Buckeyes Slip Two Spots In Poll

By Jeff Rapp, September 20th, 2017

The Ohio State football team covered the 30-point spread despite facing an Army team that likes to eat clock with its triple-option on Saturday. In the 38-7 win, the Buckeyes also seemed to get their quarterback, J.T. Barrett, back on track and racked up 270 rushing yards, including 172 from freshman sensation J.K. Dobbins.

The result: a dip in the polls.

OSU fell from No. 2 to No. 8 in each major poll after its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 9. After the solid win over Army, the Buckeyes dipped to Buckeyes were No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll released Sunday and No. 10 in the AP poll unveiled on Monday.

Ohio State (2-1) has been installed as a 39-point favorite in its upcoming game with UNLV on Saturday (noon Eastern, Big Ten Network). The game will mark OSU’s first-ever against a school from Nevada. The Running Rebels opened the season with a loss to Howard, an FCS team.

The AP top five is topped off by No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Penn State and No. 5 USC. All of those teams are 3-0. The Buckeyes remain the highest-ranked team with a loss. Also in the top 10 are Big Ten programs Michigan (No. 8) and Wisconsin (No. 9).

LSU tumbled from 12 to the bottom of the top 25 after getting pummeled by unranked Mississippi State, which now sits at No. 17.

The latest AP poll follows:

Associated Press poll
1. Alabama (45), 3-0
2. Clemson (15), 3-0
3. Oklahoma (1), 3-0
4. Penn State, 3-0
5. USC, 3-0
6. Oklahoma State, 3-0
7. Washington, 3-0
8. Michigan, 3-0
9. Wisconsin, 3-0
10. Ohio State, 2-1
11. Georgia, 3-0
12. Florida State, 0-1
13. Virginia Tech, 3-0
14. Miami (Fla.), 1-0
15. Auburn, 2-1
16. TCU, 3-0
17. Mississippi State, 3-0
18. Washington State, 3-0
19. Louisville, 2-1
20. Florida, 1-1
21. South Florida, 3-0
22. San Diego State, 3-0
23. Utah, 3-0
24. Oregon, 3-0
25. LSU, 2-1