There was no doubting that Ohio State fans set their expectations low re: the national polls in the wake of a spirited, emotional, and unforgettable 31-24 2 OT win over Penn State, but one that didn't exactly do the Buckeyes' national profile any real favors. That came to fruition Sunday.
Just 10 hours after Ohio State improved to 6-1, the voting coaches and sports information directors across the country failed to move the Buckeyes up in the Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 after a win that didn't exactly strengthen OSU's College Football Playoff resume, dropping them to 13. Urban Meyer protege Dan Mullen's Mississippi State Bulldogs remain No. 1 after their unexpectedly tense win against Kentucky. The Associated Press Top 25 came out later Sunday and Ohio State found themselves ranked 13 in that one as well. OSU was No. 13 a week ago. The inaugural playoff Top 25 is due Tuesday.
Ole Miss' loss obviously marks the biggest sea change of the week, but the committee will unquestionably have their work cut out for them with Alabama (No. 3 in both Top 25s) and Auburn (No. 4 in both) both possessing unique profiles and Mississippi (now No. 9 in the Coaches, No. 7 in the AP) still with one loss themselves (plus their win over 'Bama). With neither the Big XII nor Pac-12's flag bearers owning any real clout at the moment, we should be in for an engaging home stretch to the season to say the least.
Here's the complete Amway Coaches Poll, the AP Top 25, as well as Kenneth Massey's computer rankings for Week 10:
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Alabama|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Ole Miss|
|5||Michigan State||Oregon||Florida State|
|7||Notre Dame||Ole Miss||Oregon|
|9||Ole Miss||Georgia||Kansas State|
|11||Kansas State||Kansas State||Michigan State|
|13||Ohio State||Ohio State||Arizona State|
|15||Arizona||Arizona State||Notre Dame|
|19||East Carolina||Oklahoma||West Virginia|
|21||Clemson||East Carolina||Ohio State|