Ohio State Falls to No. 8 in Latest AP Poll

By DJ Byrnes on September 2, 2014 at 2:16p

Ohio State fans at Northwestern in 2013 [Walt Keys, ElevenWarriors.com]


Despite a win over a Navy team that will end up in a bowl, Ohio State fell from No. 5 to No. 8 in the latest AP poll. The slip, obviously, has a lot to do with Braxton Miller's season-ending injury.

Florida State, Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma hold the down the poll's top spots.

Michigan State, the AP's No. 7 team, is the Big Ten's highest ranked team. Wisconsin checks-in at No. 18, and Nebraska comes in at No. 19.

Michigan, much like the Coaches Poll, failed to make an appearance.

The full table can be found here:

Rank SCHOOL Record previous ranking points (1st place votes)
1 Florida State 1-0 1 1,456 (46)
2 Alabama 1-0 2 1,373 (1)
3 Oregon 1-0 3 1,314 (5)
4 Oklahoma 1-0 4 1,283 (2)
5 Auburn 1-0 6 1,186
6 Georgia 1-0 12 1,114 (2)
7 Michigan State 1-0 8 1,093
8 Ohio State 1-0 5 982
9 Texas A&M 1-0 21 978 (2)
10 Baylor 1-0 10 962
11 UCLA 1-0 7 944
12 LSU 1-0 13 926
13 Stanford 1-0 11 886
14 Southern Cal 1-0 15 729
15 Ole Miss 1-0 18 525
16 Notre Dame 1-0 17 519
17 Arizona State 1-0 19 431
18 Wisconsin 0-1 14 364
19 Nebraska 1-0 22 352
20 Kansas State 1-0 20 325
21 South Carolina 0-1 9 196
21 North Carolina 1-0 23 196
23 Clemson 0-1 16 164
24 Missouri 1-0 24 147
25 Louisville 1-0 31 131

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TheShookster's picture

Favored by 14 points with Braxton, Win by 17 without Braxton, drop in the polls.

Good thing these things don't matter that much this early.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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BlockO's picture

We we are the only team in the last 5 years to consistently drop after wins. I'm kinda pissed about this. #justwinbaby

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Scarlet Veins's picture

At least we're in front of A&M who ran S. Carolina out of their own Stadium...

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Jim Tressel

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Gunship_Buckeye's picture

Honestly, although the Middies looked like a pretty good team, I think we're being blessed at being #8.  I saw A&M, I saw Louisville, FSU, M State and I gotta tell you........we gotta get better on the O line


“If you take it to ‘em, and you keep taking it to ‘em, hell, there’s no question who will win!” - Woody

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awlinBrutus's picture

The 2nd half was more of a snapshot of our offense rather than the 1st half.  because I really believe in this coaching staff. our coaches have to have good games also. A victory over VaTech will go along way in  appeasing the h8ters. Navy would roll Jacksonville State, don't tell me a blow out of JState is more impressive than winning going away in the 2nd half against a bowl bound veteran Navy team, I say BS brotha!!!! O H..........................


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brbrbuckeye's picture

Agreed, the line themselves said they had an adjustment. They were used to bowling forward on blocks and Navy used their speed to combat that. 


NuttyBuckeye's picture

I paid particular attention to the Florida State offense.  The O-line in their run game was not very good at all.  I think FSU is beatable, providing a defense can bring a relentless pash-rush and play physical with their WRs.  Sound like any team we know??  ;)

Just win baby, and we will get better each week.

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InTressITrust's picture

The title and the article give different rankings for OSU FYI (8 and 9)

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Nairion's picture

The AP dropped us one spot in between the time it took you to read the title and the article.

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BuckeyePops's picture

Nairion - Are you reading the same article I am? Focus buddy!

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sox33osu's picture

LMAO, and nobody is shocked.

FitzBuck's picture

So to be clear we are overrated but Bama and FSU are not.  Ok.  Moving on.  

