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College football rankings: Ohio State can’t gain ground despite blowout win

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Urban Meyer returned to the sidelines for Ohio State Saturday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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College football rankings: Ohio State can’t gain ground despite blowout win

COLUMBUS — In Urban Meyer’s return to the sideline, Ohio State football greeted their head coach with a 49-6 victory over Tulane Saturday. However, the Buckeyes will continue to hold the No. 4 spot in the Amway Coaches Poll for a third-straight week despite the lop-sided victory.

Ohio State remains behind Alabama, Georgia and Clemson after Week 4 of play, but again, the Buckeyes received a first-place vote.

It was a good week across the Big Ten as many teams gained ground in the rankings. Wisconsin rose three spots to No. 13 after recovering from its home loss to BYU last week, while Michigan jumped six spots to No. 15 and Michigan State climbed five spots to No. 18 after big wins.

Additionally, Ohio State held position at the No. 4 spot in this week’s AP Poll after its thrashing of Tulane last week.

Like the coaches poll many teams around the Big Ten climbed the ranks with Michigan jumping five spots to No. 14, while Wisconsin and Michigan State each moved up three spots to No. 15 and No. 21 with wins. The biggest surprise of the week appeared in the top five, as LSU jumped Oklahoma after the Sooners survived an overtime scare from Army.

Penn State remained at No. 9 in the coaches poll and rose to that spot in the AP Poll after the weekend, setting up a top-10 matchup in Happy Valley. And with “Whiteout” conditions in the forecast for Beaver Stadium, next Saturday will be the biggest test and a turning point in the season for the Buckeyes.

The full rankings can be seen below.

2018 Amway Coaches Poll — Sept. 23

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Clemson

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 LSU

No. 7 Stanford

No. 8 Notre Dame

No. 9 Penn State

No. 10 Auburn

No. 11 Washington

No. 12 West Virginia

No. 13 Wisconsin

No. 14 UCF

No. 15 Michigan

No. 16 Miami (FL)

No. 17 Kentucky

No. 18 Michigan State

No. 19 Mississippi State

No. 20 Oregon

No. 21 Oklahoma State

No. 22 Texas

No. 23 Duke

No. 24 Virginia Tech

No. 25 Boise State

2018 AP Poll — Sept. 23

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Georgia

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 LSU

No. 6 Oklahoma

No. 7 Stanford

No. 8 Notre Dame

No. 9 Penn State

No. 10 Auburn

No. 11 Washington

No. 12 West Virginia

No. 13 UCF

No. 14 Michigan

No. 15 Wisconsin

No. 16 Miami (FL)

No. 17 Kentucky

No. 18 Texas

No. 19 Oregon

No. 20 BYU

No. 21 Michigan State

No. 22 Duke

No. 23 Mississippi State

No. 24 California

No. 25 Texas Tech

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I’m glad they aren’t moving up yet. I think they play better when they think they have “something to prove.” Whatever gives them an edge, I’m all for. I saw Saban is asking the media to criticize his team so his players will believe they have things to work on.

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I agree, I know it sounds stupid but anytime we’ve been ranked #1 or 2 early in the year we find a way to lose a game we shouldn’t. When we are ranked below that it does seem the team plays with more of a chip on their shoulder. I don’t care where they rank us until the day after the BIG Title game! Then as long as we’re in the playoffs the only thing that matters is who comes home with the trophy!

GO BUCKS!

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Gregory s Brooks jr

Ohio state should be ,# 2 now

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I honestly don’t think there should be rankings until October. CFP rankings don’t matter until the last week after the conference championships. It’s a huge waste of time for the purpose of bumping up TV ratings.

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AS long as we are top 4 is all that matters to me.

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Nick is the producer at Lettermen Row. Born in Dayton, Nick recently graduated from Ohio State where he worked for The Lantern and the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also knows the city of Columbus and its love of sports well after interning with Columbus Crew SC and WBNS-10TV during his undergraduate education.

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