Ohio State Returns to the AP and Moves Up in the Coaches, Checking in at No. 6 in Both Polls

By 11W Staff on September 27, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Ohio State is sitting at No. 6 in the AP and Coaches Polls.
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Ohio State's 2020 season will kick off the weekend of Oct. 24 when Nebraska heads to Columbus. Meanwhile, three of the Power 5 conferences are now underway as the SEC entered the picture yesterday. 

After a brief hiatus from the Associated Press Poll, the Big Ten has now returned. The Buckeyes check in at No. 6 behind Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Notre Dame. Three other Big Ten programs are in the AP with Penn State at No. 10, Wisconsin at No 18, and Michigan sitting at No. 21.

The week's biggest fallers were LSU and Oklahoma. The Tigers dropped 14 spots to No. 20 after losing their home opener to Mississippi State. The Sooners fell 15 following yesterday's loss to Kansas State.

Ohio State's move from unranked all the way up to No. 6 is the biggest single-week gain in AP Poll history. The Buckeyes received four first-place votes and 11 voters had them unranked on their ballots.

AP TOP 25 Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS PREV CONFERENCE
1 CLEMSON 2–0 1,542 (55) 1 ACC
2 ALABAMA 1–0 1,473 (3) 2 SEC
3 FLORIDA 1–0 1,324 5 SEC
4 GEORGIA 1–0 1,310 4 SEC
5 NOTRE DAME 2–0 1,231 7 IA Independents
6 OHIO STATE 0–0 1,169 (4) Big Ten
7 AUBURN 1–0 1,133 8 SEC
8 MIAMI (FL) 3–0 1,045 12 ACC
9 TEXAS 2–0 862 8 Big 12
10 PENN STATE 0–0 840 Big Ten
11 UCF 2–0 743 13 American Athletic
12 NORTH CAROLINA 1–0 734 11 ACC
13 TEXAS A&M 1–0 705 10 SEC
14 OREGON 0–0 651 Pac-12
15 CINCINNATI 2–0 646 14 American Athletic
16 MISSISSIPPI STATE 1–0 590 SEC
17 OKLAHOMA STATE 2–0 555 15 Big 12
18 OKLAHOMA 1–1 535 3 Big 12
19 WISCONSIN 0–0 510 Big Ten
20 LSU 0–1 401 6 SEC
21 TENNESSEE 1–0 377 16 SEC
22 BRIGHAM YOUNG 2–0 295 18 IA Independents
23 MICHIGAN 0–0 277 Big Ten
24 PITTSBURGH 3–0 248 21 ACC
25 MEMPHIS 1–0 196 17 American Athletic

The Buckeyes moved up four spots in the Coaches Poll and now sit at No. 6. Ohio State surpassed Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, and Auburn following yesterday's action. The Sooners and Tigers fell all the way down to No. 16 and No. 17, respectively. 

USA Today Coaches Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV CHANGE
1 CLEMSON 2–0 1194 42 1
2 ALABAMA 1–0 1144 4 2
3 FLORIDA 1–0 1038 6 +3
4 GEORGIA 1–0 1006 3 -1
5 NOTRE DAME 2–0 971 7 +2
6 OHIO STATE 0–0 890 2 10 +4
7 AUBURN 1–0 889 8 +1
8 MIAMI 3–0 795 14 +6
9 TEXAS 2–0 745 9
10 PENN STATE 0–0 589 13 +3
11 NORTH CAROLINA 1–0 578 12 +1
12 CENTRAL FLORIDA 2–0 577 15 +3
13 TEXAS A&M 1–0 561 11 -2
14 MISSISSIPPI STATE 1–0 492 NR +27
15 CINCINNATI 2–0 480 16 +1
16 OKLAHOMA 1–1 473 3 -13
17 LOUISIANA STATE 0–1 445 5 -12
18 WISCONSIN 0–0 438 17 -1
19 OKLAHOMA STATE 2–0 374 18 -1
20 TENNESSEE 1–0 321 21 +1
21 MICHIGAN 0–0 271 19 -2
22 BRIGHAM YOUNG 2–0 260 23 +1
23 VIRGINIA TECH 1–0 215 24 +1
24 MEMPHIS 1–0 210 20 -4
25 PITTSBURGH 3–0 179 NR +2
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