Though Ohio State fans are dealing with the harsh reality of having to recalibrate their expectations after a deflating 35-21 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech left them searching for answers, college football's show goes on.
On Sunday morning, the Amway Coaches Poll and AP Top 25 revealed their Week 3 rankings and the Buckeyes see the precipitous drop in each you probably expected. The Buckeyes' season is by no means lost or behind them, but they now have a lot of ground to make up if they want to realistically be in the conversation regarding the top teams around the country. Perhaps most ridiculously, in the Coaches', the Buckeyes are ranked at 18 while the Hokies find themselves at 19.
One of the worst regular season Big Ten days in recent memories is reflected in this week's polls as well. Though saying the Big Ten has no shot at one of the sport's four playoff spots after two weeks of games is small sample size fallacy at its finest, they certainly will need to do some serious reputation restoration if they want to garner an earnest chance at a representative.
Here's the complete Coaches Poll and AP Top 25s along with Jeff Sagarin's latest power rankings for good measure:
|1||Florida State (38)||Florida State (51)||Oregon|
|2||Oregon (16)||Alabama (1)||Georgia|
|3||Alabama (1)||Oklahoma (3)||Oklahoma|
|4||Oklahoma (2)||Oregon (6)||Texas A&M|
|6||Georgia (1)||Georgia (1)||LSU|
|7||Texas A&M (2)||Baylor||Florida|
|11||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Michigan State|
|13||Michigan State||Michigan State||USC|
|14||Ole Miss||Arizona State||Wisconsin|
|15||Stanford||Ole Miss||Virginia Tech|
|17||Virginia Tech||Wisconsin||Florida State|
|18||Wisconsin||Ohio State||Ole Miss|
|19||Kansas State||Virginia Tech||Arizona|
|24||South Carolina||Clemson||Kansas State|