Ohio State Buckeyes: polls

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

December, 2, 2013
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Neither Adam nor I vote in any of the three major polls, but we do have a voice in ESPN.com's weekly power rankings. And here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Florida State
2. Ohio State
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
5. Missouri
6. Oklahoma State
7. South Carolina
8. Stanford
9. Arizona State
10. Michigan State
11. Baylor
12. Clemson
13. LSU
14. UCLA
15. Oregon
16. Oklahoma
17. Northern Illinois
18. UCF
19. Duke
20. Louisville
21. USC
22. Wisconsin
23. Cincinnati
24. Texas
25. Miami

Brian's Top 25

1. Florida State
2. Ohio State
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
5. Missouri
6. Oklahoma State
7. South Carolina
8. Stanford
9. Michigan State
10. Baylor
11. Arizona State
12. Oregon
13. Clemson
14. LSU
15. UCLA
16. Oklahoma
17. UCF
18. Northern Illinois
19. Duke
20. Louisville
21. Texas
22. Wisconsin
23. Texas A&M
24. USC
25. Cincinnati

Both of us moved the Buckeyes up to No. 2, ahead of Auburn. No reason to think that will change for either of us if Ohio State wins Saturday. ... But that won't be easy against Michigan State, a team that's in both of our top 10s now. ... Wisconsin tumbles to No. 22 in both our polls after the shocking upset loss at home to Penn State. ... Iowa picked up some votes this week in both polls, but neither of us pulled the trigger on ranking the 8-4 Hawkeyes.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 25, 2013
11/25/13
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Neither Adam nor I vote in any of the three major polls, but we do have a voice in ESPN.com's weekly national power rankings. Here's what we said this week:

Adam's top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Auburn
5. Oklahoma State
6. Clemson
7. Missouri
8. Stanford
9. South Carolina
10. Michigan State
11. Baylor
12. Wisconsin
13. Arizona State
14. LSU
15. USC
16. Oregon
17. Oklahoma
18. Northern Illinois
19. Fresno State
20. UCLA
21. UCF
22. Texas A&M
23. Louisville
24. Duke
25. Texas

Brian's top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Auburn
5. Clemson
6. Oklahoma State
7. South Carolina
8. Missouri
9. Stanford
10. Baylor
11. Wisconsin
12. Michigan State
13. LSU
14. Arizona State
15. Oregon
16. Texas A&M
17. Oklahoma
18. USC
19. UCLA
20. UCF
21. Fresno State
22. Northern Illinois
23. Duke
24. Louisville
25. Texas

Not a whole lot of surprises here, but Michigan State moves up into the top 10 for Adam. I still have Wisconsin one spot ahead of the Spartans, but it's so close I can see the case for it going either way. Looking forward to seeing how Michigan State handles another common opponent this week when Minnesota goes to East Lansing. ... I'd say we look pretty smart for keeping Ohio State ahead of Baylor while some voters were doing the opposite. ... Big Ten teams have played three teams we currently have ranked: Arizona State, UCLA and Northern Illinois. And they lost to all three of them. ... Minnesota's time in the Top 25 came to an end with its loss to the Badgers. I came away impressed with the Gophers' toughness and defensive effort last week. The program just desperately needs more skill players on offense.

What does your top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 11, 2013
11/11/13
1:30
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Neither Adam nor I have a vote in the major polls, but we do have a voice in ESPN.com's weekly national Power Rankings. And here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Stanford
6. Auburn
7. Oregon
8. Missouri
9. Clemson
10. Oklahoma State
11. Texas A&M
12. South Carolina
13. Wisconsin
14. UCLA
15. Michigan State
16. UCF
17. LSU
18. Fresno State
19. Louisville
20. Northern Illinois
21. Arizona State
22. Oklahoma
23. Texas
24. Miami
25. Minnesota

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Stanford
6. Oregon
7. Auburn
8. Clemson
9. South Carolina
10. Missouri
11. Texas A&M
12. Oklahoma State
13. Wisconsin
14. Michigan State
15. UCLA
16. LSU
17. Oklahoma
18. UCF
19. Fresno State
20. Louisville
22. Northern Illinois
22. Arizona State
23. Texas
24. Miami
25. Minnesota

Ohio State moves up to No. 3 on both our ballots after Oregon's loss last week. The Buckeyes are lurking but still need help ... We both have Wisconsin at No. 13, much higher than the major polls. The Badgers are still just 22nd in the BCS standings after beating BYU. They just can't seem to get any traction, and it's a shame. ... Michigan State is a top-15 team for both of us. The Spartans could move near or even into the top 10 by winning out in the regular season. ... And for the first time in what seems like forever, Minnesota is in both of our Top 25s. Hard to ignore what the Gophers are doing right now. They've won four straight and are 8-2.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

October, 28, 2013
10/28/13
1:30
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Neither Adam nor I have a vote in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches' or Harris polls, and we do not have a voice in baserunning obstruction calls. But we do have a say in the weekly ESPN.com Power Rankings, and here's what we said this week.

