COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State dropped to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 after a loss to No. 5 Oklahoma that raised plenty of questions about this team’s ceiling and place among college football’s elite. The Buckeyes were No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll released earlier Sunday.
“Yeah, it was awful,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in his postgame news conference. “And we got beat by a good team, a very good team and a quarterback that was dynamic. I thought our defense hung in there against, like I said, a very good player. Offense was bad. So we’re going to do what we do and that’s go back to work as hard as we possibly can, starting somewhat [Saturday night] and [Sunday] and figure this thing out.”
Ohio State won’t have a chance again to match up with a premier team for a few weeks now. The Buckeyes round out nonconference play with games against Army and UNLV before restarting conference play with games against Rutgers and Maryland.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 2/No. 2
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 9/No. 8
Last result: 31-16 loss to No. 5 Oklahoma
What it means: None of this really matters because by the time the first College Football Playoff rankings come out, Ohio State will have had time to either show improvement or remove itself as a contender. Still, it’s evident the Buckeyes have work to do. The offense wasn’t good enough, and neither was the defense. And the play calling left something to be desired, too, especially in terms of the distribution of carries.
Perhaps, most notably, this loss turns Ohio State’s biggest strength from last year into a big weakness. Because the Buckeyes had a win over the Sooners and neither team had more than 1 subsequent loss, it gave Ohio State a really high floor in the polls because Oklahoma couldn’t pass the Buckeyes. Now the Buckeyes won’t be able to pass the Sooners without Oklahoma dropping multiple games — and that’s assuming Ohio State continues to win itself.