

In that scenario, FSU's best wins would be over unranked Miami and Clemson in the teens to twenties.
Ohio State will have wins over a top ten team and Wiscy in the teens. That coupled with the increased attention Ohio State will have from extending its win streak could create a danger to jump FSU. Esp if tOSU continues to demolish every thing in it path.

If FSU slips to Florida we are certainly in, however, if the game is close while tOSU blows out TTUN and then tOSU blows out MSU while FSU plays a nobody in the ACC championship game, there is a good chance we jump.

Kurt's picture

I keep thinking this is possible as well.  Slim but possible...especially if we can trounce everyone we play from here on out.  We need to score points on MSU if we get them in the Champ Game.

JollyFatMan's picture

I'm glad for the Gophers. They are probably the one team in the Big 10 that I root for unless they are playing the Bucks, especially considering they were the better part of suck for the last decade. 

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Nkohl13's picture

What sucks for Minnesota is that this is as high as they're getting. They finish of the season vs Wisconsin and @ MSU. The good thing is that a win over Minnesota can help both of these teams rankings.

Jason Priestas's picture

The have an extra week to prepare for Wisconsin and get them at home. I know it doesn't sound likely, but I'm not willing to rule out a Gopher upset at this point.

buckeyedude's picture

FSU isn't that far ahead of us effers!



Patriot4098's picture

I like the way Minnesota has played, but I think they need to find an identity. Not just this year, but every year. Wisky, N'western, Iowa, Indiana, MSU(generally all 3-star talent teams); they all have a linchpin identity they can attempt to master. Will it help them win every game? Certainly not, but it seems to helps when a team has something they can call their own. A style they can point to, and take pride. Combine that with a winning attitude and the ability to fix other struggles along the way, and the dynamics of individual games or seasons change over time. Minnesota has no identity. They have bowl eligible talent, without the bowl eligible 'flavor'.

EDIT: Nebraska has one, but it needs to change. They need their 'Black Shirts' back. They need it badly.

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DocBuckeye's picture

A little bit of the Huskers Blackshirts was on display last weekend. Dont know if it was real or simply the scUM OL is so bad. It would be great if the Huskers and PSU were able to get back their 90s identities soon since we need something to strengthen our SOS. scUM looks like a 10 yr reclamation project.

Patriot4098's picture

The scUM O-line is making D-lines everywhere look amazing. Our D-line is going to crush them. I'm not even going to knock on wood for that, because read above!

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac