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Poll Watch: Ohio State stays in playoff position after off week

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Ohio State is still in prime position to make the College Football Playoff heading into November. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Poll Watch: Ohio State stays in playoff position after off week

COLUMBUS — Ohio State still finds itself with a clear path to the College Football Playoff.

After the second off week of the season — and the second in four weeks — Ohio State stayed in the top four of the latest AmWay Coaches Poll, which was released Sunday. The Buckeyes are No. 4.

Alabama retained the top spot in the coaches poll. LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Penn State rounded out the top five. Four of the top five were off this week; the only team in action was Clemson, who played Wofford.

During the last off week, the Buckeyes were focused on improvement with their “Three Up, Three Forward” lists. The second off week, however, was about tightening up the little things and finding time in the training room. Ohio State is gearing up for a tough final month of the season. Coach Ryan Day knows that as Ohio State gets later into the season, the injuries can mount. The Buckeyes are being cognizant of that. It’s a balance they are finding.

“This time of year guys are going to be banged around and it’s a tough game,” Day said. “We certainly won’t be foolish with that, though. We’ll make sure that we really think through every rep and make sure we’re putting guys in the right situations, the reps that they need to practice because they can’t get into bad habits, either. And one of the reasons why I think we’ve been playing so well is we’re practicing so hard, and we have to continue to do that.”

Ohio State has two ranked opponents left on the regular season schedule, both coming in the final two weeks of the season. After playing unranked Maryland and Rutgers, the Buckeyes will host No. 5 Penn State and travel to No. 14 Michigan.

The full rankings can be found below.

Week 11 Coaches Poll (Nov. 3)

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 LSU

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 Penn State

No. 6 Georgia

No. 7 Oregon

No. 8 Oklahoma

No. 9 Utah

No. 10 Baylor

No. 11 Florida

No. 12 Auburn

No. 13 Minnesota

No. 14 Michigan

No. 15 Notre Dame

No. 16 Wisconsin

No. 17 Cincinnati

No. 18 Iowa

No. 19 Memphis

No. 20 Wake Forest

No. 21 Boise State

No. 22 Kansas State

No. 23 SMU

No. 24 San Diego State

No. 25 Navy

Week 11 AP Poll (Nov. 3)

No. 1 LSU

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Ohio State

No. 4 Clemson

No. 5 Penn State

No. 6 Georgia

No. 7 Oregon

No. 8 Utah

No. 9 Oklahoma

No. 10 Florida

No. 11 Baylor

No. 12 Auburn

No. 13 Minnesota

No. 14 Michigan

No. 15 Notre Dame

No. 16 Wisconsin

No. 17 Cincinnati

No. 18 Iowa

No. 19 Memphis

No. 20 Kansas State

No. 21 Boise State

No. 22 Wake Forest

No. 23 SMU

No. 24 San Diego State

No. 25 Navy

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first 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.

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