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
5. Baylor
6. Stanford
7. Miami
8. Oklahoma
9. Clemson
10. LSU
11. Auburn
12. South Carolina
13. Missouri
14. Texas A&M
15. Wisconsin
16. Texas Tech
17. UCLA
18. Fresno State
19. UCF
20. Louisville
21. Michigan State
22. Northern Illinois
23. Notre Dame
24. Arizona State
25. Michigan

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
5. Stanford
6. Baylor
7. Miami
8. Clemson
9. Oklahoma
10. Auburn
11. Missouri
12. South Carolina
13. LSU
14. Wisconsin
15. Texas A&M
16. UCLA
17. Texas Tech
18. Oklahoma State
19. UCF
20. Fresno State
21. Louisville
22. Notre Dame
23. Northern Illinois
24. Michigan State
25. Michigan

We both have four Big Ten teams ranked this week, with Michigan just sneaking in at No. 25. There's a very good chance, of course, that either Michigan State or Michigan will drop out next week, depending on the outcome of this week's game. … We both remain much higher on Wisconsin than most of the rest of the country. The Badgers have a prove-it game at Iowa this week, and that upcoming BYU game is looking tougher. … Not a ton of difference on our ballots elsewhere, with the exception of Oklahoma State. Adam has the Pokes at 18th, while I just haven't been impressed with their wins over the soft middle of a down Big 12. Of course, you could also make the same argument against some Big Ten clubs.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The perfect record survived, but it didn't come with many style points.

The latter was apparently more important to the AP voters this week than Ohio State's unbeaten run through eight weeks after it escaped with a 29-22 overtime win over Purdue on Saturday.

The Buckeyes slipped two spots back to No. 9 in the nation when the latest poll was released on Sunday, with one-loss Oklahoma jumping ahead of them and leaving two teams with a defeat between the program and the top ranking.

That will make pushing for an AP national championship a bit tougher with four games left and no postseason opportunities available for the Buckeyes, but they still have several chances to prove themselves heading into the closing stretch of the season -- starting with a trip to Penn State on Saturday.

Only rival Michigan stayed with Ohio State on the inside of the top 25, though a handful of opponents are still showing up on ballots -- including that next opponent on the schedule as the second half of the Big Ten slate starts for the Buckeyes. Here's a look at how the Wolverines and the rest of those receiving votes fared over the weekend:

Michigan
  • Rank: No. 20
  • Date: Nov. 24
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: No. 23; beat Michigan State 12-10
Wisconsin
  • Rank: Received 31 voting points
  • Date: Nov. 17
  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium
  • Last week: Received 6 voting points; beat Minnesota 38-13
Penn State
  • Rank: Received 18 voting points
  • Date: Saturday
  • Where: Beaver Stadium
  • Last week: Received 1 vote; beat Iowa 38-14
Nebraska
  • Rank: Received 24 voting points
  • Date: Oct. 6
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: Received 4 voting points; beat Northwestern 29-28

Poll position: Buckeyes at No. 7 by AP

October, 14, 2012
10/14/12
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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.

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Poll position: Buckeyes back in top 10

October, 7, 2012
10/07/12
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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.

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Poll position: Buckeyes still B1G's best

September, 30, 2012
9/30/12
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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:

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Poll position: Buckeyes climb to No. 14

September, 23, 2012
9/23/12
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The record is still perfect.

If it stays that way for another week, Ohio State will validate the top position in the conference that poll voters have given them with nonconference play now complete.

The Buckeyes wrapped up their action outside of the Big Ten with a fourth consecutive win on Saturday, overcoming a slow start to knock off UAB 29-15 at Ohio Stadium. The latest victory bumped them up to No. 14 in the AP poll released on Sunday, and the next team in the rankings from the league is waiting for them on Saturday.

Ohio State's trip to No. 20 Michigan State will be the only matchup in the Big Ten this weekend featuring two ranked teams, and the winner will almost certainly be the highest rated program in the conference when the votes are counted again next week.

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

Michigan
  • Rank: Received 44 voting points
  • Date: Nov. 24
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No. 18; lost 13-6 to Notre Dame
Wisconsin
  • Rank: Received 13 voting points
  • Date: Nov. 17
  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium
  • Last week: Received five voting points; beat UTEP 37-26
Michigan State
  • Rank: No. 20
  • Date: Saturday
  • Where: Spartan Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No. 21; beat Eastern Michigan 23-7
Nebraska
  • Rank: No. 22
  • Date: Oct. 6
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: No. 25; won 73-7 against Idaho State

Poll position: Buckeyes carry Big Ten flag

September, 16, 2012
9/16/12
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A close call caused Ohio State to slip a bit nationally.