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CGroverL's picture

In 2012, Ohio State started the season ranked #18 and climbed to #12 after a 56-10 win against Miami (OH) in week #1 and a week #2 win over UCF by a score of 31-16. Then, in week #3, Cal came to Columbus, played well, and the Buckeyes escaped with a 35-28 win. In the aftermath, the Buckeyes dropped FOUR spots (to #16) for their 7 point home victory. Keep in mind that this same "weak" Cal team would go on a few weeks later to beat #25 UCLA by a score of 43-17...Sure, UCLA dropped out of the AP poll but then re-emerged at #25 after winning their next 2 games over Utah by 7 and Arizona State by 2. In my book, if the #25 team gets beat by a "weak" Cal team by 26 points, they need to do a little bit more than win their next 2 games by a total of 9 points against unranked teams to see the polls again...

Meanwhile, later in the season, Florida lost to Georgia, leaving them at #8 in the AP poll. The Gators followed that game up with 2 games at home against Missouri (5-7 in 2012) and Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4 in 2012). They won both games by 7 points but managed to increase their ranking to #7 somehow. Be assured that Ohio State SURELY would have lost spots after consecutive 7 point home wins over Missouri and LA-Lafayette in 2012.

Even though the AP announced that they would rank the Buckeyes in 2012 and also announced that the Buckeyes would be eligible for the AP title, the voters did everything possible to keep the SEC ranked high and keep Ohio State out of the picture. Consider that the AP had Ohio State (the only unbeaten team in the country) at #3 in their final poll and 5 of the top 9 spots in the AP poll of 2012 were held by SEC teams.

It is a sham...nothing has changed...and it won't, either, especially after Ohio State marches into East Lansing and rips out Sparty's heart. Time will tell...and I think that we have seen the time that the Buckeyes played their worst game of 2014. Some power running is all that is really missing from the offense (and some better OL play which WILL happen as it usually does with newer Buckeye OL's) and the defense played a lot better than they are being given credit for. Through all of Navy's misdirection, "re-misdirection" and sucking of the time of possession (which is the strength of their offense), they still scored just 17 points. These Buckeyes can be for real and all of the pieces are there, regardless of how hated they are (unfairly) by voters. The polls are garbage and have been manipulated because of hate for Ohio State and love for the SEC since 2007's loss to LSU in the BCS title game.

Calm rant over. Good luck, guys. Go Buckeyes. How's that for a bunch of word vomit? From now on, I'll just blog for no one to read. Stick together Nation....a long season is ahead and I can't wait.

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Gunship_Buckeye's picture

Good point.  FSU for sure didn't impress me and Bama didn't look better than our Bucks


“If you take it to ‘em, and you keep taking it to ‘em, hell, there’s no question who will win!” - Woody

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Buckeyeneer's picture

All is well. Things will shake out by the end of the season.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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fear_the_nut70's picture

I find it really hard to get riled up over this.  With the new playoff system, does anyone really care about the polls any more?

I do love that photograph above.  That kid looks real pissed.

The Rill Dill's picture

Keep telling yourself that the polls 'don't matter'.  The absolutely do-----whether they are supposed to ---or not.

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J.Mo's picture

Some BS for moving teams up for beating up on FCS schools. And what was so impressive about Auburn struggling with Arkansas for a half before taking over?  And North Carolina moves up two spots? That's a joke too.

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buckeye4life050233's picture

Auburn struggling with Arkansas till good ol' Gus lifts the 1 game ban on Nick Marshall as to not get upset.  If Urban would have done what Gus Malzalhn did it would be an ESecPN article all week and he would be bashed up and down the espn circuit

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Catch 5's picture

Except that it wasn't a 1 game suspension.  Gus only said that Marshal wouldn't start the game.  It was pretty much universally accepted that he would play at some point - most figured it would be the second half.  And it wasn't their QB that was struggling - the starter played very well in fact - it was their run defense, which was horrendous.  Once Arkansas got away from the run, the game was over.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Woody16111's picture

The first half doomed Ohio State in the minds of the  voters, if it hadn't been tainted already with Braxton's injury. 

I can't recall a time when a team dropped three spots by beating a team on the road (neutral site or not that was basically a home game for Navy) by 17 pts. 

Ohio State gets zero credit for breaking in a frosh QB who looked better as the game went on, if this was an SEC school you can only imagine the praise said SEC coach would get for adjustments and how deep said SEC team is and how they re-load. 

