Less than 12 hours after the Buckeyes turned the page on a dominant 55-14 win over Illinois and began preparation for their regular season game of the year against Michigan State (which appears a virtual certainty to decide the Big Ten East divisional race), Ohio State found out where their win slots them in the minds of the traditional pollsters.
Though in a welcome sign the College Football Playoff selection committee's inaugural Top 25 didn't exactly correspond one-to-one with either of the traditional polls, there's unquestionably still some group think/influence that goes on with the old to the new, no matter how subtle. In the first poll released Sunday, the Buckeyes find themselves up to No. 11. Ohio State remains 13 in the AP Top 25.
Michigan State remains in the Top 7 of each and Nebraska, though ahead of the Bucks in the Week 10 Playoff Top 25, linger a few slots behind. Wisconsin rejoins the fray at 24 in the Coaches and 25 in the AP after soundly dismissing Big Ten newcomers Rutgers. The Spartans and likely Huskers out of the west should Ohio State prove victorious this coming weekend in East Lansing are OSU's last chances to pad their resume for a prospective darkhorse playoff bid, assuming a lot out of their control goes their way.
Here's the complete AP Top 25, Amway Coaches Poll, and Massey Ratings for Week 11:
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Alabama|
|7||Michigan State||TCU||Kansas State|
|8||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||LSU|
|9||Kansas State||Kansas State||TCU|
|11||Arizona State||Ohio State||Michigan State|
|12||Ole Miss||Arizona State||Baylor|
|13||Ohio State||Ole Miss||Arizona State|