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Buckeyes remain near top of polls after top-10 win

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Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave and the Buckeyes are happy to be 4-0. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes remain near top of polls after top-10 win

COLUMBUS — Ohio State could have blown Indiana out.

Up 35-7 in the third quarter, the Buckeyes seemed to be rolling. But in the second half, the Hoosiers came back and had chances to tie the game in the fourth quarter. But Ohio State held on to earn a 4-0 record and maintain a spot among college football’s elite in the eyes of pollsters.

Ohio State checked in at No. 3 for the third straight week when the latest Amway Coaches Poll was released Sunday afternoon. Alabama retained the top spot, while Notre Dame stayed at No. 2. The Fighting Irish are followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Florida in the Coaches Poll. Texas A&M is No. 5 in the AP Poll. Ohio State received one first-place vote in the Coaches Poll.

The Buckeyes certainly have issues to fix in the next few weeks. But with a win over a top-10 team, possession of first place in the Big Ten East and a path to the Big Ten title game, Ohio State coach Ryan Day made sure to put some perspective on what the win means for the Buckeyes moving forward, even with all its flaws.

“Really excited to be 4-0,” Day said. “Coming off the bye week there and just looking back on everything that we’ve been through the last few months, to be 4-0, to be first place in the Big Ten East, it’s a big, big deal. Couldn’t be prouder of this team. I think when you get into a game like [against Indiana], emotions run high. But most people don’t know what these guys have been through. They don’t understand the sacrifices that have been made.”

Ohio State is just happy to be 4-0 and still near the top.

The full poll can be found below.

Coaches Poll (Nov. 22)

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 – Georgia

No. 11 – Oregon

No. 12 – Indiana

No. 13 – Northwestern

No. 14 – Oklahoma

No. 15 – Iowa State

No. 16 – Marshall

No. 17 – Coastal Carolina

No. 18 – Southern California

No. 19 – Auburn

No. 20 – Wisconsin

No. 21 – Texas

No. 22 – Oklahoma State

No. 23 – North Carolina

No. 24 –Louisiana Lafayette

No. 25 – Tulsa

AP Poll (Nov. 22)

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 – Oregon

No. 10 –Miami (FL)

No. 11 – Northwestern

No. 12 – Indiana

No. 13 – Georgia

No. 14 – Oklahoma

No. 15 – Iowa State

No. 16 – Coastal Carolina

No. 17 – Marshall

No. 18 – Wisconsin

No. 19 – Southern California

No. 20 – Texas

No. 21 – Oklahoma State

No. 22 – Auburn

No. 23 – Louisiana Lafayette

No. 24 – Tulsa

No. 25 – North Carolina

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.