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College football rankings: Ohio State plummets after loss

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The Ohio State defense surrendered 40 points for the first time this season in the Buckeyes loss to Purdue. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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College football rankings: Ohio State plummets after loss

COLUMBUS — Just as many feared heading into this one, Ohio State finally had its “Iowa game” happen.

Just a week after moving into the in the No. 2 spot in the college football rankings, Ohio State now finds itself outside of the top 5 for the first time this season.

The Buckeyes fell to No. 9 in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll after it crushing loss on the road at Purdue last week. This is the first time Ohio State is outside of the top five since Week 3 last season after the home loss to Oklahoma and leaves the Buckeyes on the outside looking into the College Football Playoff picture.

The loss to the Boilermakers for the Buckeyes also leaves them sitting behind Michigan for the top spot in the Big Ten East. There is still plenty of football to be played this season, including the Wolverines games against Penn State next week. However, things are setting up to be a winner-take-all matchup in Columbus Nov. 24 for a spot in Indianapolis and the Big Ten title game.

As for how other Big Ten squads fared this week, many teams benefitted from the Buckeyes fall to the Boilermakers. Michigan rises to No. 5 after its gritty win on the road at Michigan State in awful conditions, while Penn State and Wisconsin move up to No. 16 and No. 19, respectively, after wins Saturday. Also, Iowa climbs the ladder to No. 18 after shutting out Maryland.

The full rankings can be seen below.

2018 Amway Coaches Poll — Oct. 21

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Clemson

No. 3 Notre Dame

No. 4 LSU

No. 5 Michigan

No. 6 Georgia

No. 7 Texas

No. 8 Oklahoma

No. 9 Ohio State

No. 10 UCF

No. 11 Florida

No. 12 West Virginia

No. 13 Washington

No. 14 Kentucky

No. 15 Washington State

No. 16 Penn State

No. 17 Texas A&M

No. 18 Iowa

No. 19 Wisconsin

No. 20 South Florida

No. 21 Oregon

No. 22 NC State

No. 23 Stanford

No. 24 Utah

No. 25 Miami

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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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