For the third time in 2013, Ohio State looked poised to remain static at number two in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25. Instead, despite the Buckeyes appearing much improved against San Diego State, they fall to #3 in the poll this week after a more impressive road victory by Oregon at BCS side Virginia.
Though we're still five weeks away from the inaugural BCS standings, as the Coaches Poll is one third of the formula, continuing to stay in a relative position of strength could prove beneficial for the Bucks, particularly given their likely paltry reception by the computers due to their relatively low schedule strength. The Buckeyes will likely need a heavily stylized win a la the Ducks' UVA road trip next week at Berkeley against Cal should they aspire to move back into the second overall spot.
Also representing the Big Ten in the Coaches Poll this week are #12 Michigan, who while they moved up five spots, failed to gain the ground they did in the AP Top 25. Nebraska jumped four slots to 15th, while Northwestern moved up four as well, from 20th to 16th. Wisconsin climbed three spots to #18 after another impressive early season win. Michigan State was just on the outside looking in as the top team receiving votes not to make the Top 25.
Here was the Week 3 Coaches Poll Top 25 in its entirety:
|3||Ohio St. (2)||2-0||1429||2|
|6||Texas A&M (1)||2-0||1242||7|
|Schools Dropped Out|
|No. 16 Texas (1-1), No. 22 Southern California (1-1).|
|Others Receiving Votes|
|Michigan State 74; Fresno State 59; Arizona State 48; Texas 38; Northern Illinois 27; Arizona 21; Brigham Young 18; Arkansas 16; Georgia Tech 12; Virginia Tech 8; Texas Tech 7; Central Florida 6; East Carolina 6; Southern California 5; Bowling Green 3; Illinois 3; Kansas State 3; Boise State 2; Tennessee 2; Utah 2; Utah State 2; Boston College 1; Rutgers 1.|