COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even without a chance for a quality win, Ohio State came away looking as strong as ever Saturday. And for that effort, the Buckeyes held off Clemson on Sunday.
The Buckeyes demolished Rutgers, 58-0, and stayed at No. 2 in both the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25, trailing only No. 1 Alabama in both lists. The result was enough to help the Buckeyes hold off Clemson, which defeated No. 3 Louisville 42-36 and came close to overtaking Ohio State in both polls but couldn’t quite pull it off.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 2/No. 2
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 2/No. 2
Last result: 58-0 win vs. Rutgers
What it means: The Buckeyes’ Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma still means something despite the Sooners’ two losses, and Ohio State’s blowout wins against lesser competition have been sufficient enough to convince voters the Buckeyes remain one of the two best teams in the country despite the fact that Clemson owns a win over a top-5 team. Ohio State still has plenty of chances left for quality wins, so the fact that the perception is already so high should be an encouraging sign for the Buckeyes.