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Poll position: Buckeyes climb to No. 14

9/4/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The first look at Ohio State's new offense turned a few heads nationally.

It also helped earn the Buckeyes a few more votes in the first rankings released since the season started.

The 56-10 thrashing of Miami (Ohio) helped Ohio State climb four spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press college football poll released on Tuesday afternoon, the third-highest position among programs in the Big Ten after the opening weekend of action.

Michigan tumbled in the rankings after losing handily to Alabama, which took over the No. 1 spot in the country. And the Buckeyes jumped over Nebraska, which moved up a spot itself but didn't pick up enough voting points to stay ahead of Urban Meyer's new program.

A glimpse at how the ranked opponents on Ohio State's schedule fared over the weekend and where they are rated now:

Michigan

  • Rank: No. 19

  • Date: Nov. 24

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Lost 41-14 to No. 1 Alabama

Wisconsin

  • Rank: No. 13

  • Date: Nov. 17

  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium

  • Last week: Beat Northern Iowa 26-21

Michigan State

  • Rank: No. 11

  • Date: Sept. 29

  • Where: Spartan Stadium

  • Last week: Beat Boise State 17-13

Nebraska

  • Rank: No. 16

  • Date: Oct. 6

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Beat Southern Miss 49-20

Central Florida

  • Rank: Received four voting points

  • Date: Saturday

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Beat Akron 56-14