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Buckeyes officially back in polls, playoff conversation

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Ohio State is back in the rankings. (Courtesy/Ohio State Dept. of Athletics)

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Buckeyes officially back in polls, playoff conversation

COLUMBUS — Ohio State is officially back in the mix among the best teams in college football.

After the canceled Big Ten season season, the Buckeyes and other Big Ten schools were omitted from the Associated Press Top 25 and coaches poll. Ohio State’s streak of 132 consecutive weeks in the AP poll snapped. But now that the Big Ten is back with a fall football schedule, the voters and coaches are able to add Big Ten teams back into the rankings.

And the Buckeyes are back where they belong. Ohio State is No. 6 in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll, which were released Sunday afternoon. Clemson remained in the top spot, followed by Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame. Ohio State received two first-place votes in the Coaches Poll and four first-place votes in the AP Poll.

After battling to even be able to play a season, the Buckeyes are ready to get on the field in October.

“They never lost faith,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said of his team after the season was reinstated in mid September. “They never lost trust, and their behavior through this thing has been excellent and they never stopped fighting. It was during a time that was very, very uncertain. It’s not easy for 18, 19, 20 year olds to go through this, and they did. The culture was never more evident. I couldn’t be more prouder.

“Now, they get the opportunity that they asked for, which was to safely compete for a championship and get back into the CFP picture, which so many of them, after they left the field last year against Clemson, really, really, wanted.”

The coaches and voters seemed to agree that the Buckeyes have what it takes to compete for a championship. Ohio State is back in the mix after a brief absence.

The full polls can be found below.

Coaches Poll (Sept. 27)

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Florida

No. 4 Georgia

No. 5 Notre Dame

No. 6 Ohio State

No. 7 Auburn

No. 8 Miami (FL)

No. 9 Texas

No. 10 Penn State

No. 11 North Carolina

No. 12 Central Florida

No. 13 Texas A&M

No. 14 Mississippi State

No. 15 Cincinnati

No. 16 Oklahoma

No. 17 LSU

No. 18 Wisconsin

No. 19 Oklahoma State

No. 20 Tennessee

No. 21 Michigan

No. 22 BYU

No. 23 Virginia Tech

No. 24 Memphis

No. 25 Pittsburgh

AP Poll (Sept. 27)

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Florida

No. 4 Georgia

No. 5 Notre Dame

No. 6 Ohio State

No. 7 Auburn

No. 8 Miami (FL)

No. 9 Texas

No. 10 Penn State

No. 11 Central Florida

No. 12 North Carolina

No. 13 Texas A&M

No. 14 Oregon

No. 15 Cincinnati

No. 16 Mississippi State

No. 17 Oklahoma State

No. 18 Oklahoma

No. 19 Wisconsin

No. 20 LSU

No. 21 Tennessee

No. 22 BYU

No. 23 Michigan

No. 24 Pittsburgh

No. 25 Memphis

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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.