To be honest, I don't fault the fact Ohio State dropped in the polls, but three spots is a bit much and to have a MSU team jump Ohio State after we played what will be a tough Navy team headed for a Bowl and MSU played a D-1AA team in Jacksonville State is beyond ridiculous. 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

I really have no idea why or where it was even labeled a "Neutral" site game.  Navy plays all of it's big home games at M & T (OSU and Army this year) or FedEx (ND this year).  The places hold more people=more tickets able to be sold=more $$$.  Everything about the game pointed to Navy being the home team (pregame festivities, coin toss, stadium music when on defense, etc.).

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GoBucksToledo's picture

Hard to believe a venue is a neutral site when it has one of the team's name in each end zone and in the middle of the field.

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BroJim's picture

Why is no one stating that most of the fans were in scarlet? I think we are missing a point of view here. 

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robotfood's picture

Not to mention the field markings..

zeversole's picture

Not to mention how well we settled in after the first half. Everyone expected a shaky start in both the offense and the defense given that we are coming in with a new QB and O-Line as well as the defense dealing with a type of option look they don't often defend against.

I think after this weekend any doubts will be out the window. Both sides of the ball are coming back home with confidence and the D will be facing a more standard offense in V-Tech that they are used to. I think the success of the defense this weekend will only make Barrett and the rest of the offense that much more confident in their game. GO BUCKS!

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Michigan State fans probably thought it was ridiculous that we were ranked ahead of them to begin with.

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KLF Buckeye's picture

The Shookster is right-on with the contradiction of dropping in the poll given our performance sans Miller versus the prediction with Miller, but I think pollsters were looking to drop us in the polls regardless. Losing Braxton provided the cover.

That being said, It's only week 1 and we have a damn good team. If we look good beating VT and get past MSU, I think we can be right were we want to be in the polls at the end of the season. Right now, winning is the only thing that matters.

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Spot on KLF, we need to just win and everything else will take care of itself.

brandonbauer87's picture

I can't really be upset about any of this. It's nearly as much guessing as the preseason poll. Even "quality wins" are just wins until the other team wins a few games. I'll start putting stock in this after week 4. 

russbuss31's picture

Just keep on winning. Things will fall into place, just as they seem to every year.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Updated the piece to include a table showing previous rankings, records, and points, etc.

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Kurt's picture

Love it, thanks!

northwest_buckeye's picture

If I cared any less about the rankings this early in the season, they'd be Michigan.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

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brandonbauer87's picture

We can thank Doug Lesmerises (18) and Bill Rabinowitz (9) for the ranking. It's not a national conspiracy, polls are almost a joke. 

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BucksLover0214's picture

I like a lot of the content Doug puts out, but his polls are so stupid.  I quit going to Cleveland.com almost exclusively because of the polls he put out last year.  You don't have to be a homer and rank OSU #1 no matter what, but you shouldn't punish teams for their schedule either.  These polls really don't matter, as many have said, but....covering the spread against a good team on the road after losing your starting quarterback for the season....we should not have dropped a single spot in the polls.

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zeversole's picture

We all remember Auburn that one year. When was that?... Oh yeah... that was last year. No worries guys. We will be just fine when everything shakes out ;)

The Rill Dill's picture

What LEAGUE is Auburn in again?

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zeversole's picture

I think it's Water Polo right?

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Who are the two jackasses who voted aTm number one?  And Georgia moving up that much?  C'mon, man!  I have zero issues with Ohio State dropping if they were legitimately being outplayed by everyone but in week one that is never the case.

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J.Mo's picture

If you base your ranking on performance/quality of opponent, Georgia and Texas A&M deserves it. Now MSU beat FCS school in which their scout team should be better than JSU. Auburn struggled with Arkansas. North Carolina also struggled with an FCS school and moved up two.

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wojodta's picture

The only problem with that ranking philosophy is that no one knows yet how good SCAR & Clemson really are. I'd wish pollsters would have less of a knee jerk reaction to games. Not that it matters though this early. Just sayin'.

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YTOWNBUCKI's picture

This is my point.  None of the preseason rankings should really be changing much at all until week 4 at the earliest.

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Go get your shine box, Gumar!

