Though the Virginia Tech game looks like one they'll want back more and more as each week (and subsequent Hokies loss) goes by, the Ohio State Buckeyes more than looked the part en route to a dominant 56-17 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
Penn State isn't the circled-on-the-calendar game it necessarily was a couple of weeks back, but with potentially big recruiting back-and-forth ramifications (as well as a prime time slot against a ruckus white out crowd), Saturday night remains as big as ever. And the Buckeyes will head into that one as the No. 12 team in the country, per the Coaches Poll, but stay the same as last week (No. 13) in the AP Top 25 based on this week's rankings.
Though Baylor free fell after their upset loss on the road in Morgantown, Notre Dame's impressive showing on the road in a losing effort coupled with Georgia still showing plenty of signs of life post Todd Gurley's suspension keeps the Buckeyes from making a larger move. Kansas State's big win over Oklahoma put them ahead of the Bucks in both major polls as well. Michigan State remains the pollsters' favorite to win the Big Ten with Nov. 8 continuing to evolve more and more into a potential playoff consideration elimination game for the Buckeyes.
Here's the complete Amway Coaches Poll, AP Top 25, and Sagarin computer rankings for Week 9:
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Ole Miss|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Alabama|
|3||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Auburn|
|5||Auburn||Michigan State||Florida State|
|8||Michigan State||Notre Dame||TCU|
|11||Kansas State||Kansas State||Notre Dame|
|14||Arizona State||Arizona State||Clemson|
|17||Oklahoma||East Carolina||Texas A&M|
|18||East Carolina||Oklahoma||Ohio State|