NORMAN, Okla. — Ohio State faced its biggest challenge of the season on Saturday and came away looking better than ever. A 45-24 win against Oklahoma vaulted the Buckeyes into the conversation for the No. 1 spot in the country and bumped up the Buckeyes in both polls.
The Buckeyes moved up to No. 2 in both the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25, trailing only No. 1 Alabama in both lists.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 4/No. 3
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 2/No. 2
Last result: 45-24 win at No. 14 Oklahoma
What it means: The Buckeyes survived their first real test of the season and remain firmly in the playoff picture. There are still at least nine games — 10 if the Buckeyes reach the conference championship — to go, but Ohio State couldn’t ask for a better spot to be in early in the season. Assuming Oklahoma doesn’t fall apart this season, that’s one quality win already in the bag for the Buckeyes with games against Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State and Michigan still left to come.