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Catch 5's picture

Why is that?  Since preseason polls are based on assumptions and previous year's results with different teams, they should change a LOT over the first 4-6 weeks since that is when real data is becoming available.  Voters who aren't willing to change the rankings drastically this early is what causes the problems most people have with the polls.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Earle's picture

The horror, the horror...

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

You're not an AP voter, you're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.

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Bucksfan's picture

Did you know that 'AP' is the last word in 'CRAP?'

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zeeman60657's picture

Meh, who cares.  If we win out, we'll be in the playoffs.  PERIOD!


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logamaniac's picture

meh we are going to have to look better doing it than the next guy is the only caveat.  all people remember of us so far is the 0-2 in the last two title games and 0-2 in the only two games that mattered in the last two years.  we need to change that perception somehow and hopefully against traditional teams we start doing that

WrightBuckeye's picture

Where is the hate for UCLA who needed 3 defensive touchdowns to beat a craptastic Virginia squad. I would be more upset but I see all this as bulletin board material. 

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The Rill Dill's picture

'Bulletin board material' lasts about four plays.  

hit_the_couch's picture

I'd say that's pretty standard. I can't remember a time that tOSU actually moved up in the polls when winning in the first half of the year. i don't think this has happened in quite some time.

The AP just wants to feel important. The truth is, most of us have already forgotten about them.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

IMO Texas A&M looked like the clear cut best team. They should be higher,and would be if pollsters could look past 1 player (Started way too low...Manziel leaving). 1 player does not a team make, the defense looks much improved and I see A&Ms offense in the same light as tOSU

Spring football is like non-alcoholic beer.  It looks like what you want, but only intensifies your desire for the real thing--Earle

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logamaniac's picture

its week one which means theres going to be a mass overcorrection for horrible poll predictions.  theres no way to assume A&M would be that good against SC on defense based on how horrible they were last season so its understandable to underrate them.  there just shouldn't be any polls until 4 or 5 weeks into the season so that nobody gets early preferential treatment

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Vberger's picture

Ohio State AP Rankings by week in 2002.  13, 10, 8, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 4, 4, 6, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1.  So we are still ahead of schedule!!

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Florida State whips Cowboys by 6!! Alabama hammers WVU by 10!! Ohio State EDGES Navy by 17. Guess who drops in the polls? You guessed right.

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

I should've counted how many times I said, "17 points is edging by?" this weekend..upwards of 50 I 'd say

Spring football is like non-alcoholic beer.  It looks like what you want, but only intensifies your desire for the real thing--Earle

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brbrbuckeye's picture

I know, that was so lame. I scoffed at the idiocy when I read that.


Barnsey69's picture

AP - noun(n.) meaning illogical ranking apparatus in the English language.

Or rhino fart in layman's terms.

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PortlandBuckeye45's picture

All im going to really pay attention to is winning. i want Oregon to lose to MSU, and us to beat MSU. That way, everyone will be like OH SNAP! tOSU is a boss even without Braxton. And i want TTUN, to go undefeated so they are actually ranked when we smack them around the Shoe this year.

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logamaniac's picture

i don't want to just beat MSU i want to roll MSU and then back the truck up and roll back over them and then roll over them again on the way out of there.

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PortlandBuckeye45's picture

RIGHT! So MSu destroys Oregon in Eugene. Then we destroy MSU, like a fat kid eating a corn dog dipped in butter.

Then everyone will finnally shut up. Like DAYUM!!!! tOSU is the best ever!

But ESPN, and good ole Markie May, will find something to say.

Buckeye46's picture

Love this.


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BassDropper's picture

According to Athlon, Navy had a preseason ranking of #57, while WVU had a #67 ranking. I tried to find the AP preseason rankings for each team...but had no success.  

However, in the preseason AP poll Navy received 2 votes to be in the top 25, WVU had 0 votes. This week, Navy received 0 and WVU received 7. 

In the preseason AP poll Alabama had 1,361 votes. After beating an unranked team by 10 points they gained 12 additional votes. 

OSU vs Navy line in July was OSU -13.5...we win by 17 with a new QB and we drop 3 spots.


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buckeye4life050233's picture

Anything for them to prop up Bama's strength of schedule.  What an absolute farce!!!

