Ohio State still 3rd in USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 for Week 13

Urban Meyer is not impressed. - Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Buckeyes' lackluster showing against Illinois fails to hurt them in this week's Coaches Poll.

Though after the rather paltry three and three quarters quarter showing we got Saturday against Illinois, Ohio State stands pat at third in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 once again this week. Alabama and Florida State remain 1 & 2 respectively, with Baylor just 18 points behind the Buckeyes at 4th and Oregon now fifth.

Previously #4 Stanford's late 20-17 loss to USC and Alabama's extremely mailed in 20-7 win over Mississippi State likely helped shape an evidently disinterested/looking-ahead performance from the Buckeyes.

For the Buckeyes, with 31.5-point underdogs Indiana on the horizon, the game remains the same: keep winning, and if at all possible, do so with as much flare as possible. The Buckeyes failed on the latter yesterday, but the end result was just the same. If Ohio State can get on track and put together consecutive impressive performances against Indiana and Michigan, it'll certainly help their cause. Of course if either Alabama or FSU stumble (and particularly if Baylor slips up), winning alone might just be enough.

Here's the USA TODAY Coaches Poll for Week 13:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
10-0 1544 56 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
10-0 1487 6 2 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
10-0 1404 0 3 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
9-0 1386 0 4 4/NR
5 Oregon
Ducks
9-1 1231 0 7 2 2/7
6 Clemson
Tigers
9-1 1217 0 6 4/10
7 Auburn
Tigers
10-1 1145 0 9 2 7/NR
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1129 0 8 7/NR
9 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
9-1 1030 0 10 1 9/20
10 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 928 0 11 1 6/15
11 South Carolina
Gamecocks
8-2 882 0 12 1 6/20
12 Stanford
Cardinal
8-2 865 0 5 7 4/13
13 Michigan State
Spartans
9-1 729 0 16 3 13/NR
14 UCLA
Bruins
8-2 700 0 15 1 10/21
15 Louisville
Cardinals
9-1 627 0 13 2 6/17
16 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 622 0 14 2 14/NR
17 Wisconsin
Badgers
8-2 511 0 20 3 17/NR
18 Oklahoma
Sooners
8-2 502 0 17 1 8/18
19 LSU
Tigers
7-3 478 0 18 1 6/19
20 Central Florida
Knights
8-1 446 0 19 1 19/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
10-0 418 0 21 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
8-2 352 0 22 22/NR
23 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 173 0 25 2 23/NR
24 Duke
Blue Devils
8-2 131 0 NR 24/NR
25 USC
Trojans
8-3 115 0 NR 22/NR

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