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Ohio State remains 3rd in USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 for Week 14

The Buckeyes remain third in this week's Coaches Poll – and now with some room to breathe.

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With previously trailing Baylor and Oregon relegated to the ranks of one and two-loss teams respectively, Ohio State finds themselves with a bit more padding in this week's USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25. The Buckeyes have a 139 point buffer between them and 4th ranked Clemson.

Though the Buckeyes still trail Alabama and Florida State once again, there's one less potential unbeaten on their radar to have to potentially elbow with for BCS positioning. In news to no one, the Buckeyes will need to finish in their season opening spot (and season high) of second or higher in order to best ensure a shot at playing for a national title. An Alabama or Florida State loss and Ohio State winning their final two games would facilitate just that.

The Big Ten continues to be represented by Leaders division champion Michigan State and Wisconsin as well, but Minnesota's loss to the latter has them out of the Top 25.

Here's the Coaches Poll Top 25 for Week 14:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (56) 11-0 1,544 1
2 Florida State (6) 11-0 1,488 2
3 Ohio State 11-0 1,428 3
4 Clemson 10-1 1,289 6
5 Auburn 10-1 1,268 7
6 Missouri 10-1 1,243 8
7 Oklahoma State 10-1 1,225 9
8 Baylor 9-1 1,009 4
9 South Carolina 9-2 1,003 11
10 Stanford 9-2 981 12
11 Michigan State 10-1 962 13
12 Oregon 9-2 777 5
13 Fresno State 10-0 687 16
14 Wisconsin 9-2 661 17
15 LSU 8-3 646 19
16 Louisville 10-1 603 15
17 Oklahoma 9-2 581 18
18 Arizona State 9-2 574 22
19 UCF 9-1 512 20
20 Northern Illinois 11-0 459 21
21 Texas A&M 8-3 410 10
22 UCLA 8-3 257 14
23 USC 9-3 210 25
24 Duke 9-2 203 24
25 Cincinnati 9-2 47 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 17, Minnesota 12, Texas 12, East Carolina 11, Georgia 8, Nebraska 7, Miami (FL) 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Arizona 2, Vanderbilt 2