COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a 52-14 blowout of lowly Illinois, Ohio State stayed at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 after an embarrassing loss to Iowa a week ago Saturday. The Buckeyes also stayed at No. 8 in the Amway Coaches Poll released earlier Sunday.
The win was the second large margin of victory in a row for the Buckeyes. One week before beating Illinois, the Buckeyes took apart Michigan in a 48-3 win that vaulted them back up the rankings. Having clinched the Big Ten East title, Ohio State is back in playoff contention with a chance to make its case as a top four team.
After the win against Illinois, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said he likes what he’s seen from his team over the past two weeks and hopes to continue it against Michigan this week.
“I love our focus,” Meyer said. “I love the fact the way that we’re practicing and the focus — intent focus is the mantra right now. And I like where we’re at.”
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 8/No. 8
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 8/No. 8
Last result: Ohio State beat Illinois 52-14 on Saturday.
What it means: Ohio State is continuing its climb back into the College Football Playoff discussion. The AP Top 25 obviously doesn’t factor into that, but it offers a hint at where the Buckeyes might stand in the upcoming playoff rankings. More importantly, it provides a snapshot of where those who follow the sport feel the Buckeyes compare to some other two-loss teams.
There was never expected to be any chaos on Saturday because of a weak slate of games featuring cupcakes for most teams, so Ohio State fans shouldn’t panic that the Buckeyes didn’t move any higher. There’s still plenty of opportunity over the next two weeks for the Buckeyes to gain a pair of notable wins and also for other teams to fall by the wayside.