We all expected Ohio State to regress to the mean a bit in terms of this week's Top 25 polls. Yes, the Buckeyes opened sixth in the Coaches Poll and fifth in the AP, but those were voted weeks before the season sea changing injury to Braxton Miller. Perhaps we honestly expected them to fall farther.
Just days removed from an uneven (but perhaps understandable given the unique nature of facing Navy and starting a redshirt freshman quarterback) opening week win over the Naval Academy, Ohio State finds themselves ranked 8th in the AP Top 25 and 7th in the Amway Coaches Poll Top 25.
Ohio State's Week 2 opponent Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes' most prominent non-conference opponent, remains unranked in this week's Top 25. Wisconsin joined the Buckeyes dropping in the polls (18th and 19th) after their fourth quarter collapse in Houston against LSU.
Michigan State is the highest ranked Big Ten team, and the highest ranked squad on Ohio State's schedule, clocking in at No. 7 & 6. Nebraska paces the Big Ten West at No. 19 and No. 18.
Here's the AP and Coaches Poll Top 25s, and for good measure, Jeff Sagarin's rankings, too:
|1||Florida State (46)||Florida State (57)||Oregon|
|3||Oregon (5)||Oklahoma (2)||Oklahoma|
|4||Oklahoma (2)||Oregon (2)||Florida State|
|6||Georgia (2)||Michigan State||Georgia|
|7||Michigan State||Ohio State||Stanford|
|8||Ohio State||Georgia (1)||Baylor|
|9||Texas A&M (2)||Baylor||Auburn|
|12||LSU (1)||LSU||Ohio State|
|15||Ole Miss||Notre Dame||Notre Dame|
|16||Notre Dame||Arizona State||Wisconsin|
|17||Arizona State||Ole Miss||Florida|
|20||Kansas State||Kansas State||Clemson|
|21||South Carolina||South Carolina||Ole Miss|
|23||Clemson||North Carolina||Oklahoma State|