COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football is no longer viewed as the top team in the Big Ten.
After losing to Oklahoma on Saturday night, the Buckeyes fell to the No. 3 spot in the Week 2 Land of 10 Power Poll, released Sunday. Ohio State had received 10 of 13 first-place votes in the inaugural poll. The fall came in part because of how woebegone the Buckeyes looked against the Sooners, but also because top-10 national teams Penn State and Michigan have held up their end of the bargain so far this season.
The Nittany Lions are the new No. 1 team, receiving all but one first-place vote from our panel of 13 voters. They were followed by Michigan, which appears firmly entrenched into the second spot and received the other first-place vote. Ohio State narrowly held off Wisconsin for third. Iowa, despite nearly losing to Iowa State, ascended to fifth.
It might be a while before the Buckeyes can climb back into that top perch, especially if the two teams above them keep winning. Ohio State’s next two games are against Army and UNLV, not exactly college football powerhouses. After that, the Buckeyes return to Big Ten play for games against Rutgers and Maryland. None of those victories will probably reveal anything about whether the Buckeyes have turned a corner.
Week 2 Land of 10 Power Poll vote totals
- Penn State (12)…168
- Michigan (1)…154
- Ohio State…140
- Michigan State…69
How I voted
I had a couple of votes that will probably be of interest, but let’s start with the obvious one. I put Ohio State fourth because I thought they haven’t shown enough so far to justify being ahead of Wisconsin. Are the Buckeyes better than Wisconsin? Probably. But this is a poll about what teams have shown so far, not what I think will happen by the end of the season. There’s no getting around how ugly Ohio State looked on Saturday, even if it came against a top-5 team. The score could have been even more lopsided than it actually was.
Also of note, I’m sure, is the fact that I was the lone person to vote Michigan in the top spot. I’m a little surprised that nobody else did. To me, beating Florida at a neutral site and Cincinnati at home is more impressive than a home win against Akron and a road win against Pitt. Had the Nittany Lions blown Pitt out of the water, they’d be my new No. 1. But they didn’t. Michigan has its flaws, too, but the consensus around Penn State feels a little too much like a default continuation of last season.
The only other thing that really stood out to me was the gap between where I had Indiana and my colleagues did. Maybe it’s because of what I saw the Hoosiers do to Ohio State in the first half, but they seem like a solid team. The Buckeyes torched them in the second half, but Indiana came back and handled its business against Virginia. And with Maryland playing an FCS team and Iowa almost losing to Iowa State, I don’t think it’s a stretch to have the Hoosiers as high as I do.
Here’s my full ballot for the Week 2 poll:
2. Penn State
4. Ohio State
11. Michigan State