Unbeaten Ohio State only up to 4th in AP Top 25 Poll

Meyer and the Buckeyes had much to celebrate Saturday night. Sunday afternoon? Not as much. - Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Despite outlasting Wisconsin in overtime, Ohio State only moves up two spots even though they're one of two unbeatens remaining at the FBS level.

Let the contentious debate begin. Voting philosophies will be at the forefront as the unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes find themselves behind a pair of one-loss SEC teams, Alabama and Georgia, who check in in this week's AP Top 25 poll 2nd and 3rd respectively. While I personally am less inclined to care about Alabama (whom I still think is the best team I've seen all year and has played a stronger schedule with better wins than Ohio State) being ahead of the Bucks, Georgia has some paper tiger-ish qualities that probably merits further consideration. Also, while I'd never argue for rooting for an AP national championship in a lost year, the possibility is more tangible now than ever (though still unlikely).

To be fair, if anyone is going to get super riled up about Ohio State's perceived slight, it's worth considering UGA still will have to play Alabama in the SEC championship game. That should eliminate one of the two teams in front of the Buckeyes and put the onus on whoever finishes #2 to beat Notre Dame in uninspiring fashion to keep the debate alive. We'll have to wait and see.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Notre Dame (60) 11-0 1,500 3
2 Alabama 10-1 1,399 4
3 Georgia 10-1 1,316 5
4 Ohio State 11-0 1,292 6
5 Oregon 10-1 1,246 1
6 Florida 10-1 1,171 7
7 Kansas State 10-1 1,064 2
8 LSU 9-2 1,048 8
9 Texas A&M 9-2 1,028 9
10 Florida State 10-1 1,026 10
11 Stanford 9-2 991 14
12 Clemson 10-1 874 11
13 South Carolina 9-2 795 12
14 Oklahoma 8-2 734 13
15 UCLA 9-2 624 17
16 Oregon State 8-2 599 15
17 Nebraska 9-2 559 16
18 Texas 8-2 498 18
19 Louisville 9-1 362 20
20 Michigan 8-3 282 23
21 Rutgers 9-1 265 22
22 Oklahoma State 7-3 240 NR
23 Kent State 10-1 155 25
24 Northern Illinois 10-1 144 NR
25 Utah State 9-2 82 NR
25 Mississippi State 8-3 82 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Northwestern 20, Washington 20, Boise State 20, Arizona 13, USC 12, Tulsa 10, San Jose State 8, Fresno State 7, Wisconsin 4, Louisiana Tech 4, San Diego State 2, Iowa State 1, Vanderbilt 1, Baylor 1, TCU 1
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