Ohio State is up to No. 2 on the AP Poll, but the Buckeyes need help to win the Big Ten East.
After easily beating Maryland 62-3, and with losses by previously unbeaten Michigan, Clemson and Washington, Ohio State moved up four spots to No. 2 in the latest AP Poll released Sunday. Five Big Teams in all are ranked this week.
Wisconsin and Penn State join those two in the Top 10, with Wisconsin going up one spot to No. 6 with a 48-3 win against Illinois. Penn State was 12th but improved to No. 9 following its 45-31 win at Indiana — the Nittany Lions’ sixth win in a row. And it’s Penn State which can make things messy for Ohio State, even if the Buckeyes win out.
There is currently a three-way tie atop the Big Ten East, with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State all 6-1 in conference play. If the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions both win out, that would mean the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines in the final weekend of the regular season and leave Ohio State tied with Penn State for the division crown.
Thanks to their 24-21 win over the Buckeyes on Oct. 22, the Nittany Lions hold the tiebreaker and would advance to the Big Ten title game and leave Ohio State in the cold.
Nebraska, the Big Ten’s fifth team in the rankings, is now 19. The Huskers beat Minnesota 24-17 and moved up two spots.
Here’s the new AP Top 25:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- West Virginia
- Oklahoma State
- Western Michigan
- Florida State
- Washington State
- Boise State
- Texas A&M
- San Diego State