Ohio State 3rd in USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 for Week 12

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

No, it's not as close as the AP Top 25's 7 point margin between the Buckeyes and Baylor Bears.

Just like in AP Top 25 Poll, Ohio State finds themselves up a spot this week following in the footstep's of Stanford's huge home win over Oregon, 26-20. Alabama, of course, handled LSU with relative ease, and Florida State continued to more than look the part in a thorough beating of helpless Wake Forest.

Unlike the AP, the USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 has a very direct impact on Ohio State's postseason aspirations, comprising 1/3rd of the last ever season of BCS standings. The coaches (or more appropriately the nation's sports information directors who cast their ballots on behalf of the too busy to vote football coaches across the country), tend to take a more abstract look at the nation's makeup nationally, often finding themselves a week or two behind trends that those that watched a larger number of games adhere to.

For the Buckeyes, the formula is simple: survive and advance. The ceiling is glass capped to a certain extent – the Buckeyes need either Alabama or Florida State to lose, and based on the early returns in the AP (Ohio State is but 7 points ahead of Baylor, which could correlate with the Harris, the other subjective component of the BCS), may need a Baylor loss ultimately as well – but if Urban Meyer's team continues to win, they'll certainly be in the conversation if not actually in Ohio State's fourth BCS title game ever.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
9-0 1546 58 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
9-0 1485 4 3 1 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
9-0 1401 0 4 1 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
8-0 1376 0 5 1 4/NR
5 Stanford
Cardinal
8-1 1307 0 6 1 4/13
6 Clemson
Tigers
8-1 1164 0 7 1 4/10
7 Oregon
Ducks
8-1 1162 0 2 5 2/7
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1083 0 9 1 7/NR
9 Auburn
Tigers
9-1 1069 0 10 1 9/NR
10 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
8-1 965 0 11 1 10/20
11 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 898 0 13 2 6/15
12 South Carolina
Gamecocks
7-2 830 0 15 3 6/20
13 Louisville
Cardinals
8-1 653 0 16 3 6/17
14 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 646 0 17 3 14/NR
15 UCLA
Bruins
7-2 641 0 18 3 10/21
16 Michigan State
Spartans
8-1 620 0 19 3 16/NR
17 Oklahoma
Sooners
7-2 510 0 8 9 8/18
18 LSU
Tigers
7-3 476 0 12 6 6/18
19 Central Florida
Knights
7-1 468 0 21 2 19/NR
20 Wisconsin
Badgers
7-2 460 0 22 2 18/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
9-0 445 0 20 1 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
7-2 262 0 24 2 22/NR
23 Miami
Hurricanes
7-2 228 0 14 9 6/NR
24 Texas
Longhorns
7-2 176 0 NR 15/NR
25 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 91 0 NR 25/NR

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