In perhaps a preview of things to come Tuesday night, as expected in the aftermath of one of the more noteworthy wins in recent Ohio State Buckeyes history, the Buckeyes had some love shown their way from the pollsters on Sunday. The first major poll of the new week of college football, the Amway Coaches Poll, slots Ohio State in at No. 7 in this week's rankings with the second, the AP Top 25, having the Buckeyes No. 8.
Though no longer part of the championship determining formula in any transparent sense, the major polls still serve as barometers at worse and thought influencers at best in the weekly College Football Playoff Top 25 which culminates in deciding the sport's four team playoff as well as so-called New Year's Bowl match ups.
Joining Ohio State in the Top 25 this week are Michigan State (No. 12 in both), who understandably fell in the polls this week, Nebraska (No. 11 in each), who had been ahead of the Bucks in recent playoff rankings and serves as Ohio State's last real chance for another quality win, as well as Wisconsin (No. 22 in both), who are finally playing their best football of the season.
Here's the complete Amway Coaches Poll and AP Top 25s for Week 12 along with Massey's computer composite ranking:
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Alabama|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Mississippi St|
|7||Arizona State||Ohio State||Florida State|
|8||Ohio State||Arizona State||Baylor|
|10||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Georgia|
|12||Michigan State||Michigan State||Arizona State|
|13||Kansas State||Kansas State||Kansas State|
|23||Colorado State||Georgia Tech||Arizona State|