COLUMBUS, Ohio — Another big win ensured Ohio State’s spot among college football’s best is secure for another week. On a day when some teams struggled to take down inferior opposition, the Buckeyes cruised past Tulsa with a 48-3 win that came with steady rain throughout the second half.
The Buckeyes kept their No. 4 ranking in the coaches poll but moved up to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, positioning themselves well for the looming top-15 matchup at Oklahoma.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 4/No. 4
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 4/No. 3
Last result: 48-3 win against Tulsa
What it means: Nothing, really. Ohio State’s first two games came against opponents whose stature ensured that the only way the Buckeyes were moving up in the rankings were if another team in front of them faltered. That happened in both polls for Week 1 and in the AP Poll for Week 2, but now Ohio State has a chance to move up on its own merits. The looming matchup against Oklahoma offers a chance at the type of quality win that would help the Buckeyes start to build their case for being worthy of the top ranking.