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Poll watch: Buckeyes solidly in CFP picture after latest blowout

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Ohio State remains in the College Football Playoff picture after its latest blowout win. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Poll watch: Buckeyes solidly in CFP picture after latest blowout

COLUMBUS — Ohio State didn’t show any signs of rust from the off week.

The Buckeyes started like they usually do, then hit a massive second-quarter spurt and blew out Northwestern in a rare Friday night game on the road. Their 52-3 beatdown of the Wildcats allowed them to stay put in the latest Amway Coaches Poll, checking in at No. 4.

Ohio State went on the road, handled business and celebrated early while the backups finished the game. Why the early celebration? Well, the Buckeyes wanted to enjoy the win, but quickly turn their attention to what they thought would be a top-six matchup with Wisconsin this week.

That was before Wisconsin went on the road to unranked Illinois and got upset Saturday afternoon. The game was slated to be a massive showdown, which it still is, but the game will no longer be played between undefeated teams. And it certainly won’t be played between top-six teams. The Badgers checked in at No. 13 in the latest Coaches Poll.

Wisconsin’s loss to Illinois won’t effect how focused the Buckeyes are.

“We know we have a huge challenge next week,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Friday night after the win. “We’re going to get on that plane, enjoy this, catch our breath, we’ll get in late tonight, and then, we’ll start the preparation for Wisconsin. We know what we have in store there, so that’s going to be a really tough week, tough preparation, tough game. But I know the kids are going to be excited to play it.”

Ohio State and Wisconsin may no longer be a matchup of two undefeated teams, but the noon kickoff will still have Big Ten and College Football Playoff implications.

The full rankings can be found here:

Week Nine Coaches Poll (Oct. 20)

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Clemson

No. 3 LSU

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 Penn State

No. 7 Notre Dame

No. 8 Florida

No. 9 Georgia

No. 10 Auburn

No. 11 Oregon

No. 12 Utah

No. 13 Wisconsin

No. 14 Baylor

No. 15 Texas

No. 16 Minnesota

No. 17 SMU

No. 18 Cincinnati

No. 19 Iowa

No. 20 Michigan

No. 21 Boise State

No. 22 Appalachian State

No. 23 Wake Forest

No. 24 Arizona State

No. 25 Memphis

Week Nine AP Poll (Oct. 20)

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 LSU

No. 3 Ohio State

No. 4 Clemson

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 Penn State

No. 7 Florida

No. 8 Notre Dame

No. 9 Auburn

No. 10 Georgia

No. 11 Oregon

No. 12 Utah

No. 13 Wisconsin

No. 14 Baylor

No. 15 Texas

No. 16 SMU

No. 17 Minnesota

No. 18 Cincinnati

No. 19 Michigan

No. 20 Iowa

No. 21 Appalachian State

No. 22 Boise State

No. 23 Iowa State

No. 24 Arizona State

No. 25 Wake Forest

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first 2019 bigtime opponent coming up vs Wisconsin! And after 23-24 vs an unranked opponent… they’re in survival mode.

meanwhile, the ranker wankers are in full hyperbole mode… just the kind and amount of silly, distracting hyperbole a young team needs…

Go Bucks! Remember coaches… don’t play Sluggo with… Sluggo!

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Sorry Ohio has yet to play anyone worthwhile!

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It’s THE Ohio State. And go pound sand.

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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