Sunday, October 14, 2012
Poll position: Buckeyes at No. 7 by AP
By Austin Ward
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
Rank: Received 1 vote
Date: Oct. 27
Where: Beaver Stadium
Last week: Received 1 vote; bye
Rank: No longer ranked
Date: Sept. 29
Where: Spartan Stadium
Last week: Received 49 voting points; lost 19-16 to Iowa