It seems that every week since Ohio State's setback loss against the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Buckeyes have found a way to get better and better.
Yesterday was no exception as the Buckeyes came out the gates hot, struggled to maintain consistency, but ended a weekend in the metro area surrounding our nation's capital with an emphatic 52-24 victory over one of the Big Ten's newest teams.
With that, it comes as no surprise that the Bucks are regaining some of their stature in college football's largely ceremonial but still influential Top 25 polls. In the first one released of the day, on the heels of one of the more chaotic college football Saturdays in recent memory, OSU finds themselves up to No. 15 after six teams directly in front of them all suffered losses yesterday. The AP Top 25 came out later in the afternoon and the Buckeyes found themselves move up to 15 in that poll as well.
Florida State is squarely No. 1 now in both polls, but the 'Noles haven't thoroughly looked the part since their Week 1 win over Oklahoma State in the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. With Auburn (No. 2 Coaches and AP) and Mississippi State (No. 6 in Coaches, No. 3 in AP) meeting next weekend in Starksville, we should have even more clarity on the top of the Top 25s sooner rather than later.
Especially given the Coaches Poll's historical tendency to give the benefit of the doubt (to a fault at times), LSU finds themselves unranked the coaches for the first time since Nov. 23, 2008. The Tigers are unranked in the AP as well. Given how much the Tigers struggled against Auburn yesterday and their season's body of work so far, it's more than a fair assessment of Les Miles' bunch.
Here's this week's Amway Coaches Poll Top 25, AP Top 25, and Sagarin computer rankings:
|1||Florida State||Florida State||Auburn|
|3||Mississippi State, Ole Miss (tie)||Baylor||Ole Miss|
|6||Notre Dame||Mississippi State||Texas A&M|
|8||Michigan State||Michigan State||Mississippi State|
|14||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Michigan State|
|15||Ohio State||Ohio State||Stanford|
|16||Oklahoma State||Kansas State||LSU|
|17||Kansas State||UCLA||Ohio State|
|19||East Carolina||East Carolina||USC|
|20||Arizona State||Arizona State||Florida|