Thank Tyvis Powell (and the psychic insight of Kerry Coombs). Thank SEC officials for adding one second to the clock last night. And now, thank our collective lucky stars that after an up and down roller coaster season, Ohio State might be just one win away from playing for a national title for the fourth time in the last eleven years.
While the AP Poll now no longer matters from a BCS vantage (they still award a more historical national title which the NCAA and schools alike claim on equal standings), the poll that (for better or worse) does, the Coaches Poll, has smiled upon the Buckeyes' now 24 consecutive victories.
After defeating Michigan 42-41 following a failed two point conversion attempt and benefitting from Alabama slipping up for the first time all season, Ohio State now finds themselves second in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25, made up of votes from coaches (nay, sports information directors) nationally. The margin is very narrow however, as the Buckeyes lead by just 25 points in the poll. The Buckeyes did get 4 first place votes to Auburn's 0. As is common knowledge these days, the Coaches Poll comprises 1/3 of the BCS rankings.
Some have projected Auburn to have a higher ranking than the Buckeyes in the computer polls (which we'll find out tonight), but assuming the Harris Poll shakes out as expected, Urban Meyer's Buckeyes are well positioned to find themselves in the second slot in the overall rankings as well.
|1||Florida State (58)||12-0||1,546||2|
|2||Ohio State (4)||12-0||1,462||3|
|Others Receiving Votes: Miami (FL) 47, Georgia 41, Vanderbilt 18, Iowa 13, Marshall 13, USC 10, Washington 6, Virginia Tech 4, Minnesota 4, Notre Dame 3, Ball State 1|