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New polls set stage for top-10 showdown

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Ohio State will head into a top-10 showdown well-rested after the week off. (Courtesy/Ohio State Dept. of Athletics)

Ohio State Football

New polls set stage for top-10 showdown

COLUMBUS — Ohio State only had nine chances to play this season.

And one of those nine was stripped from the Buckeyes on Wednesday, when it was announced that Maryland was dealing with COVID-19 issues and couldn’t play Saturday. Ohio State didn’t want a week off in the middle of this pandemic-shortened season, but that’s what it had to deal with.

Even with the week off, the Buckeyes didn’t suffer in the latest polls. Ohio State is No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Sunday. Alabama, which also had a game canceled, retained the top spot. The Crimson Tide are followed by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson and Florida. Ohio State received two first-place votes.

After the unexpected — and unwanted — week off to get a head start on Indiana in a game that wasn’t expected to have Big Ten title implications but suddenly feels like the Game of the Year in the Big Ten East race. Indiana, now No. 10 in the Coaches Poll, is off to its best start in recent memory and is rated higher than it has been at any point this century, beating both Penn State and Michigan already this season.

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Ohio State and Indiana will meet as top-10 teams. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

And with the extra days to prepare, the Buckeyes should be ready when the Hoosiers come to Columbus for the top-10 showdown nobody was expecting. The Buckeyes have won 24 straight games over Indiana and haven’t lost to the Hoosiers since 1988.

With more than a week to prepare after the unexpected cancelation, Ohio State will aim to make it 25 straight.

The full poll can be found below.

Coaches Poll (Nov. 15)

No. 1 – Alabama

No. 2 – Notre Dame

No. 3 – Ohio State

No. 4 – Clemson

No. 5 – Florida

No. 6 – Texas A&M

No. 7 – Cincinnati

No. 8 – BYU

No. 9 – Miami (FL)

No. 10 – Indiana

No. 11 – Georgia

No. 12 – Wisconsin

No. 13 – Oregon

No. 14 – Oklahoma State

No. 15 – Marshall

No. 16 – Iowa State

No. 17 – Oklahoma

No. 18 – Coastal Carolina

No. 19 – Southern California

No. 20 – Northwestern

No. 21 – Auburn

No. 22 – Liberty

No. 23 – Texas

No. 24 – North Carolina

No. 25 – Louisiana Lafayette

AP Poll (Nov. 15)

No. 1 – Alabama

No. 2 – Notre Dame

No. 3 – Ohio State

No. 4 – Clemson

No. 5 – Texas A&M

No. 6 – Florida

No. 7 – Cincinnati

No. 8 – BYU

No. 9 – Indiana

No. 10 – Wisconsin

No. 11 – Oregon

No. 12 – Miami (FL)

No. 13 – Georgia

No. 14 – Oklahoma State

T-No. 15 – Coastal Carolina

T-No. 15 – Marshall

No. 17 – Iowa State

No. 18 – Oklahoma

No. 19 – Northwestern

No. 20 – Southern California

No. 21 – Liberty

No. 22 – Texas

No. 23 – Auburn

No. 24 – Louisiana Lafayette

No. 25 – Tulsa

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.