This past Saturday's misleading 60-35 win over Illinois certainly wasn't pretty, but was enough for Ohio State to remain 3rd in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25. The same can't be said for the AP Top 25 Poll.
After a thoroughly uninspired showing against a paltry Illinois side that was capped by two garbage time long touchdown runs by Carlos Hyde, the Buckeyes find themselves fourth looking up at the nation's three other unbeatens, Alabama, Florida State, and Baylor respectively. The margin of points in the voting for the Top 25 between the Buckeyes and Bears was just 8.
Though some expect Oklahoma State to potentially end Baylor's run (and help reposition Ohio State to be the beneficiaries of a potential Alabama or Florida State loss), the Bears open as 10-point favorites for this coming Saturday's game. Baylor will also have to potentially get past Texas in order to keep their unbeaten hopes alive.
For the Buckeyes, the temporary disappointment of dropping a spot aside, they simply need to keep winning. Doing so in impressive fashion would help their cause, but given that they still need some help in front of them, it's not the most important thing in the world. A win over Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game would also help, but again, the Buckeyes will also need some help for the factors beyond their control.
Here is the Week 13 AP Top 25 in its entirety:
|2||Florida State (5)||10-0||1,445||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Nebraska 1, Cincinnati 1|
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