COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State dropped to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 after a 38-7 win against Army on Saturday that included some offensive improvement. The Buckeyes were No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll released earlier Sunday.
Facing an Army team determined to hold the ball and slow down the game, Ohio State made some small changes in its offense that paid off in a comfortable win. Even accounting for the drop in competition, the Buckeyes looked improved compared to the Oklahoma game.
“Losing is awful,” Meyer said in his postgame press conference. “And it was the typical — it’s not the first time. I hope it’s the last time. But sometimes those things happen. You work really hard not to allow it to happen, and you go through the discomfort of being crushed, to extremely angry and self-reflection — what could you have done better? And then you have to somehow pull yourself off the canvas and get going. How do you do that? You do that with your faith, your family and your friends and your teammates.”
Ohio State next faces UNLV, which opened the season by losing to an FCS team.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 9/No. 8
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 9/No. 10
Last result: 38-7 win against Army
What it means: Ohio State looked better and sharper, and the performance was encouraging for the Buckeyes’ overall prospects this season. However, there was no jump in either poll because that showing came against an overmatched team. What that means, then, is with the exception of other top-10 teams losing, Ohio State probably won’t begin to claw its way back to the top until it beats a really good program. (In fact, it may occasionally fall as lower teams pick up big wins.) Its first such option isn’t until the last week of October when Penn State comes to Columbus.
For now, expect Ohio State to continue to hover around this spot unless teams above it start dropping. The Buckeyes could have gotten some help in that department last night, but Texas lost to No. 4 USC in double overtime. With no good teams on the schedule for the next few weeks, it’s hard to see Ohio State climbing significantly higher if the teams above it also keep winning.