With Mississippi State falling to in-state rival Ole Miss, Ohio State had a chance to move up. While the Buckeyes had an up-and-down performance against their own arch nemesis, the University of Michigan, the loss of story-of-the-season potential Heisman finalist quarterback J.T. Barrett has the Bucks being viewed in a new light by college football pundits and pollsters alike.
In each of the first major polls released the day after the last day of most of college football's regular season, the Buckeyes find themselves up one spot to No. 6. Alabama's dominant second half against Auburn has them maintaining the number one spot. Florida State, who in typical 2014 Seminoles fashion had to outlast Florida and Oregon remain closely there after.
Though TCU and Baylor will continue to monopolize much of the playoff inclusion debate for the better part of the next week, the Buckeyes' status remains a curious one. How much information can the committee ascertain from just one game with Cardale Jones? And unless the Buckeyes improbably win in a dominant fashion, how will they handle what's become the first football equivalent of a Kenyon Martin situation in some time?
Here's the complete Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 for Week 15. AP Top 25 to come shortly:
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Oregon|
|6||Ohio State||Ohio State||Georgia|
|7||Michigan State||Michigan State||Ohio State|
|9||Kansas State||Kansas State||Florida State|
|10||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn|
|12||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Kansas State|
|17||Arizona State||UCLA||Georgia Tech|
|22||Boise State||Boise State||Clemson|