COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s good to be Ohio State. Not only did the Buckeyes open the season with a 77-10 win against Bowling Green but they also watched as two higher ranked teams in the AP Top 25 fell by the wayside, allowing Ohio State to move up to No. 4 in both the AP and Coaches polls.
One of those aforementioned defeated teams was Oklahoma, which removed a bit of luster from the impending Sept. 17 matchup.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 5/No. 6
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 4/No. 4
Last result: 77-10 win against Bowling Green
What it means: Ohio State remains firmly among the most well-regarded teams in the country as a matchup against Oklahoma approaches. The Buckeyes will always be in position to be a playoff team if they win out, but they’re also ranked high enough right now that an early loss wouldn’t be overly damaging to the cause. Although Ohio State’s first win came against Bowling Green, it was still convincing enough to keep Houston from jumping the Buckeyes. Also, with Michigan No. 5, the potential for a regular-season finale of enormous magnitude remains well within the realm of possibility.