Poll position: Buckeyes back in top 10

October, 7, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The top two challengers in the poll have been dispatched, the record is still perfect and the spread offense is starting to fire on all cylinders.

That is apparently more than enough evidence for voters to put Ohio State back in the top 10 at the midway point of the season.

The Buckeyes capped the first half of Urban Meyer's first season with the program with a dominant, 63-38 victory over Nebraska, a team that entered the weekend as the next-closest Big Ten squad in the rankings and left Ohio Stadium wondering how it could ever slow down Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde on the ground. The staggeringly efficient ground game and an opportunistic defense moved the Buckeyes up to No. 8 in the latest AP poll released Sunday, far and away the top team in the league through six games.

A new challenger has emerged after Ohio State knocked off Michigan State and Nebraska in successive weeks to stake its claim as the Big Ten's best -- but The Game will have to wait a few weeks before that issue can be settled. Here's a look at how Michigan and the rest of the ranked opponents fared over the weekend:

Michigan
  • Rank: No. 25
  • Date: Nov. 24
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: Received 38 voting points; beat Purdue 44-13
Penn State
  • Rank: Received 1 vote
  • Date: Nov. 17
  • Where: Beaver Stadium
  • Last week: Did not receive votes; beat Northwestern 39-28
Michigan State
  • Rank: Received 49 voting points
  • Date: Sept. 29
  • Where: Spartan Stadium
  • Last week: Received 43 voting points; beat Indiana 31-27
Nebraska
  • Rank: Received 5 voting points
  • Date: Saturday
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: No. 21; lost 63-38 at Ohio State

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