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Poll watch: Buckeyes gain ground after blowout win over Maryland

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Ohio State gained ground in the latest coaches poll. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Poll watch: Buckeyes gain ground after blowout win over Maryland

COLUMBUS — Ohio State keeps finding new ways to torment opponents, and the beatings are getting worse each week.

The latest victim of a demoralizing attack was Maryland, which was handled with ease by Ohio State in 73-14 decision on Saturday at the Horseshoe. After the massive win and a shake-up ahead of them, the Buckeyes find themselves at No. 2 in the Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Sunday afternoon.

Already solidified as a top-five team in all three standings — including last week’s top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings — Ohio State has shown dominance on both sides of the ball. That didn’t change against Maryland. The Buckeyes scored six touchdowns on six straight drives in the first half. They even showed a trick play on special teams. They didn’t stop there, scoring three touchdowns in mop-up duty late in the game. It didn’t matter who was on the field for either team because Maryland didn’t have an answer.

“They played with an edge and something to prove,” Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said. “And any time our guys come out with something to prove, we’re dangerous.”

The first part of the two-game tune-up stretch for Ohio State is complete. Now the Buckeyes are on to Rutgers, a game that will feature a historic point spread and probably limited playing time for the starters. After that, the Buckeyes will welcome Penn State, who suffered its first loss of the season Saturday at Minnesota.

For now, the Buckeyes are learning more about their young talent as they make their way through this lull in the schedule. But after Rutgers, the toughest three-game stretch of the season will be here.

The full rankings can be found below.

Week 12 Coaches Poll (Nov. 1o)

No. 1 LSU

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Alabama

No. 5 Georgia

No. 6 Oregon

No. 7 Minnesota

No. 8 Oklahoma

No. 9 Utah

No. 10 Baylor

No. 11 Penn State

No. 12 Florida

No. 13 Auburn

No. 14 Michigan

No. 15 Wisconsin

No. 16 Notre Dame

No. 17 Cincinnati

No. 18 Memphis

No. 19 Boise State

No. 20 SMU

No. 21 Navy

No. 22 Iowa

No. 23 Texas

No. 24 Appalachian State

No. 25 Indiana

Week 12 AP Poll (Nov. 1o)

No. 1 LSU

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Alabama

No. 5 Georgia

No. 6 Oregon

No. 7 Minnesota

No. 8 Utah

No. 9 Penn State

No. 10 Oklahoma

No. 11 Florida

No. 12 Baylor

No. 13 Auburn

No. 14 Michigan

No. 15 Wisconsin

No. 16 Notre Dame

No. 17 Cincinnati

No. 18 Memphis

No. 19 Boise State

No. 20 SMU

No. 21 Navy

No. 22 Texas

No. 23 Iowa

No. 24 Indiana

No. 25 Oklahoma State

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.