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OldColumbusTown's picture

But what will they do when WVU finishes 5-4 in the Big 12?  One really good thing about the selection committee is they will have to give feedback on their rankings.  As the season goes on, and WVU or Ok State begin to tail off with middling records (if it happens), it will become apparent that Bama and FSU would have two non-conference wins that do not mean as much.  IF Navy upsets ND and/or goes 9-3 this season, OSU will/should rightfully get a bump for that.

At this point, Ohio State just needs MSU to beat Oregon, Michigan to beat ND, the B1G to keep winning non-conference games, and OSU opponents to keep winning games after losing to the Buckeyes.  Whether we like it or not, OSU is not going to get the benefit of the doubt.  They're going to have it earn it on the field, and then let everything else sort itself out.

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northernchild's picture

I think this ranking might be a fair spot for us, but what doesn't seem fair is that florida st and Alabama both played worse and didn't get dropped at all. 

for best results, read everything i write in italics

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Poison nuts's picture

That's exactly how I & many others (I imagine) feel. 8 is probably fair, but not as it relates to the teams you just mentioned. Also, Bassdropper makes some great points above with the numbers he provided. This was likely something that was going to happen (OSU dropping) after Braxton got hurt, but it is still odd that Bama & FSU didn't move after pretty close calls with unranked teams. Funny thing is, watching TV all weekend after the game, I heard loads of people (talking head types) saying OSU has serious concerns. I heard little regarding concerns over Bama, and only slightly more regarding FSU. Not a big conspiracy guy, but it is all a bit strange. Oh well. Win the games & all's well.

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BoFuquel's picture

We doubled the score on the road against Navy. We are playing a much worse team this week at home. If we don't triple the score on these Hokies, (that name alone should be a great inspiration), we will drop farther. I hate this play off error. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

I don't agree that Va Tech is "much worse". The defense alone gives them a leg up on Navy. We won't triple the score either...it'll be 35-20 tOSU

Spring football is like non-alcoholic beer.  It looks like what you want, but only intensifies your desire for the real thing--Earle

buckeye phi's picture

It's not like the polls don't matter at all any more.  Members of the new selection committee will probably consider the polls when they make their choices for the final four. 

It wouldn't be good if Ohio State falls much further.  After all, sitting at number five at the end of the season could be a problem.

Having said that - it is awfully early - and if the Buckeyes keep winning these things should take care of themselves.

Besides, if this team has the kind of character they appear to have, a bit of disrespect in the polls may provide a little extra psychological edge.

Not to worry -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

dc28's picture

That Navy team has a chance to be favored in just about every other game this year. What will it take for Florida St and Alabama to drop in the polls? I mean, we all know that 2 SEC teams will be in the playoffs along with Florida St.

I get as frustrated as most people when I see the Poll like this especially after Florida St and Alabama escaped with wins. As we all know though, most teams that start off ranked #1 or #2 don't end up being #1 or #2. Ohio State just needs to take care of business and improve every week. We want to be playing our best at the end of the season. Obviously, win all of our games but be playing the best at the end, unlike last year (Mich, Mich St., Clemson)

"Never Settle For Second When First Is Available"


Jeeves's picture

I really really doubt two teams from the sec get in in the first year unless there are a bunch of multi loss conference champs.

buck__luv's picture


This poll only added fuel for our journey. Go Bucks!

D-Day0043's picture

We should just start playing all of our OOC games at a "neutral site" 150 miles from home like the SEC. Then they will say how wonderful we are.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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jonping67's picture

Poles mean nothing unless your a hot chick at a strip club, then it means a lot. I hope MSU beats Oregon and I hope MSU is undeafeted when the Buckeyes head to East Lansing. I would much rather be the hunter than the hunted and Urban can use the rankings to his advantage. GO BUCKS!

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kalabuckzoo's picture

All these comments about Bama and FSU, but would anyone have honestly wanted to face WVU or Okie State instead of Navy.  Not me.  Our offense came out really flat and we might have found ourselves behind big time vs. either of those teams.  I can't predict whether we would have won or not but I watched both of those other games and I'd say they were both tougher opponents than Navy.  No disrespect to Navy.

