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Poll position: Buckeyes still B1G's best

9/30/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The first challenger to the highest ranking in the Big Ten was dispatched in its own stadium.

Now Ohio State will have a second test in as many weeks to maintain its voting perch over the rest of the league as the season hits the halfway point.

The Buckeyes moved up two spots to No. 12 in the latest AP poll released on Sunday afternoon after going on the road to knock off then-No. 20 Michigan State in a hard-fought 17-16 battle at Spartan Stadium. The loss for Michigan State knocked them out of the top 25, but Nebraska moved up to replace them as the second-highest rated team in the league -- and they're coming to Ohio Stadium this weekend for a showcase game under the lights.

Here's how the Huskers and the rest of the opponents on Ohio State's schedule receiving votes fared on Saturday:

Michigan

  • Rank: Received 38 voting points

  • Date: Nov. 24

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Received 44 voting points; did not play

Wisconsin

  • Rank: No longer receiving votes

  • Date: Nov. 17

  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium

  • Last week: Received 13 voting points; lost 30-27 at Nebraska

Michigan State

  • Rank: Received 43 voting points

  • Date: Saturday

  • Where: Spartan Stadium

  • Last week: Ranked No. 20; lost 17-16 to Ohio State

Nebraska

  • Rank: No. 21

  • Date: Saturday

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: No. 22; won 30-27 against Wisconsin