Poll position: Buckeyes at No. 7 by AP


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The AP poll national championship talk took a backseat to simply surviving late on Saturday night.

But Ohio State held on for a wild, 52-49 win over Indiana at Memorial Stadium, and that moved the program one week closer to a perfect season.

It also nudged them one spot closer to the top of the polls when the AP rankings were released on Sunday afternoo. The Buckeyes climbed up to No. 7 in the nation and remain clearly the class of the Big Ten, according to the voters.

Only rival Michigan joined Ohio State on the inside of the top 25, though a handful of opponents are still appearing on ballots. Here's a look at how the Wolverines and the rest of those receiving votes fared over the weekend:


  • Rank: No. 23

  • Date: Nov. 24

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: No. 25; beat Illinois 45-0


  • Rank: Received 6 voting points

  • Date: Nov. 17

  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium

  • Last week: Not ranked; beat Purdue 38-14

Penn State

  • Rank: Received 1 vote

  • Date: Oct. 27

  • Where: Beaver Stadium

  • Last week: Received 1 vote; bye

Michigan State

  • Rank: No longer ranked

  • Date: Sept. 29

  • Where: Spartan Stadium

  • Last week: Received 49 voting points; lost 19-16 to Iowa


  • Rank: Received 4 voting points

  • Date: Oct. 6

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Received 5 voting points; bye