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nickel beer's picture

Often the game itself is the factor--for example, NAVY certainly was fully charged and nearly flawless but for 3-5 errors the Buckeyes made them pay for.  Playing Ohio State because it was Ohio State was a major shot of juice. 

I'll add too, dropping us in the polls is total disrespect for the NAVY program--and that pssz me off.

Dot Your Eyes

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Jeeves's picture

Navy presented different challenges AND was a no win situation for Ohio State ( win huge or else). I would much rather start with more conventional mediocre teams like Ok State and West Virginia. If Navy played either of those two teams in a few weeks I could see them beating either of them honestly.

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kalabuckzoo's picture

I actually agree with you on that.  I think scheduling Navy is a poor decision.  Why expose your team to a triple option offense with little upside effect with a victory anyway.  I do think Navy could possibly beat those two, my point was simply that if our offense came out flat and only put up 6 first half points we'd probably have been down by more than one at halftime vs those other two based on what I saw.  I'm not sure our offensive line would have fared too well against Ok States defense in game 1 of the season.

CTBuckeye's picture

AP trying to set a record for how many SEC teams can crack the top 25?

AP logic - South Carolina lost bad to Texas A&M, but now that A&M is ranked 9th the loss doesn't look as bad, so we shouldn't move them that far down (or question whether they were ranked too high to begin with).

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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Knite's picture

With this happening every year it seems, I shouldn't get upset or even shocked by it anymore. But I just can't help but laugh about the bias in these polls. I mean Alabama barely gets by with a win over WV, Florida State squeezing by, and so many others that win with a very easy opponent (according to what the so called pencil pushing experts say) tOSU plays a very tough Navy and wins and we drop in their polls. Simply unbelievable.....

CincyOSU's picture

It's not about dropping because we beat Navy. We dropped because we lost our best player two weeks before the season....AFTER the pollsters released their initial rankings.

Dropping OSU is a correction(not one I agree with) based on this new intel.

logamaniac's picture

someone gets it,  no conspiracy to be had here

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PapaBucks's picture

I'm pretty sure that at this point, any judgments can and should he done on the basis of on field performance, not by who was lost for the season a couple weeks prior. The narrative over the weekend was the Buckeyes struggled, hence the drop.

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osu_killernuts's picture

No matter what the score is against VT this week, I fully expect tOSU to drop out of the top 10.  I'm not being salty, just being honest.  

OSU's vindication will be proving all the naysayers wrong on the field.  

Hate is a strong word.  I hate ESecPN almost as much as I hate the whole SEC conference which is a close second to TTUN.

Buckeyeneer's picture

I respectfully disagree. As others have noted, the drop came from losing Miller after the polls came out. Now that that correction has been made in their minds, it will be business as usual. If we beat VT we will at least maintain where we are.

FYI - No downvote from me.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I think most of the "dropping" in these polls is due to everyone's reaction to not having Brax. As has already been said, if OSU wins out, they're in the playoffs. So let's just take it one game at a time.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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droessl's picture

I care about early season polls about as much as I care about what color the terrorism threat level is, provided it's less than red. Red's the worst, right? See!  

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

I'm actually pretty stunned that TAMU didn't jump the Bucks simply because they're a big bad SEC (Big XII) team who beat up on another big bad SEC team.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

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BeatTTUN's picture

Anyone that is a Buckeye fan shouldn't be shocked by this. It is good comedy watching the talking heads fall all over themselves in their bias against the Buckeyes.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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sjOH1OSt's picture

As much as I want to complain, it means nothing to me this early in the season.  These guys just need to focus on getting better as a unit, especially the OL... If that happens and Barrett can maintain his statistical efficiency, we'll have no reason to complain come December.  Hopefully the old saying that the most noticeable (weekly) improvements to a team occur from week 1 to week 2. 

Who's ready to tailgate?

How firm thy friendship

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AngryWoody's picture

I ain't even mad. 8 is a fair spot for us to be in and if we keep winning we will rise in the polls. Not to mention that the playoff basically makes these rankings a giant waste of time. They have no point and are only still around as a tradition.

Our Honor Defend!

buckeyedude's picture

I think this will go a long way towards creating that "angry football team" that Urban Meyer talks about.



