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Ohio State continues to impress pollsters, analytics; No. 3 in AP Poll

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Buckeyes move up in AP, Coaches polls!

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It wasn’t always pretty, but the Ohio State Buckeyes came out of their primetime match-up with Michigan State on Saturday night with a slid 34-10 victory against what was believed to be one of the best defenses in the country.

And while the win was not as resounding as the first five in the season, both the pollsters and analytics recognized the importance of the victory in the Buckeyes’ first real test of the season.

The AP voters rewarded the Buckeyes by moving them up a spot into a tie with the Georgia Bulldogs for the third spot in the rankings. They are behind only No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson. The LSU Tigers round out the top five.

Other Big Ten teams in the poll are No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 10 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan, and No. 17 Iowa. Ohio State’s Week 2 opponent, the Cincinnati Bearcats, enter the poll at No. 25. Minnesota comes in as the top team receiving votes, and the AP Poll’s website actually initially had them listed as 26th — which is odd on a Top-25 Poll.

Check out the full AP Poll:

AP Top 25 | Oct. 6

Rank Team Points Previous
Rank Team Points Previous
1 Alabama 1,503 1
2 Clemson 1,433 2
3 Geogia 1,393 3
3 Ohio State 1,393 4
5 LSU 1,352 5
6 Oklahoma 1,268 6
7 Florida 1,163 10
8 Wisconsin 1,105 8
9 Notre Dame 1,046 9
10 Penn State 958 12
11 Texas 947 11
12 Auburn 920 7
13 Oregon 828 13
14 Boise State 654 16
15 Utah 624 17
16 Michigan 61 19
17 Iowa 454 14
18 Arizona State 388 20
19 Wake Forest 380 22
20 Virginia 353 23
21 SMU 285 24
22 Baylor 260 N/A
23 Memphis 189 N/A
24 Texas A&M 165 25
25 Cincinnati 118 N/A

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes gained ground as well, jumping the Oklahoma Sooners to come in at No. 4, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, and No. 3 Georgia. Wisconsin and Penn State also join the Buckeyes in the top-10 at eighth and ninth this week.

The Buckeyes were the only team other than Alabama and Clemson to receive first-place votes.

Michigan moved up to No. 16, while Iowa fell to 18th. Minnesota enters the rankings this week at No. 25. Michigan State dropped out of the poll following Saturday’s loss, but is still receiving votes, effectively coming in as the 29th-ranked team. Cincinnati is the top team also receiving votes.

Check out the full Coaches Poll:

Coaches Poll | Oct. 6

Rank Team Record Points 1st Place Votes Previous
Rank Team Record Points 1st Place Votes Previous
1 Alabama 5-0 1602 42 1
2 Clemson 5-0 1531 20 2
3 Georgia 5-0 1459 0 3
4 Ohio State 6-0 1422 3 5
5 Oklahoma 5-0 1378 0 4
6 Louisiana State 5-0 1364 0 6
7 Florida 6-0 1218 0 8
8 Wisconsin 5-0 1164 0 9
9 Penn State 5-0 1051 0 11
10 Notre Dame 4-1 1033 0 10
11 Texas 4-1 971 0 12
12 Auburn 5-1 929 0 7
13 Oregon 4-1 866 0 13
14 Boise State 5-0 732 0 15
15 Utah 4-1 655 0 17
16 Michigan 4-1 648 0 18
17 Wake Forest 5-0 498 0 20
18 Iowa 4-1 441 0 14
19 Virginia 4-1 345 0 22
20 Memphis 5-0 318 0 23
21 Texas A&M 3-2 306 0 21
22 Southern Methodist 6-0 246 0 NR
23 Baylor 5-0 234 0 NR
24 Arizona State 4-1 228 0 NR
25 Minnesota 5-0 131 0 NR

On the analytics side, OSU inched up in the SP+ rankings from ESPN’s Bill Connelly. While they are still at No. 2 behind Alabama, they closed the gap to just 0.1 points.

In the resume SP+, which Connelly describes below, the Buckeyes are head and shoulders ahead of the field. This should eliminate any of the proverbial “Buckeyes ain’t played nobody” arguments that certain fan groups like to hurl at programs that don’t play in a certain conference in the southeastern corner of the country.