COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the weekend off, Ohio State’s only real shot at a rankings change would have involved No. 1 Alabama losing to Kent State on Saturday. Instead of the world spinning off its axis, the Crimson Tide rolled the Golden Flashes, 48-0.
That result, along with the fact that no other top-5 teams played a good enough opponent to jump Ohio State (3-0), kept the Buckeyes at No. 2 in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll released Sunday.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 2/No. 2
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 2/No. 2
Last result: Did not play
What it means: There’s nothing of real significance in Ohio State’s ranking this week given that the Buckeyes didn’t play and no other top-5 teams lost. It is interesting, however, to look at how Ohio State’s schedule sets up going forward. Wisconsin picked up another big win with a 30-6 drubbing of Michigan State on Saturday to jump into the top 10, setting up a big matchup with Michigan this coming Saturday. If the Badgers win that one, they will be undefeated when they host Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium next month in a game that would suddenly look like the Buckeyes’ toughest matchup of the season. If not, Michigan will stay on track as Ohio State’s biggest opportunity for a quality win down the road.