Ohio State Moves Up to No. 2 in the Coaches Poll

By Jason Priestas on December 1, 2013 at 12:38p
Ohio State and Carlos Hyde rumbled past Michigan and into the No. 2 ranking.
RK Team Pts PVS Record
1 Florida State (58) 1546 2 12-0
2 Ohio State (4) 1462 3 12-0
3 Auburn 1437 5 11-1
4 Alabama 1333 1 11-1
5 Missouri 1315 6 11-1
6 Oklahoma State 1248 7 10-1
7 Baylor 1100 8 10-1
7 South Carolina 1100 9 10-2
9 Michigan State 1037 11 11-1
10 Stanford 1034 10 10-2
11 Clemson 853 4 10-2
12 Oregon 843 12 10-2
13 Arizona State 765 18 10-2
14 LSU 720 15 9-3
15 Oklahoma 660 17 9-2
16 Louisville 625 16 10-1
17 Central Florida 572 19 10-1
18 Northern Illinois 547 20 12-0
19 UCLA 473 22 9-3
20 Duke 402 24 10-2
21 Wisconsin 266 14 9-3
22 Fresno State 215 13 10-1
23 Cincinnati 167 25 9-2
24 Texas 149 NR 8-3
25 Texas A&M 121 21 8-4

After an improbable day of college football, Ohio State finds itself No. 2 in the latest Coaches Poll and possibly just one win away from playing for the national championship.

The Buckeyes locked up four first-place votes and have 1,462 points in the poll, good enough for a 25-point lead over No. 3 Auburn. Ohio State received 42 second-place votes, while the Tigers were voted second on 16 ballots. Three voters ranked the Buckeyes fifth and one even had them No. 6. Auburn, however was voted fourth or higher on every coach's ballot.

Michigan State moved up from No. 11 to No. 9 in the poll, which will help Ohio State's argument – if the Buckeyes can take care of business in the Big Ten Championship Game. Wisconsin, losers at home to Penn State Saturday, fell from No. 14 to No. 21.

Ohio State-Michigan and Auburn-Alabama are the two greatest rivalries in college football and both series saw perhaps their finest game on Saturday. The Buckeyes intercepted a two-point conversion with 32 seconds left that would have won the game for the Wolverines, while the Tigers scored twice in the final 32 seconds, including a 109-yard missed field goal return on the final play, to beat the two-time defending-champion Crimson Tide.

It sets up another intriguing Championship Saturday this week. The cities of Indianapolis (Ohio State-Michigan State), Charlotte (Florida State-Duke) and Atlanta (Auburn-Missouri) will host games that will likely determine who plays in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6.

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs is already lobbying for the victor in the SEC Championship Game to play for the national title. Politicking is an annual rite of early December for coaches, players and administrators. The biggest problem hamstringing the Tigers is that loss to LSU. The Seminoles and Buckeyes are undefeated.

“An SEC team can’t get left out of the (championship game) with one loss,” Jacobs told Dan Wolken of USA Today. “We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation, and a team ahead of us struggled [yesterday]. And a one-loss SEC team that wins in Atlanta — if it’s us or Missouri — you can’t get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team. We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team.”

Jacobs then went on to say it would be a “disservice to the nation” if a one-loss Auburn team was left out of the title game.

The BCS standings will be released tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.


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KingsRite's picture

Just win baby!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

otrain2416's picture

An SEC team that gets left out of the NC would be a disservice to the nation ( even if we have a 14 point loss to a mediocre LSU team and won our last 2 games on miracle plays)

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

FROMTHE18's picture

lets hope the miracles end in Atlanta this weekend and Mizzou can end this Auburn stuff.

CALPOPPY's picture

That won't change anything except the name being mentioned. If not Auburn, the argument will be for Mizzou. Not saying I agree but that will be the argument.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

GH_Lindsey's picture

But then people will just be chirping about Mizzou into the title game ahead of us, and outside of the win against Bama, they probably have a better case than Auburn (won every game but 1 by two touchdowns, only loss came in 2OTs against SCAR on a cross-bar deflection, who's better ranked than LSU)

ScarletGray43157's picture

Yeah, the AD seemed to have left out the part about the Georgia game.  The missed-FG return was a good play, taking advantage of an opportunity against Bama.  The reception against Georgia should have been an INT or batted down.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

00Buck's picture

Now lets watch and see if the (purported) rapist is arrested.........  all this in one(1) week......  but first We have to play the hun....... and destroy SPARTY

Upon this Rock, I build my house....and Let no man put asunder

KingsRite's picture

That BCS show should be fun to watch. ;)

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Citrus's picture

4 first place votes is interesting. Also, that seems like a razor thin margin between tOSU and Auburn. MSU up to 9 helps. 

Tim's picture

Shut up, Auburn AD.  You lost to LSU, who has three losses.  It's so stupid that losing a game doesn't matter to so many people this season.  One-loss Stanford was going to jump us, one-loss Auburn/Missouri...

FROMTHE18's picture

Those 4 first place votes are niiiiiiice. IMO, if we beat Michigan State, we are in. I can't see winning the conference title and being unbeaten causing us to drop in the Coaches Poll regardless of what happens in Atlanta. The Coaches Poll seems to be very un-fickle when dealing with easy decisions such as 2 unbeatens playing for the title. IF FSU and OSU both win, the SEC streak is over, and outside of the SEC coaches, I think the rest of the nation (i.e. the other coaches out there) give a damn about 'SEC Dominance', which works in our favor. Buckeyes gotta win first, but I feel better seeing the Coaches Poll behaving like it should. Now, that AP Poll will be what we expect IMO, simply because half of ESPN runs that crap shoot of a voting system.

Edit: just saw the AP poll, I am wrong.

