Following a wild, unforgettable ride against archrival Michigan in their annual The Game (and the good fortune of Auburn downing Alabama in even more improbable fashion), Ohio State now finds themselves potentially one win away from a berth in their first national title game since 2008 (for the 2007 season)'s BCS Championship Game.
The Buckeyes are now back in their season high place of two in the Associated Press' Top 25 poll. Though Auburn is on their heels at #3 (and many feel that despite Auburn's two touchdown loss to 3-loss LSU they should be rated higher than Ohio State), pending tonight's computer polls, assuming the Harris Poll reflects similarly, OSU should be in pretty solid shape. The margin of points between Ohio State and Auburn in the AP voting was just 31. Auburn got two first place votes (over OSU & FSU).
This also marks a season high for Ohio State's Big Ten Championship Game opponent, the Michigan State Spartans. While the Buckeyes will surely have their hands full with Sparty Saturday in Indianapolis, a win over a team as highly touted as MSU can only help OSU's case at this point (as if two consecutive seasons without losses wouldn't be enough).
Here's the Week 15 AP Top 25 Poll in its entirety:
|1||Florida State (58)||12-0||1,498||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati 45, USC 28, Miami (FL) 26, Notre Dame 26, Iowa 23, Vanderbilt 16, Washington 6, Minnesota 2, North Dakota State 1|