COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football is back on top of Michigan — at least in the latest Land of 10 Power Poll.
The Buckeyes dropped two spots in the AP Top 25 on Sunday, but their 38-7 win against Army combined with a less impressive showing by Michigan against Air Force was enough for them to move into the No. 2 spot in the Big Ten rankings. Penn State retained the top spot and received all 13 first-place votes after beating Georgia State 56-0.
It’s going to be tough for Ohio State to catch Penn State before the two teams meet in late October without a Nittany Lions loss before then. The Buckeyes’ last nonconference game is against lowly UNLV, and they open conference play against Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have been a disappointment and don’t appear to be a quality opponent.
Eventually, though, Ohio State will get a chance to face off against Penn State and Michigan and settle the matter on the field.
Week 3 Land of 10 Power Poll vote totals
- Penn State (13 first-place votes) … 169
- Ohio State … 147
- Michigan … 146
- Wisconsin … 136
- Iowa … 102
- Maryland … 98
- Minnesota … 93
- Purdue … 74
- Indiana … 67
- Michigan State … 66
- Northwestern … 42
- Nebraska … 27
- Illinois … 13
- Rutgers … 3
How I voted
I don’t like rewarding Penn State’s underwhelming schedule so far, but Michigan didn’t really leave me much choice with how it played against Air Force. Therefore, I became the final holdout to slot the Nittany Lions in the top spot to make it unanimous.
I kept Michigan ahead of Ohio State despite the way the Wolverines played because one week doesn’t excuse the Buckeyes’ result against Oklahoma, which was far worse. Plus, service academy games have the potential to be an outlier, and Ohio State fans weren’t feeling any better when the Buckeyes entered halftime only up 17-7 on Army.
I’m willing to bet I’m the voter who has Purdue highest, and it might be a tad too high. But they have a couple of big wins, a nice-looking offense and the lone loss was to Louisville by 7 points. The Boilermakers have the same record as Illinois, but use a little context and consider who each team played and how they looked in those games.
Iowa ended up three spots higher in the power poll than on my ballot. I’m just not a believer in what the Hawkeyes have done so far. Is 3-0 impressive when you’re beating Iowa State in overtime and North Texas 31-14?
Here is my full ballot for the Week 3 poll:
1. Penn State
3. Ohio State
11. Michigan State