Boom777's picture

Good when we beat MSU they have to call it an upset and say we are a good team!!! Or they just look like the same old jackass's they always do! 

Wherever you are, there you be!

osufitz's picture

And *ichigan STILL SUCKS!

seafus26's picture

Whiskey was horrid. I've seen true freshman, walk on QB's, that were 3rd on depth chart but forced into action get first start of season (Texas Tech) and look more polished than their starting passer.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

ramymora's picture

We dropped b/c Braxton's news mostly. Let them drop us. Beat Sparty on the road and we will jump right back.

UpIrons's picture

I was pissed off at first but you know I am fine with it now. Takes a little pressure off and we can only hope that Michigan State beats Oregon and gets ranked way up there so that we can take it away from them this year! I don't even really care if we make the CFP I just want to serve a nice cold plate of revenge to Michigan State when they've finally made it to elite status.

fishleehooker's picture

They hate us. Get over it. Makes it harder but SOOOO much more fun when we win.  MSU deserves to be ahead of us, but I am feeling good about this team.  Georgia is overrated though.  As usual.

TURD_BUCKET's picture

With the fallout from Braxton now over this isn't so bad..Not that far to the top.. Just win, baby! Only one or two teams go undefeated each year and not that many teams with only 1 loss by the end of the year. GO BUCKS!

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

Gunship_Buckeye's picture

Week 2 message to the team.  Don't be shook.  JT, calm down, play confident like you did in the 2nd half.  Read option more, O Line:  Block for his A$$.  Use the weapons ........Samuel, Dunn, Dontre, Heurmann,(sp).. Devin, Smith, .........don't be shy ...just play with more aggressiveness than they do.  Intimidate them!  I said this last week...listen to me now..hear me later.


“If you take it to ‘em, and you keep taking it to ‘em, hell, there’s no question who will win!” - Woody

chinooker97's picture

The pollsters are always hating on us, just go out and win!  With JT getting more comfortable each day and all the younger guys getting more game day experience, we're only gonna get better each week.  The pollsters can't ignore us if we just keep winning.

"Because we couldn't go for three."

TURD_BUCKET's picture

yeah, well, damn...it could have been worse....,It will be better by December!

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

bucknut94's picture

We just need to keep winning and the polls will take care of themselves. Go Bucks

UrbanRenewal's picture

Going into the 2nd game of the 2002 football season we were ranked #8 in the AP poll. And a team from TSUN was ranked 1 spot ahead of us. Fun fact of the day

You don't get a virgin to the volcano by telling her you're gonna push her in.

BuckeyeRef's picture

If dropping OSU in the polls is because our marquee player, Braxton Miller, was hurt/out for the season, then lets see how consistent voters are with Baylor this coming week. Their QB Bryce Petty suffered two broken bones in his back and is not expected to play. IF Baylor wins and they drop at least 3 spots, like OSU did after its win over Navy, then there can be no complaining by us Buckeye fans. However, if the same principle is NOT applied to Baylor, then it will be apparent that there really exists a voter bias against Ohio State.

Go Bucks!!!!

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UrbanRenewal's picture

I couldn't agree more. I would even argue that Bryce is more valuable to Baylor since they really don't have as much talent nor get the kind of recruits that Ohio State does. Not taking anything away from Braxton at all.. it's just, if you took away AJ McCarron from Alabama last year, they'd still win quite a few games. If you took away Derek Carr from Fresno St. last year they may have struggled to win hardly any games.

You don't get a virgin to the volcano by telling her you're gonna push her in.

buckeyepastor's picture

Not overly bothered by it.   I think there are at least 7-8 teams that, based off this past weekend, look better than us.   As long as we keep winning, being in the top 10 keeps us close enough to make the playoffs.  It is unfair that 'Bama is still considered the second best team in the nation even though MANY looked better than them over the weekend.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Toilrt Paper's picture

I thought they would fall further being Braxtonless. JT is the only reason they didn't fall more.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Seeing our fans give a shit about the polls is sad. Amazing how something trivial can make a group of people so mad.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


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tussey's picture

How did Ole Miss move up?  They struggled for almost the entire game against Boise St.  It wasn't until a few fourth quarter TDs that they pulled ahead.