The Buckeyes were projected to be towards the top of the rankings prior to their 49-20 beatdown at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers a few weeks ago, but the defensive issues and inability to run the ball have pushed Ohio State further down into the top-10 given the 7-1 record.
Given the difficulties that the Buckeyes have had heading into the bye week, that positioning seems fair, especially when you consider that they control their own destiny to come back and win the Big Ten Championship.
The top-5 included No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 LSU, and No. 4 Notre Dame. Other Big Ten teams in the initial Top-25 were No. 5 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State, and No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes.
Now keep in mind, there are more than a month’s worth of rankings still to come out before the final bowl and playoff spots are handed out, so the Buckeyes still have plenty of time to climb back up into playoff contention. In every year of the CFP era, a team in the initial top-4, has finished in the teens. And, conversely, every year of the CFP era a team that was ranked in the teams in the initial rankings has finished in the top-4.
Check out the full rankings here:
Week 1 CFP Rankings