But the Buckeyes still won again, and that's enough to put them at the top of the conference heap after three weeks.

One by one the Big Ten squads ahead of the program in the rankings have tripped up and dropped in the polls, leaving Ohio State and its unbeaten record as the highest-rated team in the league with the non-conference schedule winding down.

The Buckeyes showed some weaknesses in the 35-28 win on Saturday over California, and that led to the voters dropping them down to No. 16 in the latest AP poll released on Sunday morning.

But Michigan State's loss to Notre Dame opened the door for Ohio State to claim the top spot for the Big Ten, while also taking a little bit of shine off the showdown against the Spartans that will open league play on Sept. 29.

Along with Michigan State, here's a quick glance at how the rest of the ranked teams on Ohio State's schedule fared:

Michigan
  • Rank: No. 18
  • Date: Nov. 24
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No. 17; won 63-13 against Massachusetts
Wisconsin
  • Rank: Received five voting points
  • Date: Nov. 17
  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium
  • Last week: Receiving votes; beat Utah State 16-14
Michigan State
  • Rank: No. 21
  • Date: Sept. 29
  • Where: Spartan Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No. 10; lost 20-3 to Notre Dame
Nebraska
  • Rank: No. 25
  • Date: Oct. 6
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: Receiving votes; won 42-13 over Arkansas State
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Only one Big Ten team is left ahead of Ohio State after just two weeks.

The upsets and a win over perhaps the most difficult nonconference opponent on the schedule have the Buckeyes knocking on the door to the top 10 as well.

The 31-16 victory over Central Florida, which had been receiving votes in the AP poll heading into Saturday's game at Ohio Stadium, included plenty of flaws for new coach Urban Meyer to pick on when it was over. But it was still impressive enough to help the Buckeyes climb a couple more spots when the new rankings were released on Sunday, moving up to N0. 12 after their second win in as many tries.

As it stands right now, the Buckeyes won't have another crack at a team in the top 25 or receiving any voting points until their trip to Michigan State to open Big Ten action on Sept. 29. But that one is shaping up to be a big one with the N0. 10 Spartans currently rated as the best team in the league, according to the ballots.

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. 17
  • Date: Nov. 24
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No, 19; won 31-25 against Air Force
Wisconsin
  • Rank: Received 44 voting points
  • Date: Nov. 17
  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No. 13; lost 10-7 at Oregon State
Michigan State
  • Rank: No. 10
  • Date: Sept. 29
  • Where: Spartan Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No. 11; beat Central Michigan 41-7
Nebraska
  • Rank: Received 79 voting points
  • Date: Oct. 6
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
  • Last week: Ranked No. 16; lost 36-30 at UCLA
Central Florida
  • Rank: No longer receiving votes
  • Last week: Received four voting points; lost 31-16 at Ohio State

Poll position: Buckeyes climb to No. 14

September, 4, 2012
9/04/12
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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
A glance at last year's record didn't keep the voters away.

Ohio State is back in The Associated Press college football poll, and it's the only team coming off a losing season to earn a spot in the preseason top 25.

The Buckeyes checked in at No. 18 in the rankings released on Saturday morning, and while four other Big Ten teams were voted ahead of them, the ballots still appear to reflect faith in new coach Urban Meyer's ability to turn things around after a distraction-filled 6-7 campaign a year ago.

Ohio State has appeared in the AP preseason poll for 24 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the country. Oklahoma is second, with 13 straight appearances.

Ohio State should have an opportunity to climb up the chart in September with a manageable nonconference slate with all four games at home, and it will follow that up with a big test on the road at No. 13 Michigan State. That opener in the league and another top-25 matchup the following week with Nebraska could provide a glimpse at how high the Buckeyes might be able to go in the only meaningful poll they're eligible for this season.

Southern Cal is the preseason No. 1, with Alabama second and LSU third.

A quick glance at the Buckeyes' other marquee games, according to the AP rankings:

Michigan
  • Preseason rank: No. 8 (one first-place vote)
  • Date: Nov. 24
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
Wisconsin
  • Preseason rank: No. 12
  • Date: Nov. 17
  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium
Michigan State
  • Preseason rank: No. 13
  • Date: Sept. 29
  • Where: Spartan Stadium
Nebraska
  • Preseason rank: No. 17
  • Date: Oct. 6
  • Where: Ohio Stadium
Central Florida
  • Preseason rank: Received four voting points
  • Date: Sept. 8
  • Where: Ohio Stadium

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