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Poll watch: Ohio State can’t climb despite 71-point win

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Ohio State couldn't climb in the latest polls. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Poll watch: Ohio State can’t climb despite 71-point win

COLUMBUS — Ohio State had a record-setting Saturday on its way to a 71-point win over Miami (Ohio).

Ohio State knows its competition wasn’t stiff, and it hasn’t been all season so far, so when the latest Amway Coaches Poll was released Sunday, the Buckeyes checked in at No. 6 for the third straight week.

Clemson retained the top spot after another win. Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU rounded out the top five ahead of the Buckeyes in the Coaches Poll.

The Buckeyes did move up a spot to fifth in the latest AP Poll, which was released after the Coaches Poll. Ohio State jumped Oklahoma, who was idle.

Ohio State won’t have to worry about the rankings much. The Buckeyes are done with their non-conference slate, and they’ll have a tough matchup in primetime on Saturday at Nebraska. As Big Ten play continues and if Ohio State keeps winning, the Buckeyes will rise with time. For now, they’ll enjoy another win and get ready for their first true test of the season: a raucous atmosphere in Lincoln.

“We were opportunistic in those situations,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “I thought going into the game we had opportunities to get turnovers — in other games that we weren’t quite there, we got them today so that was good.

“But if we’re going to go into Lincoln, a lot of things to clean up if we’re going to go beat those guys next week. Already on to those guys and focused on preparing for them next week.”

There are currently three teams ranked in the top 25 that Ohio State will face this season.

The full rankings can be found here:

Week Five Coaches Poll (Sept. 22)

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 Oklahoma

No. 5 LSU

No. 6 Ohio State

No. 7 Auburn

No. 8 Florida

No. 9 Wisconsin

No. 10 Notre Dame

No. 11 Penn State

No. 12 Texas

No. 13 Oregon

No. 14 Iowa

No. 15 Boise State

No. 16 California

No. 17 Washington

No. 18 Virginia

No. 19 Utah

No. 20 Michigan

No. 21 Texas A&M

No. 22 Kansas State

No. 23 Central Florida

No. 24 Wake Forest

No. 25 Southern Cal

Week Five AP Poll (Sept. 22)

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 LSU

No. 5 Ohio State

No. 6 Oklahoma

No. 7 Auburn

No. 8 Wisconsin

No. 9 Florida

No. 10 Notre Dame

No. 11 Texas

No. 12 Penn State

No. 13 Oregon

No. 14 Iowa

No. 15 California

No. 16 Boise State

No. 17 Washington

No. 18 Virginia

No. 19 Utah

No. 20 Michigan

No. 21 Southern Cal

No. 22 Central Florida

No. 23 Texas A&M

No. 24 Kansas State

No. 25 Michigan State

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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