Ohio State Now 2nd in the AP Poll

December 1, 2013 at 12:29p    by Kyle Rowland    
Ohio State could be one win from the national title game.
RK Team Pts PVS Record
1 Florida State (58) 1,498 2 12-0
2 Ohio State  1,418 3 12-0
3 Auburn (2) 1,387 4 11-1
4 Alabama 1,294 1 11-1
5 Missouri 1,281 5 11-1
6 Oklahoma State 1,197 7 10-1
7 Stanford 1,067 8 10-2
8 South Carolina 1,066 10 10-2
9 Baylor  1,020 9 10-1
10 Michigan State 1,002 11 11-1
11 Arizona State 843 13 10-2
12 Oregon 815 12 10-2
13 Clemson 813 6 10-2
14 LSU 690 15 9-3
15 Central Florida 621 17 10-2
16 Northern Illinois 596 18 12-0
17 UCLA 510 22 9-3
18 Oklahoma 503 20 9-2
19 Louisville 482 21 10-1
20 Duke 348 24 10-2
21 Wisconsin 299 14 9-3
22 Texas A&M 186 19 8-4
23 Texas 156 NR 8-3
24 Fresno State 124 16 10-1
25 Georgia 111 NR 8-4

After an improbable day of college football, Ohio State finds itself No. 2 in the latest AP Poll and possibly one win away from playing for the national championship. The AP Poll does not factor into the BCS standings. 

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.

“I think if you’re a voter and you’re thinking about it, you don’t make the jump of a one-loss over an undefeated until you have to,” ESPN BCS guru Brad Edwards said. “You don’t have to do it until next week, so regardless, don’t read too much one way or the other into today’s poll.”

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



KingsRite's picture

SEC homers will be smokin hot...LMAO!

“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-

NoVA Buckeye's picture

The biggest thing about this in terms of at-large selections is this: UCF over NIU. Been saying for weeks how underrated UCF is and how overrated NIU is. Glad to see the AP recognizes. If this holds up, we won't see NIU get their butts handed to them on the national stage for a 2nd year in a row.

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teddyballgame's picture

You think UCF was underrated?  They barely beat a 2-8 South Florida team on Friday.

kholmes's picture

B1G trolls out in full force for the AP poll...Drew Sharp (anti-UM, anti-MSU, anti-OSU) has OSU at 8 now and Jon wilner has OSU at 5. Sharp hates Michigan so bad that he dropped OSU from 3 to 8 for the close victory. Sharp has MSU at 13.

KingsRite's picture

They can hate all they want. Just makes them look like fools.

“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-

Maestro's picture

Wisky is getting so shafted as well.
LSU is top 15...ha. Bert and his winless-SEC team would beg to differ.  Wait, rivalry games are exempt from scrutiny unless they are B1G rivalry games.

vacuuming sucks

cinserious's picture

“An SEC team can’t get left out of the (championship game) with one loss,” Jacobs said. “We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation, and a team ahead of us struggled [yesterday]. 

That Jay Jacobs sounds like a crying, whiny bitch. Is he really crying while saying that?


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

Poison nuts's picture

Said at the beginning of the year that I thought the SEC would not even make the NC game. I hope I end being right. I could care less about the past - they aren't entitled to an automatic bid to play for all the marbles just because of past successes. 

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Buckeye1996's picture

Ha. Drew Sharp is not so sharp. Has us ranked #8. Yes you read that right. Our other friend, Wilner has us at #5. 
I know the AP is useless, but I'll be glad when the playoff systems comes in. These guys are clowns.

Poison nuts's picture

You can also vote for good & bad poll voters & Drew Sharp is the leading bad poll voter...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Alhan's picture

Holy cow. Get your bunkers ready. It's the end of the world!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

alust2013's picture

Although Sparty got the shaft. They should not be behind South Carolina or Stanford. Both of those teams lost twice and to bad teams. Notre Dame may not be great, but at least they don't suck like Tennessee or Utah. I would put them at 7 or 8.

...and Michigan still sucks.

Patriot4098's picture

I can only laugh at the SEC assclowns at this point. Mizzou is about to win their precious conference. Everyone should be so chill right now. The SEC is imploding.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

bull1214's picture

michigan st. with 1 loss is only 4 spots ahead of 3 loss lsu. georgia with 4 losses is BACK in the top 25. im tellin ya, im to the point where i HATE sec schools just based on the biased thinking. which is a shame cuz there are some teams i enjoy following. 

Hovenaut's picture

So after all that huffing and puffing, Ohio State is right back where they started.

Has to be an easier way. Right, pundits?


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

BABuckeye's picture

Of the 60 AP voters, 2 voted Auburn #1 and 11 voted Auburn #2.  It is no coincidence that these 13 voters are the only ones who voted Ohio State lower than #2.  The worst offender? Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press, of course.  He pushed Ohio State down to #8, the lowest of any voter.  Most of the others are regular OSU haters, as proven by always being an outlier when ranking OSU. 
Joe Giglio  (Raleigh, NC) OSU 4, Auburn 1
Scott Wolfe (Los Angeles, CA) OSU 3, Auburn 1
Donovan Campbell (Miami, FL) OSU 3, Auburn 2
Drew Sharp (Detroit, MI) OSU 8, Auburn 2
Garry Smits (Jacksonville, FL) OSU 3, Auburn 2
Hugh Kellenberger (Jackson, MS) OSU 3, Auburn 2
Jon Wilner (San Jose, CA) OSU 5, Auburn 2
Mike Barber (Richmond, VA) OSU 3, Auburn 2
Mitch Vingle (Charleston, WV) OSU 3, Auburn 2
Pete DiPrimio (Fort Wayne, IN) OSU 3, Auburn 2
Ryan Brown (Birmingham, AL) OSU 3, Auburn 2
Tom Murphy (Little Rock, AR) OSU 4, Auburn 2

Davep160's picture

I find it overwhelmingly ironic that we move UP to number two considering we STARTED number two.    
1 - Started #2
2 - Passed by Oregon (now number 3)
3 - Passed by Clemson (now number 4
4 - No change
5 - No change
6 - No change
7 - No change
8 - No Change
9 - FSU beats Clemson, moves to number 2 (Still number 4)
10 - Oregon/FSU swap
11 - No Change
12 - Oregon Loses (now number 3 again)
13 - No Change
14 - No Change 
15 - Alabama Loses, OSU back up to number 2)

TMac's picture

I get what you're saying, But August polls are huge guesses, and force a perception of who's better than the rest that may prove to be completely unfounded.  Those perceptions still work when you're talking about teams with equal records. But Undefeated has to rise to the top.  IF the August poll was somehow "fact" - then we should be #1 as we were ahead of FSU from the start. 
Not that we can't finish there!!!

ONE Not Done!

TMac's picture

How does Drew Sharpe keep a ticket to vote?!?! Clearly he's an idiot. 

ONE Not Done!