J.Mo's picture

Wonder who the (4) votes are?
Urban, O'Brien, Andersen, .... Dantonio?

GoBucksOSU's picture

O'Brien is not a voter and I don't believe Andersen is either.

Citrus's picture

Don't think BoB has a vote 

Knarcisi's picture

List of Voters
The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 62 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2013 season: David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Illinois; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Bill Blankenship, Tulsa; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Ron English, Eastern Michigan; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Kyle Flood, Rutgers; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.); Todd Graham, Arizona State; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State; Bobby Hauck, UNLV; Mark Helfrich, Oregon; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Curtis Johnson, Tulane; Joey Jones, South Alabama; June Jones, Southern Methodist; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech; Mike Leach, Washington State; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Les Miles, LSU; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Jeff Quinn, Buffalo; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Charlie Strong, Louisville; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Kyle Whittingham, Utah. AFCA policy bars schools under major NCAA or conference sanctions from receiving votes.

Jeeves's picture

These coaches are UN-MURICAN!!!

BorderBuckeye's picture

Haaa Haaa Haa!!!!:) Hilarious Jeeves!! I about spit out my drink! Thanks, I love it!

SaltyD0gg's picture

Talk about a dynasty coming to an incredible, screeching halt. Alabama didn't even win their division!

Pain of Discipline

Pain of Regret

Take Your Pick

3cent's picture

They didn't in 2011 either.

FROMTHE18's picture

Didnt in 2011 either, still won the title.

CALPOPPY's picture

That just shows the strength of the league!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

BorderBuckeye's picture

No. Shows more parity in their league. Not showing strength. They have to play in the game THIS YEAR to show that.

KLF Buckeye's picture

We have nothing to worry about if we beat a #10 Sparty who has the #1 defense. 
The fact is, if the pundits were real football gurus they would be on a coaching staff. This poll is all the validation we need. Well, that and 24-0!

toledo_buckeye's picture

Is beating an 11-1 Missouri team that more impressive than beating an 11-1 Michugan State team. I really don't think so.

BorderBuckeye's picture

Especially with the loss to LSU vs no losses. Losses count.

NashBuckeye's picture

Looks like a lot of coaches drinking the SEC KoolAid.

hodge's picture

We're up less points in this poll than we are the AP.  I'm betting there's some serious disparity with regard to OSU and Auburn's rankings. 

Buckeye1996's picture

I don't think Auburn will beat Missouri. A loss by Auburn would send the AD scurrying.

alust2013's picture


...and Michigan still sucks.

will0327's picture

Dont believe the hype if Ohio State wins on Saturday .... they will be in its that simple 


RBuck's picture

Good to see Sparty is now in the top ten. It will solidify our ranking next week with an OSU victory. I am surprised that Wisconsin is still in the top 25. That will help.

Long live the southend.

buckeyeguy0615's picture

What if Auburn loses and Winston gets charged? Couldn't Bama easily be able to play for the title then?

PharmBuck's picture

I'm sure in that situation Mizzou would be going over Bama, but if FSU, Auburn, AND OSU all lose we are probably looking Mizzou vs Bama (Plz god no)

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Bucks43201's picture

I want to find out who those 4 coaches are and give them a solid handshake. Wouldn't surprise me if one were Bill Snyder from KSU.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Nick's picture

Most likely the four B1G coaches, which means one of them if that is the case didn't.

Phillips.449's picture

I am happy the B1G has a championship game now.  Just think if we were sitting next week without one.  This wouldn't really be in our hands.  FOCUS ON SATURDAY AND JUST WIN!

Buckman's picture

I love Lou Holtz. Lisp and all.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


causeicouldntgo43's picture

Holtz gets the best line in to May:  "You sound like a comedian outta work!"

BGBOY's picture

The best line to Mark May was "You lose."

You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish.

buckz4evr's picture

Holz said to Mays    

You sound like a comedian out of work


hodge's picture

This is the dumbest goddamn segment on television.

toledo_buckeye's picture

I don't know, have you seen MTV programming in the last 10 years or so?

justanotherbuckeye22's picture

Have  trouble reading this  site,we win they complain.
Bet they complain about life in general why they complain.

rosycheeks's picture

Is someone making you read, much less complain?

bull1214's picture

sec has the highest ranked 1 loss team. the highest ranked 2 loss team. the highest ranked 3 loss team and heres a shock......the highest ranked 4 loss team! voters are about as obvious as a drunk chick with crotchless panties......

BenedictineBuck's picture

Stanford is the highest ranked 2 loss team, but yes the SEC bias lives on...Texas ATM drops only two spots, cmon man!!!

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

Nkohl13's picture

No South Carolina has 2 losses and sits at #7 tied with one loss Baylor and ahead of one loss Michigan State.

BenedictineBuck's picture

Idk what poll your looking at, Im talking about the Harris Poll, the link is above.

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

aabuckeye's picture

The fallacy of the SEC's argument is that they did NOT beat the number 1 team in the country.
They beat last year's champion, which is not really relevant this year as it's not the same team. The team they did beat is the team that is projected to be -- by various metrics and polls -- at this point in the season, the number one team. But that's conjecture, not proof. That's why there is a BCS championship game: to see if this projection is correct, because everybody has decided that without playing the game, nobody knows for sure. (And that's why there will be playoffs.)
So there really is no valid argument there. Unbeaten teams have a much more valid argument: regardless of -- up to a point -- the strength of schedule, unless you can point to someone who can actually beat a team on the field, you can't prove a team is NOT the best.
So lay off the moonshine, SEC mouthpieces, and clear your heads.

NYCBuckeye's picture

A scenario: If Duke pulls off the unthinkable and beats FSU, and Mizzou beats Auburn.....Bama or Mizzou??